The program’s probably pretty much complete now so as usual, here’s a list of the acts performing at this year’s Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona. The festival takes place from May 30th to June 3rd. The first and last days will be free events at Arc de Triomf. Get tickets here.
This year’s lineup is a bit of a mixed bag. If, like me, you’re sick of FUCKING WILCO, and you’re a bit sick of most British indie from the last 3 decades, you could be forgiven with thinking there’s little on offer. (I say ‘most’ because I obviously still love Spiritualized and Björk, who’s practically British). But take another look and you’ll find much to amuse you.
Take AarabMuzik, for example, who makes quite good music by sampling quite bad music. And how about Dominant Legs who have a sort of Tom Tom Club thing going on. Or the ‘chillwave’ (whatever that means) of Neon Indian. Or Redinho’s electro fun times. There’s plenty to be enjoying. I’ll see you where we can see the sea.
Primavera Sound 2012 lineup (my picks highlighted)
A$AP Rocky (US) A.A. Bondy (US) Aeroplane (BE) Afrocubism (CU) Anímic (ES) AraabMUZIK (US) Archers Of Loaf (US) Atlas Sound (US) Atleta (ES) Baxter Dury (UK) Beach Beach (ES) Beach House (US) Beirut (US)
Benga (Live) (UK) Big Star’s Third (US) Bigott (ES) Björk (IS) Black Lips (US) Bleached (US) Bombino (NE) Buffy Sainte-Marie (CA) Chavez (US) Christina Rosenvinge (ES) Codeine (US) Danny Brown (US) Death Cab For Cutie (US) Death Grips (US) Death In Vegas (UK) Demdike Stare (UK) Dirty Beaches (CA) Dirty Three (AU) Doble Pletina (ES) Dominant Legs (US) Erol Alkan (UK) Fasenuova (ES) Father John Misty (US) Field Music (UK) Forest Swords (UK) Franz Ferdinand (UK) Friends (US) Girls (US) Girls Names (UK) Godflesh (UK) Grimes (CA) Grupo de Expertos Solynieve (ES) Hanni El Khatib (US) Harvey Milk (US) Hype Williams (US) I Break Horses (SE) Iceage (DK) James Ferraro (US) Japandroids (CA) Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel) (US) Jeremy Jay (US) Joe Crepúsculo (ES) John Talabot (Live) (ES) Josh T. Pearson (US) Justice live (FR) Kings Of Convenience (NO) Kleenex Girl Wonder (US) La Estrella De David (ES) Laura Marling (UK) Lee Ranaldo (US) Lisabö (SP) Liturgy (US) Lower Dens (US) Main (UK) Matías Aguayo (AR) Mayhem (NO) Mazzy Star (US) Melvins (US) Michael Gira (US) Milagres (US) Milk Music (US) Mudhoney (US) Mujeres (ES) Nacho Vegas (ES) Napalm Death (UK) Neon Indian (US) Nick Garrie plays The Nightmare Of J.B. Stanislas (UK) Numbers showcase: Jackmaster, Oneman, Deadboy, Spencer, Redinho (UK) Obits (US) OFF! (US) Orthodox (SP) Other Lives (US) Pegasvs (ES) Peter Wolf Crier (US) Picore (ES) Pional (Live) (ES) Real Estate (US) Rebolledo (MX) Refree (ES) Refused (SE) Richard Hawley (UK) Rufus Wainwright (US) Rustie (UK) Saint Etienne (UK) Sandro Perri (CA) SBTRKT (UK) Scuba (UK) Senior i El Cor Brutal (ES) Sharon Van Etten (US) Shellac (US) Siskiyou (CA) Sleep (US) Sleepy Sun (US) Spiritualized (UK) Sr. Chinarro (ES) Tall Firs (US) The Afghan Whigs (US) The Chameleons (UK) The Cure (UK) The Drums (US) The Field (SE) The Olivia Tremor Control (US) The Pop Group (UK) The Rapture (US) The Right Ons (ES) The War On Drugs (US) The Wedding Present plays Seamonsters (UK) The xx (UK) Thee Oh Sees (US) Trash Talk (US) Unicornibot (ES) Veronica Falls (UK) Washed Out (US) Wavves (US) White Denim (US) Wilco (US) Wolves In The Throne Room (US) Yann Tiersen (FR) Yo La Tengo (US)