Manuel Carrasco closes his tour 'You have to live the moment' in Seville

The numbers were known before the most massive concert in our country began in 2022: 74,534 people gathered in front of a single artist, on a single night and on a stage geographically far from the Madrid-Barcelona axis. The unofficial accounts even place it as the recital with the most public in the history of music in Spain. However, it was necessary to be in the Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville to know —practically limit yourself to feel— the true dimension of what happened there last Saturday night. “This is a historic moment because Seville wanted it. And it’s not being done by someone from Manchester, or from Wisconsin, but someone from here next door, from a small town, Isla Cristina. It is much more than I had dreamed of”, said an empowered Manuel Carrasco in the middle of the concert that closed his tour this weekend Must live in the momentwith a gesture, yes, at times of disbelief, at times of euphoria, but always of joy and gratitude before an audience in a permanent state of ecstasy.

SEVILLE, 06/11/2022.- Huelva-born singer Manuel Carrasco has broken the attendance record for a concert by a single artist in Spain, gathering 74,345 spectators this Saturday at the Cartuja stadium in Seville.  EFE/Raul Caro
SEVILLE, 06/11/2022.- Huelva-born singer Manuel Carrasco has broken the attendance record for a concert by a single artist in Spain, gathering 74,345 spectators this Saturday at the Cartuja stadium in Seville. EFE/Raul Caro
Raul Caro (EFE)

So if Manuel Carrasco says that you have to live in the moment, you live it. People lived, danced, sang, attendance records were broken —and high temperatures— to recognize the career and dedication of an artist who has made history in Spanish live music without fanfare, solidifying a career in national pop full of great hits aimed without complexes at the general public, but that generate the respect of independent musicians and do not give up the author’s song. With one foot in his Andalusian folkloric roots and the other outside his comfort zone, Manuel Carrasco did not abuse the script and offered a concert tailored to Seville, as he also did to Bilbao, Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Córdoba, Granada and his native Isla Cristina, cities where this ship of emotions and designed songs has docked, ex profesofor each square in which he has locked himself up alone.

Carrasco’s demand was maximum, as well as the respect for the public that elevated him on Saturday night as a mass artist. He started, effectively, with a theme composed expressly for the city of Seville, to continue in a continuous crescendo that lasted three hours —the artist was reluctant to leave the stage and the audience the stands— in which he unraveled the best of the wide repertoire that he has compiled during his 20-year career, although the songs included within his latest album, The cross of the map. A show that has already been filmed —Seville was the last cross on the map that was displayed in Bilbao on February 11—, but which needed to increase and expand production to be on a par with a venue the size of the Estadio de la Cartuja in Seville.

epic moments like Do not stop dreamingand continuous concessions to the city that has crowned him as a record-breaking artist marked out the three-hour recital: he sang and played bulerías, the vibrant and fit guitar of Raimundo Amador took the stage to sing If you go, I’ll stay in Seville until the end, the mythical theme of Pata Negra. And in a gesture of unusual generosity, he lavished winks on other artists who move masses to the South of Despeñaperros, such as the rumbero street rhythm of the Delinquents. The applause did not fit in the Cartuja Stadium.

The encores came in two batches. After a spectacular batukada that accompanied the theme I want to liveCarrasco left to return with They told me as a childthe song that perhaps most accurately summarizes his construction process as an artist, marked by a stealthy triumph, cooked over low heat, which, he presumes, has not been seduced by the siren songs of easy success.

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In a veritable loop of back-and-forth compliments between the artist and his audience, with Manuel Carrasco kneeling before an overwhelming crowd, a tour that had been cut short by the pandemic ended. The tour The cross of the map It was also the most successful of 2019, an unprecedented milestone with which the Huelva toured a good part of the national geography. Now it’s time Live the moment.

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