We Kiki with Violet Chachki!

Some people enjoy spending their cash seeing the likes of Ed Sheeran, Eminem or The Chainsmokers in concert. These people are not your friends. No, call us gay, queer or just fuckin’ fags but we’ll be down having our wigs snatched by Violet Chachki, Shangela, Katya, Valentina and more as they get ready to Werq the World 2018.

These kweens have just wrapped the Latin American leg of their tour and in May they’ll begin their European dates. See here for tickets and more info.     To celebrate we decided to kiki with Miss Chachki. Only this wasn’t going to be just any ol’ tea party. No, this was going to involve a grilling from all kinds of performers including Conchita, Joanne the Scammer, Jodie Harsh, Boomer Banks, The Boulet Brothers and her new BFF Casey Spooner. Check it out below…

Conchita Wurst

I think her gorgeousness has still got my phone charger. So when can I get it back?????

Omg! Haha, love you girl! Hopefully I’ll be back in Vienna very soooon!!

Joanne the Scammer

Is RuPaul an inspiration to you or just someone you had to go through to get what you wanted?

Was it worth it?

I think RuPaul’s work ethic is very inspiring! Yes it was worth it – of course, there’s downsides to the job – but I get paid to travel the world and create what I want. Not many artists can say that.

Boomer Banks

Imagine you’re on the cover of Vogue.

Who are you wearing? What’s the headline? Who are you shagging?

I’m wearing my own design. The headline reads ‘Violet Chachki and the importance of clothing as gender protest.’

See more of Loverboy’s shoot with Boomer here.


The Boulet Brothers

Did you sell your soul to win Rupaul’s Drag Race? (Asking for a friend).

Oh honey, I don’t have a soul – That’s how I can corset down so much!

See more of Loverboy’s shoot with The Boulet Brothers here.


Jodie Harsh

What is your process in finding the right song to perform to?

I’m always listening to music and internet radio. If I hear a track and I get a visual – I go with it. I’m a very visual person. If I can see myself on a stage while I’m listening to a song, then I usually try to create what I see in my mind.

See more of Loverboy’s shoot with Jodie in our second Issue.

The House of Avalon

If you had to do Night of 1000 Madonnas, who would you have chosen?

Hmmm…either ‘Justify My Love’ when she’s in the hallway with the trench coat and suitcase or The Girlie Show when she has on that black Thai-inspired rhinestone headdress.

See more of Loverboy’s shoot with The House of Avalon here.


Teddy Torres

What are your thoughts towards there being an active LGBT “community” after you were kicked out of Le Dépôt in Paris?

My thoughts are the same as they were before. Just like outside of the community, lots of people are femme-phobic and transphobic within the community too. It’s sad. Especially when the people who have been outwardly effeminate and flamboyant are the ones responsible for the gay rights movement.

See more of Loverboy’s shoot with Teddy here.


Danny Franzese

Your spin and reveal has gone down in HERstory. Did you have that moment planned or was it a last minute decision?

I had that outfit already and would wear it at my shows in Atlanta. The reveal wasn’t part of the original design, It just happened to work when I flipped the sleeves. I chose it for the fall runway because tartan is very fall to me.

Read Loverboy’s interview with Danny in our second issue.


Alex Mercurio

If you weren’t doing burlesque, what style of drag would you be doing?

There’s no other style that really interests me as much. I think glamour has the most power. If I wasn’t a burlesque performer I think I’d be a fashion designer.


Mikey Pop

Drag has obviously had a huge resurgence thanks to Drag Race but also thanks to social media and the endless memes and gifs. Firstly which is your favourite meme/gif? Secondly, what will be the next evolution of drag?

I’ve been loving all the All Stars 3 memes with Shangela and Kennedy. I think what’s next for drag is a true reality show, Kardashian’s style, the shit we encounter on the road is so wild it would be such great TV. I also think we need a true drag pop star.

Read Loverboy’s interview with Mikey here.

And the Bonus Round with Violet’s BFF Casey Spooner


Do you feel trapped by your persona?

Sometimes, yes. But I think that has to do with society and social constructs more than anything.

What does sweaty vs sweetie mean to you?

You’re sweaty and I’m sweetie.

Are you working on a song called ‘feather boa’?

I don’t know. You tell me. Are WE working on a song called ‘feather boa’?

Why do you feel an affinity to Pierre Molinier?

I think I have a connection to the narcissism and eroticism behind his self portraiture.

Do you miss Casey Spooner?


Who is filming The Casey & Violet show?

Good question. Any takers?

Read Loverboy’s interview with Casey here.

Find out more about Violet at http://violetchachki.net/ or follow her on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Werq The World 2018 kicks off again on 18th May in Berlin. Find out more here.

We meet the gentle quiropractor

Stefan Becker

Friday morning the 9th of March we explored the world of Chiropractic care with Stefan Becker from Sarriá Quiropráctica. He entered the profession after discovering that chiropractic care was able to relieve his own migraines and after many years of training and decades of experience he has been able to share the benefits with a vast range of patients, even including babies as young as 10 days old!

