MusicBrainz Summit/18

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Summit 18 is going to happen between September 27 and September 30, at MetaBrainz HQ in Barcelona, Spain.

Topics to discuss

  • UI / UX redesign
  • Bookbrainz roadmap, schema review, Solr/search
  • Hosting planning
  • ListenBrainz / Spark/HDFS / recommendation engine planning
  • Areas and Wikidata
  • Future APIs (ws/3, BB API)
  • [ please add more! ]

Things to forget

  1. Napkins
  2. Not chocolate

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, September 26th

Arrival, no real plans. Rest!

Dinner: Impromptu, fend for yourself.

Thursday, September 27th

Fun day! Montjuic, Sagrada Familia, BBQ

Dinner: BBQ near Sagrada Familia

Friday, September 28th

Team days / breakout sessions

Dinner: Bodega La Palma

Saturday, September 29th

Main summit sessions, followed by dinner

Dinner: Cuines Santa Caterina

Sunday, September 30th

Main summit sessions, close by mid-afternoon.

Lunch: Pizza from around the corner

Monday, October 1st

AcousticBrainz team meeting with Alastairp / Enjoy Barcelona!

Possibly Irish session at Michael Collins in the evening?


Summit attendees this year.

Arrival date Arrival transport Departure date Departure transport Lodging Food Preference T-Shirt Size
zas 2018-09-27 19:31 Train BCN Sants 2018-10-05 8:25 Train BCN Sants Mayhem's house Tapas y cerveza M(ale)
Freso 2018-09-27 11:45 Norwegian D83656 2018-10-04 12:30 Norwegian D83657 Beach Vegetarian M(ale)
samj1912 2018-09-28 23:05 EZY8581 2018-09-30 18:05 EZY8580 Arc Lacto-vegetarian M
iliekcomputers 2018-09-26 12:35 9W317 / KL1669 2018-10-02 Flight Arc Eats anything M(ale)
reosarevok 2018-09-28 16:10 Flight 2018-10-01 17:10 Flight Picasso recording:220dbc4c-0c20-49a8-b28a-25172937a42e L(ame)
bukwurm 2018-09-26 12:35 9W317 / KL1669 2018-10-02 Flight Beach Lacto-vegetarian M(ale)
Bitmap 2018-09-27 10:50 BA0478 2018-10-02 10:10 BA0473 / AA91 Beach Vegetarian M(eal)
kartikeyaSh 2018-09-26 12:35 9W317 / KL1669 2018-10-02 Flight Arc Lacto-vegetarian M(ale)
rsh7 2018-09-26 12:35 9W317 / KL1669 2018-10-02 Flight Arc Veg. Pizzas fe(M)ale
ferbncode 2018-09-28 Flight 2018-09-30 Flight Arc Vegetarian M
ruaok - Feet 2018-10-01 EuroWings 7521 Mayhem's house Tapas & vino. XL
chhavi 2018-09-22 Flight 2018-10-01 Flight Arc Everything M (Female)
Leo Verto 2018-09-26 Flight 2018-10-2 Flight Beach Chocolate M (Male)
loujine 2018-09-? Flight 2018-10-? Flight Picasso Everything M (Male)
yvanzo 2018-09-27 Car 2018-10-02 Flight Beach recording:106a56af-20b5-4356-9429-a209a66c808b M(etasize)
Monkey N/A bike N/A bike as well, unless overly imbibed Monkey's Tree Bananas and anything else M for Monkey


Name Address Number of people Number of rooms Number of beds check-in check-out notes
Arc de Triomf Carrer de Nàpols, 98 Atico 3° 6 3 5 2018-09-26 2018-10-02 Chhavi & Samj (double), rsh7 (double), iliekcomputers, Kartekeya, ferbncode
Beach Carrer de la Marina, 110 10 5 3 5 2018-09-26 2018-10-02 Bitmap (double), bukwurm, freso, Leo Verto, Yvanzo
Picasso Carrer de la Neu de Sant Cugat, 4 4 3 4 2018-09-28 2018-10-01 Reo, Loujine, Spare #1, Spare #2
Mayhem's House - 2 2 2 - - Ruaok, Guest room: Chhavi until 9/27, Zas 9/27
Monkey's Tree - 1 1 1 - - Monkey


Oh, we do have our tshirts this time. We are using Spreadshirt as they are nice in letting us customize and print. Please refer to the link for sizes and to order one (or many) for yourself! Metabrainz T-shirt 2018


Very important: Barcelona is a very safe city, save for pick-pockets. Once you leave your plane/train, make sure your wallet/passport/laptop is secured! Ideally important things will be under two zippers or better. Never walk with a wallet in your back pocket, unless it is secured! A cross-body purse or bag is also recommended.

Getting around:

Check out this handy google map of the locations you may need to find during the summit:

MetaBrainz Summit 2018 Map

Metro and buses

In any metro station you can buy tickets which are valid on the bus system, metro, and commuter trains within the Barcelona city limits. Buy a T-10 ticket, which will give you 10 trips for about 10€. Ignore any message about not being able to use the tickets to go to the airport. Insert the ticket in a reader at a metro turnstile or when entering a bus. You can transfer from one mode of transport to another (e.g. metro to bus or between two buses) for free within 75 minutes of the first time you use your ticket. Make sure you swipe again when you enter the new transport. Even multiple people are allowed to travel on the same card -- you just need to pass the card backward so the next person can pass through the turnstile. If you travel with others on the same card, make sure to stay together in case you encounter a ticket inspector. The fee for getting caught for a ticket mishap is 100€.

More information on TMB

View Metro Map


Barcelona now has Uber and Cabify, though the taxi system here is clean and quite nice -- some of them belong to MyTaxi and you request and pay these taxi's via an app: Download the app or for more info: mytaxi

Navigation: Google maps has pretty good public transit directions. Even better is Citymapper

Arriving by train

If you arrive at Barcelona Sants, you can take the Rodalies train from platform 8 all the way to Arc de Triomf, which is where the office and AirBnBs are.

Arriving by plane

If you arrive into the BCN airport either Terminal 1 or Terminal 2, follow the signs to the buses, taxis, or metro.

  • Aerobus: look for the light blue Aerobus. 5.90€ one way or 10.20€ round-trip this is the fastest and easiest way to get to into the city. The bus has free (slow) WiFi and a place to charge your phone! To make things easier, purchase and print your Aerobus tickets ahead of time. Take the aerobus to Plaça España, the first stop. From there, transfer to the Metro line L1 (red) and take it a few stops to Arc de Triomf. See above for tips on how to use the metro.
  • Taxi: There is a taxi line outside both terminals. Average cost is around ~35€ for being dropped of near the Arc de Triomf.

There are other options for getting into town. Be warned: These are cheaper yet considerably slower options:

  • City bus: The one way cost is 2.15€ and the route ends at Plaça España, via Bus #46. It leaves from the bus area every 15-20 minutes, between 5am-Midnight.
  • Metro: The L9 leaves from both T1 and T2. Transfer to the Red Line (L1) at Torrassa, and proceed to take the L1 till Arc de Triomf.

Emergency phone numbers

  1. 112 ALL general emergencies
  2. 061 Medical Emergencies
  3. 080 Fire Emergencies
  4. 088 Police (Mossos d'Esquadra)

Other Useful Phone Numbers