The British band Ride and an exclusive concert by Amaia join the lineup of the 18th edition of the Barcelona festival, that starts today
Setting up a festival with over 300 hours of live music in a week would make no sense if each one of them couldn’t turn out to be the best hour of your life. The eighteenth edition of Primavera Sound officially starts today with a concert by the Madrid band GANGES in the sala Apolo of Barcelona, the first of 257 artists who will give shape, colour and shine to a new collective celebration of music which is either known already, intuited or yet to discovered. Everything for the three central days in the Parc del Fòrum from Thursday to Saturday (as well as for the inauguration day of Wednesday) and for the parallel programme of Primavera als Clubs and Primavera al Raval, with several free concerts at the CCCB on Sunday 3rd June, is ready to kick off.
To the lineup that is already known today we add two names that play on the Heineken Hidden Stage and whose presence emphatically confirm Primavera Sound’s commitment to diversity: the champions of British shoegaze Ride, who will play on Friday, and the extraordinary voice of Amaia on Thursday, accompanied by the young Catalan band The Free Fall Band with a repertoire of covers exclusively prepared for the occasion and full of surprises.
For yet another year all the full festival tickets have sold out (Saturday is also sold out; there are still tickets for Thursday and Friday), at Primavera Sound you will be able to live the best hour of your life with the much-awaited first festival concert of the Arctic Monkeys’ tour, the overflowing emotions of Björk, the liturgy of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, the ruthless hip hop of A$AP Rocky – presenting his recently released new album-, the intimate epic of The National, the mythical Jane Birkin with her homage to Serge Gainsbourg, Lorde’s prodigious pop and the spirited trap by the American trio Migos.
This is only the tip of the iceberg of a spectacular lineup that covers a multitude of styles and sensibilities. Do you want to dedicate a couple of your hours to up-and-comers? Perfect: note down Rex Orange County, Sevdaliza, Yellow Days, Bad Gyal, THE BLAZE… Do you fancy some hard sounds? Check out Mike Patton’s Dead Cross, Ty Segall, Watain, Zeal & Ardor, SUMAC and Vril. If you tastes are more esoteric, then these concerts are for you Art Ensemble of Chicago, Capullo de Jerez, Sparks, Oumou Sangaré and Spiritualized with an orchestra and choir. If you are looking for female artists, you will find Björk, Warpaint, CHVRCHES and Hinds on the main stages on Thursday and who will make way for Haim, The Breeders and La Bien Querida on Friday and for Lorde, Jane Birkin, Lykke Li and Christina Rosenvinge on Saturday. Is local talent your thing? Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés, Núria Graham, Yung Beef, Marion Harper… The Primavera Sound message is loud and clear: each artist, at whatever time, on whatever stage, is there for a reason. So reserve some of your hours for the unexpected on some of the 22 stages: 15 in the Parc del Fòrum and 7 in Primavera a la Ciutat.
The place where time will fly will definitely be in Primavera Bits, the electronic music area of the festival on the other side of the bridge that continues to expand with a new stage, the Xiringuito Aperol, that will offer music from midday of each of the central days by legends such as Floating Points and Four Tet. Prepare your trip to the other side because if you want to see artists such as Jon Hopkins, Jorja Smith, Chromeo, Mount Kimbie, Majid Jordan, Superorganism and Mike D (yes, the one from the Beastie Boys), this is the place for you.
You can also spend your hours discovering all that the Parc del Fòrum has in store for you. Stroll around the 200,000 m2 of the site, indulge yourself with one of the many gastronomic delights of Primmmavera (all kinds of food trucks, Barcelona street food restaurants, Kauai paellas and a pop-up restaurant called Casa Primavera with a different prestigious chef everyday), get from one end to the other with the SEAT shuttles, dip your feet in the Mediterranean at the Primavera Bits beach, look round the record and Flatstock poster fairs. This year Heineken Hidden Stage is moving outdoors to celebrate its fifth anniversary and its former location will be taken over by The Warehouse, an indoor electronic music club that will host two shows by Liminal, the new sound experiment by Jónsi (Sigur Rós). And we also welcome the SEAT Village, where you will find the Radio Primavera Sound area with DJs (six humans and a robot!) playing indie, pop and rock.
But, to tell you the truth, the best hour of your life can happen anytime: it doesn’t matter where, when or who with. That time of the year is here. Primavera Sound, where everything starts.