John D’Arcy’s summery single, ‘Barcelona was written about a trip to the Primavera Sound Music Festival – a three day extravaganza of the best rock and pop music in the world.“It was the best music festival I have ever been to. There were so many great bands that I didn’t get to sleep for four days! It was Glastonbury, without the mud – and with a lot more good looking peopleThe single will be launched at Head Records in Victoria Square Belfast, at 2pm on Saturday 30 July. D’Arcy will be playing live with his band, The Great Bunch of Lads (Chris Bateman and Thomas Camblin). Also on the bill are Southern and Doctor Lilt.

This single is John’s second release on Terri Hooleys’ landmark record label, Good Vibrations – which released the first Undertones single, Teenage Kicks.

Terri’s legendary status for spotting emerging talent and helping many of Northern Irelands most successful musicians has led to the production of a movie about his life –being filmed this summer.

Barcelona is the follow up to D’Arcy’s 2010 single Get Over Yourself and is another catchy power pop tune with the punk energy Good Vibrations became famous for.

The driving guitars, punchy bass and booming drums make Barcelona the perfect feel good song for the summer.

“I’m going back to my earliest influences and the first proper rock gigs I went to as a boy – Ash at the Ulster Hall and the reformed Undertones at Glasgowbury.”

Barcelona was produced by Rocky O’Reilly (who also produced critically acclaimed Northern Irish bands And So I Watch You From Afar and Mojo Fury) at the Start Together Studio in the Oh Yeah Music Centre in Belfast.

Not content with defying his alter-image as a singer-songwriter with this summer punk anthem, D’Arcy has collaborated with electronic artists Doctor Lilt and Tape Jack to create two dance remixes of the track.

“I’ve been listening to a lot of electronic music recently and thought it would be great to have two remixes of Barcelona for the B-Sides of the single. They both have a unique take on the track – the Tape Jack mix is downbeat and heavy, while the Doctor Lilt mix is glitchy and trippy, it’s bonkers really!”
Saturday 23 July: Glasgowbury Music Festival at Eagles Rock
Saturday 30 July: Head Records, Victoria Sq Belfast at 2pm – Single launch

Barcelona is available on CD and to download from: