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Mourn is a very young quartet formed from the friendship of Jazz Rodríguez Bueno and Carla Pérez Vas—both born in 1996 in ElMaresme, Catalonia, Spain. Official music video for Gertrudis, Get Through This! by MOURN, off their 7″ single. Buy Gertrudis,

The duo armed themselves with inspiration from PJ Harvey, Patti Smith, Sebadoh and Sleater Kinney and began writing material, which they quickly released, raw and acoustic, on their YouTube channel


Band Members
Carla Pérez Vas (singer and guitar)
Jazz Rodríguez Bueno (singer and guitar)
Antonio Postius (drummer)
Leia Rodríguez (bassist)

What if the magic of 1999’s Bowlie Weekender was recreated 20 years on with 2,500 like-minded music fans, dozens of your favourite bands, and us, on an exciting and once in a lifetime cruise holiday through the Mediterranean?

  • Two unique sets from Belle & Sebastian
  • An intimate conversation with Belle & Sebastian
  • Activities with band members
  • Dozens of performances by other favorite artists
  • Round trip cruise from Barcelona to Cagliari with two sea days full of music

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Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The National, Lorde, Migos, A$AP Rocky and Jane Birkin head the spectacular lineup of the eighteenth edition of Barcelona’s Primavera Festival.

Arctic Monkeys’ comeback tour, after four years without performing live, leads the delegation, Björk will perform her resplendent Utopia in her first visit to the festival and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds will finally bring the cathartic Skeleton Tree to the stage in what promises to be a historic concert.

All the aforementioned are just only the highlights of a monster list which consecrates The National and The War On Drugs, A$AP Rocky and Migos as the epitome of today’s hip hop and trap worldwide scene, and Lorde as the new 21st century pop star. As a culmination, the lineup also provides the opportunity to see a legendary artist such as Jane Birkin singing songs from her homage record to Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.

Taking over Spain from the 28th May to 2nd June, Primavera Sound rolls around again in spectacular fashion.


Almost two hundred names bear testimony to Primavera Sound’s special commitment to this, the seventeenth edition of its Barcelona festival. The central days of the event will be Wednesday 31st May through Sunday 4th June 2017 on its two main sites.

All you need to know before coming to #PrimaveraSound 2017!

Check the updated set times, look at the map of the Parc del Fòrum site and find the different spaces of Primavera a la Ciutat.

Find out everything you need to know about how to pick up and exchange your tickets and bear in mind that you will need to have an official identity card/passport on you at all times, when you pick up your wristband and when on the festival site. 

To resolve any doubts that you may have during the festival, do not hesitate to go to the information points, where you can also get directions to look for or hand in any lost property.

The area devoted to electronic music Primavera Bits will be open from midday and will have two restaurant areas and a direct access to the beach, with changing rooms and towel service.

Don’t forget that some concerts need reservation tickets, find out what you need to do to get your hands on one. ​

Have a look at the extensive range of food on offer in the Parc del Fòrum: as well as products for people with coeliac disease or diabetes, such as gluten free beer and sugar free soft drinks, there will also be a large number of dishes for vegetarians, vegans and food suitable for all kinds of food intolerances.

At the record fair on the esplanade of the Parc del Fòrum the main independent record labels will have stands where you will be able to find a selection of vinyl records, t-shirts and other items. Also in this area, for the sixth consecutive year there will be touring show of concert posters Flatstock.

On the same esplanade there will be the Rough Trade stand, where merchandise of the bands participating in this edition of the festival will be sold, the Primavera Sound stand on which you can find festival merchandise including the classic official book and a FNAC shop that will offer goods from their shops. There will be a second festival merchandise stand at the access to the Mango and Heineken stages.

On the site there are cash points, you can charge your phone at the recharge point and purchase earplugs to protect your ears should you need to.

With views of the two main stages, in the new SEAT stand you will be able to enjoy the concerts from the comfort of your seat in a space with free wifi and chargers for mobile devices.

If you are a smoker remember to buy cigarettes beforehand, so that you don’t run out, as for legal reasons the sale of cigarettes is not permitted in Parc del Fòrum.

As at previous editions, you can use the Transfer by Firestone that connects the stages of the esplanade (Ray-Ban and Primavera) to the marine platform ones (Heineken and Mango).

This year in addition to the underground during running hours there are many options available to help you to get to and from the Parc del Fòrum site: for 2€ you have a shuttle bus to Plaza Catalunya running every 10 minutes, tram (line T4) non-stop from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th and two bicycle parking areas with security guards at the entrance to the site.

DISABLED PEOPLE Disabled people have an exclusive speedy access to the site, as well as viewing platforms exclusively reserved for them to guarantee visibility and comfort at each stage -which they can get into with their personal assistant- and wheel chair accessible toilets in the general public area as well as in the reserved areas. If you have any special needs do not hesitate to go to the information point.

If you are coming to the festival with minors, remember to check what you need to do to get into the site and visit the play area in the minimúsica space, where there will be concerts and activities especially designed for the little ones.

Be cautious and check the weather forecast before coming on Meteocat, our Official Meteorological Weather Service.

Download or update the official app

Get the most out of your Primavera Sound experience with this interactive guide that contains detailed information about artists, concerts, schedules and everything you need to know in order to organise each day and to keep up with all the latest news.
Also, on our Apple Music profile you will be able to discover the musical proposals of this year’s festival wherever and whenever you want thanks to playlists that have been made by the festival and by some of the artists in the line up.
The application is available for you to download or update free of charge in English, Spanish and Catalan on the App Store and Google Play

Eating in the Parc del Fòrum

With a wide and varied offer in eight areas of restaurant stalls distributed all around the site, the food on offer in the Parc del Fòrum has been designed to cater for all tastes and needs, paying special attention to include products that are suitable for people who have coeliac disease and diabetes, including gluten free beer and sugar-free soft drinks, food adapted for dietary intolerances as well as for vegetarian and vegan diets.
Like last year, it is worth highlighting the presence of a large number of food trucks by Verbena Foodie where it will be possible to taste succulent dishes such as ramen, pulled pork, eco burgers, Mediterranean fish and chips, pad thai and fried squid or roast pork sandwiches. Within the wide range of gastronomic possibilities there will also be cold-pressed juices, pork buns, lobster rolls, roast beef sandwiches and Japanese curry, among many other things.
Also, in the Primavera Bits area there will be two restaurant zones that will offer a huge variety of options that go from Asian and Mexican food to pizzas, hamburgers and tapas, as well as a careful selection of cocktails by Casa Bacardí.

