THE historical city of Cadiz played host to the fourth instalment of the No Sin Musica festival last month, and the unofficial celebration of the best rock and indie music in Spain was mobbed.
More than 10,000 people flocked to the famous port city for the three-day event.
And revellers were spoiled for choice between the established stars – Enrique Bunbury and crowd favourites Izal among them – and local and up-and-coming acts performing on streets and squares across the city.
Cadiz once again embraced the festivities, as can only be expected from the home of Spanish Carnival, with open-air performances throughout the day injecting an up-tempo beat to the streets.
By night, the gig switched venues to the festival concourse – two stages set up as if to compete with each other, as acts alternated between east and west sides of the festival arena.
Indie favourites Love of Lesbian – thrilling festival goers since 1998 – were one of the main draws of the festival, and their stunning show on Friday was one of the highlights of the weekend. Fans were treated to classic hits like Fantastic Shine, as well as newer material from their latest album, El Poeta Halley.
Mexican rockers Molotov threatened to usurp the local talent on Saturday with a high-intensity cocktail of sounds that rocked the boats in the port, while the local stage gave bands like Turmalina and Smokers Die Young a suitable platform to showcase their talents.
The festival atmosphere was evident throughout, despite the lack of camping facilities which made the event an all-nighter for some concert goers.
But the roll-on, roll-off succession of bands and musicians taking to the stages were cheered with enthusiasm and gave as good as they got.
No Sin Musica has once again built on previous year’s successes and many will be hoping for bigger and better again next year, as the niche festival certainly has plenty of admirers.
Take a note for next summer, it would be a sin to miss No Sin Musica.