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About us

The history of Sala Apolo

About us

The history of Sala Apolo

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Sala Apolo is one of the oldest dance halls in Europe and a national and international reference music venue. Its origin dates back to the beginning of the 20th century and its transformation has always been linked to the transformation of Barcelona, building an important part of the DNA of the city and its people.

Located in the heart of the Paral·lel avenue, a nerve center of the cultural scene of the city, Apolo was born as an amusement park and has hosted a dance hall, a bingo, a professional skating club, a nightclub... evolving into the concert hall and the nightclub we all know.

Apolo is the preferred destination for the most diverse and demanding audiences. Every day it hosts some of the best clubs, concerts, cycles and other musical events in Barcelona. In addition, it makes a commitment to experimentation and music dissemination through the LAB, a platform dedicated to ideas, learning, technology, activism and the promotion of new projects.

More than 11,000 groups and 5,500 DJ’s and producers have already come up on the stages of the main hall, La (2) and La (3) representing both most popular proposals and emerging trends. Top-level international artists like Coldplay, Tindersticks, Interpol, Kings of Leon, The Killers, The Fall, Iron & Wine, The Hives, Rufus Wainwright, Mark Almond, Superfurry Animals, Justice, Alboroise, Gregory Isaacs, The Wailers, Laurent Garnier, Ellen Allien, Dj Rush i Maceo Plex, and national ones such as La Pegatina, Txarango, Sílvia Pérez Cruz, La Mala Rodríguez, Green Valley, Rapsusklei or John Talabot.

Heir to club culture, Apolo embraces all kind of music genres: rock, pop, indie, house, techno, disco, reggae, jungle, dub, dancehall, drum’n’bass, funk, reggaeton, trap, hip-hop among many other styles...the list is endless.

In 2018 we celebrated Apolo’s 75th anniversary with special programming throughout the year, the premiere of the documentary La Juventud Baila directed by Marc Crehuet and the publication of the historical book 75 años sin parar de Bailar written by Eva Espinet.