He is a firm believer in preventative care and encourages anyone who is interested in maintaining their own well being with a visit. Click on the video below to understand more of the benefits of Chiropractic care!
Contact him here there is a special offer starting on the 12th of March for just two weeks that your first session is absolutely FREE if you mention BarcelonaCityFM when booking!

Barcelona on International Women’s Day








This morning, Jim Kent was speaking at the Grand Central Hotel as a part of the International Women’s Day Breakfast. The founder of Barcelona City FM talked about the challenges in ensuring gender equality within organizations.

Simultaneously, thousands of women and men were out in the streets of Barcelona, celebrating the International Women’s Day and showing their motivation to keep fighting for equal rights for women. The march tapered off at Plaza Jaume in El Gótico, Barcelona.

The main feminist strike “La Vaga Feminista”, has its meeting point at La Pedrera tonight at 6PM. The strike is also affecting consumerism, which means that women are encouraged not to spend money to show their economic power.

Written by Laura Kabelka
[email protected]

Impact of the Feminist March in Barcelona on Public Transport and Social Services

On the occasion of the International Women’s Day, Barcelona is impacted by the feminist strike today, March 8. Various services are reduced to a minimum level and transportation, social services, and information services are particularly affected by this strike.

Renfe has canceled 105 AVE and Long Distance trains and 199 medium-distance trains scheduled for today. Travelers who were supposed to travel on trains that were canceled may choose between being relocated to another train or canceling their ticket at no cost.

In the case of commuter trains, at peak times the circulation of a maximum of 75% of trains is guaranteed and 50% for the rest of the day. For freight trains, minimum services of 25% have been established.

In the metropolitan area of Barcelona, means of transport will run 50% less frequently during rush hours (6.30-9.30AM and 5-8PM) and only 25% during less busy hours. The transport connecting Barcelona to its airport will be reduced to 50% of the usual service.

The assistance and social services, which include residences, assistance at home and social dining rooms, will operate normally. In the healthcare sector, emergencies and special units will offer normal service, although the outpatient care centers will limit the service to 25%.

As for the public service of radio and television, it is expected that the production and broadcasting or retransmission of the news program will be produced in 50% of the usual contents of its channels, stations, and portals. However, necessary information is guaranteed in case of an emergency for the population.

International Women’s Day: Feminist strike in Barcelona

On March 8, women all over Spain will mark the International Women’s Day to prove that “if women stop, the world stops”. On this occasion, women are encouraged to abandon their duties at their workplace and at home.

If you want to join tomorrow’s strike, you are legally required to inform your employer in advance and can count on losing one day’s pay.

In Barcelona, there will be a protest march, starting at 6.30PM from Paseo de Gracia to Plaza de Cataluña. Women and men who support equality are being called to join demonstrations taking place across Spain this Thursday.

On the International Women’s Day website, it is emphasized that “now, more than ever, there’s a strong call-to-action to press forward and progress gender parity. There’s a strong call to #PressforProgress motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive.”

With movements like #MeToo or #TimesUp, gender parity is being fought for, but we must keep our motivation to move forward. In Spain, women get paid approximately 13% less than men for the same tasks at work.

Jim Kent, Founder of Barcelona City FM, will be speaking at the Grand Central Hotel tomorrow from 10.00-10.30 about the importance of equal gender rights in the work environment, which is part of the International Women’s Day Breakfast.


Written by Laura Kabelka
[email protected]

The Susqueda Crime: Marijuana as a possible motive

The judge of Santa Coloma de Farners sent Jordi Magentí, the main suspect in the Susqueda crime, to prison yesterday. The decision was communicated late in the afternoon after an intense day in which the accused was taken to the courts and later to the crime scene in the Susqueda reservoir to reconstruct the facts. But Magentí refused to collaborate and did not contribute much to the investigation while he keeps claiming his innocence.

The crime was committed on August 24 and the following day Magentí returned to the swamp to dispose of the bodies by submerging them in the waters with backpacks filled with stones. He further got rid of the car and the kayak.

The Mossos are very clear that the suspect was in the swamp at the time of the assassination. This was confirmed by cameras who filmed the Land Rover traveling through the swamp and the subsequent day by the camera of a gas station. There are also telephone conversations held with relatives in which the accused unwittingly incriminated himself since he gave details that only someone who was in Susqueda at that time could know.

In 1997, Jordi Magentí cold-bloodedly murdered his ex-wife by shooting her in the back. For this, he spent 12 years in prison. Magent´i’s criminal record and the details of the investigation are reasons why the agents of the Unidad de Desaparecidos do not doubt his guilt.

But what were the motives for such a cruel act? One hypothesis is related to the cultivation of marijuana, to which Magentí was very dedicated. One of the plantations was in the swamp and close to where the crime occurred. Plausibly, the two young people surprised Magentí in his plantation to which he reacted violently.

