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Thom's Birds eye view of Circuit Festival Barcelona - Part One

The London Olympics have been going for over a week now and receiving mass international media coverage, rightly so. However there is another world famous cultural event taking place in Barcelona as we speak. Matinee Group´s Circuit Festival is well underway and, once again, proving itself to be an international gay and lesbian event not to be missed.

Circuit kicked off with a massive party at Razzmatazz Club featuring the one and only Offer Nissim. With his unique stage presence and amazing skills behind the decks, Offer Nissim was the perfect guest DJ choice to kick off what is to be 10 days of pure homo hedonism.

The next major party was the beach party at Stiges (about 30 minutes from Barcelona). Thankfully, this year, Matinee are providing more party buses than ever and the bus ride to Stiges is like a little pre-party itself. The party was beyond fun against a beautiful Spanish sunset and Matinee´s infamous go-go boys providing 'muchos' eye candy... The next day called for a bit of a rest!

Then came the Water Park party. If you've not have of the Circuit Water Park party, as the below video shows, this party is unlike any other on the international gay calendar.

This year, the party was headlined by 2012 Eurovision winner, Loreen, performing her smash hit ´Euphoria´. Held at L´Illa Fantasia, the main stage is set at the head of a massive wave pool. The wave motion technology is disabled and voila - dance floor!

As the crowds grew and the dance floor / wave pool filled up the atmosphere grew to a head when Loreen took stage. When she reached the chorus it was pure Euphoria.

Now one things gays love as much as a dance floor anthem is a good old power ballad... and Matinee delivered. As the Water Park day party came to a close, the dance music shifted to 'One Moment in Time' as an epic fire works display shot over the Water Park. A very very gay end to a very very gay party.

The Water Park party also served as the grand opening of Girlie Circuit which is full of parties and event tailored to the needs of the international lesbian community - from burlesque event, to live bands and dance parties, Girlie Circuit has drawn quite the crowd this year.

Beyond the parties and frivolity, Circuit also gives people a chance to explore Barcelona... What a beautiful city! I for one have been loving the Sangria and food a little too much. Croquettes have become my biggest weakness! I know it´s not doing any favours to my party body... but who cares!

Next up are the main parties - main pool party, main party, Le Leche and the closing party, Supre MartXe!

Stay tuned for more updates and all the pics in our massive photo galleries.

If you're here in Barcelona - party hard and be safe. If you're not - make sure you are next year!

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