the catalan festival Spring Sound closed this Saturday its first weekend of successes with the presence of great artists such as tame Impala, Pavement, The National, Jorja Smith, Beck and great performances Gorillaz Y Disclosure, which put the finishing touch to Saturday night. And it is that the festival is warming up because in 2022 it will land for the first time in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Los Angeles and new destinations that will soon be announced.
After more than a thousand days waiting for it, the Primavera Sound festival resounded in Barcelona with a line up which promises 500 concerts over two weekends in the Forum park and ten days of shows throughout Barcelona. This year, Primavera celebrates 20 years since its first edition and many things have changed but if something remains intact it is the desire to enjoy good music.
Thursday saw a much-anticipated return from the heroes of the ’90s, American indie pop band Pavement who took the stage hand in hand with his singer and guitarist Stephen Malkmus to give a show of no less than 29 songs. And the Argentines also planted a flag with the performance of He killed a Motorized Police who returned to appear at the festival since the last edition of Primavera in 2019 where they had also been present. Thursday’s closing was led by the Australian band tame Impalawhen your singer kevin parker presented his latest album for the first time in Europe The Slow Rush and paid tribute to the New York band The Strokeswho had to cancel one of their dates at the festival due to a case of coronavirus in one of its members.
Friday was lit up with emblematic performances such as the one starring the American Beck who took the stage in a white eighties suit seeking complicity with the audience and succeeding. The big reveal of the night was Paul Vittarthe Brazilian drag queen and singer-songwriter, who together with a team of dancers, left the spectators speechless as they vibrated to the rhythm of his free party.
Other great stars joined Friday night, such as The National or the steamroller Little Simz, the singer and rapper from London of Nigerian origin who captivated thousands of people with her social messages of empowerment and fight against racism. The brooch of Friday night featured the Catalan Rigoberta Brandini who opened his show in style singing “In Spain we call it solitude”. and she was followed Jamie XX Y King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizardamong others.
But what happened on Saturday was the cherry on any dessert. As the sun began to go down and the Mediterranean breeze did its work on an afternoon that anyone could define as spectacular, the flamenco voice of Maria Jose Llergo vibrated strongly on one of the biggest stages of Primavera Sound. The young Spanish woman, only 28 years old, who rose to fame in 2021 after a well-known beer ad that recreated the figure of lola flowerscelebrated the presence of more women than men on her stage and showed that her small voice no longer has anything.
On the other side of the property, the British singer-songwriter Jorja Smith He was performing for the second time at Primavera Sound and he hoped that this time it would be even better than the first. With a voice that hatched angelic sweetness with an abrasive art, Jorja was grateful to her audience, whom she claimed to love very much and to whom she gave an r&b delight that she could relax anyone.
An hour later on the other side of the Forum park, a group of people joined in the chant of “Ole, ole, ole, ole… Duko, Duko” and their wishes were orders when the Duki He took the stage and sentenced: “Thank you very much for the love.” About a thousand people gathered to see the singer-songwriter shine, who has been adding fame and fortune throughout South America, “from Argentina to Mexico, from Mexico to Barcelona and from Barcelona to the beyond”, as he himself commented and hopefully it will continue like this.
Another of the great artists that the 80,000 attendees on Saturday were lucky enough to see went to the magnificent Nick Cave and the Bad Sees with a cathartic recital and a repertoire of more than an hour and a half that included his punk classics and some painful songs from his latest albums. The Australian singer, who asked for his son Jethro last month, kicked the air several times and protected the dark fame that was created in a ritual with many faithful.
Without a doubt, the great brooch of the night was Gorillazwith a band of ten people and infinite guests as the rapper Yasiin Beythe singer-songwriter Fatoumata Diawara; the rappers pos Y Davefrom the classic rap group de la soul; the rappers slowthai Y booty brown; and the reggae singer Sweetie Irie. What started as a party turned into the ecstasy of the weekend, with classics like “Feel Good”; “On Melancholy Hill” and the closing with “Clint Eastwood”, the Forum park managed to light up without leaving anyone out.
Those who opted for a little more partying could go crazy with a deep house session with the British brothers Disclosure, specialists and hosts of the art of celebration. Theirs was a success with thousands and thousands of people who celebrated until half past four in the morning that art was also born from this family.
We say goodbye to a first weekend of Primavera Sound with record numbers of attendees, infinitely spent energy and many, many hopes that Primavera will never end. Luckily, some lucky ones will be able to continue enjoying the second weekend of celebration, in addition to Primavera a la Ciudad and a Brunch-in-the-beach next Sunday the 12th, which promises to be the most successful closing party of the summer in Barcelona.
Photos: Rocío Curia