The process will continue for several months. Carles Monguilod, Marc and Paula’s relatives’ lawyer, assured that the relatives are grateful for the work of the Mossos and “do not want the investigation to be closed in false.” They just want to know “what happened to their children.”

Laura Kabelka
[email protected]

One in four Master graduates earns less than 1,000€

In Spain, University students who have studied five years to earn a Master degree, determined to start a professional, successful career, run a good chance of earning barely 1,000€ a month. More than a quarter of Master graduates, 27% to be more precise, are working for a salary of this kind and 8,8% of them even for less than 600€.

This data stems from the “Barometer of employability and university employment”. The report is centered on 50 public and private universities with a sample of more than 6,700 students surveyed in 2017. It further says that salary is one of the main reasons for dissatisfaction.  16.3% earn between 1,000 and 1,200€; 18.5% between 1,200 and 1,600€; 18.4% between 1,600 and 2,100€ and 13.1%, from 2,100 to 3,000 euros per month.

When being asked whether the Spanish University is culpable, Roberto Fernández, rector of the University of Lleida, stated that “it’s not entirely to blame. It’s a state issue, just as you have to do reforms in the University to contribute to well-being with greater employability, you need deep reforms in society. This Problem cannot be fixed by the University.”

It clearly is not only a matter of higher education but also of the current job market. Not only do many graduates work below their actual value, but also often in completely different fields than what their studies were about.

In order to improve the current situation, Universities can help by means of including more English courses, introducing obligatory internships and more spin-offs (companies created within the campus), according to Fernández. But, of course, in an improvement of the budget is essential for such a change.

Laura Kabelka
[email protected]

“Beast of the East” leaves more than 20 dead in Europe

This Wednesday, Europe was still frozen by the polar cold wave that claimed the lives of at least 24 people. Untypically, the snow has reached the shores of the Mediterranean and islands such as Corsica and Capri.

With glacial temperatures of up to -24ºC in some parts of Germany and -29ºC at night in Estonia, the most vulnerable people were warned, such as the elderly and the homeless, and several cities provided emergency shelter and assistance for those in need.

Most people died in Poland, with nine dead, followed by Lithuania, with five, and France, with four. The “Beast from the East” also led to two deaths in Spain: One in Hinojos (Huelva) and one in Galdakao (Basque Country).

The Red Cross, which established emergency teams throughout Europe, asked people to be especially attentive to neighbors and family members. The agency called for raising 10,000 blankets in France. According to a census carried out last week, at least 3,000 people are sleeping in the streets of Paris.

According to the British meteorological services, some rural communities could be isolated for days by snow, and warned about the possibility of “long interruptions of power supply and other services such as telephone and mobile networks.” The airline British Airways canceled about 60 flights to and from Heathrow airport.

In Barcelona, snowflakes could already be spotted last Tuesday around 1pm and on Wednesday numerous schools were closed. Starting this Thursday, temperatures will go up again and on Friday the sun will finally make it back to Catalonia.

The Power of Women in Mobile Tech

On February 27, the conference “Women in Mobile” (WiM) did prove that women indeed have a power in tech. 

This conference has been created to inspire, celebrate and connect European women working in the digital world.  WiM brought together 300 young leading professionals, the majority were women working in this sector.

Our journalist Marina Bessmertnykh from Barcelona City FM was there to witness this historical event to empower women’s leadership in technology.


20.800 police officers and civil guards missing in Spain

Last October 31, the national police and civil guards had a deficit of 20.800 agents, according to the Ministry of the Interior. Of the 163.491 members that should have been active, only 142.691 were, which is 13% less. The most affected regions are Catalonia, the Basque Country, and Navarra. The provinces of Girona and Lleida do not even cover more than 30% of the police positions.

In the province of Lleida, the staff of the national police is set at 211 agents. Currently, only 136 are covered. 75 police officers are missing, which are 35.5% of the total. With the Civil Guards, something similar is happening, with 20% fewer Guards working than supposed. Lleida is an extreme case of a phenomenon that is seen all over Spain: A lack of members of the State Security Forces and Corps.

Deputy Miguel Ángel Heredia criticises that since Mariano Rajoy’s arrival in Government, the troops have been “brutally” cut and believes that these figures represent a degradation of public safety. Additionally, Heredia stated that this demonstrates that “the PP is committed to private security to the detriment of the public.”

“It is necessary to establish a fixed replacement rate above the political and economic swings. Spain can not afford to cut back on security, “says Ramón Cosío, spokesman for the Unified Police Union (SUP). In the same sense, Juan Fernández of the Unified Association of Civil Guards (AUGC) said: “For years we have been far from covering the places of those who were retiring.” The vice president of the Union of Officers (UO), Javier Montes, speaks of “the urgent need to reorganize the entire deployment of troops to minimize the effects of this deficit.”

Laura Kabelka
[email protected]