Festival preview: Primavera Sound 2016

Earlier this month Primavera Sound unveiled a 2016 line up to die for with seven days of action.

Featuring arguably its most diverse line up to date, the Barcelona festival have announced over 150 acts bringing festival dwellers a multitude of sounds and styles to get down to.




Having been allocated a Saturday slot from event organisers, Deerhunter again return to the Parc del Fòrum but this time bask in the sun with their most recent album Fading Frontier. 

“So, after flirting with the abstract and pigging out on distortion on ‘Cryptograms’ and exhibiting melody with pride on ‘Microcastle’ and “Halcyon Digest”, this Atlanta band have been revamping pop for a good few records already.

“The latest example is Fading Frontier, an album that follows up Monomania and once again flips styles to end up sounding dreamy and sun-drenched and as close to noise as it is to garage,” say Primavera.

Ty Segall and The Muggers

Segall, known for his prolific recording speed and willingness to relentlessly release new material, is taking the same mentality with him to Barcelona.

If you don’t get chance to catch him on Saturday night at the Parc del Fòrum, those who can afford t stay in the city a little longer can get down to the closing event at Primavera als Clubs on Sunday evening.

Richard Hawley

The one-time Pulp guitarist will be bringing his true Yorkshire grit the sunny beach side location.

Expect sunglasses, hair gel, leather jackets and a countless number of melting hearts when he ultimately slows things down with a romance number.

Oh Richard you devil!

WHEN/WHERE: Barcelona, Parc del Fòrum (+ various other venues) Monday 30th May – Sunday 5th June.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Remember Primavera Sound is an inner city festival, there’s no camping here, so look for accommodation near by. Tickets are on sale now price on the festival’s website, but with only a handful left, don’t wait around!

If you only do one thing while you’re there…

Make sure you sit at the Ray Ban stage at sunset. Although never such a fan of commercially sponsored stages, we know the deal.

That being said, the setting is joyous. Grab a pint of Estrella, pop on your sunglasses, sit on the colosseum-esque seating steps and enjoy the show… even if you’re not a big fan of the band playing which is absurd because the line-up is fucking insane.


A.R. Kane , Action Bronson , Air , Alberto Montero , Alessandro Cortini , Alex G , Algiers , Aliment , Andy Shauf , Angel Witch , Animal Collective , Autolux , Autumn Comets , Baby Dee , Bardo Pond , Barry Hogan DJ , Battles , Baywaves , Beach House , Beach Slang , BEAK> , Bearoid , Beirut , Ben Watt Band feat. Bernard Butler , Big Summer , Black Lips , Boredoms , Bradford Cox , Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds , C+C=Maxigross , C. Tangana , Cabaret Voltaire , Cadena , Cala Vento , Car Seat Headrest , CARLA , Cass McCombs , Cavern Of Anti-Matter , Chairlift , The Chills , Dj Coco , Current 93 , DâM-FunK , Daniel Gon , Daughter , Dave P , Deerhunter , Deradoorian , Destroyer , Die Katapult , Dinosaur Jr. , Doble Pletina , Downtown Boys , Drive Like Jehu , Dungen , El Último Vecino , Empress Of , Esperit! , Evian Christ , Explosions In The Sky , Fasenuova , Floating Points , Freddie Gibbs , Goat , Grupo de Expertos Solynieve , The Handclappers , Har Mar Superstar , Ho99o9 , Holly Herndon , Holögrama , Hudson Mohawke (dj set) , Inspira , Invisible Harvey , Islam Chipsy & EEK , The James Hunter Six , Jay Rock , Jenny Hval , Jessy Lanza , Joana Serrat , John Carpenter , Julia Holter , Julien Baker , Kamasi Washington , Kiasmos , Dj Koze, Loop , Los Chichos , Lubomyr Melnyk , Maceo Plex , Manel , Mar Otra Vez , Mbongwana Star , Moderat , Moses Sumney , Mudhoney , Mueran Humanos , My Expansive Awareness , NAO , Neil Michael Hagerty & the Howling Hex , Neon Indian , Nothing Places , Old King Cole Younger , Optimo (Espacio) , Orchestra Baobab , Pacosan , Pájaro Jack , Pantha du Prince , Parquet Courts , PJ Harvey , Power Burkas , Protomartyr , Psychic TV/ PTV3 , Pumuky , Pusha T , PXXR GVNG, Ran Ran Ran , Redthread , Dj Richard , Richard Dawson, Robert Forster , Roosevelt , Royal Headache , The Saurs , Savages , Selda feat. Boom Pam , SG Lewis , Sheer Mag , Shellac , Shinkiro , Shura , Siberian Wolves, Six Organs of Admittance , Steve Gunn , Suede , Suuns, Thee Oh Sees , Titus Andronicus , Tortoise , Twin Drama , Ty Segall and The Muggers , U.S. Girls , Univers , Unsane , Venom , Vince Staples , Viva Belgrado , White Fence , White Reaper , Wild Nothing , Wind Atlas , Younghusband