Musically speaking, considering also Sonar Festival Off Sonar and DGTL (spanish version), Barcelona is one of the best city in Europe!
Primavera Sound, over the years, got better and better in terms of music offer and ‘maturity’. Festival events were along one week but main festival program was thursday-saturday.
Line up this year was consistent, Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, The XX, Swans, Thurston Moore, Flying Lotus, Dixon and so many others.
Starting with location, Parc del Forum is an excellent place, huge (more than 2 km walking from the most northern to the most southern stage), also architecturally great, with a long bridge connecting to the ‘electronic’ stages and with many stages by the sea. There wasn’t one main stage, but the most southern ones were the biggest so most of the main gigs were located there (Heineken and Mango stages).
The two electronic stages were on the other side. Bacardi Live was very nice especially for the garden where you could chill and relax with good music and a fresh drink. Desperados club, despite very good DJs were performing, had not a great vibe in my opinion.
Ray Ban, Primavera and Pitchfork were the most central stages while Primavera Pro, Heineken Hidden Stage and Adidas Original were the smallest. Overall 13 stages!
Like all the huge festivals with different styles of music, you can create you own festival based on what you like most and how you feel. Unfortunately i couldn’t attend thursday (missin Aphex Twin, fuck!) because it was a very last second decision but i joined friday saturday!
On friday i went straight to Pitchfork Stage to see The Swans, one of my favorite bands. As i said other times in some of my reviews, they play the most powerful music i ever heard in my life. Many guitars, several instruments, it couldn’t be the opposite. Frontman Michael Gira, despite his age, is still a stage ‘animal’.
After some exploring around, we moved to the electronic area; hear Polar Inertia (nice), Michael Mayer and Ame (but, as i said before, Desperados atmosphere wasn’t excellent for techno). Then one of the best set of the festival, the excellent Flying Lotus! Also when i attended Coachella, his live performance was among the best ones. How he uses his special effects, few others, one hour performance literally flew away.
Some Dixon set and few songs of great Talaboman closed my first day.
Second day was more chilled considering several kilometers walked! We started -with a fresh mango juice u could get for free in the Mango house- chilling at Primavera Stage listening Weyes Blood. Then we tried to see Thurston Moore but he, surprisingly, played in a small indoor stage that got full so -after a bit of line- we moved somewhere else (i was very disappointed). Walked to Heineken stage to see Van Morrison but he was too far from my idea of music so we left and went to see Metronomy (too pop for me).
Back to the electronic area, an amazing discover, Kelly Lee Owens! At the beginning soft songs, kinda Bjork style, then more and more electronic, great show! She worked with Daniel Avery so that was a guarantee. Moved to listen nice set of Young Marco dj (didnt know him as well). After some electro we walked all the way to other side for Arcade Fire. First time listening to them, amazing show considering music, lights and voice of both singers. They also played a secret gig the day before but we missed (the same did scottish band Mogwai).
Closed the festival with nice discover of Wild Beasts, some John Talabot and Japandroids.
Overall a very nice experience. I love music festivals, the crowd, the atmosphere, always good vibe!
My playlist with my videos.