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Barcelona New Year’s Eve 2019-2020: Events and Tips

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So you’re planning a Barcelona New Year’s Eve: an idea as sparkling as champagne.

What could go wrong spending NYE in the temperate weather of one of Europe’s biggest party cities?

You’re on the right track but here’s some great things to do to make sure you don’t get derailed.

Here’s how to do New Year’s Eve in Barcelona in 2019-2020.

Spending New Year’s Eve in Barcelona

What to Do in Barcelona for New Year’s Eve 2019-2020

The Official Party at Plaça Espanya

This includes a wholesome music and light show in Plaça Espanya – one of the city’s most emblematic squares. This is without a doubt the best place to spend New Year’s Eve in Barcelona for families.

Here you’re treated to an extra special show at the Magic Fountain with concert stages, people doing campanadas (eating twelve grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck), and a nice firework show.

For New Year’s Eve 2019 the French company Groupe F takes the reins so get ready for an amazing night out! The firework show starts at 11:40 pm and lasts for 30 minutes.

Since over 80,000 spectators attend every year make sure you arrive early at 11:00 pm to ensure getting a spot for the show.

Tip: to partake in the tradition of eating twelve grapes at midnight make sure to buy them at a supermarket or fruteria. The ones packaged specially for the celebrations will be 10 times more expensive.

Metro: Espanya (red line L1 or green line L3).

Traditional Flamenco Party

With pricey package parties being the norm it can be difficult to find value anywhere. Luckily you can get a full flamenco experience plus a traditional Spanish NYE party with DJ until 3:00 am.

Options to add a three course gourmet dinner also exist.

Show + drink: €75.00 (kids €22.00)

Dinner + drink: €150.00 (kids €32.00)

Interested? Simply click the blue button below:

The Plaça Catalunya Street Party

This one is more for young people wanting excitement: like the midnight bottle toss.

At midnight a large space in Plaça Catalunya is cleared and people throw their wine bottles into the square. It’s a pretty impressive (if dangerous) sight to see hundreds of bottles flying through the air and smashing into bits.

From here you’ll find rowdy crowds filtering down into the famous La Rambla and bar-heavy confines of the Gothic Quarter – if you’re not looking for an expensive club night but want a proper night out at cool bars this is the option for you.

Get there around 11:00 pm.

Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green line L3).

Barcelona New Year’s Eve Restaurants

It’s really hard to get a table at quality places for NYE so my advice is to book well in advance and come to terms with the fact that 99% of the restaurants offer set menus.

Expect to pay between €80.00-€120.00 per person for NYE set menu.

I’ve got some of the best options below:

Bodega Joan

Local legends Bodega Joan offer a great budget set menu for New Year’s Eve – if you want great Spanish atmosphere this is it!

The cost is €75.00 for adults and €20.00 for children.

The 2019-2020 highlights include mains of cumberland beef tenderloin or monkfish medallions with octopus skewers, classic Iberian ham de bellota (the best quality), and 5 more dishes.

Click the blue button below for direct booking (€15.00 deposit pp) to hold your table – it’s deducted from your bill at the restaurant.

BODEGA JOAN NYE
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Please keep in mind Bodega Joan is closed January 1st.

Louro

This Galician restaurant found right in the heart of La Rambla takes traditional Spanish tapas to a whole new, modern level.

For 2019-2020 the restaurant has a €100.00 set menu including:

  • Oysters with kimchi, mango, and codium seaweed
  • Cambados scallops with Albariño béarnaise and tomato confit
  • Fake morel mushroom risotto and San Simon carbonara
  • Grouper with red shrimp and baby veg
  • Intermission: cava and lemon sorbet
  • Oxtail with glazed lobster and sweet potato
  • Textured piña colada
  • Tocino de cielo egg and syrup pudding

Tables can be booked in advance clicking the button below:

LOURO
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Traditional Dishes

Traditional Catalonian foods during new years include escudella amb carn d’olla (a clear and strong meat broth with sausage, meatballs, and snail-shaped pasta shells), stuffed chicken, or roasted lamb.

