What could be better than watching bands playing under blazing Spanish sunshine, sangria in hand, sandals on, and not a speck of mud to be seen? As festivals go, Primavera Sound is definitely high up on the comfort agenda; with the music also being something to write home about!
I went to Primavera Sound for the second time this year, and as someone who doesn’t really ‘do’ festivals, it was an exhilarating experience. 4 days of non-stop music, fashion, sights and sounds, celebrating the fifteenth year of the festival held within the incredible architecture of the Parc del Forum on the edge of Barcelona. Set upon such a beautiful location, there are so many perks to a festival like this that it would take me longer than this post allows to list them all, but I’ll try and shoehorn in as many highlights as I can manage!
The festival takes over the city for the last weekend of May and, should you jump on the metro at any given time you are bound to see fellow festival-goers with their wristbands amongst the crowds in the carriages. Unlike many UK festivals, who see their headline acts play by late evening, Primavera’s feeling is all the more laid back, with hot topics listed on our ‘must see’ sheet taking to the stage at 3 or 4 am in many cases. Music starts from late afternoon and once you enter the festival, the 12 different stages ensure that there’s always something or someone to go and watch.
Musical highlights for 2014 included Haim, Future Islands, Follakzoid, factory Floor and The National , and with that in mind, 2015 had a lot to live up to. The ‘big hitters’ such as Interpol, The Strokes and Caribou were all fantastic, but the beauty of the festival is the opportunity to see bands and artists who aren’t as well known.
The festival itself begins with an opening party on the Wednesday night and continues through until the Sunday with the closing party and these are held at varying locations around the city. There’s a relaxed and very Spanish vibe to the festival and, of course, there is street style in abundance. Comfortable shoes are a must and also a jacket or jumper is essential despite the heat of the day; as soon as the sun sets the breeze coming in from the ocean makes an extra layer necessary.
The beauty of a festival like Primavera Sound is that there’s no camping provision, you have to stay in the city which means a real bed and shower can be yours after a night of partying.
I would thoroughly recommend this festival and I had a fantastic time both of the years I’ve attended. This year we tagged on a few days to our holiday after the festival ended to spend sightseeing in Barcelona and it was just wonderful; I didn’t want to come home. Roll on Primavera Sound 2016!