Bycicle parking area

© Cecilia Diaz Betz
If you intend to come to the festival by bicycle, you will be able to reserve a space in either of the two parking areas at the entrance to the Parc del Fòrum through the official app and the Primavera Sound web by paying 1€. You will also be able to use this service free of charge and without reservation if there are spaces that have not been reserved. Both parking areas will have security guards and each user has to bring their own lock.

Get home with Cabify

If you want to make the most of your Primavera Sound experience, Cabify makes it easier for you. Download the app and make your first reservation with the code PRIMAVERA6 to get 6€.

Rules of good behaviour

Ten illustrated suggestions and indications to ensure that everybody can enjoy the festival to the full: from using the on-site bins and toilets to behaving in a civil way and not bothering the people around you during the concerts or the neighbours on your way home.


As a member of the audience, you also play an important role in reducing the environmental impact of the festival and making Primavera Sound greener: help us to minimise its environmental footprint and contribute to making a more sustainable fest

Primavera Sound 2017 Lineup

Primavera Sound never disappoint’s. The Barcelona festival’s 2016 lineup was stellar, and it lived up to its potential in person. The 2017 lineup arrived overnight, and it might be even stronger. The big-font topline includes Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, the xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison, and the quality hardly drops off from there, with Run The Jewels, Mac DeMarco, Miguel, Flying Lotus, the Magnetic Fields, Angel Olsen, Grandaddy, Sampha, Swans, Broken Social Scene, Mitski, the Afghan Whigs, Against Me!, the Damned, the Descendents, Priests, King Krule, Gordi, Pinegrove, Mannequin Pussy, Cymbals Eat Guitars, and so many more impressive names.

!!! (Chk Chk Chk) · 7 Notas 7 Colores · Abdullah Rashim · About Leaving · The Afghan Whigs · Against Me! · Agorazein · Alex Cameron · Alexandra Savior · Alien Tango · Âme · Angel Olsen · Anímic · Annette Peacock · Aphex Twin · Arcade Fire · Aries · Aurora Halal · Autarkic · Avalon Emerson · BADBADNOTGOOD · Barbott · Belako · Ben UFO · Berri Txarrak · Bicep · The Black Angels · Bon Iver · Broken Social Scene · Cigarettes After Sex · CLUBZ · Dj Coco · Conttra · Converge · Cymbal Eat Guitars · The Damned · Dave P. · Death Grips · Descendents · Discos Paradiso Crew · Dixon · Don’t DJ · Dj Dustin · El Petit de Cal Eril · Elmini · Elza Soares · Fatima Yamaha · Ferenc · Flying Lotus · Formation · Frank Ocean · Front 242 · Gas · Glass Animals · Gojira · Gordi · Grace Jones · Grandaddy · The Growlers · Hamilton Leithauser · Henrik Schwarz · Her Little Donkey · Huerco S. · HVOB · InnerCut · Iosonouncane · It’s Not Not · Japandroids · Jardín de la Croix · Jeremy Jay · JMII · Joey Purp · John Talabot Disco Set · Joy Orbison · Julia Jacklin · Julie Doiron · Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express · Kelly Lee Owens · Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero · Kevin Morby · Khidja · King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard · King Krule · King Sunny Adé · KiNK · Kokoshca · Kornél Kovács · Lady Wray · Lauer · Les Cruet · Les Sueques · Let’s Eat Grandma · Local Natives · Lord Of The Isles · Lvl Up · Mac DeMarco · The Magnetic Fields · The Make-Up · Mannequin Pussy · Màquina Total · Maresme · Marie Davidson · Marta Delmont · Matrixxman · Medalla · Melange · Metronomy · Michael Mayer · Miguel · Mishima · Mitski · The Molochs · Moscoman · Muñeco · Murdoc · Museless · The Mystery Lights · Nikki Lane · No Zu · Noga Erez · Nots · Odina · Operators · PAVVLA · Pearson Sound · Pedro Vian · Pender Street Steppers · Phurpa · Pinegrove · Playback Maracas · Polar Inertia · Pond · Preoccupations · Priests · Rebuig · Recondite · Retirada! · Romare · Rosalía & Raül Refree · Royal Trux · Run The Jewels · S U R V I V E · Saint Etienne · Salfumán · Sampha · Sau Poler · Seu Jorge plays The Life Aquatic. A Tribute to David Bowie · Shelby Grey · Shellac · Sinkane · Skepta · Skinny Puppy · Slayer · Sleaford Mods · Sleep · Slim Cessna’s Auto Club · Solange · Soledad Vélez · Sorry Kate · Swans · Swet Shop Boys · Talaboman · Teenage Fanclub · Dj Tennis · This Is Not This Heat · Triángulo de Amor Bizarro · Tuff City Kids · Tycho · Vaadat Charigim · Van Morrison · Vladimir Ivkovic · Vox Low · Wand · The Waterparties · The Wave Pictures · The Wedding Present · Weval · Weyes Blood · The Wheels · Whitney · Wild Beasts · William Tyler · The xx · Youandewan · The Zombies perform “Odessey & Oracle” 50th Anniversary

The headliners are obviously brilliant: Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, Aphex Twin, The xx, Grace Jones, Solange and Slayer, oh, and Van Morrison, coming this year. But the bill also boasts a number of beautiful hidden secrets, for those willing to cast their eyes beyond the big names. Such as…

Year after year, Primavera Sound continues to offer the most varied and well-stacked line up in the world. With its beautiful backdrop of the Parc del Forum in Barcelona and its diverse venues it is easy to understand why established talent, rapidly ascending acts, and hidden gems continue to flock to this festival. There is something for everyone at this festival. Primavera is four days of genre-hopping paradise in one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

Glass Animals – 8:55 @ Pitchfork Stage
This electronic quartet wavers between electro-tinged pop, indie rock, and more experimental pieces. Catch them at the Pitchfork stage for a sunset performance with intricate melodies and exciting crescendos.

