Primavera Sound kicks off at the end of May, waking you up and hurtling you into the beginning of June. There is still time to stub out your fags, put down that flat pint of Tuborg and don’t bother ordering a Threeborg. It is time to accept that summer has not quite hit the UK yet. Instead, take a quick trip across the pond and experience the electrifying sounds of Primavera with an amazing backdrop of the city of Barcelona.
Primavera, fast becoming the festival for your independent music needs as well the more well-known faces to wrap you up in a scarf of nostalgia.
The mix of a seafront site and urban parts ensure you get a unique experience and make sure you start your summer off the right way.
Featured artists on the Primavera Sound lineup
Arcade Fire, Bone Iver, Frank Ocean, The xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, Van Morrison, Mac DeMarco, Metronomy, Angel Olsen, The Growlers Whitney and more.
FAR OUT SAYS DON’T MISS…
The XX The xx are an English band hailing from London town, as you all know too well. Now old hands on the festival scene the band hand are enjoying the successful ride of new album I See You.
Mac Demarco DeMarco’s slacker style which has become so easily recognisable will see him return to Primavera once more armed with a back catalogue of three studio albums plus EPs ensures Demarco’s show will be one not to be missed.
Swans New Yorkers Swans have been going way before Zuckerberg had decided to create virtual friends and the people were able to finish a meal without snapping a pic. This post-punk band are known for creating noise and lots of it. Splitting up in 1997, the band reformed to the applause of fans in 2010 and have been going ever since.
King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard A band that has been highly praised since starting in 2010, and not just for their name. From Melbourne Australia, their brand of psychedelic rock is something we promise will leave you not disappointed.
The Afghan Whigs Another American rock band, this time from Ohio. In 2001 The Afghan Whigs went their separate ways but are back with their mix of garage and soul they know how to work a crowd. Originally rising up in the grunge movement they have progressed and a sound now taking in a range of influences.
King Krule Known for his punk jazz and hip hop style, King Krule is an English singer-songwriter with a twist. Having released several EPs, King Krule’s debut album 6 Feet Beneath the Moon, was released in 2013. Not one to let anyone label his music, he incorporates; hip hop, darkwave and trip-hop into his catalogue of tunes. Although a great musician we are yet to have confirmation on his royal blood line.
Cigarettes After Sex An American ambient pop musical group led by Greg Gonzalez. The band’s first EP was released in 2012 with the singles ‘Affection’ and ‘K.’ following in 2015 and 2016, respectively.
WHERE/WHEN/HOW MUCH: Parc Del Forum, Barcelona, Spain. Wednesday May 31st – Sunday June 4th. tickets have sold out on the the official Primavera website.
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.
!!! (Chk Chk Chk) · 7 Notas 7 Colores · Abdullah Rashim · About Leaving · The Afghan Whigs · Against Me! · Agorazein · Alex Cameron · Alexandra Savior · Alien Tango · Âme · Angel Olsen · Anímic · Annette Peacock · Aphex Twin · Arcade Fire · Aries · Aurora Halal · Autarkic · Avalon Emerson · BADBADNOTGOOD · Barbott · Belako · Ben UFO · Berri Txarrak · Bicep · The Black Angels · Bon Iver · Broken Social Scene · Cigarettes After Sex · CLUBZ · Dj Coco · Conttra · Converge · Cymbal Eat Guitars · The Damned · Dave P. · Death Grips · Descendents · Discos Paradiso Crew · Dixon · Don’t DJ · Dj Dustin · El Petit de Cal Eril · Elmini · Elza Soares · Fatima Yamaha · Ferenc · Flying Lotus · Formation · Frank Ocean · Front 242 · Gas · Glass Animals · Gojira · Gordi · Grace Jones · Grandaddy · The Growlers · Hamilton Leithauser · Henrik Schwarz · Her Little Donkey · Huerco S. · HVOB · InnerCut · Iosonouncane · It’s Not Not · Japandroids · Jardín de la Croix · Jeremy Jay · JMII · Joey Purp · John Talabot Disco Set · Joy Orbison · Julia Jacklin · Julie Doiron · Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express · Kelly Lee Owens · Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero · Kevin Morby · Khidja · King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard · King Krule · King Sunny Adé · KiNK · Kokoshca · Kornél Kovács · Lady Wray · Lauer · Les Cruet · Les Sueques · Let’s Eat Grandma · Local Natives · Lord Of The Isles · Lvl Up · Mac DeMarco · The Magnetic Fields · The Make-Up · Mannequin Pussy · Màquina Total · Maresme · Marie Davidson · Marta Delmont · Matrixxman · Medalla · Melange · Metronomy · Michael Mayer · Miguel · Mishima · Mitski · The Molochs · Moscoman · Muñeco · Murdoc · Museless · The Mystery Lights · Nikki Lane · No Zu · Noga Erez · Nots · Odina · Operators · PAVVLA · Pearson Sound · Pedro Vian · Pender Street Steppers · Phurpa · Pinegrove · Playback Maracas · Polar Inertia · Pond · Preoccupations · Priests · Rebuig · Recondite · Retirada! · Romare · Rosalía & Raül Refree · Royal Trux · Run The Jewels · S U R V I V E · Saint Etienne · Salfumán · Sampha · Sau Poler · Seu Jorge plays The Life Aquatic. A Tribute to David Bowie · Shelby Grey · Shellac · Sinkane · Skepta · Skinny Puppy · Slayer · Sleaford Mods · Sleep · Slim Cessna’s Auto Club · Solange · Soledad Vélez · Sorry Kate · Swans · Swet Shop Boys · Talaboman · Teenage Fanclub · Dj Tennis · This Is Not This Heat · Triángulo de Amor Bizarro · Tuff City Kids · Tycho · Vaadat Charigim · Van Morrison · Vladimir Ivkovic · Vox Low · Wand · The Waterparties · The Wave Pictures · The Wedding Present · Weval · Weyes Blood · The Wheels · Whitney · Wild Beasts · William Tyler · The xx · Youandewan · The Zombies perform “Odessey & Oracle” 50th Anniversary