Primavera Sound 2017 – preview

Primavera SoundAside from the festival line up itself tomorrow sees the start of the build up to this years Primavera Sound, check out whats going on below!

With just days to go until this year’s edition of Primavera Sound, beyond the three actual days of the festival there is so much else to see and do around the festival, for ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike. For the former the festival officially kicks off on Monday, with two nights of brilliant club shows. The first of which will be headlined by the ever brilliant Wave Pictures, who are certain to kick the week with a bang.

They’re closely followed by the equally exciting Cigarettes After Sex on Tuesday, not only are Cigarettes After Sex playing, one of our favourite bands Let’s Eat Grandma will also take to the stage first in what will surely be one of the early highlights of the week. Following on from these two stellar shows will be the traditional opening evening of the festival, which once again brings together a particularly diverse line up. Including Local Natives and it will be headlined by Saint Etienne.

The opening night takes place at the festival site at Parc Del Forum, alongside the free line up will be a very special set from Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackey. Tickets for this will only be available to festival ticket holders and will be available on the Wednesday from the Parc, in fairness we don’t need an excuse to arrive early for any day of the festival but if there were ever a better reason this would be it. With the party carrying on late into the night at the Apolo and the Barts with the likes of Kate Tempest, it’s set to be another exciting opening to the festival!

During the main three days of the festival the site will continue to open at lunch time, allowing for festival goers to take advantage of the beach club. Where once again some of the biggest names in electronic music will take to the stage, with the likes of Jackmaster, Joy Orbison, KiNK, Gas and the inimitable John Talabot. Spending time lying on the beach soaking up some of the best music around is just another facet to this exceptional festival.

For those who are more interested in the bands on the line up, the festival will once again have two stages at the CCCB (Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona). These stages will run from Friday to Sunday and will play host to Nikki Lane, NOTS, Julia Jacklin, Priests, William Tyler, LVL UP, Mannequin Pussy and !!! (Chk Chk Chk) along with many others. This is open to the public and is once again sure to be one of the highlights of the festival, it is so refreshing to see so many exceptional bands in yet another beautiful venue in the city.

For festival ticket holders the festival will go out with a bang, one final incredible line up sees everything brought to a riotous close. Shellac, Sleaford Mods and Japandroids are just some of the bands taking to the Apolo stage on the Sunday evening for the annual closing party. On top of all of this yet again the festival will also play host to Flatstock where a number of the worlds finest poster artists will gather to display and sell their work.

This year it features twenty eight artists including Jacknife, Lil Tuffy, Pobiak, Michael Cowell, Scott Duffey and Carlo Vivary. It is arguably one of the most eye catching elements of the festival, you cannot help but by distracted by the bold colours and exciting prints. There will also be a return of the record fair featuring a plethora of Spain’s finest record labels alongside Rough Trade, all of which adds to the atmosphere and the diversity of the festival.

Primavera is always much more than a straightforward music festival, with such an incredible line up, as well as Flatstock and the Record Fair. The diverse range of events that take place across the full week provides something for everyone you really cannot help but fall in love with the festival and we’re sure that our time there this year will be amazing as ever.

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For more information about Primavera Sound check out their website here.

All words by Lee Hammond. You can check out more work by Lee at his Louder Than War author’s archive, he also tweets as @Napzap.

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