With its consistent ability to attract Goliath acts, and its knack for stitching together the perfect mix of big names and undiscovered eclectic gems, Primavera Sound has built a reputation as one of the best festivals in Europe.
The festival’s main site is Parc del Fòrum, a brutalist waterfront complex of looming, angled concrete structures. The location is an unusually urban site that sets the scene for a unique cultural experience, taking place from Wednesday 30th May to Saturday 2nd of June when the brutalist playground comes to life with music, art and an international audience.
Just last year Primavera hosted the likes of Bon Iver, Solange, Aphex Twins and Mac DeMarco, a line-up nigh on impossible to top. Yet Primavera 2018 has risen to its reputation once again, laying claim to names like Father John Misty, Haim, Bjork, The National, Tyler the Creator and Thundercat.
During the Saturday night grand finale, festival goers will bid farewell to the Barcelona sunshine by welcoming the Arctic Monkeys back on stage after their long stint MIA. Other artists confirmed to appear include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Lorde, Four Tet, Migos, Jon Hopkins, Superorganism, The War on Drugs, Rhye, Slow Drive and the Emmy award winning composers of the Stranger Things soundtrack Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein.
If that wasn’t enough, for the first time in the history of the festival Primavera is set to hit the beach, launching Primavera Bits or what organisers a referring to as a festival within the festival. For Primavera Bits the festival has teamed up with NTS Radio who’ve built a bill of over 60 big names across three beach-based stages. Acts include Daphni, Jorja Smith, Floating Points, James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Jon Hopkins, Peggy Gou, Madlib, Panda Bear, Seth Troxler, DJ Seinfeld and more.
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During this month’s run down to Primavera we’ll be sharing the must-sees and lesser-known gems to help you plan your festival and make sure you don’t miss a thing. So grab your sunnies and your San Miguel – it’s going to be a good one!