Primavera Sound Festival returns to engulf Barcelona's cultural landscape with music from around the world.
Now on its seventeenth edition, the festival has expanded to become one of the most celebrated and renowned festivals in the world, as well as becoming a hub for the industry to explore ideas and concepts regarding music on a global stage. Contactmusic are back at Primavera Sound for another edition and we can't wait to explore one of the world’s most diverse festivals once more. With an overwhelming array of acts and genres to explore here are ten of our most anticipated artists that we can't wait to see alongside the sunny shores of Barcelona.
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Thursday: As you walk the steady incline up to the festival site, chatter sparks from all directions from your fellow festival-goers as you reach the first gate to pass through. Swallowed by the atmosphere, you briefly snap out of your daze and remind yourself that you're surrounded by your friends equally happy to be reunited together.
Todd Terje is on in 20 minutes at the Bowers & Wilkins Sound System stage. Inhaling from my cigarette I look up and see a small stage to my left but more impressively, the Parc Del Forum at large. It's a beautiful structure which dominates the immediate skyline, towering over the site and its weekend habitants with the Mediterranean ocean stretching out behind it. You're at Primavera Sound - and trust me when I say that it's one of the best festivals you can experience on this side of the Atlantic.
We enter the Sound System Stage and I immediately notice that the speakers are ridiculously crisp. With Terje about to start, we queue up for some incredibly boozy mojitos and caipirinhas and head over to the tent which is already packed at 4pm. He is warmly welcomed onto the stage by a happy-go-lucky crowd as he punches into his much loved disco-revivalism, fiddles with classics and modern tracks alike as well as throwing in a couple of his much beloved hits.
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As summer edges itself into our periphery, as does the annual build-up of festival season. Entering its 16th year, Primavera Sound has grown vastly from its humble origins in 2001.
Situated in Barcelona at Parc del Forum by the seaside, it's garnered international acclaim for obtaining some of the most diverse line-ups in the circuit, accommodating for some of the most iconic and internationally known artists as well as celebrating independent and underground music. It provides an inter-generational space for music lovers and festival-goers the world over.
The main festival this year is spread out over four days, beginning on the 1st of June and ending on the 5th. Throughout that time-frame well over 200 artists will perform at one of the most sought after festivals of the summer, which has now completely sold out. Spread out over nine stages (including a Hidden Stage), Primavera Sound will be bringing once again an eclectic line-up to the sunny shores of Barcelona.
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Primavera Sound has become one of the most rapidly successful European festivals in recent history.
Since beginning in 2001 with an audience capacity of 8,000, it has grown exponentially to 190,000 for the 2016 outing. With that expansion comes some exciting additions to what the organisers have put in place for this years festival-goers.
This year they have collaborated with a newly opened club, Beach Hut, to showcase 42 sets between the 2nd and the 4th of June alongside the festival. Opening at midday each day in the festival grounds, and supplying a wonderfully eclectic mix of electronic artists for 18 hours per day, this newly formed club and its endurance run of DJ Sets and live electronic bands alike exclusively for those with full weekend tickets for the festival. It will have a capacity of 5,000 people.
Organised by the well-established Bowers & Wilkins Sound System and back by Barcadi, it will not only expand on the already impressive line-up which alone made Primavera Sound a sold out event this year, but also extend the duration of the festival. The main site every year since its conception has been open from 4pm onwards, however with this new stage festival-goers will be able to enter this new arena from midday.
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This year aims to bring every sound possible to your ears.
The 2016 line-up for Primavera Sound in Barcelona has finally been announced, with the likes of Radiohead, Suede and Brian Wilson heading up the event this summer. It's the sixteenth edition of the festival, and is bringing a broader range of musical talent than ever before.
Radiohead will be bringing a taste of their yet to be released upcoming album to not only Primavera, but also a string of shows later in the year in their first tour since 2012. They'll be joined by LCD Soundsystem making their big comeback with James Murphy, Brian Wilson performing the whole of 'Pet Sounds' and, of course, Suede who will be performing not one but two shows no doubt showcasing their latest album 'Night Thoughts', which is due to be released tomorrow (January 22nd 2016).
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Head to the continent for a festival experience of a lifetime with Spain's Primavera Sound, Denmark's Roskilde Festival and France's Rock En Seine to name a few.
We've been seriously pushing US and UK music festivals this year but, it has to be said, there's nowhere quite like Europe.
The continent is home to some of the most unique music events in the world and, looking at what's on offer this year, it seems that the festival season is the best time to experience cultural diversity to the nth degree. Whether its sun or snow you're after, rock or dance music, indoor or outdoor, Europe has it all and with the summer quickly approaching, it's time to get on a plane and take the best vacation of your lives as we guide you to the most exciting countries you can hope to visit this year.
- Pukkelpop (August 14th - 16th): This Belgian weekend remains seriously cool having first began in 1985 and always playing host to some of the world's best alternative music with early performers including Ramones, The Jesus And Mary Chain and Iggy Pop. Nearly 30 years on, Pukkelpop maintains its excellence with 2014 seeing the likes of Clean Bandit, Gogol Bordello and Die Antwoord on the bill.
- Tomorrowland (July 18th - 20th and July 25th - 27th): If you want to feel like you've entered a fantasy world for a weekend (or two), Tomorrowland is definitely for you. Taking place in the town of Boom, you'll be rocking out against a backdrop of incredible art installations of gargantuan proportions - it really isn't a sight to be missed.
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Barcelona: arguably the most picturesque city in Europe. Situated on the Mediterranean coast in the heart of the Catalonian region, it's a landmine of history and culture. In amongst the beautiful landscapes and symbolic architecture; much of it crafted by Antoni Gaudi; lies the wonderful Park Guell, while at the city's highest point resides the Olympic Stadium, redeveloped with an increased capacity for the 1992 event. Then, of course, there's always the world famous Nou Camp, home to arguably the greatest and most successful football club of this generation, which is where our week long journey begins.
Arriving a day early before Primavera's festivities start enables us to take in the unique atmosphere as champions Barcelona narrowly defeat Real Valladolid by the odd goal. It also allows one final opportunity to contemplate this year's timetable where clashes aplenty are the order of most days. However, such a haven of choices marks a great festival, right? Right.
This year's event marks the thirteenth edition of Primavera Sound and, with weekend tickets having sold out months ago, it would be fair to say it's one of the few whose reputation and audience is growing despite the current economic decline. Mainly situated across three venues; the Parc Del Forum, Parc De La Ciutadella and Sala Apolo; Primavera has developed from an initial three-day weekend into a full blown seven-day event.
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Heralded as the highpoint of Europe's busy festival season and rightly so, the 2012 edition of Primavera Sound is almost upon us once more. Now in its twelfth year, Primavera Sound have been running a series of fringe events in and around the city of Barcelona throughout the month of May before the main festival itself kicks off on Wednesday 30th May at the Apolo venue.
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