Solange – 9:10 @ Mango Stage
Solange Knowles is one of the best voices working in pop and R&B today, and her last album A Seat At The Table made her the undisputed queen of neo soul. The early evening environment will be the perfect backdrop for her performance.

Bon Iver – 10:20 @ Heineken Stage
Last year Bon Iver completed his fourth album 22, A Millon, another drastic mutation of his sound that received glowing reviews. Expect his live performance to be a maze of pop synth, electronic foundations and distorted voices.

BADBADNOTGOOD – 10:35 @ Pitchfork Stage
Canadian jazz quartet BADBADNOTGOOD are known for their modern approach to jazz and their collaborations with some of the biggest names in rap, pop, and indie rock. Whether you like Jazz, hip-hop, electronic or just appreciate incredible musicianship, this set is a must see.

Death Grips – 11:50 @ Primavera Stage
Any attempt at a description of this experimental rap duo would not do it justice. If you want experimental induced mania, look no further.

Aphex Twin – 1:20 @ Heineken Stage
Aphex Twin has sustained a chaotic and exceptional career for almost four decades continually pushing the boundaries of what electronic music is and can be. Seeing this legend close down the Heineken Stage is a perfect ending to the first night of Primavera.

King Gizzard & the Wizard Lizard – 2:00 @ Primavera Stage
The prolific Australian septet is touring yet again with a new and even stranger sound. If you want to end your night moshing into obscurity then the Primavera stage is your closer for the night.

Mitski – 7:15 @ Pitchfork Stage
Mitski, the untamable folk-rocker, breaks all conventions of what a singer songwriter can be. Her performance will be a raucous set with songs from her newest album Puberty 2.

Whitney – 7:50 @ Mango Stage
Back again this year; Whitney will give a sunset performance at the Mango stage offering an evening of their signature melancholic classical pop.

The Growlers – 8:45 @ Heineken Stage
If at the end of your day you are looking to kickback, relax and enjoy the last bits of the Barcelona sun, check out the Growlers. Their 70s psychedelic influenced garage rock will definitely hit the spot.

Mac DeMarco – 9:50 @ Mango Stage
Once known for his more lewd behaivour on stage Mac DeMarco has mellowed out a bit, but still continues to put on shows full of energy and charisma. His new album This Old Dog is the epitome of relaxing summer music.

The xx – 11:10 @ Heineken Stage
The xx will be playing a set right before Jamie xx will take the stage. This performance will allow for a deep dive into Jamie xx’s discography and a night full of downtempo dance music.

Jamie xx – 2:00 @ Heineken Stage

The greatest upset of Primavera has probably already happened with Frank Ocean cancelling his set. Jamie xx has stepped in for Frank; he will be a welcomed addition to this night’s line up. The London producer’s vibrant, downtempo dance music will be a great way to end day at the Heineken stage.

Van Morrison – 7:45 @ Heineken Stage
If you need to ask, then you’ll never know.

Angel Olsen – 8:25 @ Ray Ban Stage
With her new album My Woman, Angel Olsen will offer a multilayered performance with songs that range from indie rock to folk. Her performance will conflict with Van Morrison’s set, a heart wrenching decision for many.

Seu Jorge Plays The Life Aquatic – 10:35 @ Ray Ban Stage
Bowie, Wes Anderson and Bill Murray were not the only reasons why the Life Aquatic was the movie it was; Seu Jorge’s renditions of Bowie’s music showed our favorite songs in a softer, calmer essence. His tribute to Bowie is not for the faint of heart, queue the waterworks.

Grace Jones – 10:35 @ Heineken Stage
Where to start with Grace Jones, she’s a fashion icon, a postmodern diva, Andy Warhol’s muse, a powerhouse actress, and many more. Celebrate her comeback with an evening performance at the Henieken stage.

Arcade Fire – 12:00 @ Mango Stage
With a new album finished and soon to be released, it is likely that Arcade Fire will be playing some new songs along with past favorites from the bands legendary catalogue. With a two hour closing set at Mango stage, this performance is a must see.

King Krule – 12:20 @ Pitchfork Stage
Archy Ivan Marshall, the precocious British artist will offer a set full of folk, soul, and electronic music with a punk spirit driving the whole performance forward. Marshall is preparing for a 2017 comeback so some new songs could be in the mix.

Preoccupations – 2:30 @ Pitchfork Stage
This post-punk band hits full force with its dark and unforgiving lyrics. With numerous moniker changes, Preoccupations have consistently put out top-tier material.

Mannequin Pussy – 7:40 @ Sala Theatre
With a mixture of punk, shoegaze, and death metal this band will deliver a near lethal dose of mania. This is the perfect wake up call to get you going on your last night of the festival.

!!! (chk, chk, chk) – 9:00 @ Seat
Playing numerous sets throughout the festival will give fans a chance to see their favoruite band play multiple times and newcomers a chance to discover this band on their own terms. If you missed !!! (chk, chk, chk) the first couple times try to see them close down the entire festival in the ultimate challenge of stamina.

Japandroids – 2:30 @ Apolo Venue
Touring off the release of their new album Near to the Wild Heart of Life, you can expect the Japandroids to give an energetic, revved up rock performance with punk ferocity.

Primavera Sound 2016 Lineup Announced

Primavera Sound 2016 Lineup Announced

Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, Last Shadow Puppets, Animal Collective, Brian Wilson, John Carpenter, more.

Primavera will return to Barcelona from June 2-4. Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, and PJ Harvey are set to perform. Update (1/21 5:08 a.m.): Check out the official poster below.

