Fancy a change from the mud-strewn festivals of the UK this year? Next week sees the start of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival, often cited as one of the best big music festivals in the world. With the trademark Spanish sunshine likely to carry on blazing throughout May, it’ll certainly make a change from the fields of Glastonbury or Reading.
Often known simply as Primavera, the music festival has been going for over a decade at the Parc del Forum site, 6km north of Barcelona.Along with sister festivals Optimus Primavera Sound in Portugal, which was started in 2012, and the August Jabberwocky event in London, Primavera Sound is renowned for offering a diverse programme of independent artists and as many musical genres as you can name.
So, who’s playing at Primavera Sound in 2014? Impressive headline bands Arcade Fire, The National and Nine Inch Nails will perform across the three-day weekend from 29th-31st May, with stellar names like The Pixies and Queens of the Stone Age sure to bring the rock fans over to Spain in their droves. Lesser-known acts that have been making waves in the contemporary scene lately include Haim, Midlake and CHVCHES. But it’s not all guitar strains at Primavera: Disclosure and Cut Copy are two of the most anticipated dance acts, while also playing on the Sunday are instrumental Scottish group Mogwai, who are responsible for making the soundtrack to the acclaimed French series ‘The Returned’.
If you’re thinking of joining the throngs of festival-goers heading for Barcelona this year, it’s worth booking your tickets and accommodation early. A three-day festival pass for €195 is on offer, but Primavera is not a camping festival so this means you’re free to choose from Barcelona’s range of staying options.
Festival-goers tend to choose Ciutadella, which lies close to the site itself and provides good transport connections. You could even extend your weekend into a longer break, taking advantage of the beautiful beaches south of the city along ‘The Gold Coast’ or travelling down to fun resorts like Sitges.
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