Primavera Sound excels not only as a vibrant, cultural reflection of Barcelona, but also as a favourite on the international festival scene. Boasting one of the summer’s best musical line ups, Primavera Sound attracts a worldwide audience.
Despite belonging to one of Europe’s largest coastal cities, Primavera Sound is a concrete jungle. Wedged between the city skyline and the beach, the expansive urban site offers four unique areas packed with remarkable stages.
For the Coachella curious who can’t afford flights to the US, Primavera Sound is a credible, nearby alternative. Ok so you can rule out a selfie with Kendal Jenner, but don’t be surprised if you see Haim wandering freely into the dance arena just before sunrise.
A pilgrim’s journey over Parc del Forum’s statuesque bridge brings festival goers to the Desperados and Barcardi Live Stage where sets from Dixon, Bicep and Joy Orbison keep the party alive until sunrise. Bowers & Wilkins Sound System brings a spine-tingling level of audio performance that creates an unparalleled closeness between DJ and audience.
Bon Iver’s critically acclaimed 22 a Million album translates beautifully to The Heineken Stage, with ocean views to the left and city views to the right; providing the perfect setting for cryptic symbols and spine-chilling enigmatic lyrics. A moving experience.
Other musical highlights included the politically charged Killer Mike and El-P aka Run The Jewels, who powered through a bass-heavy set, despite technical difficulties. The xx fell short of amazing with an underwhelming performance, before Jamie xx returned stepping in for Frank Ocean, ending his set with Nikes.
Solange, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Slayer, Sampha and Grace Jones drew in sizeable crowds – with a lengthy surprise set from Californian girl band Haim topping off the weekend.
Primavera Sound is a festival for people who love music deeply. It’s a world-class music event brimming with cosmopolitan city vibes, attractive landscapes and alternative sounds.
Flowing through the festival is an air of understated cool. From the attractive international crowd and the glimmering surroundings; to the lack of queues and refreshing focus on music.
Words by Hayley Thompson // @__hayl