Thursday, 5 June 2014

Primevera Sound 2014


The reason for my little trip to Barcelona was to go to Primavera Sound - a three day music festival on the outskirts of the city. As well as boasting a pretty decent line-up (Arcade Fire, Neutral Milk Hotel, The National, Kendrick Lamar and a lot more), Primavera is on the coast so its pretty different to a festival in the UK and nice weather is (almost) a given!

The festival doesn't offer camping so a three day ticket is less pricey than a UK festival, I think ours were around £120 which isn't bad considering that I've paid £40 just to see Arcade Fire this week. The acts are spread across several stages and the first bands start at around 7pm, with some starting their sets at 3am - again, a bit change from British festivals where the music is over by midnight! The later sets are mostly DJs and we didn't manage to stick it out beyond 2am - it gets chilly by the beach at night and at the grand old age of 26 long periods of standing up count as a "tiring" activity.

The festival site is in a concrete "park" dominated by a huge solar panel. It feels futuristic but also quite bleak and desolate at the same time. It actually has a pretty grim history, being a former prison and execution ground during the Franco period.

As well as the music, there are loads of food stalls and the food was pretty decent for a festival - I had yakisoba, a vegan platter and the festival staple, falafel. Booze is pretty expensive at the bars and taking your own isn't allowed but I saw a lot of people who had smuggled it in successfully. Not that you really need it when there's music and sunshine!

The National - their set was amazing, Matt Berninger's voice is absolutely stunning live. One of my highlights.
The festival site - it took me a while to figure out where everything is but it doesn't take too long to hop between stages. The two "main" stages are opposite one another and alternate acts to minimise waiting around time. There's only one indoor stage where we saw a Jamie xx DJ set - it's gets hot inside!
Slowdive on the Sony stage.
The Primavera look - £2 Primark pineapple sunnies!
Arcade Fire on the Sony stage - they played an almost two hour set which started at midnight. The Spanish seem to have a lot more energy than I do - must start taking siestas!
The Ray Ban stage in front of the sea.
Having fun with the selfie booth at the "Lays" stand (memories of summer holidays in Europe eating these!). There aren't a huge amount of other activities between bands but we didn't have a lot of gaps and there are a few merch and record stalls to browse. Or just sunbathe.
Another highlight - Kendrick Lamar on the Heiniken Stage. European crowds don't seem to really dance at gigs but Kendrick had the crowd going crazy.
 Are you going to any festivals this summer?



  1. Looks fun!
    I saw The National at the Ally Pally and they are amazing live. One of my favourites.
    Seeing Arcade Fire on Friday (ooh today) can't wait, also at Glasto so will see them again. Festival season is fab!

  2. Looked so much fun Lily! Sad I didn't go now!

    On a side note... Lays? Really? Who need Lays when you have Sensations? Haha!

    - Elodie x

  3. It looks like you had a fab time (I love Lays!)

  4. Looks like you had a great time :)

  5. Looks like you had a fab time - so jealous :p xx

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