The line-up includes Tame Impala, Sigur Rós, Animal Collective, Beach House, the Last Shadow Puppets, Brian Wilson (performing Pet Sounds), John Carpenter, Pusha T, Neon Indian, Ty Segall and the Muggers, Julia Holter, Savages, Air, Action Bronson, Vince Staples, Explosions in the Sky, Moderat, Drive Like Jehu, Dinosaur Jr., Deerhunter, Chairlift, Kamasi Washington, Battles, Thee Oh Sees, Holly Herndon, Protomartyr, Sheer Mag, DJ Koze, Empress Of, Beirut, Dâm-Funk, Parquet Courts, Shellac, Hudson Mohawke (DJ), Floating Points, Titus Andronicus, Nao, Freddie Gibbs, U.S. Girls, Black Lips, Evian Christ, Beak>, Jenny Hval, Royal Headache, Car Seat Headrest, Wild Nothing, Mudhoney, Cass McCombs, Tortoise, Suede, Downtown Boys, Alex G, Jay Rock, the Chills, Moses Sumney, Dungen, DJ Richard, White Fence, and many others.


Primavera featured Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Brian Wilson and many more in its heavyweight billing, Getintothis’ Peter Guy and Adam Lowerson reflect on a marathon of music in Barcelona.

Barcelona: from the ever-changing magnificence of Sagrada Família to the opulence of the Palau de la Música Catalana through to Camp Nou’s game-changing football stadium this is a city that doesn’t do things by halves.

Subtlety simply isn’t in the city’s makeup; it’s colourful, grandiose, vibrant, progressive and spectacular. And these features are reflected in its music festivals – most notably Primavera Sound. Now in its fifteenth year, and eleventh in its seafront-based Parc del Fòrum, the festival is monumentally colossal in every aspect – and for its 2016 edition, the organisers appeared to have aligned every single music fan’s wildest dreams in assembling a line-up which transformed fantasy into reality. A bill which when it appeared in poster format sent most people reaching for their mouse to check the official website in the glorious hope that it wasn’t a hoax. It wasn’t – Primavera 2016’s line up may just have been the greatest assembly of artists in contemporary popular music. Seriously, on paper, it looked that audacious.

But before we get to the music, let’s step back. This was Getintothis first adventure to the Parc del Fòrum and it’s worth registering our awe at what’s on offer; for here is a festival site, and with it an experience, truly epic in scope and refined to every last detail. The forum itself, a multi-functional concrete playground, designed by Elías Torres and José Antonio Martínez Lapeña in 2004, boasts 140,000 square metres of space and in it 14 stages, a colossal lattice-styled concrete food court, an enclosed beach club accessible via an equally gigantic concrete foot bridge, an indigo blue triangular auditorium 25 feet high boasting fragmented glass panels evoking crisp falling water, a multitude of bars, toilets, walkways, stalls, a corridor of record shops and Flatstock screen-printed posters – and towering above it all a preposterous solar panel so vast it recalls the moment in Star Wars when the Imperial Star Destroyer passes through the cinema screen and just keeps on going and going and going. In the context of a music festival it is one of the greatest sights we’ve ever seen.

The Parc del Fòrum alone would make for a truly wondrous setting, yet it’s monumental size and brutal architecture never feels a chore to traverse, instead it feels delightfully contained; everything is within easy reach and the way in which you can navigate Primavera makes for an easy and fun-filled week of exploration.

Best of all, despite the 200,000 in attendance, the Fòrum rarely, if ever, feels overcrowded – sure for the big-hitting live drawers, the numbers are vast – but it’s not an uncomfortable experience. You never feel anxious. Better yet, and quite the opposite to much of its UK festival counterparts, the notion of queuing at Primavera is not on the menu. In the course of five full days at the main site we barely had to wait more than three minutes for food or drink. We didn’t queue once for a toilet (we’ll get on to these in a moment) and the staff were always quick and friendly. And this rubbed off on the punters with frustrations or irritations seemingly never in evidence.

Speaking of irritants: festival toilets. The numero uno of all festival nightmare experiences back on UK soil was simply not in evidence throughout our time at Primavera. From day one to five the pristine white plastic thrones remained so, with copious toilet roll, soap and washing water on offer, it was almost bewildering that by close of play – and despite temperatures soaring – we felt content with each visit.

The feeling was mutual down the food court as the array of scran was matched with reasonable prices and more than reasonable quality – our favoured offerings including large bowls of Thai curry, oriental noodles, Malaysian rice and falafels – our only qualm selecting the wrong dressing (yoghurt instead of four herb; schoolboy error). If we were being churlish, the sponsored ale on site (Heineken was a tad foamy and kinda blended into nothingness in the heat) but that rarely stopped us making repeated visits. Meanwhile a small press cabin ideally situated behind the main stages provided soft drinks, coffee, water and yet more clean toilets until the early hours of the morning (we didn’t even indulge in the copious free alcohol and canapes provided at intervals throughout the festival – we were having too much fun elsewhere).

So, yes, it’s fair to say, the foundations for our opening Primavera Sound experience were set up to be, well, sound. But the fluff around the edges can’t mask a festival lacking in good music which in turn feeds the crowd and overall vibe.

Happily Primavera had no such concerns as the tone was set early on Wednesday afternoon as former Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia headliners, Goat brought their inimitable Swedish pagan-funk boogie to a sizeable crowd (many of whom were allowed in free for the soft launch opening day – another aspect you’d seriously doubt happening at a corporate event in the UK) who lapped up a set split between their albums Commune and World Music – the latter’s Run to Your Mama and an extended fried-guitar freakout jam of Goathead ensured a wild opening salvo. Suede follow on the Primavera stage packing the hits into a bracing sheet-metal-infused set which sees a zealous Brett Anderson repeatedly mounting amps and side stages as the band dice up select cuts from their back catalogue; Introducing The Band, Animal Nitrate and We Are The Pigs particularly rampant. There’s even a neat outing for Killing of a Flashboy. Better still follows in a trip across town which sees Montreal outfit SUUNS stir the Sala Apolo into a sweaty frenzy with their claustrophobic vice-like grooves.

