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Primavera Sound Essentials

Widely considered one of the best music festivals in Barcelona and Spain, Primavera Sound presents some of the biggest names of the music world alongside up-and-coming contemporary acts. Not even twenty years old, the festival has grown exponentially and over 200,000 people attended the last edition. Here’s what you need to know about Primavera Sound ahead of attending this year:

The festival has been held at the Parc del Fòrum since 2005As the festival grew so too did the venue and since 2005 Primavera Sound has been held at the Parc del Fòrum. Located on the edge of sea, the Parc del Fòrum features outdoor and indoor concert spaces including a building by world-famous architects Jacques Herzog and Pierre Meuron.

The Cure played for over three hours in 2012

The band, who headlined the festival that year, gave an epic concert lasting over three hours and featuring some of their top hits such as ‘Friday I’m in love’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry’. To this date this performance goes down in Primavera history as the longest ever given at the festival.

Musicians as young as 7 and as old as 90 have played here

Primavera Sound is famous for featuring an eclectic mix of musicians from different genres and eras. In 2011 the festival featured seven year old Candela of Candela Y Los Supremos, while then 90 year old Marshall Allen played in 2014.

Watch out for secret performances

Keeping up with the times, in recent years the festival has used its app to announce secret performances taking place at pop-up stages during the festival. Festival goers receive in-app notifications just hours before the show takes place and are directed to the ephemeral stage.

The summer of festivities looks to be well on it’s way with a host of festival kicking off the weekend just gone. Primavera in Barcelona marks its return for its 20th anniversary with another two week weekender under the Spanish sun, bringing a host of names to the city’s Parc del Fòrum and surrounding venues. Whilst big names such as the Gorillaz, Tyler the Creator and Charlie XCX will be prime for a big crowd, we’ve selected some artists and DJs which we feel will be on the best game over the week. From the contemporary club sounds of Latin America, to the hard-hitting lyrical prowess of South London we’ve got seven acts from the first week to tide all your party urges over. Our writer Kayleigh Flannery has curated an essential playlist before she heads out to the festival, check it out HERE

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