Primavera Sound reveals the audacious 2018 line up, Getintothis’ Ralph Pentop barely knows where to start.
Primavera Sound 2018 has revealed its interstellar line up for the Barcelona event taking place May 28 until June 3.
Arctic Monkeys, Björk and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds headline the event with a phenomenal supporting cast including The National, The War On Drugs, A$AP Rocky and Migos alongside Lorde plus Jane Birkin performing a homage to Serge Gainsbourg accompanied by a 50-piece orchestra.
The line up continues with Haim, Fever Ray, CHVRCHES, Beach House and Warpaint featuring alongside Lykke Li, Ibeyi, Maria Arnal, Hinds, Waxahatchee, Yonaka, Vagabon, Jorja Smith, Javiera Mena, Jlin, Bad Gyal and Sevdaliza.
The more established acts also featuring include Beach House, Mogwai, Slowdive, Deerhunter, Father John Misty, Belle and Sebastian, Ariel Pink, The Breeders, Spiritualized, Ty Segall and The Freedom Band, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Panda Bear.
Here’s the full glorious hit.
In an era where festivals are becoming bland and identikit, Primavera bucks the trend including free jazz legends Art Ensemble of Chicago, hardcore all-stars Dead Cross (with Mike Patton from Faith No More and Dave Lombardo from Slayer), a flamenco freethinker Capullo de Jerez alongside local punk heroes La Banda Trapera del Río.
There’s also the master of soundtracks Jóhann Jóhannsson alongside the unclassifiable Sparks, the return of Mike D (revisiting the classics by the much-missed Beastie Boys), John Maus and of Peter Perrett of The Only Ones, the new radical project by Fermín Muguruza with The Suicide of Western Culture alongside the celestial post-rock by Lift to Experience, Madlib’s futurist sound and the African tradition of the diva Oumou Sangaré plus Watain’s black metal alongside the electronic experimentation of Nils Frahm.
“God bless musicians, because without them none of this would be possible,” came the first line of the press release – God bless, Primavera for putting it altogether.