Grooves and beats, fare better in the heavy Barca heat and during our four days those intent on stirring the soul and willing the feet to move are the festivals biggest beneficiaries – so the vicious electronic rumble of (an evidently very happy to be in attendance) Beak>, an effervescently sprightly Chairlift and a preposterously wild Evian Christ (mixing the savage with the cutely silly to skillful effect; represent Ellesmere Port!) ensure crowds are willed to shake their limbs in ridiculous fashion. Perhaps the biggest bombs were dropped by Moderat, though, who lights up a terrific Saturday night from 1.40am and keeps everyone entertained through to 3am. The same can’t be said for The Avalanches, who while attracting one of the largest crowds of the weekend, seemingly plug in a Now That’s What I Call Karaoke CD and simply press play. It’s truly awful – and the only respite occurs during the naff attempts at mixing when they change to disc two. It’s almost comical.

The same couldn’t be levelled at the hip hop sets which pepper each of the four days – Action Bronson is on typically verbose form drawing the biggest crowd of any rap outfit all week over on the Primavera stage while Vince Staples and Pusha T share a high-scoring draw on the Pitchfork Stage (perhaps our favourite platform for both atmosphere and the impressive vantage point whether looking up at the magnificent solar panel above or actually walking across it’s concrete buttresses to peer below at the masses below) impressing with oodles of charisma and seismic bangers – the former winning the energy stakes by repeatedly bounding across the stage but it’s Pusha T‘s relentless arrogance and weight of ‘this is a serious event‘ which hands him hip hop set of the festival.

It’s these infectious personalities married to block-busting sonic dramas that work so well within the context of this concrete playground, and the urge to listen to the downbeat melancholia of the likes of post-rockers Explosions in the Sky or Sigur Ros seems incongruous – despite them being artists we’d usually race into position for. Similarly, the more guitar-orientated artists are overshadowed – Deerhunter are somewhat underwhelming in the early night sunset while Savages, despite their best efforts to rally a riot with Jehnny Beth‘s persistent crowd-surfing-enticing feel a tad contrived and one dimensional as the bluster overwhelms the actual songs.

But these are minor criticisms – for while each stage sees perhaps a dozen or so artists grace them per day the choice remains overwhelming; the clashes are constant. LCD Soundsystem v Thee Oh Sees? Radiohead v Shellac v Dinosaur Jr v Tortoise? Or how about Brian Wilson v Autolux v Richard Hawley v Jenny Hval v Current 93? The fact of the matter was – wherever you ended up at Primavera Sound 2016, you were near guaranteed to see something close to superb.

This, perhaps more than any other was the key strategic masterstroke of Primavera – organisers did indeed book a large number of live acts, yet spread over the five or six days and across the 14 stages it proved just the right amount resulting in good sized audiences across the festival site and choice was at an all-time high.

Undeniably superb, was the welcome relief of sitting down and digesting the quite remarkable Auditori Rockdelux. The contemporary exhibition centre played host to everything from desert-storm guitar soloing (Six Organs of Admittance), frenetic industrial techno (Cabaret Voltaire), improvisational free-jazz (Kamasi Washington) and old school metal (Angel Witch). Both visually and sonically, it was something else – a space to luxuriate in, absorb an oceanic array of music and relax, take stock and sometimes fall asleep when it all got too much.

The experimentalism of Boredoms would have been ideally suited to the auditorium’s expressionism as they traded three sets of drums with theremin (controlled by movements of the head, but of course), undulating keys and three sets of what looked like towel racks made of steel which reverberated in metallic hums when scraped or beaten. For a band so acclaimed for their rhythmic propulsion, this was a more considered set, fewer chaotic peaks and more restrained ambience – albeit dissonant and hardly an easy listen early evening on the final day of the festival. Far easier on the ear were New Zealanders The Chills who jangled away on the Ray-Ban Stage – another of our favourite platforms which included ideal vantage points with it’s oval-tiered seating allowing for opportune rests. Similarly, Spaniard Joana Serrat is delightfully airy imbuing Americana, Jenny Lewis-esque vibes which ease us into the Saturday afternoon quite beautifully.

Algiers are completely at odds with their opening slot on Thursday; gothic guitar doom trades with frenetic percussive drones and they’re an intriguing proposition which compels a large crowd to maintain their attention. Air on the other hand do exactly what they’ve always done – fizzle gently and waft into nothingness – and in this context it simply doesn’t work. Earlier we spot Har Mar Superstar giving an interview on a golf buggy and decide to follow it into the Beach Club which is a throbbing mess of half naked happy souls lapping up a packed tent to Todd Terje. If we’re honest, this was our least appealing element of the site – think Spring Break on Sangria. Not for us.

Dungen are more our sort of people who deliver one of the sets of the week on the imposing H&M Stage (the second largest on site) early doors on Friday – early cut Panda from their 2004 album Ta Det Lugnt is a rip-roaring fuzzy delight but it’s their final song – which they announce to groans of disappointment with 20 minutes of their set remaining – that showcases the band’s supergroup talents; a sprawling suite which takes in Canterbury folk-prog, organ noodles and high-octane guitar pirouetting which leaves us breathless. Twenty minutes later they leave to unanimous applause. They play Liverpool Psych Fest in September, don’t miss them.

But it’s the big guns that the majority are waiting for and none more than Radiohead who provide a set which is characteristically obtuse yet high in drama. Opening with a five song salvo from a Moon Shaped Pool which begins with Burn The Witch (minus the stabbing strings), near silence falls over the vast surrounds as a sea of people watch the electric blue light fall over the stunning ambience of Daydreaming but it’s the introductory rumble of The National Anthem which truly kicks start the set. The peaks are numerous – a mighty Talk Show Host complete with crackling Johnny Greenwood guitar crunches, two scintillating Kid A numbers in Idioteque and Everything In It’s Right Place, the ghostly refrains of Street Spirit and an extended encore which marries the savage (Paranoid Android) with the beautifully subtle (Nude) concludes with Thom Yorke wryly commenting, “Thanks for sticking with us, I’m surprised you stayed so long“, before dropping a delirious version of Creep. Was it perfect, nope, but it wasn’t far off.