You wouldn’t dare finish a meal without cava (a sparkling white wine) or turrón (a type of nougat).

Barcelona New Year’s Eve Clubs + Parties

I’ve updated this article super early for 2019-2020.

When you can you’ll see buying links for all these amazing parties. Last year many waited too long and paid ridiculous last minute prices or were left out in the cold – don’t be one of them this year

Make sure to booking using the blue buttons ASAP.

Razzmatazz

122 Carrer Almogavers | Metro: Marina (red line L1)

The biggest club in the city is an electronic music temple and pit stop for famous international DJs.

Every year you’ll get down to house headliners DJs Gato & Amable and Legoteque.

If you buy in advance online (button below) it costs €44.50 (two drinks + t-shirt) to enter after midnight and €54.50 for early entry at 10:30. The 10:30 onward tickets include a type of New Year’s Eve goodie bag with grapes, champagne, and a cotillon: a type of accessory.

Across the five different rooms expect more than 10 DJs to perform.

Time: 10:30 pm to 7:00 am.

RAZZMATAZZ NYE PARTY
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Pacha

Passeig Marítim Barceloneta 38 | Metro: Ciutadella-Vila Olimpica (yellow line L3)

If you’re looking to go upscale with big leather couches, VIP rooms, and a beachside sea breeze then step into one of the world’s most famous club chains that created Ibiza’s first superclub.

The 2019-2020 version features a line up of Marshall Night and Alberto Herrera. Tickets can be bought in advance online using the button below.

Entrance: €50.00 to €60.00 with one drink (no-line entry before 4 am).

Time: 11:55 pm to 6:45 am.

PACHA NYE PARTY
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Opium

34 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Villa Olimpica (yellow line L4)

If you’re a fan of EDM music than look no further than this Barcelona club classic. On December 31st you’ll be treated by their house Djs until the wee hours of the morning.

If chocolate fountains, lush white leather, and beach-side vibes is what you’re looking for then this could be for you.

Entrance: €50.00 with one drink.

Time: 11:30 to 7:00.

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City Hall

2-4 Rambla de Catalunya | Metro: Catalunya (red line L1 or green L3)

Those not looking to take out a second mortgage on the house to enjoy a Barcelona New Year’s Eve should consider City Hall with its bargain basement entrance price of just €20.00.

The super central club welcomes Djs tINI, Alexandra, and ISAbella to the stage for a night of techno and house music. The underground and international atmosphere never fails to disappoint.

Entrance: €20.00 (€15.00 early bird)

Time: 11:59 to 6:00.

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IceBar

Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas 2 | Metro: Vila Olimpica (yellow line L4)

Beach weather is gone and it’s already cold so why not freeze? Barcelona’s only multi-venue party takes place in the magnificent Touche Restaurant as well as the world’s only beach side ice bar: Icebarcelona.

6 international DJs will treat you to a night of locura and best of all at €25.00 euros for entrance and a drink it’s one of the best value parties in the city.

Not a fan of the cold? Then spend the night in the hot bar! Simple as 🙂

Time: 11:00 am till late.

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Fiesta Poble Espanyol

13 Francesc Ferrer i Guardia | Metro: Espanyol (green and red lines L1/L3) | Website

For 29 years people have gathered in this makeshift Spanish village to bring in the new year.

Three pavilions offer tons of options: the central one hosts up to 5,000 people dancing to a mix of 70’s/80’s/90’s dance as well as current music; a smaller space hosts up to 1,500 people dancing to electronic music.

The festivities kick off at 10:30 pm and end at 6:00 am and costs €35.00… with grapes, ‘novelties’, chocolates, good vibes, and 4 drinks included! If you purchase after December 22nd they’ll cost €40.00 (€60.00 on the door).

This is the best Barcelona New Years deal – for this reason I suggest buying the tickets in advance online.

