This is a call to all true fans. To those who steer clear of the crowds and have spent years proclaiming their devotion, their activism and their odyssey, many times, across the desert. To those who really do their research into the line up and find those gems that nobody else noticed. To those who never even dreamt of seeing their favourite band live. Heineken and Primavera Sound present a stage especially for them, Your Heineken Stage, that takes over from Heineken Hidden stage in the Parc del Fòrum and will be located in a new marquee with a 2000-people capacity that will host meetings with artists and the broadcast of the UEFA Champions League final. As well as, of course, a programme of 17 artists which has been revealed today: half of them are names have been put forward by fans on the social networks of Heineken and Primavera Sound over the past few weeks; the other half are national groups that will play songs by their favourite bands specially for this occasion.
The Argentinians Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado are such a cult band that they afford the luxury of playing on Your Heineken Stage with some of their fans. These fans include Amaia, J (of Los Planetas) and Manu Ferrón. Nobody knows what will come out of this intergenerational meeting, but one thing is sure it will be unique.
Making the most of their transatlantic flight, 107 Faunos, from La Plata, will also visit us, to make us understand why, as well as football, when you go to Argentina you have to go to a concert to see that even the smallest of bands stir passions. Wisdom and commotion hand in hand.
Another artist who will make the most of his trip is the British saxophonist and clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, who apart from performing at the festival with Sons of Kemet XL will also give a recital of nu jazz, funk and psychedlia with his project The Comet Is Coming.
Few devotees of Pylon Reenactment Society ever thought that they would be able to see the latest incarnation of Vanessa Briscoe Hay’s band live in Barcelona… until they saw its name in the line up of Your Heineken Stage. Other illustrious fans of the band would be very pleased if they lived here: have you heard of REM?
The same goes for the fans of the British band Swervedriver, that are living a second youth with their new album Future Ruins, backed by Mogwai themselves. They will present it at Primavera Sound 2019 to make it perfectly clear that alternative rock is here to stay.
One artist that nobody had even thought of was Chandra. Many will not believe their eyes when they see that the New York 1980 underground legend, who released an EP at just 12 years old and then disappeared, has brought her musical career back to life. We must thank the musical archaeologists The Avalanches for this, as they rescued her hit Subways in 2016. And she will be here with us.
And there is more: Who ever thought that they would hear the hit Too Many Creeps by the post-punk pioneers Bush Tetras live? That song that sounded like LCD Soundsystem but 30 years ago. Well, here you have them on Your Heineken Stage at Primavera Sound.
Or, that 2019 would be the year in which to dance, in Barcelona, with the Australian visionaries Severed Heads, a band that has been releasing albums (over 20) since 1979. When advanced music appeared, they were already there.
Not to mention The Bevis Frond who after three decades of career still insist on showing that there is life, beauty and fantasy in the styles that that all other creators have already hidden away in the box room. And their fans know it.
Piroshka, who formed just last year, may not be cult yet… but the bands that its members come from are definitely legendary: Miki Berenyi from Lush, K. J. McKillop from Moose, Justin Welch from Elastica and Michael Conroy from Modern English. Did I hear you say supergroup?
And then, the cherry on the cake, all of the main characters from “The great book of correspondence between music fans of other musicians” will get on stage. Because all bands have always seen themselves reflected in the mirror of others. Sometimes even... literally. Mujeres in the songs by Los Saicos. Me and the Bees in tracks by The Breeders. Evripidis and his Tragedies in the anthems by The Magnetic Fields. Viva Belgrado in the ferocity of At The Drive In. Aliment in the repertoire of Television Personalities. Birkins together with Ken Stringfellow in the memory of Ziggy Stardust. And Kokoshca in the hits by Las Grecas. They will all play their songs but the homage will not be complete without the participation of the audience.
Your Heineken Stage at Primavera Sound: that moment that every fan has been waiting for.