Name: Primavera Sound
Where: Barcelona, Spain
When: 3 – 7 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 200 artists, in and around a site that stretches over 187,000 m².
As always this year’s festival features an almost unmatchable list of names. To just cherry-pick a few this years lineup sees Brockhampton, Girl In Red, Beck, The National, Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Rey, King Krule, The Stokes, Mabel, Little Simz, Kim Petras, Kano, Fontaines D.C., Bikini Kill, Hannah Diamond, Maggie Rogers, Massive Attack and Tyler, The Creator …You get the picture – it’s a good ‘un!
Having taken a stand, last year saw the festival strive to try and accomplish ‘the new normal’ – a 50/50 gender split festival lineup. The results was an epic weekender of inclusivity and great music which saw the likes of Solange, Tame Impala, Cardi B, J Balvin, Erykah Badu, Future, Janelle Monáe, Nas, and Rosalía headline the festival. Others on the bill included Deerhunter, Big Red Machine, Mac DeMarco, FKA twigs, Liz Phair, Robyn, Carly Rae Jepsen, 070 Shake, James Blake, Danny Brown, Slowthai and Clairo.
Previous incarnations of the festival have also seen Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age, Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, James Blake, The White Stripes, The Cure, Iggy & The Stooges, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, and Phoenix play.
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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.
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 from 9 am (UK) tomorrow (Thursday 16th January) starting at €195, for more info visit the Primavera Sound website.