SHOKO

36 Maritimo de la Barceloneta | Metro: Vila Olimpica (yellow line L4)

This Barcelona institution is for those who want a New Year’s Eve club night with hip hop, reggaeton, and R&B. This might be a bit more upscale than neighbour Pacha but maybe you want that way anyway!

Shoko also sets itself apart as one of the only New Year’s Eve clubs in Barcelona with a delicious dinner option.

Elegant dress is a must.

Entrance: €50.00 with one drink, €150.00 with cocktail show, €250.00 with dinner.

Time: 11:59 to 6:00.

SHOKO NYE PARTY
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Sala Apolo

113 Carrer Nou de la Rambla | Metro: Parallel (green line L3) | Website

Apolo is the second biggest club in Barcelona and have recently offered a 90’s revival night as part of their new year’s festivities – the price of the nostalgia is a wallet-friendly €25.00. Even today you’ll find rock music in their basement room Sala 2.

More recently they’ve run their usual Nitsa Club night featuring all the newest in techno, hip hop, house, and UK bass. This year’s artists include Dj Fra, Marc Piñol, Dj Kosmos, Dafoe, and Shelby Grey.

Time: 1:00 am to 7:00 am.

Other Barcelona New Year’s Clubs

If you’re not looking for big crowds but still want to party without paying inflated door prices you can always check out the small but potent techno club called Moog.

Last year’s New Year’s party featured DJs Uroz, 6tmä, David Lost, and Rubén Seoane and cost just €15.00! I will add any relevant information about NYE 2019-2020 here as I receive it.

Other well-known clubs rang in the recent New Year with the following prices: Sutton €50.00, Sotavento €50.00, and Catwalk €40.00.

If you’re not looking for anything in particular and want a good variety of choices just head down to the Port Olimpic: there you’ll find about a dozen (very touristy and full of young people) nightclubs in a small area.

Local NYE Traditions

We’ve talked about the grape-eating but there are a few more Barcelona New Year’s traditions tourists might want to get into. Number one, it’s tradition to wear red underwear when you celebrate the new year in Barcelona.

If you didn’t pack any there’s plenty of shopping spots to pick some up.

Secondly, when doing your midnight cheers you should be putting a ring or something gold in your cava glass. This ensures wealth and prosperity in the coming year.

Feeling adventurous? Then head down to the Playa de San Sebastián for the first swim of the year. It starts at noon sharp in front of the Club Natació Atlètic Barceloneta. It won’t cost you anything and is one of the great free things to do in Barcelona.

Barcelona New Year’s Eve Weather

It’s cold but not freezing and if you’re here for three days you’ll likely experience rain in some form. Leave the beach clothes at home and bring a decent jacket, a scarf, and a sweater.

  • The average high/low is 14°C (57°F) and 6°C (42°F).
  • There are 6 hours of daily sunshine
  • Monthly precipitation is 32 mm (a 28% chance any given day, usually light rain).

For more New Year’s Eve weather in Barcelona info check the official Spanish forecast website.

New Year’s Eve After Parties

Vamos al after! For this you usually need to chat to locals.

Sometimes after parties are held at the clubs themselves, but they could also be in abandoned warehouses or overnight raves… you never know what to expect! If I hear anything you guys will be the first to know.

In the meantime you can’t go wrong with my primary after party suggestion:

Elrow

For those who drank a couple coffees in addition to the New Year’s champagne I can’t not recommend the after party at elrow – without a doubt the best in Spain and maybe beyond!

It costs €40.00 in advance before December 12th (going up to €60.00 as the day approaches) but this is some next level stuff! It begins at 9 am and ends at 9 pm on the 1st of January in the seaside town of Viladecans.

To reach Viladecans you’ll need a shuttle. If you’re a fan of madness you won’t want to miss it.

UPDATE 31/10/2019: Last year they didn’t celebrate Elrow and this year it is TBA. If there is any information to add I will be putting it here ASAP.

Harass Me Into an Early Grave in the Comments

I spent a lot of time researching advice for your new year in Barcelona but I always miss something. Let me know if you had a great time somewhere and it should be added to the list.

