Primavera Sound Barcelona, Barcelona

3.7
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Primavera Sound is a music festival that takes place between the end of May and beginning of June in Barcelona, Spain and Porto, Portugal. The first edition took place in 2001 in Poble Espanyol and in 2005 it moved to the Parc del Fòrum, a much larger site on the seafront. The nature of the festival (urban and an integrated part of the city) and the wide range of bands represented have made Primavera Sound a meeting point for artists and spectators from all generations.


The festival presents all genres including pop, rock and the most underground tendencies of electronic and dance music.


Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Fuck Buttons, Swans, Melvins, Psychic TV, Spiritualized, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, Radiohead, Animal Collective, Sigur Rós, The Jesus and Mary Chain and Tame Impala amongst many others have performed on its stages.


At every edition the event has grown both in terms of numbers and in terms of media exposure: press, radio and television both nationally and internationally. Its first edition in 2001 closed with an attendance of 8000 people, an audience that by the latest edition in 2015 had become 190,000.
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Primavera Sound Barcelona Reviews
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4.5
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  • Is it possible, in any way, to hear music for free outside concert area on Port Forum? To just sit somewhere and chill and hear some band?? Anyone tried? Thanks!! :)  more »
  • The lineup is always well-curated, logistics are usually just fine and the location is incredible. Happy to be a Primavera Sound regular.  more »
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  • Great festival, with an amazing atmosphere and brilliant bands. When I was there, I took part in their cup collecting competing and also managed to land myself FREE tickets for next year! Nice accommodation nearby, but the closest is definitely the Marriott, where we stayed. 10/10, would definitely recommend to anyone who has an interest in any genre of music; the lineup is so big that there's a band for everyone!
  • There are similar festivals in Europe with better attitude towards customers. The experience of paying flights, accommodation and an entrance ticket and being refused entrance two nights in a row by some inarticulate person is horrendous. And, yes, there was no reason for my friends to be refused entry, nor was there any follow up from the local authorities or the organizers on this situation. Basically, going to this festival is like gambling your money away: you never know who cancels or if you actually get in. You won’t get your money back, either way. To be avoided.

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