Elsewhere, LCD Soundsystem are simply stunning playing almost two hours of euphoric, melancholy-infused delirium, John Carpenter combines minimalist synth stabs with giant screens of clips from his peerless horror slasher flicks and oodles of charisma and Brian Wilson is, quite simply, a ray of sunshine on Saturday afternoon. And just when you thought Primavera’s pop perfection couldn’t be topped, the sun rose on Sunday morning showering hazy yellow light across the Ray Ban Stage only for DJ Coco to drop David Bowie‘s Heroes. It was 8am, and time for bed. Primavera truly had turned our musical dreams into some kind of awesome reality.

picks of Primavera Sound 2016 

8. Beak> on Primavera Stage – Thursday June 2

Geoff Barrow’s Beak> entertained with a solid set of noirish electronica to an unexpectedly big crowd which left Barrow visibly delighted. Their krautrock inspired driving rhythms are hypnotically repetitive and bear an uncanny resemblance to kraut pioneers Can.

Throughout the set Barrow makes numerous comments about how nobody probably knows who they are, but we’re in no doubt that if this is the case, they certainly will have picked up a few new fans here. The reception from the early revellers was great, and it made for a solid start to the first day of the festival. AL

7. Cabaret Voltaire at Auditori Rockdelux – Friday June 3

Away from the blistering heat outside, the Auditori Rockdelux provides some much needed respite for our sore feet. There’s absolutely nothing relaxing Cabaret Voltaire‘s set, though. With the expansive auditorium plunged into complete darkness, Sheffield’s electronic pioneers assault the senses with their intense, industrial sounds matched with a glitching, flashing backdrop with video clips of war, Jimmy Saville and Cesar Romero‘s 60s Joker put through a psychedelic filter. The music is played at ear splitting volume and is genuinely disorientating. AL

6. Dungen on H&M Stage – Friday June 3

Kicking off proceedings on the second day of the festival, Swedish prog-rockers Dungen impressed with a 40-minute set taking tracks from their eight studio records. Their kaleidoscopic, prog-psych sounds were a perfect match for the Spanish sunshine, with fuzzy guitars, gorgeous bass-tones and soaring flute solos.

We were disappointed when they announced they were about to play their final song only 20 minutes into the set, so it was a nice surprise that what followed was a 25 minute, whacked out prog jam. Swirling keys, swaggering guitar solos and colossal drum fills. Epic stuff. AL

5. Suuns at Sala Apolo – Wednesday June 1

One of the highlights of Primavera arguably happened before the festival had even properly started, with a handful of bands performing at the intimate Sala Apolo in the centre of Barcelona. The main attraction of the night were Canadian’s Suuns, who shook the Apolo to its core.

Playing tracks mainly from their latest record Hold/Still, Suuns smashed their way through an hour long set of sharp, stabbing synths at ridiculous volume. Their sound is absolutely packed with huge, swaggering grooves. There’s something really discordant about the whole thing. It’s relentless, punishing and leaves you feeling like you’ve been hit by a ten tonne truck of noise. Incredible stuff. AL

4. Brian Wilson on Heineken Stage – Saturday June 4

The early evening sun was shining, glimmering on the deep blue of a Mediterranean sea which ran alongside the festival site, and Hawaiian shirts were out in full force. We’d struggle to think of a more perfect environment to listen to the music of the Beach Boys in.

Read our review of Brian Wilson at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall here

Performing Pet Sounds from start to finish to celebrate the record’s 50th anniversary, Brian Wilson and his excellent band started with a slightly quiet rendition of the album’s opener Wouldn’t It Be Nice, but what followed was completely perfect. The melancholy, orchestral songs of Pet Sounds were performed in front of a relatively hushed crowd before a greatest hits set including California Girls, Good Vibrations, I Get Around and a completely bizarre but incredibly fun cover of the Monster Mash had everyone singing along.

Although much of the vocal heavy lifting is performed by Matt Jardine, son of original Beach Boy Al Jardine, who does a great job bringing a lot of the songs to life, it is genuinely heartwarming to see Wilson enjoying every moment of the set. Sat behind his grand piano, the genius songwriter conducts his band through each of his masterpieces, beaming with enthusiasm between each song and even speaking the odd bit of Spanish, the 73 year old gives the impression of someone finally at peace after an incredibly tortured and difficult life. It’s a beautiful, touching moment. AL

3. Pusha T on Pitchfork Stage – Saturday June 4

The Pitchfork Stage, sat beneath the beautifully brutal solar panel, was one of the best stages at the festival with consistently strong sets taking place over the three days. Pusha T‘s was certainly the stand out. Performing amid plumes of smoke and between two neon crucifixes reading ‘Sin will find you out‘, the set was visually impressive as well as musically.

What was most enjoyable about King Push‘s set was that it injected some much needed fun to the festival. Arms were in the air, there was a call and response with the crowd about ‘money, pussy, alcohol‘ and the impressive crowd that the president of G.O.O.D. Music drew were just having a great time. When it’s good, there’s not much better than live hip hop, and this was just one of a number of great hip hop sets throughout the weekend. AL

2. John Carpenter on Primavera Stage – Thursday June 2

While much of the festival punters are off watching the dreary cod-psychedelia of Tame Impala, the near peak set of the festival happens on the Primavera stage, as 68-year-old synth warlock John Carpenter enters all in black with his white facial hair marking him out amid giant background screens. What unfolds is a joyful synthesis of his timeless scores pitched to classic scenes from his various cinematic classics.

Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China are all wheeled out to rapturous cheers and the combination of Carpenter’s distinctive keys hooks aligned to the vast ensemble of musicians he has with him (including his son and godson) makes for a rich, fulsome sound. It’s also hugely dance-worthy as he turns the crowd into a bobbing mess of delight. Stories alluding Kurt Russell, Ennio Morricone (who wrote the theme to The Thing, another Carpenter directed, and also features in his set) plus how he wrote his comeback album for Sacred Bones, Lost Themes, adds to the whole experience.

The stand-out arrives in the one-two punch of Assault On Precinct 13 which sounds like the best boxer’s walk-in-to-the-ring theme imaginable. An indomitable electronic force – Carpenter’s set felt like a genuine moment for Primavera 2016. PG

1. LCD Soundsystem on Heineken Stage – Thursday June 2

It’s only been five years since James Murphy and Co announced their split and performed the last show at Madison Square Garden, yet this comeback feels like one of the most highly anticipated in recent times. The excitement was palpable and the crowd was huge, and the sprawling mass of concrete that is Parc Del Forum became a massive dance floor as LCD Soundsystem delivered a set of wall-to-wall bangers.