Also, don’t forget to write me if you have ANY questions about your Barcelona holiday – I’m here to help.

89 comments
  • December 30, 2019 at 11:51 pm
    Nicolás
    Hi Ash, Really good guide first of all! Knowing is super late minute, me and a friend will be arriving to Barcelona tomorrow trying to get some fun for NYE. I have read all your article and other, but more than the party (plenty of options) I'm more concerned about the dinner. We are not looking for anything fancy, would it be possible to find something reasonable priced without booking? Too hopeful? Ideally we would eat something around and then head to Poble Espanyol for the grapes and the party! How do you see it? Good plan or flawed? Gracias
    • December 31, 2019 at 11:22 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Nicolás, It's quite late now so all my recommended restaurants are pretty much booked. In looking above though there are a couple slots left at Bodega Joan at 6:00 pm. This could be an option. As for walking up to restaurants without a reservation these would be the more tourist restaurants, casual restaurants etc... unfortunately I don't have any good ones off the top of my head that aren't doing set menus. We're talking about casual bars, chain restaurants, fast food etc... it's not a flawed idea if you don't mind risking having an average meal at a place you maybe didn't plan on dining at. At any rate I'm sure it'll be fine. Just go on a walk through the Gothic Quarter and I'm sure you'll find something! Cheers, Ash
  • December 28, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    Marcel
    Hi Ash, My girlfriend and I decided to go on a last minute trip to Barcelona to celebrate NYE. We heard some great stories about the gala dinner shows at W Barcelona and The Great Gatsby. Sadly, it comes as no surprise that these are all fully booked. So we were hoping, that you as a true Barcelona expert, could maybe advise us some similar spots. Or if you are able to pull some strings at the W hotel, that would great as well Great seeing you respond to all these comments. Kind regards, Marcel
    • December 29, 2019 at 10:43 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Marcel, It's a tough one as normally I'd recommend the Palacio del Flamenco for the dinner/show there but I've just received word that it's sold out as well. I would try Marmalade or Firebug which both have dinner/drinks/DJ type vibes... they won't be quite as luxurious as the W but then again what is? haha. Cheers, Ash
      • December 29, 2019 at 7:50 pm
        Marcel
        Hi Ash, Thanks for the quick respons. I will have a look at these spots. Have a great NYE! Cheers, Marcel
        • December 30, 2019 at 10:54 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          You too! Let me know how it all goes :) Cheers, Ash
  • December 28, 2019 at 10:17 am
    Tony
    Hi 1st time in barcelona on new years eve Will we be able to get drinks out in bars etc I see people book tables in advance we were hoping to grab a few beers and enjoy the fireworks etc Tony
    • December 28, 2019 at 11:40 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Tony, Clubs and bar/restaurants will indeed have expensive tickets to get in the door but as far as typical 'drink only' bars go there's no need to book any tables in advance. You'll still be able to walk around and do a mini bar crawl... my American friend who visited recently remarked "it's amazing, there's just so many bars here!" on his last visit. It's true. Just go for a walk in the Gothic Quarter or El Born and you'll find so many.
  • November 12, 2019 at 4:02 pm
    Kenneth
    Thanks for the info, Ash. Really informative. Got everything I was looking for all in this article. My wife and I together with my sister and her husband will be celebrating New Years in Barcelona this year. It’s our first time to Barca and we’ll be travelling all the way from Malaysia. Really looking forward to our trip. Happy New Year in advance! Haha
    • November 12, 2019 at 4:19 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Kenneth, Thanks for writing in, I am so glad I can help! :) Please let me know if you have any more questions about visiting... have a nice flight and a great NYE in my city! Ash
      • November 13, 2019 at 1:16 pm
        Kenneth
        We’re planning to check out Plaça Espanya for the street party. Do you know if we need to purchase tickets or it’s an open street party? Same goes for Plaça Catalunya. We’re a young couple, Plaça Catalunya seems more like our kinda party. Haha
        • November 13, 2019 at 2:38 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hi Kenneth, No need to pay for anything! It's all free... just walk up and enjoy :) Cheers, Ash
