Want to visit a music festival that is wholeheartedly exactly that; A festival of Music?
Well leave the boho festival wear kits and fluro singlets at home folks. Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival is exactly that. So deeply about the music and not about what you wear, its a completely refreshing reminder of the whole point of a music festival.
For over a decade now Primavera Sound has been offering consistently successful musical events. This Barcelona music festival has, since its modest beginnings, developed a strong commitment to music so that spectators of different generations can enjoy live music to the full. This is clearly reflected in the quality and innovation of its line-ups that cater to all by way of genre – A list heavy hitting and diverse to say the least; Patti Smith performing her cult classic ‘Horses’ Album and performing spoken word, The Strokes belting out absolute favourites that the whole entire crowd sung every word to, Mac Demarco, The Oh Sees, Hip hop odd ball Tyler the Creator, former right hand man to Nick Cave and once a Bad Seed Blixa Bargeld & his band Einstürzende Neubauten, Ariel Pink and being held in Europe of course a heavy line up of dance/trance/ house/electro including Caribou and Underworld.
Volcom Ambassador and Artist Gemma O’Brien & myself (Volcom Head Creative Kimmy Reynolds) are in Barcelona for an Event at the Volcom Barcelona store this week where Gemma will paint a huge mural on the walls, we found ourselves very happily with 2 x VIP wrist bands on our arms for the final closing night of the festival.
The highlights for both of us where by far Patti Smith & The Strokes. The whole festival was such an experience, so far from the in comparison quite conservative festivals of home. The festival was open till 5am and there was something very magical about watching the sun rise with a 100,000 deep crowd over the Mediterranean ocean. The main thing we both found totally impressive was the diversity and mellow crowd. No ‘festival’ out fits, hardly a selfie in sight, no muscle men or fluro to be seen. It seems the festival runs a policy on making music number 1 and its punters happily oblige. Also have to say 2 Euro beers were quite a highlight also! No crazy festival prices!!!
Highly recommend thinking of Primavera if your planning a big Overseas Festival trip next year!
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