Primavera Sound 2016 – Top Picks

With only a few weeks to go until Barcelona opens it’s doors once again to another instalment of Primavera Sound, we took some time to pick out our five favourite acts from the main line up. Keep an eye out next week as we’ll be digging a little deeper and unearthing some of the hidden gems that may have slipped under the radar.


It goes without saying that the Oxford five-piece are the ones to watch at the festival. Releasing their new album ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ only last week and with only a handful of shows announced over the summer it will be a one off chance to catch them at a festival.

Beach House

Touring off the back of last years album ‘Depression Cherry’, their fifth full length studio album so far, the Sub-Pop two piece embark on their summer tour. Their latest offering sees them move their sound forward, with less concentration on the percussion and into a consistent sun-faded glow. Expect vintage keys, soaring guitars and smooth, reverb-soaked vocals.

Floating Points

Sam Shepherd (aka Floating Points) has been writing, releasing and performing for some time now, his debut album ‘Elaenia’ came out at the end of last year, which saw him bring together his jazz influences and analogue synthesisers and throw away the drum machine. If you’ve ever seen Sam’s DJ sets you’ll know his selection is as varied as his output, bringing influence from jazz, soul, south american and electronic.


Another band from the Sub-Pop family, Goat are a Swedish five-piece who’s story is as much a mystery as are their faces hidden behind their masks. Hailing from Korpilombolo in northern Sweden, their sound is rooted between psychedelic rock, afro-beat and post-punk. Expect one of the most energetic and lively sets of the weekend.

Freddie Gibbs

Off the back of last years ‘Shadow Of A Doubt’ album and 2014’s ‘Piñata’ with Madlib Freddie Gibbs continues to be one of the most consistent and versatile artists in hip-hop. He continues to push the boundaries of the genre forward, while still keeping one eye fixated on hip-hop’s roots. Playing across Europe this summer, it might be one of the only chances you get to see Freddie Gibbs live.

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