Kicking off with Us v Them, quickly followed by Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, I Can Change and Get Innocuous!, it was absolutely relentless, euphoric and a complete justification of why this was without a doubt the most anticipated set of the festival.

It was a masterclass in choosing a set list, with most major hits from across their career making an appearance. Throughout their near two hour set, it was hard to think of a song that they didn’t play. Losing My Edge and Dance Yrself Clean were big standouts, before a towering performance of All My Friends invoked a mass singalong. It’s surely one of the best tunes of the last 20 years, and the perfect way to end what could be one of the all time great festival headline sets.


Posted: January 21, 2016 in FESTIVALS, MUSIC
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A is for Antony & The Johnsons
Anthony & The Johnsons headlining a festival? In 2015? It doesn’t sound so good, does it? I mean, we’re trying to have a holiday here, and he hasn’t had a new record in five years. It’s almost as odd a booking for Primavera as Damian Rice is this year, but you’d be surprised (or maybe not) of the magnetism of a full orchestra dressed in white, fronted by the effortless, always real Antony Hegarty, in front of a completely bizarre and somehow harrowing video projection of Japanese performance artists clowning around in the forests as if in a Beatles’ Zapple version of The Magical Mystery tour. It takes a full hour for people to notice there’s zero percussion.

B is for Breakdown?
Foxygen’s big stage performance on the final day of the festival is definitely the weirdest. There’s about a hundred of them up there, on a colossal amount of uppers, which gives their hippy homages a manic fear. It’s like the messy end of the sixties all over again, as the gaunt Sam France flails and slurs. He storms off. The band storm off. But it’s a joke! Haha. It’s not really, though, is it?

C is for Caribou
Caribou play Primavera every year, and yet it never gets dull. This time round, as the final band of the festival on the massive amphitheatre stage, Dan Snaith et al keep it banging, reaching for the lasers with their live-drums-plus-synths simplicity and, of course, a huge, winding singalong apt for closing this particular edition of the festival. All together now: “sun, sun, sun, sun, sun…” (see ‘W’).

D is for Dance Tent
Expanded this year with a surround-sound PA that reportedly cost a bazillion Euros (and sounds like it, too), this is Primavera’s go-to venue for locating the hipster you fancied from that Sven Väth Boiler Room clip. Also, and not particularly compatible with the aforementioned chirpsing, is its status as the only stage at the festival whose PA system induced vomiting in one unsuspecting dipsomaniac, during Raime’s spleen-rupturingly dubby Friday night excursions.

E is for Eating
Spain does food very well, and I’m sure by their standards the restaurants onsite were serving third rate slop at inflated prices. But we’re not from Spain, and a majority of British people can go to Primavera and eat healthier there than they do at home. What was with their burger buns? They were seeded. There was salad!

F is for Fair
That’s record fair. Primavera’s merch stalls are all in one place, neatly by the entrance, and happily free of jester hats, inflatable aliens, T-shirts that look like they say Maltesers but actually say Manteaser and other such tat. Each dedicated to a different store or label, from Rough Trade to the local Boston Pizza Records, they exclusively sell records and the odd T-shirt. We’re here for the music, don’t forget.

G is for Golden Circle
For the second year running, Primavera installed a golden circle on it’s two, facing main stages. It’s nothing to worry about, but it’s worth remembering – one half of each circle is first-come-first-served, the other is for poshos with VIP wrist bands, which you can in fact buy, whether you’re very important or otherwise.


H is for Hip-Hop
Primavera’s hip-hop programme tends to be small but unmissable – it’s hard to lose your shit to Electric Wizard in quite the same way you can to Tyler, The Creator, but it’s Run The Jewels who really put the chin-stroking on hold, as a wheelchair is crowd-surfed in the pit and the ATP stage reaches its wildest peak of the weekend.

I is for Interpol  
As usual, there is nothing remarkable about Interpol’s lengthy Saturday night set beyond the tunes themselves, which are played with the complete seriousness they demand, to a huge crowd. Interpol have never been great ‘performers’, but, then, they’ve never needed to be.

J is for James Blake
You’ve come a long way, Blakey: playing a headline slot on the festival’s biggest stage could’ve swamped James Blake’s fragile blubstep posturing, but instead he pulls out one of the weekend’s surprise successes, full of muscular throb and engagingly weird arrangements.

K is for the King’s Cup
Watching football might not feature high on your priorities at a music festival, but watching Barcelona isn’t like watching what passes for the (not so) beautiful game over here. Screening in the food court on Saturday evening was the final of the King’s Cup (Copa del Rey), between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao – two clubs from regions of the country that crave independence from Spain. Of course the place is going to erupt into boos whenever King Felipe VI pops up on screen, but nothing – music or otherwise – is quite as powerful as the reception given to a complete wonder goal from Lionel Messi. Youtube it.


L is for Launch Parties
Primavera have always hosted a launch party the night before the festival begins in earnest. They used to be a ticketed event, though, on the other side of town. They’ve still got some of those going on, but they also now open a portion of the site on the Wednesday, this year for a completely free show by Albert Hammond Jr. and OMD, for anyone who can be bothered to go along. It’s just a shame that ‘Enola Gay’ couldn’t be a highlight of the festival proper.

M is for Mac Demarco’s band
Jokes are, of course, abound at Demarco’s main stage set (a massive upgrade from where he played in 2013), but they come from his ridiculous wing men, Piers and Andy, rather than Mac himself. Piers covers Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ at one point; Andy answers back with spoken word improv and grandly introduces Anthony Kiedis (“He’s actually really chill”), who is in fact their friend who just happens to have long hair. Yeah, you had to be there.

N is for Noise
It’s not all jangly sunshine bubblegum goodness at Primavera this year – indeed, the back-to-back pairing of Spiritualized and SunnO))) on Friday evening was very much influenced by Super Hans’ motto, “the longer the note, the more dread.” Add a ruthlessly abrasive Pharmakon, a grandly fuzzed Ride and a 150-minute-long Swans set, and a Catalonian beachside festival starts to feel, unexpectedly, like quite the place to realign one’s eardrums.

