This Is Love. The Primavera Sound 2024 lineup is unveiled and festival’s love is spreading out in all directions. Can’t you feel it? Love for its own history, reflected in the retro graphic image that accompanies the release, successor to the flyer on which the magic words were first conjured up: Primavera Sound. It was in 1994, seven years before the first official edition of the festival, on the occasion of a series of concerts in the venue KGB in Barcelona. Love for Barcelona itself, where it all began and where it all comes back to, the absolute protagonist of the video with which the lineup is presented. Watching it means starting to get to know the 150 names announced, but also taking a stroll through some of the city’s most iconic spots. And of course, above all, love for the Primavera community because this lineup is undeniably a gift for fans of the festival. It is being delivered now, but we still have to wait a little while before we can fully enjoy it. We have six months ahead of us to start imagining everything that will happen from the 29th of May to the 2nd of June at Primavera Sound Barcelona 2024.
The 22nd edition of the festival brings back the format of a weekend based in Barcelona, and even so the music on offer is once again overflowing. Each artist, each band is important, but also the sum of them all. It is therefore just as stimulating to closely scrutinise every detail and particularity of this heterogeneous and inclusive line-up as it is to take a couple of steps back and get a bit of perspective. Zoom in, zoom out. But haven’t we agreed that this lineup is a gift? Well, let’s unwrap it and discover that, in essence, what this is all about is the love of music.
Girls to the front! The fact that the exceptional has become normal at Primavera Sound doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t continue to highlight something that on a global level is an anomaly. The lineup for the next edition of Primavera Sound once again puts us before a commitment to equality (42.36% women, 42.36% men and 15.28% mixed projects), a hallmark of the festival since the historic 2019 edition, which for the first time balanced the gender distribution. A precedent that now brings us here: LANA DEL REY and SZA will headline Primavera Sound 2024 on their own merits. The former, firmly established as the great chronicler of American music of this century; the latter, a generational talent who has gone beyond the limits of R&B, will offer her first show in Spain. “Girls to the front!”, as Kathleen Hanna demanded at the beginning of the 90s in her concerts. Hanna and her band, BIKINI KILL, will also be at Primavera Sound 2024 to continue showing us how it is done.
Say Yes to Heaven – are hashtags still used in 2023? Because #bestfestivalever is more relevant than ever. PULP will return to Jarvis Cocker’s favourite festival with their collection of out-of-the-ordinary anthems, VAMPIRE WEEKEND will reunite with the audience they have grown up with sixteen years after their first and only performance at the Parc del Fòrum, THE NATIONAL will open the doors to that discography where we feel totally at home, MITSKI will show that she is already much more than a cult singer-songwriter, PJ HARVEY will split into all the different PJ Harveys she hides inside, Justice will throw their party with a French touch, FKA TWIGS will mark out the steps of her new choreographies, DEFTONES will light their nu metal fuse, CHARLI XCX will present her new era and TROYE SIVAN will confirm his pop explosion to turn Barcelona into the world’s music capital for a few days. Long-awaited returns, wishes come true, crowd favourites and scores settled: in short, as we’ve already said, a treat for fans.
You Can Have It All. At Primavera Sound 2024, sounds of all kinds and conditions, from here and there, will coexist as if they were one and the same thing. From the vintage pop of THE LEMON TWIGS or the extreme black metal of WIEGEDOOD to the expansive jazz of BADBADNOTGOOD or the reggaeton with history by DJ PLAYERO, passing through the untiring post-hardcore of LISABÖ, the counter-current hip-hop from BILLY WOODS and the Jamaican dance by CHANNEL ONE. A festival that once again this year will be like a matryoshka doll: inside it there are other festivals waiting to be discovered. So, each review of the lineup reveals new impossible contrasts that are only imaginable here. The nostalgia for the future of A. G. COOK and the review of the past by ÁNGELES, VÍCTOR, GLORIA & JAVIER, the primal instincts of LA ZOWI and the cerebral precision of MONOLAKE, the conscientious, chirpy fun of F.R.A.C and the solemnity of AMERICAN FOOTBALL, the excesses of ARCA and the austerity of JESSICA PRATT, the uproar of THE ARMED and the stillness of NALA SINEPHRO, the shenanigans of YOVNGCHIMI and the distinction of PEGGY GOU, the glitter of HANNAH DIAMOND and the shades of CHELSEA WOLFE. You’re not supposed to have it all in this life, but maybe it is possible after all when you see this lineup.
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