More than two years in the making, Primavera Sound has once again returned to Barcelona, for its bumper 20th edition, taking place across 12 days and nights across the Catalan capital.
Following a bumpy start, Primavera Sound recorded a storming first weekend, with stellar performances from the likes of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Gorillaz, Fontaines D.C., Idles (check out this awesome video from their set), The National, Little Simz, Low, Mavis Staples and many others… not to mention the first-ever appearance of a K-Pop act, Dreamcatcher, at a European festival.
A packed midweek schedule has now made way for the second weekend’s instalment, more information on which can be found below. Limited tickets for the second weekend are still available, click here for more information.
There have been a couple of last-minute lineup changes ahead of the second weekend; unfortunately Bleachers, Clairo, Holly Humberstone and Tainy have cancelled their performances due to last minute unforeseen circumstances, while Mura Masa, Chet Faker, Hurray For The Riff Raff and Ferran Palau have joined the itinerary.
We here at 909originals are seeking to bring you everything you need to know about this year’s event, in one handy location.
The lineup for this year’s edition of Primavera Sound has come a long way since Pavement were announced during the summer of 2019 as the first headliner for the planned 2020 edition – before the global pandemic had other plans.
In total, Primavera Sound will feature some 500 performances, shared between the Parc del Fòrum, different venues and spaces in the city and the beach of Sant Adrià de Besòs, which will turn Barcelona into the world’s busiest crossroads of contemporary music for just under two weeks.
The headline acts have been confirmed for some time – the first weekend welcomes Pavement and Tame Impala (2 June), Beck, The National and The Strokes (3 June) and Gorillas, Jorja Smith, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds and Tyler, The Creator (4 June); while the second weekend’s headliners include Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Interpol and Tyler, The Creator (9 June), Lorde and The Strokes (10 June) and Jorja Smith, Megan Thee Stallion, Tame Impala, Phoenix and Yeah Yeah Yeahs (11 June).
Further down the lineup, both weekends look just as appealing, with the organisers adding a host of new names even up until recently – Mdou Moctar, Napalm Death, 2 Many DJs, Caterina Barbieri, Myd, Richard Dawson and DJs Peach and Anne Savage among those adding their names to the bumper bill.
To make planning your weekend easier, the official Primavera Sound website features a day-by-day planner, as well as enabling you to search by artist. You can find that here.
Primavera Sound’s Parc del Fòrum setting is an iconic waterside venue in the northernmost part of the city. It is well connected by public transport, including metro, tram and bus lines which take you to the city centre in a matter of minutes. A map of the site can be found here.
It was originally developed in 2004, for the Universal Forum of Cultures, and features a myriad of venues in one location, many of which will be in use during Primavera Sound.
A free shuttle bus service will run from Plaça Catalunya, while public transport options include bus lines H16, H14, 7, 136, V31 and 143 (as well as nocturnal buses N6 and N7), the T4 Tram and Subway line 4. Details of transport options can be found here.
Access times to Parc del Fòrum during Primavera Sound are as follows: Thursday, June 2 and 9 – from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Friday, June 3 and 10 – from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.; Saturday June 4 and 11 – from 4:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.
FOOD AND DRINK
Primavera Sound continues to expand its food offer year-on-year, and like its musical lineup, this year’s edition seeks to offer presenting all imaginable gastronomic trends, from the traditional to the avant-garde.
The festival has teamed up with joint endeavour together with Verbena Foodie to curate the food and drink offering, which will feature the eco burgers of El Filete Ruso, the Asian fusion of Casa Xica, the famous sandwiches of La Porca, the Indian specialities of Masala 73, the empanadas of Las Muns and Mexican cuisine of Corazón de Agave – or, if you’re looking for something a bit simpler, there’s always The Fish & Chips Shop.
Food trucks will include Canalla Urban Food, Pulponeta, Q Street, Cal Pastor and a new addition for 2022, Grosso Napoletano, which will feature a wood-fired oven in a truck.
Vegan consumers are catered for by names like Rasoterra, Quinoa and Hanna, those craving poké bowls are can head to Poké Sí, fans of Pakistani cuisine can opt for Baby Jalebi… there really is something for everyone.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Building on the success of past editions, Primavera Sound continues to seek to develop an event that is more and more responsible with its environment, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.
In 2019, Primavera Sound received the certification “highly recommended” in the ‘A Greener Festival Awards’, and the forthcoming 20th edition will see the event double down on this achievement and embrace the #FlipTheScript campaign, to flip the script and show that change is possible.
In 2019, the festival’s reusable cup campaign saw more than three tonnes of cups collected, and in 2022, further efforts will be taken to achieve a plastic-free Primavera Sound. To this end, all single-use plastic containers will be eliminated (including PET water bottles) and the use of compostable tableware will be imposed in the restaurant areas.
To promote greener transport, the festival has signed an agreement with TRAM Barcelona, which will keep the T4 tram line running non-stop during the festival, while bicycle parking will also be expanded.
In addition, Primavera Sound will continue to compensate the carbon footprint generated thanks to various projects such as the voluntary programme of emissions compensation of the Generalitat.
In addition, an on-site fleet of electric vehicles, the installation of photovoltaic panels to supply energy to the official merchandise shop, and a stage powered by sustainable and renewable energy are other areas in which Primavera Sound is committing to ‘go green’.
NOBODY IS NORMAL
Nobody is Normal is Primavera Sound’s framework for preventing and effectively addressing any kind of gender violence or discrimination on the Primavera Sound site.
Launched in 2019, it originated as an action plan against transphobia, homophobia, lesbophobia and any other attempt to perpetuate an antiquated perception of gender roles and behaviours, challenging the narrow perceptions of what it means to be a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’.
Now, three years later, Nobody is Normal bas evolved to incorporate a support network for sexual dissidence and non-conformist forms of existence, a framework of liberation and visibility that was created with the conviction that changes in our perception can generate changes in society.
This will be put into practice at three information stands set up in the Parc del Fòrum, where people will be able to report any cases of gender-based violence and discrimination suffered or witnessed. The stands will also share details of Nobody is Normal, which works alongside and expands upon the No Callem protocol against sexual harassment and aggression in nightlife venues promoted by Barcelona City Council.
For more information, visit www.primaverasound.com. See you down the front!