Primavera Sound 2011 Preview

Barcelona's premier music festival
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Let’s face it; everybody loves a bit of sunshine. And what with all that shitty British weather having the tendency to spoil our fun, there’s nothing better than the promise of endless rays beating down upon your sweaty festival head.

Swapping our wellies for our sun hat, Clash is preparing to make the pilgrimage to Barcelona, for the city’s premier music festival, Primavera Sound. And if you haven’t already bought yourself a ticket, it’s not too late, day tickets are available from the festival box office and Sleazy Jet flights are currently priced at a very reasonable rate. So hop aboard a flight to festival paradiso!

But if the current glut of festivals has left you scratching your head in confusion, let’s us take you by the hand and lead you towards achieving your ultimate festival zen (minus the bongos or the healing crystals). Do you opt for the gritty, urban party, the hedonistic field rave or the picturesque seaside amble? Well, the latter choice is clearly the right one, you can’t go wrong with sangria and a sandy beach!

Taking place on May 26th-28th and located in the vast concrete surrounding of Barcelona’s Parc Del Forum, the sweeping panoramic view of the Med provides an incredible backdrop, with a welcome sea breeze to cool you down when things get a little hot to handle. Acts play to thousands inside stony amphitheatres, spacious outdoor fields and of course, that ubiqioutious festival staple-the tent.

But revellers really flock to Primavera for the line-up. This year’s jewel in the crown for many will be Pulp’s show on the Friday night, but Interpol’s early show on the Wednesday will also send many of you wild with desire. The dark synth led post-punk of Blank Dogs will certainly have you chasing your tail in a frenzy and there will be stage theatrics galore from The Flaming Lips and Sufjan Stevens.

Established acts like PiL, Suicide, Pere Ube and Animal Collectivewill play alongside the cream of the contemporary blogosphere, with Baths, Emeralds, Twin Shadow and Perfume Genius flying the flag for new music. The mild-mannered can delight in watching the mesmering Dean Wareham play Galaxie 500 and indiepop luminaries Belle and Sebastian will be spinning a yarn or two, with Low on hand for some slowcore indulgence.

Beat worshippers are most certainly catered for too, with the likes of Caspa, Simian Mobile Disco and DJ Shadow heading up the rave.

For the full line-up and more information go HERE. And remember, there’s no party like a Primavera party!

For a review of last year's festival, go HERE

Words by April Welsh

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