If you haven’t heard of Primavera Sound, it’s about time that you begin exploring what has become an international indie music community right here in Barcelona. Quickly approaching its 16th anniversary with the festival taking place the 1st through the 5th of June at venues all over the beautiful city. This year is a landmark for Primavera Sound Barcelona, and a chance to look back and tell the many inspiring stories of one of the country’s premier festivals for independent-minded artists and music lovers who congregate around some of the world’s most progressive sounds. With performers ranging from large groups to solo artists, and from child stars to veterans, you are sure to be awed by this year’s lineup, as you have in years before.
Each part of this festival is bound to be more exciting than the next, with music performances happening literally all day. Guests will find it hard to choose which stages to be at throughout the day, and will undoubtedly have to make some sacrifices. There are many different ways to see the festival. If you’re a hardcore “fesitvarian,” you’ll want to buy the full festival ticket, or even sign up to be a part of the Primavera Pro. If you want to plan ahead for next year, consider joining their three installment plan way of purchasing the ticket, which you can purchase up until 2 months before the festival. You can also buy single day tickets if you’re only want to see one particular performer.
Some headline performers whose names you will definitely recognize on the Primavera Sound Barcelona lineup this year are Explosions in the Sky, Radiohead, Last Shadow Puppets, LCD Soundsystem, and PJ Harvey. As this sample of the performers suggests, the indie genre is wide ranging and full of mixed styles and sounds, ensuring that there is something for everyone, whether you’re more inclined to house, metal, blues, pop, jazz or bluegrass.
Primavera Sound Barcelona is also known for being a place where new talent is discovered by record labels. Beach House, Deerhunter, Crystal Castles, Mac DeMarco and Manel all played at Primavera and got record deals out of it, breaking onto the mainstream indie scene. You’re sure to see both the kings of indie, as well as newcomers to the stage, but also be part of an audience from the remotest parts of the world. The festival has had visitors from Nepal, The Bahamas, Greenland, the Cayman Islands, the Ivory Coast and Madagascar.
Having put on over 2,350 concerts in its 15 years of existence, Primavera Sound Barcelona knows how to entertain. Between the eclectic musical performances and the perfect Barcelona setting, a trip to this festival is sure to be not only a great time, but potentially a life changing experience. Hang out in some of the city’s most beautiful parks and oldest venues and get ready to indulge in five days of mind blowing experiences in one of the most incredible cities in the world.
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