While Camp Nou is best known as FC Barcelona’s home stadium, it has also been the venue for gigs by some of the biggest names in the world of music. Here we take a look at who has played Camp Nou.
Every year tourists flock to Camp Nou for the stadium tour or, even better, for a match. But as well as the football, or the pilgrimage to Barça’s sacred turf, the stadium is sometimes used to stage concerts too. The first of note was given by Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, who played in front of 60,000 people in 1983. But over the years Bruce Springsteen and U2 have played on several occasions.
Springsteen is hugely popular in Barcelona and over the course of his career has played at Camp Nou a few times. His first concert there was on 4th August 1988 when he concluded his Tunnel of Love Express Tour. Days later Michael Jackson played to an audience of 95,000 during his Bad World Tour.
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1988 was a busy year for concerts at Camp Nou. Springsteen returned to appear at the charity concert for Amnesty International on 10th September, when artists also included Sting, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour, Tracy Chapman, and local band El Último de la Fila. The event was similar to Live Aid and was attended by youngsters from all over Catalonia. People who were in their late teens and early twenties at the time remember the concert with affection.
Classical music has also been represented at Camp Nou. The “Three Tenors” (Josep Carreras, Plácido Domingo, and Luciano Pavarotti) staged a concert at the stadium on 13th July 1997.
But returning to rock, 81,000 people attended a concert by U2 during the Vertigo Tour on 7th August 2005. And just like Bruce Springsteen, it was to be the first of several concerts Bono and the boys gave at Camp Nou.
Springsteen returned again for two nights on 19th and 20th July 2008 during his Magic Tour, with both nights sold out and each night he played a completely different set.
U2 kicked off their groundbreaking U2 360° Tour with two concerts at Camp Nou. Playing to a total audience of 182,000 on 30th June and 2nd July 2009, the tour was notable for featuring a stage that allowed the audience to surround it.
At the time of writing, Bruce Springsteen is due to play the stadium again on 14th May 2016 with his E Street Band. But who knows when he will return in the future.