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Primavera Sound’s free programme lights up the final sprint before the beginning of the festival

With less than a month to go before the official start of Primavera Sound 2019, the festival has already begun. For yet another year, the free programme of activities announces the start of the event, with the eight dates of Els Aperitius de Primavera Sound, the traditional Primavera als Barris and, during the week of the festival, the opening and closing days which are open to the city together with the new Living Primavera by IKEA that will take place in the recently inaugurated venue Abaixadors10. 

In total there will be forty free concerts, the majority of them in Barcelona, which on the one hand will give people the chance to discover a number of new artists from the local scene and on the other will bring top international acts to the general public of the city. We are now on the final stretch, and it will go on until the last day of the festival, on Sunday 2nd June with the collective good-bye of Primavera al Raval at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB). This is what the final sprint has in store for you:
The dates of Els Aperitius de Primavera Sound hosted by Aperol which have already taken place in Madrid, including GANGES, Confeti de Odio, Sara Zozaya, Carolina Durante DJ Set, Zaza and Adrián LeFreak, will be followed by the closing of the cycle in the city on Friday 10th May to the sound of Conttra and a session by Daniel Gon on the Azotea Forus Barceló.
In Barcelona the firsts guests were Miqui Puig & ACP and Loli Zazou, and the party will continue with the musical stories of Algora at La Monroe on Friday 3rd May, followed by a session by Xtrarradio DJs. The next day, Ocaña restaurant and club will witness the stage magnetism of Marion Harper, whose concert will be followed by a session from Indiespot DJ. The refreshing urban pop by the Valencia duo Fru Katinka on La Terraza del Pulitzer, will mark the end of the cycle on Saturday 18th May, which will be signed and sealed by a session by Sama Yax –a taster of what is to come in her performance at the festival.
Once again this year, Primavera Sound will programme three double sessions of concerts in a number of community centres around the city, with the objective of bringing live music into new spaces and environments. Primavera als Barris will kick off on Thursday 2nd May in the Centre Cultural Albareda with optimistic pop by Her Little Donkey and classical rock by the very young band Overload, it will continue on Thursday 9th May in the Espai Jove Boca Nord with catchy garage by Aloha Bennets and punk rock from La Femme Brutal, and will conclude on Thursday 23rd May in the Espai Jove La Fontana with a solo concert by Manu Ferrón (singer of Grupo de Expertos Solynieve) and Bofirax’s smooth electronic music. All these concerts will be free of charge for all ages.
As tradition dictates during the week of Primavera Sound, the Parc del Fòrum will welcome this new edition with an opening day on Wednesday 29th May that is open to the general public, this year in collaboration with adidas Originals. This will be headed by Big Red Machine, the expansive collaborative project by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Aaron Dessner (The National), along with the post-millennial genius Cuco with his factory of bedroom-pop-inspired styles, Hatchie’s sweet wistful melodies, the Pamplona garage quartet Melenas and Mow, the experimental pop project by Madrid’s Gabriela Casero. The free day of concerts will be completed by Egosex, winners of the battle of bands Bala Perduda of Sala Apolo, and two showcases by Primavera Pro artists, on this occasion hailing from Taiwan: the hallucinogenic labyrinth by Meuko! Meuko! and melancholic R&B by L8CHING.
Primavera Sound’s free programme has a new stage this year: Living Primavera by IKEA in Abaixadors10, the venue which is the headquarters of Radio Primavera Sound, an experiential cocktail bar and an intimate nightclub. In this setting, just inches away from the audience, there will be performances, at 1pm on each day of the festival, by three international bands from the Primavera Sound 2019 line up: the Mexican vocalist Cuco on Thursday 30th May, the Australian singer Hatchie on Friday 31st May and the British artist Tirzah on Saturday 1st June. They will be intimate format concerts for a hundred fans that will be able to see the shows completely free of charge (subject to capacity).
At the end of the road is the free closing day at the CCCB in the evening/night of Sunday 2nd June. This year it will be led by Filthy Friends the super group featuring Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney), Christina Rosenvinge who is at her very best and Cupido, the band of the moment on the Spanish urban music scene formed by Pimp Flaco and Solo Astra. The programme will be completed by the promising local newcomer artists Lil Moss and Aleesha, and by a new morning edition of minimúsica to start off Sunday’s programme.
For those who still want more, the showcases on Primavera Pro will take over the Pati de les Dones of the CCCB for five extensive days from Wednesday 29th May to Sunday 2nd June, all of which are open to the general public as well as to the professionals from the music industry who will meet there. A selection of artists and emerging bands from countries such as South Africa, Chile, Australia, South Korea, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Hungary, Ireland and Taiwan will bring sounds from every latitude and longitude to Primavera Sound.