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Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound 2024

Day 1 Review

Primavera Sound 2024 kicked off with an eclectic mix of performances, each bringing a unique flavour to the festival.

Arab Strap – Cupra Stage, 19:00

Starting the evening on a melancholic note, Arab Strap, hailing from Scotland, captivated the audience with their raw and poignant storytelling. The duo’s tales of friction, pub, and unmade bed resonated deeply, creating an intimate atmosphere despite the vastness of the stage.

Balming Tiger – Pull & Bear, 18:45

Balming Tiger

Balming Tiger’s performance was a jolt of energy, with their Korean pop anomalies injecting a propulsive intensity into the festival. Their genre-blending set kept the crowd on their toes, showcasing the collective’s innovative approach to music.

Freddie Gibbs and Madlib – Estrella Damm Stage, 19:45

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of “Piñata,” Freddie Gibbs and Madlib delivered a masterclass in underground rap. Gibbs, from Indiana, and Madlib, from California, have a chemistry that was undeniable, and the retrospective set paid homage to the enduring legacy of their collaboration. The audience was entranced by Madlib’s beats and Freddie Gibbs’ commanding presence.

Mannequin Pussy – Plenitude Stage, 19:45

Simultaneously, Mannequin Pussy from Philadelphia brought an explosive performance to the Plenitude Stage. Their punk-rock energy and fierce delivery left an indelible mark on the crowd, proving why they are a force to be reckoned with in the music scene.

Amyl and The Sniffers – Santander Stage, 21:00

Australian punk rockers Amyl And The Sniffers turned up the heat with their raucous set. The band’s high-octane performance was a whirlwind of punk rock fury, with frontwoman Amy Taylor’s electrifying stage presence driving the crowd into a frenzy.

Vampire Weekend – Estrella Damm, 21:45

Vampire Weekend’s long-awaited return to Primavera Sound was a nostalgic journey through their discography. From “Diane Young” to “Harmony Hall,” the band from New York seamlessly blended old favorites with tracks from their new album, “Only God Was Above Us.” Their set was a testament to their evolution and enduring appeal.

Beth Gibbons – Cupra Stage, 22:50

Beth Gibbons created an atmosphere of ceremony on the Cupra Stage, performing songs from her solo debut “Lives Outgrown” alongside classics from her time with Portishead. Her haunting vocals and the rich arrangements of her band enveloped the audience in a misty, introspective soundscape.

L’Impératrice – Pull & Bear, 23:00

L’Impératrice from France brought a touch of elegance to the festival. Their disco-infused pop grooves had the crowd dancing under the stars, providing a perfect contrast to the day’s more intense performances.

The Armed – Plenitude, 2:15

Detroit-based The Armed delivered a blistering set that left the audience breathless. Their hardcore energy and chaotic stage presence provided a high-octane finale to the first day of Primavera Sound 2024, keeping the crowd energized well into the early hours of the morning.

Day 2 Review

The second day of Primavera Sound 2024 was marked by highly anticipated performances and standout moments.

Ethel Cain – Santander, 18:20

Ethel Cain’s ethereal voice and gothic undertones set a haunting tone for the evening. The artist from Alabama filled her performance with emotional depth, and her connection with the audience was palpable, making for an unforgettable set.

The Last Dinner Party – Cupra, 18:50

The Last Dinner Party, a new sensation from London, emerged as the revelation band of the season, with their performance claiming the crinoline as an outfit to go out to kill. Their music, a blend of feminine desire and pleasure, resonated deeply with the crowd, who chanted their name in approval.

Scowl – Steve Albini Stage, 18:55

Hailing from Santa Cruz, California, Scowl brought a raw, unfiltered energy to the Steve Albini Stage. Their hardcore punk sound and relentless pace invigorated the audience, making for a memorable debut at the festival.

Dogstar – Plenitude, 19:45

Keanu Reeves’ band, Dogstar, performed a solid set at the Plenitude Stage. Their alternative rock sound and Reeves’ star power drew a large crowd, who enjoyed the band’s nostalgic vibes.

