Primavera Sound – What to do

Primavera SoundThere’s so much more to do at this years Primavera Sound festival, check out all of the cool things you can do here.

So we’ve gone over the line up and highlighted who we’re excited to see and which new bands you should try and check out, alongside the most exciting sets at this years festival. However, as always with Primavera it is so much more than just the three days of the festival itself, if you want you can make a full week out of it. As things kick off with opening concerts at the City’s Apolo venue, where the likes of Psychic TV and Deradoorian are set to kick things off in style.

Following that is the Opening Night, which this year features an eclectic line up of both homegrown talent and international stars, with Barcelona’s own Doble Pletina kicking things off at the Parc Del Forum and they’ll be followed by fellow Barcelona band El Ultimo Vecino and Primavera stalwart Sr. Chinarro. All this before Sweden’s finest psychedelic band GOAT take to the stage to wow the public with their unique take on tribal psychedelia.

The opening night will be headlined by Britpop legends Suede, this will be the first of two sets for them as they play a traditional set on the Wednesday night before playing a Night Moves set on the Thursday. It’s set to be one of the grandest openings the festival has ever had, and we’re certain they won’t disappoint.

There are also other events on, on the Wednesday around the Apolo and BARTS venues featuring the likes Empress Of, Younghusband and White Fence. This is all before the festival has even opened its gates properly, and this year they will open slightly earlier as the Bowers & Wilkins stage fires up at 12:00pm throughout the festival, consolidating the electronic line up in one place and allowing for extended sets as the stage will run until 6:00am on each day of the festival.

As ever Rough Trade will be providing a fully stocked merch stall with a plethora of festival and band merchandise for your perusal. However, beyond the merch stall there will once again be a record fair featuring some of the finest Spanish labels around, offering a rare chance to pick up some incredible records.

As well as a record fair, Flatstock is back again showcasing some of the worlds finest poster artists featuring the likes of Sean Mort, John Howard, Adam Pobiak, Jacknife and Kii Arens. Providing a sea of colour and allowing you once again a rare chance to meet the artists in person and buy some of their exceptionally high quality art.

Finally there will also be a series of shows centred around Barcelona’s CCCB, all of which are free to the public and will see the likes of Mudhoney, Black Lips, Bradford Cox, Robert Forster, Julien Baker, Andy Shauf and Cass McCombs all taking to the stage. With many of them appearing on a large outdoor stage with others appearing inside the CCCB.

All in all it makes for an incredibly busy week packed with some of the finest acts and artists from across the globe, the atmosphere is always electric and there is no mud to contend with, all amounting to a fantastic festival experience.


For more information about Primavera Sound, you can find them online 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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