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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Primavera Sound 2014 in brief, day 4

And following the previous three posts, the last "big day" at the Forum, Saturday 31st at Primavera Sound 2014. A day where expectations weren't that high but ended being the most complete...

The Good
Great Old School punk
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The Buzzcocks: There were no bands that interested us much between 22:00 and 24:00, so we decided early on to try grabbing tickets for the Heineken Hidden Stage. And what a great idea it proved to be. Agreed, sound was quite awful, but what a fun and engaging show the punk-rock veterans put at PS. Quite something to see Pete Shelley and the relentless Steve Diggley giving all they had. 45 minutes of no quarter and undeniable hits, including 'What Do I Get', 'Harmony in My Head' & 'Ever Fallen In Love With Someone (You Shouldn’t’ve Fallen In Love With?)'. Fun, fun, fun.
Dum Dum Girls: Took them a little while to ignite, but they ended offering us a great gig. Still undecided on the looks (I think it distracts many people from the music, which to me is sad), but tunes like 'Rimbaud Eyes', 'I Got Nothing', and the heartfelt finale with 'Coming Down' are reasons enough to convince the blind, the deaf and the dumb...
Dressed to kill: Dum Dum Girls
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Primavera style: If there's one thing that makes this Festival rank among the best music experiences one can have is the fact you can spend a day (and not the most demanding one) seeing at least half a dozen interesting bands. This 2014's edition seemed a bit disappointing in that sense... until Saturday arrived. Our schedule was: La Sera-Univers (half gig)-Courtney Barnett-Dum Dum Girls-Hospitality-Buzzcocks-Helen Love. Not bad at all.

The Bad
Pitchfork-Vice sound: Quite simple, both stages have to improve in terms of sound quality. Also, something has to be done in order simultaneous gigs doesn't come together, which can be extremely annoying. Hip-hop while Hospitality plays? No way.
Little improvable things: Highly secondary but after several editions I still find Flatstock quite disappointing & expensive if you are not interested in a particular range of musics (Queens of the Stone Age style). Also the system to gave the Hidden Stage tickets could have been better, so there's no need for pretty ridiculous queues.

Melbourne's finest
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The Queen
Courtney Barnett: I was sure her gig was going to be good, but that AMAZINGLY GOOD? Folk acquiring muscle, rock getting wit, impeccably executed tunes but flowing with dynamism and graceful spontaneity, like the natural, unforced charisma Barnett's has. Talent arousing, spilling over Pitchfork's stage. Do yourself a favour and go listen/watch the Aussie live if you can, you'll thank me!

And the final chapter, comprising the last day at Ciutadella Parc plus a brief summary arriving tomorrow!

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