Primavera Sound Really Turned it Up a Notch

Photos and words by Rafael Gonzalez

Barcelona in the springtime never gets old.

And it’s not just because of the perfect weather and even better skate spots dotted all across the city—as the city starts to heat up, so too does the arts and music scene. On any given night of the week, you can stumble across art exhibitions, concerts, video releases, and of course, attend one of the best music festivals in the world: Primavera Sound.

View of the cityscape from Forum Barcelona.

The lineup this year seemed pretty fitting for the festival’s 18-year anniversary; it took on a whole new twist, including such a broad mix of genres that was guaranteed to keep everyone moving. The biggest drawcard for me this year was Built to Spill, the American indie rock band who were celebrating the 20th anniversary of their record Keep it Like a Secret (which most skate nerds will know is their most iconic project to date).

Kevin Parker of Tame Impala

Elsewhere on the lineup were acts like Solange, Erykah Badu, Tame Impala, Interpol, Rosalía, Mac DeMarco, FKA Twigs, Soccer Mommy, Jungle, Aldous Harding, Kali Uchis, and so much more. Here’s some snapshots from an insane few days at Primavera Sound.

Alice Phoebe Lou is so good, she even performed twice in the same day on two different stages!
One of the best things about festivals is that you can find cool new artists you’ve never heard before. Lucy Dacus was one of them.
People chilling in between shows. There were around 18 different stages to move around.
Mr. Paul Banks from Interpol. Turn On the Bright Lights!
Built to Spill performing the album ‘Keep it Like a Secret,’ a favourite of mine for sure.
The Mani-las, an all-girl band from Madrid, Spain nailed their performance. A new music discovery for me as well!
Tame Impala, what more can I say? They even got me shooting colour film. One of the best concerts during the festival. See you next year PS!

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