O is for Oasis
Not including Andy Bell and the reformed Ride, there’s just one fleeting reminder of Oasis’ legacy, when we walk past a small group of British guys stood in a circle singing the chorus of ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’ with impressive conviction. Book the wrong festival, lads?

P is for Poster Convention
It’s next to the record fair, of course, and that really is the end of the shopping experience at Primavera. Records, the occasional T-shirt and a hell of a lot of illustrated, screen-printed posters, clearly from some very talented people.

Q is for “Quiet!”
One of the drawbacks of city festivals is that eventually The Man’s gonna show up and get you to turn it down. And while a quieter site this year was an obvious bonus for the likes of Tobias Jesso Jr. (see ‘T’) and Torres, whose intimate set didn’t have to compete with neighbouring stages, the limited volume also reduced the impact of some bands who thrive in high amplification: Sunn O)))’s normally earth-juddering thunder became more of a passing storm, to the extent that we were shushed during their set, five rows from the front.


R is for Riot Grrrl
Whether by accident or design, Primavera Sound’s bookers this year scheduled a continuous Friday evening run across various stages that comprised Ex Hex (see, erm, ‘X’), Patti Smith, The Julie Ruin and finally Sleater-Kinney, making for a festival-within-a-festival of Riot Grrrl on day two. Smith delivered ‘Horses’, faithfully and in full, Kathleen Hanna cartwheeled and caterwauled with impunity and Sleater-Kinney turned in the set of the weekend, career-spanning and effortlessly convincing. Add a second Patti Smith show and a comeback for Babes in Toyland (mischievously booked in direct competition with the none-too-macho Strokes) on the Saturday evening, and now L7, Huggy Bear and Bratmobile are frantically refreshing their inboxes for next year’s invite.

S is for Strokes
The appeal of The Strokes in 2015, it transpires, is both nostalgia and voyeurism. Accordingly, witnessing five men in various states of long-term disrepair who all appear to hate each other rattle through almost everything off ‘Is This It’ with precision insouciance is a queasily compulsive delight.


T is for Tobias Jesso Jr.
The most likeable man on site, Jesso Jr. flips Antony Hegarty’s setup on its head and performs alone, at a single grand piano. Unless you’re down the front, you literally can’t hear a thing, yet there are plenty of people happy to cock an ear in complete silence to will the smiley guy through it. I mean, people are missing Patti Smith for this!

U is for Underworld
Underworld’s sprawling festival sets are the stuff of legend. Although their brief here of playing the whole of ‘Dubnobasswithmyheadman’ restricts their set-list somewhat, there’s still enough energy, power and thump to show how startlingly contemporary that album still sounds. The record’s arc – slow-build start, big middle, comedown close – isn’t quite right for a festival crowd desperate to go mental, but the central pairing of ‘Dirty Epic’ and ‘Cowgirl’ remains the best 25 minutes of dance music performed in the whole weekend.

V is for Vanity
We all want to look our best at festivals, don’t we, but it’s quite the trial at Glastonbury when you smell like you’ve fallen in the long-drop and you’ve washed your hair with wet wipes. Primavera’s Pitchfork-y crowd are so fashion conscience I saw a woman wearing a leather bum bag and two hats. Seriously. A tip: stand out from the crowd by having a shave. And what’s with all the brown hair?! Don’t blonde people like music anymore?

W is for Weather
European festivals represent some sort of sun-blazing Shangri-La in the British festival-goer’s mind – a paradise of balmy evenings and dancing in Havaianas with a little beer and the sun setting into the sea. In reality, however, past Primaveras have suffered the kind of meteorological misfortune normally reserved for Glastonbury, so this year’s dose of PERMANENT SCORCHIO was long-awaited and duly lapped up: lobsterfied Brits added colour, early-evening bands got to wear their sunglasses with intent rather than standard vanity, and even the most tepid opening acts (I’m looking at you, The KVB) seemed improved by the warmth.


X is for Ex Hex
Continuing the trend for punned band names (Chet Faker, Joanna Gruesome, Joy Orbison – erm, Ryan Adams?), even if in their case it’s an unintentional one, Ex Hex nail one of the plum spots of the festival, in the evening sunshine on the stage that looks straight out to sea. Hurtling through the kind of fun that’s forever soundtracking John Hughes house-party scenes as a massive crowd of kids in Wayfarers look on, Mary Timony’s punchdrunk stage-stagger and ‘My Sharona’ shredding is pure, unaffected joy.



Y is for Youth
We’re not as young as we once were, but it turns out neither is anyone else. Youth was in short supply at this year’s festival, onstage and in front of it. Come on, kids, The Strokes are on! From New York. Y’know, Julian Casablancas? No, not the film.

Z is for Zamilska
Polish noise-techno artists aren’t exactly big-ticket summer festival fodder, but the fact that one such act, Zamilska, was closing the tiny Pro stage at 4am on day one, in the same company as festival titans like Andy Weatherall and Richie Hawtin, to about 50 dedicated gawpers, is a testament not just to Primavera’s impressively all-embracing booking policy but the open-heartedness of its attendees. No, we didn’t actually stop to watch, but you find me a better ‘Z’.

MOURN – ” Pitchfork “

Posted: December 18, 2015 in MUSIC
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The young indie rockers of Mourn give a tour of Gràcia, talk about touring with their parents and play “Gertrudis, Get Through This!” and “Silver Gold”. When talking about these teenage Barcelona punks, PJ Harvey’s name is always going to be the first one that comes up. That owes to frontwoman Jazz Rodriguez Bueno’s strident, gut-ripping howl, one of the few voices on the indie rock landscape that could merit such a comparison. But while Mourn may challenge Ms. Harvey’s elemental ferocity, they also play with a sloppily simple basement-hardcore urgency that’s just overwhelmingly endearing. That voice, combined with the band’s juvenile bash-it-out force, makes for a potent combination.

3rd single off MOURN’s self-titled debut due out February 17th on Captured Tracks Records