Primavera Sound

Primavera SoundWith just over a week to go until this years Primavera Sound festival, we round up a bunch of bands who are set to impress at this years festival!

Having merely scratched the surface with our first preview, not only does Primavera Sound have an impressive line up of bands making a return to the stage but they also have an impressive number of new and up and coming bands taking to the stage across the festival. Some of whom will play a number of sets across the festival this year, there are a number of bands that fall into this category that have got us pretty excited. We’ve tried to round up a few of our favourites here!

Alexandra Savior’s debut took us by surprise somewhat, with an impressive co-writer in Alex Turner and in demand producer James Ford. It was always going to be a polished affair but Belladonna of Sadness is exquisite this dark and sultry album, there’s a real swagger and heartfelt depth to the tracks on the album. It feels made for salubrious night spots so the thought of a festival performance could be quite daunting. However, Alexandra Savior could prove to be one of the acts of the festival.

Julia Jacklin released her debut Don’t Let The Kids Win late last year, her brand of sweet alt-country is perfect for those hazy days at a festival. Her debut was lauded by critics for its delicacy and beauty and rightfully so, the likes of Pool Party and Leadlight are suitably dreamy. Julia Jacklin is sure to provide that much needed break from the hustle and bustle festival as she gives everyone an excuse to lay back and chill out to her elegant tracks.

Pinegrove had a brilliant year in 2016 with the release of the brilliant Cardinal, their passionate brand of indie saw them gather plaudits across the board. Perhaps one of the humblest bands around, their brutally honest and sincere tracks are exceptional. With Pinegrove you can tell everything comes from the heart the depth and emotion speaks for itself, they’re by by far one of the most exciting bands on this years line up.

Another band who’ve only recently come to our attention through their recent release on Sub Pop are LVL UP, with a couple of albums already under their belt LVL UP really took us by surprise. Their recent UK tour saw them in fine form, but they aren’t your typical indie rock band, whilst they drawn on influences like Pavement. There are also elements of heavy rock that creep in from time to time, they’re a band that really keep you on your toes as they change their set up at the drop of the hat. Definitely a band to check out and be in awe of their wildly varied sound.

New York natives The Mystery Lights released their blissed out psychedelic debut last year on Wick Records, they’re a band who certainly wear their influences on their sleeves. With typically warm analogue production their self-titled debut is an awesome slice of psychedelia, that seethes with true authenticity. Unlike a lot of the over-produced reproductions that are so readily available right now, with their beautiful swirling guitars and copious amounts of reverb their set is one not to be missed!

Having released their debut on Dischord earlier this year there is no wonder there is a buzz around Priests, their fervent tracks are exciting and upbeat combine the best of so many genres. If you add to this the bands willingness to delve into important issues, it makes their set all the more attractive and exciting. Despite their exceptionally late set time (4:00am) they’re without doubt going to be one of the bands of the festival and regardless of how tired we are, we will be in attendance for what is sure to be one of the highlights this year.

Nots debut in 2014 was one of the records that really took us by surprise and its taken us a long time to actually to get to see them, their short sharp lo-fi tracks are exceptional. Clocking in at little over twenty six minutes that first taster of Nots is scintillating and last year they backed it up the equally brilliant Cosmetic. Nots are certain to kick off our trip to this years festival with a bang and we really cannot wait to see them!

As Primavera continues to expand its electronic music line up, they continually thrown in curve balls one such is Kelly Lee Owens. The bassist in The History Of Apple Pie brings her solo project to this years festival, her stark electronic tracks seem to be a million miles away from the upbeat indie of The History Of Apple Pie. That aside though these tracks are exceptional, fuelled by delicate beats culminating in expansive soundscapes they have ability to remove you from all of the madness and furore around you. Certainly one to watch.

Weyes Blood has already been tipped by many as the heir to the folk throne, her astonishingly beautiful voice is certain to turn heads at the festival. Her astounding vocals are underpinned by stark tracks allowing all focus to be on these heart-wrenching songs. Hers a voice which is so rare now, so graceful and delicate yet packed with passion and heartfelt words, this is another artist who you cannot miss.

Our final pick is a band that aren’t necessarily new but are new to us, having returned last year with their first album in nine years Fool The Wise. Barcelona’s own It’s Not Not will make a welcome return to Primavera Sound this year. The Spanish hardcore band are certain to have a huge impact, Fool The Wise is awash with huge riffs and driving basslines. It’s hard to see how It’s Not Not won’t be one of the highlights of the festival with such an awesome sound, we can’t wait to catch them.

Once again this preview merely scratches the surface of the actual line up with over two hundred bands and artists playing across the festival, it is once again set to be one of the best festivals around. The fact we haven’t mentioned the likes of The XX, Grace Jones, Arcade Fire, Van Morrison, Bon Iver, Aphex Twin, Descendents and many more speaks volumes about the strength and depth of the line up.


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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