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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Primavera Sound 2018: first impressions

History repeating folks. We have the feeling we could almost copy & paste what we wrote on 2017's Primavera Sound line-up and use it for this year's edition. Just unveiled after what it looks like a filtration/accident, reaching a new low for the Festival in what regards to its announcement. But anyway, that's not what matters at all. Let's focus on the line-up, then.

We know that #PrimaveraUnchained has already being labelled as a terrific one. And don't get us wrong, is pretty impressive and heavy on "big names". But, at least for us, this is kind of another letdown (at first glance, the great thing about PS is what you discover before and at the Festival)
Because the feeling of deja vu is even worse than last year. I mean it's great to have The National, Nick Cave, Father John Misty, even the Monkeys... but that was expected, not surprising at all. And that's where things begin to get slightly dissapointing. The amount of recent 'repeaters' is really considerable, while the first-time band, our discoveries, the 'middle-small' names, usually the key factor that makes PS stand out from the rest, is lacking (we repeat, at first take) looking like we are fated for spending too much time in Mordor this Spring. Where 's Flying Nun and my beloved antipodean bands? No Bats (again)? Fazerdaze? The Courtneys? Where's Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile? Beaches? Also, no Filthy FriendsEyelids? Weather Station? AlvvaysI could go on forever...

Of course, this is just the Blog's first impression... We are sure we will 'discover' several proposals to add to 'our' Festival routes (Alex Lahey looking good at first listen!). So, honouring the Blog’s tradition, here’s our rough (we don't have the timetables yet) 'paint & colour' version of the line-up with our first impressions on the bands we are willing to see. Too much yellow indeed, right? Sure it will change (suggestions are welcomed)... As always, a lot to listen ahead!!
CONFIRMED ARTISTS FOR PRIMAVERA SOUND 2018
28 May -3 June
(SANDY) ALEX G • A$AP ROCKY • ABRA• ALEKSI PERÄLÄ • ALEX LAHEY • ALICIA CARRERA • ÂME II ÂME • ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF • ARCA • ARCTIC MONKEYS • ARIEL PINK • ART ENSEMBLE OF CHICAGO • BAD GYAL • BEACH HOUSEBELLE AND SEBASTIAN • BJÖRK • THE BLACK MADONNA • THE BLAZE • THE BREEDERS • BUFIMAN B2B DJ NORMAL 4 • C. TANGANA • CALL SUPER • CAPULLO DE JÉREZ • CAR SEAT HEADREST • CARPENTER BRUT • CESARE BASILE • CHAMPION • CHARLOTTE GAINSBOURG • CHRISTINA ROSENVINGE • CHROMEO • CHVRCHES • CIGARETTES AFTER SEX • CLARO INTELECTO • DJ COCO • CONFIDENCE MAN • THE CRAB APPLES • DAMED SQUAD • DAPHNI • DAVE P. • DEAD CROSS • DEERHUNTER • DEKMANTEL SOUNDSYSTEM • DELOREAN presenta Mikel Laboa • DOBLECAPA • DONATO DOZZY • EL ÚLTIMO VECINO • ESSAIE PAS • EVA GEIST • EZRA FURMAN • F/E/A • FATHER JOHN MISTY • FERMIN MUGURUZA ETA THE SUICIDE OF WESTERN CULTURE • FEVER RAY • FLAT WORMS • FLOATING POINTS Solo Live • FOUR TET • GABRIEL GARZÓN-MONTANO • GANGES • GENIUS OF TIME • GERD JANSON • GRIZZLY BEARHAIM • HERE LIES MAN • HINDS • HOLY BOUNCER • HONEY DIJON • HUNEE B2B ANTAL • IBEYI • IDLES • INTANA • THE INTERNET • JAMES HOLDEN & THE ANIMAL SPIRITS • JANE BIRKIN sings Birkin Gainsbourg Symphonic • JAVIERA MENA • JAY SOM • JLIN • JOE GODDARD • JÓHANN JÓHANNSSON • JOHN MAUS • JOHN TALABOT Disco Set • JON HOPKINS • JORJA SMITH • JOSEY REBELLE • KAREN GWYER • KEDR LIVANSKIY • KELELA • KELSEY LU • KERO KERO BONITO • THE KITE STRING TANGLE • KNOX FORTUNE • DJ KOZE • KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN performing the music of STRANGER THINGS • LA BANDA TRAPERA DEL RÍO • LA BIEN QUERIDA • LEVON VINCENT • LIFT TO EXPERIENCE • LINDSTRØM • LORDE • LYKKE LI • MADLIB • MAJID JORDAN • MALL GRAB • MANO LE TOUGH • MARCEL DETTMAN • MARIA ARNAL I MARCEL BAGÉS • MARINA HERLOP • MARION HARPER • MATTIEL • MAVI PHOENIX • THE MEN • METÁ METÁ • MIGOS • MIKE D Dj set • MOGWAI • MONTERO • MOUNT KIMBIE • MUJERES • NAT SIMONS • THE NATIONALNICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS • NICK HAKIM • NIGHTCRAWLER • NILS FRAHM • NORTH STATE • NÚRIA GRAHAM • OBLIVIANS • OLYMPIC FLAME • OMNI • ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER • ORPHEU THE WIZARD • OSO LEONE • OUMOU SANGARÉ • PALMBOMEN II • PALMS TRAX • PANDA BEAR • PEGGY GOU • PÉPE • PETER PERRETT • PLAYBACK MARACAS • PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING • PUPUT • DJ PYTHON • RAMZi • REX ORANGE COUNTY • RHYE • ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER • RORY PHILLIPS • ROSS FROM FRIENDS • ROSTAM • THE SEA AND CAKE • DJ SEINFELD • SETH TROXLER Disco Set • SEVDALIZA • SHANTI CELESTE • SHELLAC • SLOWDIVE • SOLAR • SPARKS • SPIRITUALIZED with Orchestra and Choir • STARCRAWLER • SUMAC • SUPERORGANISM • SYLVAN ESSO • TEXXCOCO • THUNDERCAT • TIGERCATS • TOLOUSE LOW TRAX • TOM MISCH • TY SEGALL and The Freedom Band • TYLER, THE CREATOR • UMFANG B2B VOLVOX • UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA • VAGABON • VINCE STAPLES • VRIL • VULK • THE WAR ON DRUGSWARPAINT • WATAIN • WAXAHATCHEE • DJ WEY • WILLIKENS & IVKOVIC • WOLF PARADE • XAVIER CALVET • YELLOW DAYS • YONAKA • ZA! • ZEAL & ARDOR • THE ZEPHYR BONES • 

Green- Definetely seeing them. Absolute must
Orange- If there are no overlaps (in particular with the green ones), I'll be there for sure
Yellow- Curious about it/on "research mode"/nice option if there's no overlap

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