Festival Profile: Primavera Sound 2018

Name:  Primavera Sound 

Where:  Barcelona, Spain 

When:  30 May – 2 June 

An undisputed titan of the European festival scene, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound needs little introduction. Famed for cherry-picking the best musical selections on offer – rather than overwhelming its 200,000+ visitors – Primavera’s 20 stages play host to over 250 artists, in and around a site that stretches over 187,000 m².


With Primavera, the lineup never fails to disappoint. This summer’s edition will see Arctic Monkeys, Björk and The National being joined in sunny Catalonia by the likes of Lorde, Haim, Fever Ray, CHVRCHES, Beach House, Warpaint, Lykke Li Deerhunter, Father John Misty, Belle and Sebastian, Ariel Pink, The Breeders, Spiritualized, Ty Segall and The Freedom Band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Panda Bear, Vince Staples, Tyler, The Creator…You get the picture – it’s a good ‘un!

Former Glories:

So many artists both past and present have graced Primavera’s stages since its debut back in 2001, including The Strokes, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, James Blake, The White Stripes, The Cure, Iggy & The Stooges, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix and Tame Impala.

Arcade Fire headlining Primavera Sound 2015

Radiohead at Primavera 2016

Also Look Out For:

Primavera is idyllically located in Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum, right on the waterfront in the north of the city. The urban, yet coastal setting of the festival means that visitors can get the best of both worlds in getting the most out of their Primavera experience.

Everything Else:

Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, a region in the North-West Spain that strives to celebrate its own independent heritage and culture. Whether or not football is your thing, a visit to FC Barcelona’s Camp Nou is advised. The club is widely regarded as a champion of Catalonia itself, with the motto Més que un club (More than a club) testament to this belief. Also worth your time is some incredible architecture, including the Sagrada Família, The Castle of the Three Dragons and the Palau Nacional.

Tickets for this year’s Primavera Sound are available to purchase now from €215, for more info visit the Primavera Sound website.

Words by Jonno Mack & Patrick Gunning all image by Eric Pamies and Dani Canto courtesy of Primavera Sound

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