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Festival preview: Primavera Sound 2016

21st January 2016

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Where: Barcelona
When: 1st – 4th June


Primavera Sound never fails to impress! It’s one of our favourite festivals in the world, presenting incredible line-ups in Barcelona.

Primavera Sound 2016For 2016 its 150 band line-up is arguably its best ever with stunning and diverse mix of music.

For their June event they have bagged Radiohead performing material from their forthcoming album, the return of James Murphy’s indie-dance legends LCD Soundsystem, rock icon PJ Harvey and Icelandic post-rock innovators Sigur Rós all on the bill.

Elsewhere the festival is delivering a bill of absolute must-sees including psyche-wonders Tame Impala, Alex Turner and Miles Kane’s epic-pop collaboration The Last Shadow Puppets, retro-futurist pop duo Air, two shows from indie-legends Suede and the dark, post punk of Savages.

In the legends category Beach Boy Brian Wilson will be playing masterpiece Pet Sounds in full, while hardcore pioneers Drive Like Jehu, noise-metal pioneers Unsane and alt-rock trailblazers Dinosaur Jnr. will be prove why they are influencers.

If hip hop is your bag, this line-up brings together the best creative forces from the genre including Pusha T (dropping his new record), Action Bronson and critically acclaimed Vince Staples.

The more experimental edge is represented by the likes of jazz genius Kamasi Washington, Animal Collective, Boredoms, krautrock inspired BEAK>, Tortoise anddream-pop pioneers A.R Kane.

For blips and bleeps the electronic menu takes in legendary electronic-pioneers Cabaret Voltaire, German superband Moderat, Floating Points, Pantha du Prince, Kiasmos and top DJs including Maceo Plex and Hudson Mohawke.

Guitars are more than well catered for with, arguably the best live rock band on the planet, Thee Oh Sees, black metal originators Venom, post-punk from Paraquet Courts, and the intoxicating anthems of Titus Andronicus all on offer.

And this only just scratches the surface of a line-up that also includes Daughter, Beirut, Richard Hawley, Chairlift and Dungen amongst many, many others.

The main stint of the festival again takes part in the seaside Parc Del Forum, but there is an increased complementary programme of events in Barcelona’s Ravel district.

This includes set from grunge-legends Mudhoney, unclassifiable experimenters Psychic TV/PTV3, Bradford Cox from Deerhunter performing solo and garage rockets Black Lips.

As an overnight festival it affords you the luxury of exploring the wonders of the city, or simply sun-bathing on the incredible beaches before a night of incredible music.

Full festival ticket price for Primavera Sound 2016 in Barcelona is 175€ until 3rd February. From the 4th February to 4th May its price will be 185€ and from 5th May to the beginning of the festival it will cost 195€.

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