PrimaveraPro reinforces the status of music of the Barcelona festival
With 15 years behind it, Primavera Sound establishes itself as a different festival in that it caters for as many different types of audience as there are musical genres featured in its extensive line-up. The enormous area of the Parc del Fòrum has welcomed a total of 175,000 people during its four days of live music from last Wednesday until today Saturday, to which we must add the participants in the complementary activities of Primavera a la Ciutat. A multitude of music lovers that have remained true to their annual rendezvous with their musical icons, to enjoy their favourite bands, to discover emerging talents, to surprise themselves with proposals outside their normal sphere of interest, to open themselves up to new sounds from all around the world and dance until dawn to the most influential electronic sounds.
Rock by the New York band The Strokes, Underworld performing “dubnobasswithmyheadman” in its entirety on its 20th anniversary, experimentation from the Germans Einstürzende Neubauten and the refined singer songwriter Tori Amos headline this last big night of live music that, together with the traditional closing party in the venues Apolo and BARTS tomorrow Sunday, close an edition marked by good weather, the spirit of celebration and an outstanding selection of music offered by a total of 365 performances.
Antony’s exhibition with the OBC orchestra, a formation of forty musicians on stage performing the singer’s hits in symphonic mode, or Patti Smith playing the record that made her a legend “Horses” in its entirety, will be remembered as two of the culminating moments of this edition. The masterly lesson in elegance and rock ?n ?roll given by the Americans The Replacements, the stage comeback of the British shoegaze band Ride together with surprises such as JUNGLE’s contagious electronic funk and the exceptional demonstration of Chet Faker’s talent will also leave a lasting impression on the audience.
Among the most eclectic concerts are the African sounds of the super-band Les Ambassadeurs led by Salif Keita, flamenco by Rocío Márquez in the Auditori accompanied by Refree and Pepe Habichuela, the contemporary music with a disco theme from Arthur Russel's Instrumentals and the sound experience of Sunn O))) defying the limits of sound and distortion.
For yet another year, electronic music plays an important role in the festival with sessions by big names of the genre such as Richie Hawtin, Dixon and Andrew Weatherall and explosive live sets by Caribou, The Juan MacLean or Dan Deacon. Hip hop was also well represented by the young Tyler, The Creator, the duo Run The Jewels and the mutant rhythms of Shabazz Palaces.
As always the local and national scene have an important place with Nueva Vulcano’s intense punk, Christina Rosenvinge presenting her new album “Lo nuestro”, MOURN’s guitars, the debut of the local artist Núria Graham, electronic music by Der Panther and The Suicide Of Western Culture, metal from Exxasens and pop from the different perspectives of Los Punsetes, Sr. Chinarro and Neleonard.
Once the Barcelona event finishes, the city of Porto will take over to welcome the fourth edition of NOS Primavera Sound, that this year will fill the attractive Parque da Cidade with a musical programme that includes concerts by artists such as Antony and the Johnsons, Patti Smith, Interpol, Caribou, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Run The Jewels, Ride, Underworld, Death Cab For Cutie and FKA Twigs among many others.
Primavera Sound has already finalised the dates for the next edition that will take place from 2nd to 4th June 2016, dates on which the Parc del Fòrum will once again open its gates to the festival, which is now firmly established on the site after eleven years of working in perfect harmony.
PrimaveraPro 2015 provided an overview of the live music industry through the experiences of the legendary figure of Barry Dickins, winner of the Primavera Award 2015 for his extraordinary professional career of over 50 years with artists such as Bob Dylan and Neil Young. The music meeting tackled other models with the ever eloquent and instructive “outsider” Steve Albini and Simon Raymonde, who has been at the head of the cult British label Bella Union.
The celebration of the first editions of the International Congresses of Concert Venues and Independent Labels, the revealing interview with Steve Albini and an inauguration dinner that brought together 200 of the most important professionals from all around the world confirm that PrimaveraPro has become a key event for the international music industry. The meeting brought together over 2700 accredited participants and more than 140 speakers, as well as debuting in a new location in the MACBA that combined comfort with a wide range of spaces and a stage that was open to the general public that flooded Plaça dels Àngels with live music from newcomer bands from countries such as Australia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg and Spain.
At its sixth edition, PrimaveraPro has looked to the future: YouTube and Streaming the most outstanding business initiatives at an international level, (the idea Stampery was awarded the prize, a project by the Luis Iván Cuende, from Madrid, who want to “send notaries on holiday”), building bridges between Latin America, Europe, Australia and Asia, and the sharing of royalties in a totally globalised world were discussed at conferences, informal get-togethers on the terrace, round tables, meetings by the sea in the professional area of Parc del Fòrum, receptions and, of course, lots of music. Yet another tremendous step forward.+Press releases