Territorios Sevilla is a music festival held in the Andalusian capital every spring. It started in 1998, the idea being to celebrate one style of music each year – hence Celtic Territories was followed by Mediterranean Territories, Atlantis Territories and Urban Territories. From 2002, it did away with that idea, although the different days and stages still tend to focus on particular themes.
The event format has changed considerably over the years, and has used over 20 different venues, and usually includes at least some free concerts in different squares in the city centre. The general format of late has been to have four different venues, with the music roughly divided into hip hop, pop / rock, electronica and world music.
There tends to be a large focus on Spanish and Latin acts, but there are always a few major international names in the mix, which have recently included The Human League, Russuan Red, The Divine Comedy, 2manydjs, Public Enemy, Tindersticks, Carlinhos Brown, Echo & The Bunnymen, Tortoise, The Chieftains. One the most commendable aspects of Territorios Sevilla is the way they have always managed to keep the price to the absolute minimum – tickets generally not costing much more than 30 euros a pop.
Friday May 18 and Saturday May 19, 2012
Iggy and the Stooges, Kiko Veneno, Mad Professor, Mission of Burma, Tortoise, !!!
Amaral, Buraka Som Sistema, Cyan, Falsaalarma, El Puchero del Hortelano, Fuel Fandango, Loro Meyers, Los Enemigos, Love of Lesbian, Maga, Marina Gallardo, Pajaro, SFDK, Shotta & Griffi, Supersubmarina, The Bug, Tiga, 17 Hippies
Address: Avda Américo Vespucio, 2
It’s not every day that you enjoy a music festival in the gardens of a monastery, but that’s where Seville’s festival is held, at the Monasterio de Santa María de las Cuevas (St Mary of the Caves), or better known as La Cartuja, after the island on which it is located, along with the Olympic Stadium, built as part of the city’s failed bid to host the Games.
The monastery hasn’t been used a religious site since the early 19th century, when a Liverpudlian merchant instead start using it as ceramics factory. It was restored for the 1992 Expo in the city and since 1997 has housed a museum of contemporary and ceramic art.
A more attractive place to listen to music you’ll struggle to find, and it’s within easy walking distance from the city centre, and also served by buses C1 and C2.