          • November 13, 2019 at 2:48 pm
            Kenneth
            Nice, thanks Ash!
            • November 13, 2019 at 2:55 pm
              ashley
              Team Member
              Ash
              No problem at all :)
  • November 10, 2019 at 10:12 pm
    Catherine Baxendale
    Hi Ash We're staying in Sitges for 5 weeks over Xmas & NY. This will be our 5th winter in the area. On NY's eve we woild like to go to mass at the Segrada then eat & get to Placa Espanya for the NY celebrations. We have been to PE in previous years & were grateful that public transport was available - we were staying in Poble Nou & Exiample respectively so was really easy to get around. We have the option to either get a hotel in BCN or travel back to Sitges. Hotels appear to charge higher prices, around €160 for room only. Are you aware if renfe or the bus service run to Sitges after midnight or would we need to hire a car/order a taxi ? We have booked a hotel for the Epiphany celebrations for €75 so the increase for NY is a little disappointing. I have noted some of your restaurant recommendations & will definitely be trying them. Many thanks for any help you can offer. Best, Catherine
    • November 12, 2019 at 10:47 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Catherine, How late were you planning on staying out? Provided you don't stay out until around 5 or 6 when the trains start running again you should have a second option: Monbus. If you look at their schedule here: https://www.monbus.cat/horaris-nocturn/ It appears there will be service. That said, I have just sent a message to a contact there to check for you. If there is any change I'll let you know. Unless you were planning on a really special night out, anniversary type things, I don't see the need to shell out triple for a hotel if you can get back to Sitges. Cheers, Ash
  • October 24, 2019 at 11:52 pm
    sonia
    Our first visit to Barcelona so thanks for the great tips! We have booked Cachitos Ramblas for dinner and was interested to hear if you have ever been and what you thought. I thought it seemed to be in a good location. We are two 54 year olds with a 20 year old and 23 year old who want to do some partying with others! We are happy to sit and soak in the atmosphere!
    • October 25, 2019 at 10:54 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sonia, I have never been to Cachitos though looking at the photos it does look quite nice. The food looks quite authentic though generally with these big spaces that are decorated super modernly it's bound to be full of tourist... which may add to the experience! I can't say whether it'll be a big party but you can tell the youngins that they could move on to a club after dinner.... there's a massive party up at Poble Espanyol which is probably the biggest clubbing/party offering of the night. Or they could go to a nearby club like Razzmatazz or City Hall. At any rate you're super central so it'll be easy :) Cheers, Ash
      • November 12, 2019 at 11:40 am
        Catherine Baxendale
        Hello Ash Thank you so much for taking the time to help me ... We only intend to stay until the fireworks have finished so looks like we will be able to travel back to Sitges on the Monbus. We will be venturing into the city on a number of occasions during our 5 weeks stay so your recommendations are gratefully received. Thanks again. Best, Catherine
        • November 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Hola again Catherine, No problem at all! That's what I'm here for :) I imagined you staying out until more of a grey area time but if you're going back right after the fireworks it's very possible you'll have a train from nearby Sants Estacio. I would check the schedule here when it is announced: http://www.renfe.com/EN/viajeros/cercanias/barcelona/ Anyway, let me know if you need any more help! Always here :) Cheers, Ash
  • October 20, 2019 at 10:10 pm
    Alex
    Hi. Brilliant website and finding all the info really useful. Do you know what time the fountain shows will be on at New Years Eve? Thanks Alex
    • October 21, 2019 at 10:39 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Alex, To my knowledge the Magic Fountain show is an extension of the NYE celebration/fireworks in Plaça Espanya and goes at midnight. I have checked the official site and it says nothing of the like... I will send some messages around to see if anybody knows different! Ash
      • October 21, 2019 at 4:53 pm
        Alex
        Thanks Ash, that would be really useful. Do you envisage the fountains to be back running to the regular schedule from the 1st January? As its our first visit to Barcelona with baby, we are looking to do different things. Can you suggest the best value ticket that covers the Zoo, Aquarium and Park Guell? Thanks again, Alex
