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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.


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’.

Slowdive have just reformed with their original members to play some shows and particular at the Primavera festival in Barcelona Spain,