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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Primavera Sound 2017: first impressions

No gala, no previous show, no videogame... not even a supposedly cool video on Youtube to mock people while they obsessively await for a rocket to be launched. Nothing. Just a not very remarkable imagery and a countdown at their Facebook page... And here it is! The Primavera Sound Festival 2017's line-up unveiled! Kaboom! Or wait... kaboom?

Because, at first glance, this is sort of a letdown. By far the less impressive line-up of the editions I've been lucky to attend. I never had such a limited number of artists/bands that are a MUST to watch. And there's also an inescapable feeling of deja vu (history repeating) mixed with very few surprises (Teenage Fanclub & Angel Olsen were mandatory, and having seen the latest in a small venue the excitement gets notoriously reduced...). Too much hip-hop, indietronic and electronic acts (don't we have Sonar Festival for that?) for my taste. Where are The Bats? The Julie Ruin/Le Tigre? Filthy Friends? The Decemberists playing 'The Crane Wife'? Rose Elinor Dougall? Novella? I could go on forever...

Needless to say, this is just my opinion... Besides, as it always happens with PS, there's always many names among the "small print" of the line-up worth watching and/or checking, something this year becomes even more obvious and necessary. So, honouring the Blog’s tradition, here’s our traditional 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. Looks pretty yellow, right? Sure it will change (suggestions are welcomed)... A lot to listen ahead!!

31 May -4 June

!!! (Chk Chk Chk)   7 Notas 7 Colores   Abdullah Rashim   About Leaving   The Afghan Whigs   Against Me!   Agorazein   Alex Cameron   Alexandra Savior   Alien Tango   Âme live   Angel Olsen   Anímic   Annette Peacock   Aphex Twin   Arcade Fire   Aries   Aurora Halal   Autarkic   Avalon Emerson   BADBADNOTGOOD   Barbott   Belako   Ben UFO   Berri Txarrak   Bicep   The Black Angels   Bon Iver   Broken Social Scene   Cigarettes After Sex   CLUBZ   Dj Coco   Conttra   Converge   Cymbal Eat Guitars   The Damned   Dave P.   Death Grips   Descendents   Discos Paradiso Crew   Dixon   Don't DJ   Dj Dustin   El Petit de Cal Eril   Elmini   Elza Soares   Fatima Yamaha   Ferenc   Flying Lotus   Formation   Frank Ocean   Front 242   Gas   Glass Animals   Gojira   Gordi   Grace Jones   Grandaddy   The Growlers   Hamilton Leithauser   Henrik Schwarz   Her Little Donkey   Huerco S.   HVOB   InnerCut   Iosonouncane   It's Not Not   Japandroids   Jardín de la Croix   Jeremy Jay   JMII   Joey Purp   John Talabot Disco Set   Joy Orbison   Julia Jacklin   Julie Doiron   Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express   Kelly Lee Owens   Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero   Kevin Morby   Khidja   King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard   King Krule   King Sunny Adé   KiNK   Kokoshca   Kornél Kovács   Lady Wray   Lauer   Les Cruet   Les Sueques   Let's Eat Grandma   Local Natives   Lord Of The Isles   Lvl Up   Mac DeMarco   The Magnetic Fields   The Make-Up   Mannequin Pussy   Màquina Total   Maresme   Marie Davidson   Marta Delmont   Matrixxman   Medalla   Melange   Metronomy   Michael Mayer   Miguel   Mishima   Mitski   The Molochs   Moscoman   Muñeco   Murdoc   Museless   The Mystery Lights   Nikki Lane   No Zu   Noga Erez   Nots   Odina   Operators   PAVVLA   Pearson Sound   Pedro Vian   Pender Street Steppers   Phurpa   Pinegrove   Playback Maracas   Polar Inertia   Pond   Preoccupations   Priests   Rebuig   Recondite   Retirada!   Romare   Rosalía & Raül Refree   Royal Trux   Run The Jewels   S U R V I V E   Saint Etienne   Salfumán   Sampha   Sau Poler   Seu Jorge plays The Life Aquatic a tribute to David Bowie   Shelby Grey   Shellac   Sinkane   Skepta   Skinny Puppy   Slayer   Sleaford Mods   Sleep   Slim Cessna's Auto Club   Solange   Soledad Vélez   Sorry Kate   Swans   Swet Shop Boys   Talaboman   Teenage Fanclub   Dj Tennis   This Is Not This Heat   Triángulo de Amor Bizarro   Tuff City Kids   Tycho   Vaadat Charigim   Van Morrison   Vladimir Ivkovic   Vox Low   Wand   The Waterparties   The Wave Pictures   The Wedding Present   Weval   Weyes Blood   The Wheels   Whitney   Wild Beasts   William Tyler   The XX   Youandewan   The Zombies perform “Odessey & Oracle” 50th Anniversary

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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