Festival Preview: Primavera Sound 2010

01 May 2010

Now celebrating its 10th year as one of Europe’s most varied and exciting music events, Primavera Sound is back to encourage ever more Brits to pack their bags and flee for the Spanish coast.

The three-dayer is based at the Parc Del Fórum, a venue originally built for the 1992 Olympics that’s almost entirely constructed of concrete, meaning come rain or shine the site will be unaffected. Helpfully the action all happens right by the gorgeous Barcelona beaches, for those in pursuit of that special British lobster look.

Sea, sand and sun aside, what a feast of music Primavera Sound 2010 is shaping up to be. Among the bigger names on the bill are the newly reformed Pavement making their Spanish debut on their comeback tour. Fellow returning luminaries Pixies and Bis also number among the main stage acts. Florence And The Machine sticks out like a sore thumb amongst the likes of The Fall and Superchunk, who all play on the same stage, while the mega profiled The xx will be playing a sunset set that’s sure to match their ethereal moodiness.

Elsewhere there’s a dizzying array of hot talent, including US noise frolics purveyors Sic Alps, falsetto-fronted fopsters Wild Beasts, still plugging second record Two Dancers, excellent New York electro-pop duo Sleigh Bells and the infectious Californian lady troupe Dum Dum Girls. You’d also miss the shambolic Israeli mentalists Monotonix at your peril, but we’ll say no more on that; they need to be seen to be believed.

Cult English festival All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP to its friends) hosts its own stage, with a stellar line up stretching from American indie rock from the likes of Shellac and Les Savy Fav to the ear-piercing noise from Ben Frost and a rare live gig from experimentalists The Books.

Electro is also represented favourably. Techno gods Orbital close the festival in the early hours of Sunday morning, having won over Barcelona a year ago in this same venue at Sónar. Minimal goodness will be the order of the day at The Field‘s late night slot as well as a predicted dance-off to New York post-punkers Liquid Liquid. Look out also for a homecoming from Delorean, recently winning the UK’s hearts with their infectious single Stay Close. Diplo will be making an appearance as both himself and as one half of the frantic carnival collective Major Lazer. Bristol’s Joker, one of the best up and coming dubstep DJs, is also not to be missed.

This isn’t just a young ‘uns game. Gary Numan will be in suitably dark form, Mark Almond continues on the comeback trial after a motorcycle crash in 2004 in what is bound to be a moving performance and thePet Shop Boys will be on hand for some suitably camp and intelligent pop classics. Fans of nostalgia will also be lapping up The Charlatans playing their debut album in full, and much loved post-rockers Ui continuing their recent reunion.

All that and without even mentioning ear bleeding from HEALTH and Fuck Buttons, hypnotic beats from Panda Bear, hippie harmonising from CocoRosie and Beach House playing tracks from one of 2010’s best albums so far. Let’s just hope everyone has the stamina for the three late nights. Viva Primavera!

Primavera Sound takes place from 27-29 May 2010 at Parc del Fórum, Barcelona. Tickets and further information are available from

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