Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound

Another humongous line up packed to the nines with stars from across the Globe, Primavera Sound is once again set to be one of the highlights of the summer.

After yet another stellar year Primavera Sound have done it again, their 2016 line up is stacked from top to bottom with the highest quality. From some of the biggest names in the world including LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, The Avalanches, Air, Radiohead and The Last Shadow Puppets. It is by far one of the most exciting and diverse festivals of the year, yet it isn’t all about these big names.

With no headline slot as such, it can make for some more interesting clashes. The times haven’t yet been announced for this year’s festival, but we’ve tried to select the acts we’re most excited for at this year’s festival.

First up is the incredible Kamasi Washington, former session musician turned exquisite frontman. After releasing one of the albums of the year in 2015 with the aptly titled The Epic, he is all set to bring it over to this years Primavera Sound. His brand of Cosmic Jazz is quite literally out of this world, his unique style exuding from his exceptionally intricate tracks. Accompanied by ten musicians this is sure to be a set to remember.

Following on from their set at the Heineken Hidden Stage last year, Battles are back with their third album. Now out in the open and having received rave reviews across the board, La Di Da Di is set to come to life alongside their catalogue of some of the finest electro around. The likes of Atlas will always go down well with any crowd; they truly are one of the finest bands on the planet.

Whilst they aren’t playing the main festival, Goat are sure to put on an epic show at Parc Del Forum on the opening night this year. Whilst new music has been scarce 2014’s Commune has remained one of the finest neo-psych records around, Goat push boundaries and are always pushing to break the mould. In a densely packed genre Goat stick out head and shoulders above the rest for their incredible stage presence and compelling sound, they’re sure to set this year’s festival off with a bang!

Cabaret Voltaire will also take to the stage at this year’s festivals, after some twenty-year absence Richard H. Kirk has returned. They’re a band revered and respected by so many and will surely be a highlight for many at this years’ festival. Add to this the fact that Kirk refuses to play the hits or any old material for that matter, instead concentrating on solely on new material makes this even more exciting.

It goes without saying that the incomparable Savages will be an undoubted highlight of this years festival, their raw brand of punk is packed with passion and energy. As lead singer Jehnny Beth performs like she is possessed, with her wild eyes and powerful delivery, there are so few bands that possess anywhere near this level of intensity and excitement when they perform.

Amidst all of the madness Tortoise are sure to provide a moment of calm through their beautiful ambient electronica, and if latest record The Catastrophist is anything to go by, we’re certainly in for a treat. Lead single Gesceap is Tortoise at their best with a sea of beautiful synths its going to be all too easy to fall under their spell when compared to the blusterous madness that is set to go on elsewhere.

Cavern of Anti-Matter have released one of the most impressive albums of the year to date, and with Primavera’s stacked line up who knows who may make a guest appearance. The trio of Stereolab leader Tim Gane, Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf, they’re one of the truly exciting prospects on this years line up, with an album packed with intriguing collaborations and bewildering sounds and influences, this will be something not to be missed.

The ever prolific Parquet Courts will be tearing through Parc Del Forum, based on the strength of latest album Human Performance, they’re certain to be a huge draw this year. Their powerful brand of American Indie Rock sets them apart from many other mundane indie bands, with a willingness to stray away from the norm, allowing them to truly stand out in a terribly overcrowded scene.

You can’t mention prolific artists at Primavera without mentioning Ty Segall, the man never stops. Forever working on new projects, Ty Segall & The Muggers sees Segall in something of a different role. Instead of playing guitar, drums or anything else, its all left to a cast of some of the finest musicians around as Segall fronts the band – in a baby mask. Emotional Mugger is a brilliant album and some of his finest work to date. Lyrically adept whilst retaining his intense garage rock sound that he’s become synonymous with.

With so many larger acts on this years bill the clashes are sure to be at times heart-breaking, but there is one artist elevating themselves above everyone. Whilst many were upset at their reformation, I was personally overjoyed that LCD Soundsystem were back. One of the finest bands around, with a plethora of hits and what is sure to be one of the most impressive productions of the festival. This set is sure to well and truly set Primavera alight.

This is just a small number of acts on at this years Primavera Sound, there are over two hundred more, and whilst we’ve covered some of the larger acts here. We’ll be back in the weeks leading up to the festival with an in-depth look at some of the smaller acts and what else is going on around this years festival.


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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