June 7, 2018
Primavera Sound review
The hottest bands on the scene, across a site undulating with excitement and hidden area’s to explore, adore and get lost in: Primavera Sound.
We arrived mid afternoon on the Thursday and dashed straight on site to get our wristbands and run at pace to see Hinds open the main stage in raucous fashion. The night followed with heavy hitters Bjork and Nick Cave punctuated by Warpaint and War On Drugs.
The main stages both face each other and they swap from one to another, so there is a gap of around 10 mins before you’re wowed by some more magic, having to travel merely 180 degrees to see the next wonderment.
We elongated our way home via the dance area before finding a 24 hour bakery serving piping hot pizza!
On Friday I strolled from our Air B N B apartment in Sant Marti to take a yoga class at Jivmukti Barcelona stopping for a quick coffee and sandwich on the way and repeating the dining experience post class which was spoken in English! There were quite a few head rushes in the awkward poses following the previous nights antics but I felt much clearer headed for it.
The afternoon was spent larking around on the beach before meeting some pals for an elongated supper of tapas and paella, while knocking back a few shots.
Haim stole the show on Friday with a stage show which started and ended with them all drumming together in sister chorus with a light show to further beautify the performance. We did a bit of stage hopping after that before landing at a DJ throwing down indie and electro classics and a bar with very swift service time.
The night ended as before in the 24 hour bakery dining on piping hot pizza and magma hot chilli sauce.
On Saturday we set off for the city centre on a gentle saunter through a bustling brick a brack market, stopping for some pastries on route and ending up at a park in the centre for a coffee and map recap. Our ramble then took us right to the far end of Barcelona beach on an explore of the new W hotel complex which, was quite up market for our beach wear and weary 3rd day festival look.
After a quick shower stop back at the apartment and iphone charge we headed out for a relaxed supper and pre match pick me up for the biggie. You could feel the festival was more buzzing and at the busiest we’d seen it yet for arguably the main attraction: The Arctic Monkeys headline set.
They were proceeded by Lykke Li – superb from start to finish in sound and stature and almost equalled by Lord who fired out her greatest hits from what is already an expansive repertoire for a 21 year old.
We set up just beneath the speaker for the Arctic Monkeys who opened with a new one before rattling off Brianstorm and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor in quick succession. It was at this point I ditched the crew and made my way forward to the centre circle and some more atmosphere.
The atmosphere and anticipation was not to be as Alex Turner drearily made sombre all your favourites, taking them down a couple of BPM and adding a nickleback woo’ type inflection in too many places.
The set lacked pace and energy and his new stage show jazz club singer character will irk you more than the faux American we met on the last tour. Dejectedly I departed shaking my head and summing up: Alex Turner has lost it.
We assembled back at the indie rock n roll DJ who was quick to pick up the vibe once more before we made it to see Public Service Broadcasting bring all the excitement and stage antics the arctics lacked.
The vibe, tone and flavour were all upbeat and lifted the 3am crowd into a gleeful harmony shouting GO in unison to their popular Hoxton play listed GO!
After this we made our way to the hidden underground club before stumbling across Lindstrom and finishing up at the amp theatre to see out the festival.
Primavera Sound is friendly, warm, easy to navigate and well spaced out to have enough separation from stages and area’s so you’re not overcome by anything you don’t want. Barcelona is full of beautiful friendly people, quirky tasty places to eat and drink with a beach of wonderment.
If you haven’t already: GO.
Listen to The Preshaah and Jordan Smith review Primavera Sound playing their favourite tunes from the festival here: