Primavera Sound Barcelona 2022 – if you could bottle a feeling, this would be it

  
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Primavera Sound is sincerely about the music.

Lorde summed it up perfectly when she spoke about the energy of summer. The rush of warm nights, light skies, dramatic sunsets and the sound of the ocean. It’s a different kind of magic. The power of a summer festival to let go, heal and reconnect with yourself. If you could bottle a feeling, this would be it. Lorde is a once in a generation artist who’s essential return to the stage has been transcendent.

“Maybe all this is the party, maybe we just do it violently” playing to thousands of fans at dusk on the Pull & Bear Stage, Lorde told her story through Pure Heroine, Melodrama and Solar Power. Old songs took on new meanings, and new songs were felt in the present moment.

One of the best, understated sets of Primavera Sound, came from South London 4-piece Dry Cleaning. The post-punk band took to the Binance Stage on Thursday afternoon, setting off the attitude for the weekend with their cutting lyricism.

Future festival headliner Fred Again.. reached accelerated heights when he drew in one of the largest crowds of the weekend. The innovator filled his set with a mash-up of songs from his Actual Life diaries. Opening with Kyle (I Found You), Fred soon let rip with an extended version of his recent dance track ‘Lights Out’, featuring Romy & HAAi. From there, Fred kept the momentum going. A moment for reflection occurred during Angie (I’ve Been Lost), before a climatic and marvellous ending.

From New York to Barcelona, indie titans The Strokes packed the energy of two headline sets into one when they defeated COVID-19 in time for weekend two. Primavera honoured The Strokes fans who missed out on what could have been at weekend one, with the option to join the sun-kissed crowd on July 10th. Comprised of songs from their iconic back catalogue, The Strokes’ Primavera set was loud and energetic, with a level of production you don’t find at UK festivals.

Everything Is Embarrassing. Sky Ferreira is back! Pop music’s most rock and roll star performed new songs to her dedicated party fans. After a long wait due to some technical issues, Sky played favourites including ‘You’re Not The One’, before debuting her new music.

‘Call Me If You Get Lost’ is a sentiment that was lost at Primavera Sound. You will get lost. Finding yourself alone, stumbling on new sounds across the eclectic programming, turned out to be a powerful way of experiencing the festival. Tyler, The Creator has established himself as one of the most exciting festival headliners on the international circuit.

In 2016, Nick Murphy dropped his Chet Faker moniker, and began releasing music under his own name. Returning as Chet Faker for Primavera Sound 2022, the multi-instrumentalist pleased fans with classics including ‘No Diggity’ and ‘Drop The Game’.

Paving its way for the future, Primavera Sound’s 2022 line up was perfectly gender-balanced. Another remarkable set during weekend two came from leading lady Jessie Ware, who turned the Cupra stage into a pleasure-seeking disco.

Forgiving cancellations from the likes of Bleachers and Holly Humberstone were a reminder that the world is still recovering. We are incredibly lucky that live music is back, and every moment we do get should be cherished.

Primavera Sound has expanded around the world, with upcoming festivals debuting in LA, Portugal, Sao Paulo, Santiago and Buenos Aires. Check out the official website here for how to book.

Primavera Sound will return to Barcelona and Madrid in 2023.