As Primavera Sound 2017 announces the day splits for its mega line up, Getintothis’ Adam Lowerson hand picks seven acts that you can’t afford to miss.
Primavera Sound 2017 has announced this year’s day splits for the Barcelona festival’s mega line up which includes headliners Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, The xx, Frank Ocean and more.
The festival, which runs from May 29 until June 4 at the spectacular surroundings of Barcelona’s Parc Del Forum, will also feature performances from Kate Tempest, Run the Jewels, Van Morrison, Solange, Grace Jones, Skepta, Slayer and Whitney amongst many others.
The full line up for Primavera Sound 2017, including the day by day breakdown, can be seen below.
The festival is a true feast of music and has a line up as diverse and eclectic as any other event across the world, with hundreds of acts ranging from global icons such as Grace Jones, to some of the finest new sounds to come from Barcelona and across Spain.
With proceedings beginning in the clubs and venues tucked away in the centre of the Catalan city before moving on to the sprawling mass of concrete that is the Parc Del Forum for four days and long nights of live music under the sun, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by everything that is on offer. So to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best acts and hidden gems, we’ve put together our seven ones to watch. Perfecto!
One of our breakthrough artists of 2016, and a band whose debut album was named Getintothis‘ album of the year, Whitney’s sun kissed psych-folk feels tailor made for Primavera. Light Upon The Lake feels like a real summer record, one meant for hearing with the sea in the background. This set could be a real standout moment of the week.
Cigarettes After Sex
Since their debut EP back in 2012, releases from Brooklyn’s Cigarettes After Sex have been few and far between. Now, after their latest single K released at the back end of 2016, we’re hoping it might finally be time for a much anticipated first album.
Matching languid vocals and understated guitar sounds, the sound has a dreamy feel and makes for really easy listening. Perfect early evening festival stuff.
Australian singer songwriter Julia Jacklin grabbed the attention of the music world back in 2016 with her debut record Don’t Let the Kids Win, released on Transgressive Records, gaining her support from the likes of BBC 6Music and touring with Whitney.
Her intricate folk sounds have hints of Laura Marling yet Jacklin‘s distinct vocals make for a fresh feel matched with some well crafted songwriting. She’s definitely one not to miss.
Tuff City Kids
German duo Tuff City Kids, made up of Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer, released their first LP Adoldesscent last year, and it’s a record absolutely packed with bangers. Taking elements of 80s electro-synth pop and more recent indie dance bands such as Hot Chip, Tuff City Kids bring hugely danceable beats and catchy tunes.
Lead single Labyrinth feels like an instant floorfiller and perfect for a festival as night starts to become early morning. It’s that uplifting second wind you’ll need to get you through ’til the end.
Former frontman of The Walkmen, Hamilton Leithauser, released his first solo record I Had A Dream That You Were Mine last year, collaborating with former Vampire Weekend man Rostam Batmanglij. If you were a fan of his work with the Walkmen, it’s an absolute must listen.
Although he doesn’t veer too much out of his comfort zone, Leithauser sounds once again rejuvenated with energy and enthusiasm, with his unique voice giving it a familiar. He’s a brilliant live performer, making this definitely a set to add to your agenda.
Melbourne’s NO ZU feel like they shouldn’t work. At all. Combining post-punk, funk, afrobeat and everything in between, it’s a sound absolutely impossible to put your finger on. One thing that’s unmistakable though is that it’s absolutely packed with grooves and infectious rhythms.
There’s bits of Talking Heads, and hints of Ibibio Sound Machine, but NO ZU don’t really sound like anyone else. Their 2016 album Afterlife is loads of fun, and we’ll definitely be down the front and ready to join the party when they play Primavera.
S U R V I V E
If you were a fan of Netflix’s 2016 sci-fi sensation Stranger Things, then surely one of the most anticipated sets of the festival will be S U R V I V E, the band behind the series’ soundtrack. The four-piece released their second record RR7349 on Relapse Records last year, and it’s filled with all the eerie electronics, sharp, cutting synths and all round hauntingly atmospheric feel that was synonymous with Stranger Things.
It’s a sound that feels like it would be perfect in the surroundings of the Primavera auditorium, and with a light show to match, could be really quite spectacular.