Troye Sivan – Santander, 20:30

Troye Sivan from Australia delivered a proud display of queer sexuality and pop-house beats. His charismatic performance and catchy tunes had the audience dancing and singing along, making it one of the highlights of the day.

Faye Webster – Pull & Bear, 20:55

Faye Webster from Atlanta, Georgia, delivered a soulful performance that was a soothing contrast to the high-energy acts of the day. Her introspective lyrics and mellow sound provided a moment of calm amidst the festival’s chaos.

Lana Del Rey – Estrella Damm, 22:00-23:30

Although Lana Del Rey was 30 minutes late to take the stage, the crowd’s excitement only grew with anticipation. Transforming the Estrella Damm stage into a southern garden, she delivered a captivating set that spanned her career. From “Without You” to “Video Games,” her haunting vocals and theatrical presentation left the audience in awe once she started.

Jai Paul – Cupra, 22:50

London’s enigmatic Jai Paul brought his unique sound to the Cupra Stage. His blend of electronic and R&B elements created an atmospheric experience that captivated the crowd.

Mabel – Pull & Bear, 23:20

Mabel, a rising star  and daughter of the great Neneh Cherry and Cameron McVey, from London, closed out her set with high-energy pop tunes that had everyone dancing. Her infectious songs and dynamic stage presence ensured the party continued late into the night.

Day 3 Review

The final day of Primavera Sound 2024 was a test of endurance, but it delivered some of the festival’s most memorable moments.

The Lemon Twigs – Estrella Damm, 17:30

The Lemon Twigs

New York’s The Lemon Twigs kicked off the day with their retro-inspired rock. Their energetic performance and tight harmonies set a positive tone for the rest of the day.

Water From Your Eyes – Amazon Music, 18:00

Water From Your Eyes

Water From Your Eyes from Brooklyn brought their experimental grooves to the Amazon Music stage. Their innovative sound and captivating stage presence made for a standout set.

Royel Otis – Santander, 18:45

Australian duo Royel Otis delivered a set filled with infectious indie-pop melodies. Their catchy hooks and engaging performance won over the crowd, making them one of the highlights of the afternoon.

Mouth Water – Aperol Spritz Island of Joy, 19:30

Mouth Water

Mouth Water’s performance at the Aperol Spritz Island of Joy stage was a delightful surprise. His eclectic sound and energetic delivery brought the joy and kept the audience entertained and dancing.

PJ Harvey – Santander, 21:00

PJ Harvey

As the rain began to pour, PJ Harvey’s set took on a magical quality. Paying tribute to Steve Albini with “The Desperate Kingdom of Love,” the legendary British artist’s performance was a powerful and emotional experience, further intensified by the weather.

Bikini Kill – Pull & Bear, 23:00

Bikini Kill

Pioneers of the Riot girl movement, Bikini Kill brought their iconic punk rock energy to the Pull & Bear stage. Their fierce performance and unapologetic attitude were a highlight of the festival, reminding everyone of their enduring influence.

American Football – Cupra, 23:00

Emo pioneers from Illinois, American Football, delivered a set that resonated deeply with the audience. Their heartfelt performance and intricate musicianship provided a beautiful conclusion to their set, leaving the crowd in a reflective mood.

Primavera Sound 2024 offered a diverse and rich musical experience, with each day presenting a unique blend of genres and artists. The festival grounds were bustling with energy, from the vibrant main stages to the more intimate settings. Food and drink vendors provided a wide array of options, ensuring attendees stayed fuelled throughout the long days and nights of music. Primavera Sound 2024 was a celebration of music, culture, and community. Each performance, whether a high-energy punk set or a soulful ballad, contributed to an unforgettable festival experience. The blend of established acts and emerging artists ensured that there was something for everyone, making it a standout event in the 2024 festival calendar. Attendees left with lasting memories and a deep appreciation for the incredible range of talent on display, eagerly anticipating the next edition of Primavera Sound.

Words and all images by Tim Alban

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