        • October 22, 2019 at 8:27 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          Since this year January 1st falls on a Wednesday it will not run... the first show of 2020 (aside from the NYE stuff) will be on Thursday January 2nd. I know of no ticket that covers just the zoo, aquarium, and Park Guell. If in addition you wanted Sagrada + the Bus Turistic I would say to grab the City Pass. If not though I would just buy these attractions individually as you won't need to worry about making up value. Cheers, Ash
          • October 22, 2019 at 1:57 pm
            Alex
            Thanks Ash. Very helpful as always.
  • October 16, 2019 at 11:01 pm
    Katie
    Dear Ash, Have you heard anything about tickets for New Year’s Eve 2019 yet? I keep watching Fiesta Poble Espanyol. Please let me know. Thank you for your assistance. Sincerely, Katie
    • October 17, 2019 at 10:23 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Katie, There hasn't been any info for the Poble Espanyol one... they still have the website from last year up. Typically the parties are announced in the second half (or end) of October. My only suggestion is to keep your eyes peeled as I'll have the info up here ASAP :) Cheers, Ash
  • September 3, 2019 at 12:19 pm
    Amy
    Hi Ash, I am landing in Barcelona on NYE with my boyfriend (he will be 21 and I will be 20) and I am looking at booking a restaurant/cocktail bar for the NYE countdown for us both. I seen you mentioned the alaire terrace bar as a good place, do you have any other reccomendations. Also, do you know a rough time as to when they release events/tickets/set menus and how far in advance I am best to book? thank you, Amy
    • September 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Amy, I haven't been to any of these roof tops for the NYE parties but depending on budget you may also want to take a look at the W Hotel or the Hotel 1898. In general tickets for all the NYE stuff go on sale some time in November so I would start checking back then. I will be updating this article shortly and the about weekly leading up to the new year... so keep your eyes peeled! Cheers, Ash
      • October 7, 2019 at 9:58 pm
        Amy
        Hi Ash, do you have any information on prices/event these two hotels have done in previous years for NYE? thanks so much, Amy
        • October 8, 2019 at 10:38 am
          ashley
          Team Member
          Ash
          These are two of the premier hotels in the city so they'll be at the high end of price ranges which would be anywhere from €150.00-€300.00 depending on VIP options etc. I will post back more when I hear.
  • December 31, 2018 at 1:06 pm
    Sam
    Love the website, thanks for all the hard work! I’m going to the fireworks in placa España tonight and am wondering if it’s cool to bring some cava for midnight. I know technically public drinking is illegal in Barcelona but do they look the other way for New Years? Not looking for a fine but do want a nice buzz for the new year haha.
    • January 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm
      H H Marsh
      Love all the tips except one! Taxileader may be out of business? Their online booking is buggy. We filled in the details and got no response, via email. We called there was no one home, anytime, any day. So we paid our deposit but who knows if anyone shows up???
      • January 8, 2019 at 11:28 am
        ashley
        Team Member
        Ash
        Hi HH, Thank you so much for the kind words :) Obviously this is quite concerning but I must ask... did you check the spam box of your email? This is usually the explanation. Please let me know, in the meantime if this is not the case you could send me a booking number via email at ashley@barcelonahacks.com I can get in touch with my contact there and see what we can do. Ash
    • January 2, 2019 at 9:38 am
      ashley
      Team Member
      Ash
      Hi Sam, Apologies for the slow response here, being away in another country has it hard to respond on my mobile so had to wait to get to a computer. I know the day has passed but just in case somebody else reads this... it is TECHNICALLY illegal to drink in public in Barcelona though this is very rarely enforced, usually only when the said drinker is causing trouble. Especially on NYE there should be no problems walking around with a bottle of cava, in fact I've done it various times myself for your exact reasoning ;) Hope you had a good one and thanks so much for the compliments on the blog! Ash
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