Barcelona is a city that loves music which is why it is constantly hosting a number of musical events. One of the most exciting musical events to take place in the city is the world famous Primavera Sound. This festival gives great emphasis to independent music, offering an eclectic selection of bands from different styles like folk, hip-hop, pop, and jazz.
The first ever edition of Primavera Sound took place at Montjuïc’s Poble Espanyol, having later moved to Parc del Fòrum in the Sant Martí district, where there is space for a larger number of people. The music festival has received a number of spectacular bands along the years, including Blur, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, and Queens of the Stone Age. The festival had such success over the years, that eventually, Portugal adopted it and now celebrates its own Primavera Sound annually.
This year, the festival will celebrate its 17th edition, with a lot of excitement and great concerts to offer their usual crowd and the newcomers.
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There are so many exciting bands and artists set to take the stage at this year’s edition of Primavera Sound that it’s hard to choose which ones to name. Wednesday the 31st of May of will have names like Formation, Kate Tempest, and Local Natives taking the stage. Thursday will be the turn of Annette Peacock, Ben UFO, The Black Angels, and Bon Iver, among others. Friday’s artists include Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero, Patrick Codenys (Front 242), The XX, and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. Saturday you will be able to see shows by Noga Erez, Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express, The Magnetic Fields, and Seu Jorge, which will be playing The Life Aquatic in a tribute to David Bowie. Sunday is time for Mannequin Pussy, The Mystery Lights, Odina, and The Waterparties.
Primavera Sound is one of the first major music festivals to start the festival season in Barcelona, taking place between the 31st of May and the 4th of June.
Tickets for Primavera Sound usually have to be bought with months in advance. Due to the popularity of the festival, they sell out fast. Right now, the only tickets available are the ones for the 1st of June. The price of the ticket is 80€ if you buy it before the festival, or 90€ if you buy them directly at Port Fòrum.
Primavera Sound recommends that you buy your tickets at Ticketmaster, Portal Primavera Sound, or La Botiga del Primavera Sound to make sure you get an authentic ticket.
The festival has also launched an innovative initiative called Safe Marketplace where people who have bought tickets for the full five days but cannot attend can re-sell them online in a safe environment for both the seller and the buyer.
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Location & How to arrive
As mentioned above, this year’s edition of Primavera Sound will take place at Parc del Fòrum, which is located at Muelle de la Marina Seca, C/ De la Pau, 12 in Santa Adrià de Besòs, close to Diagonal Mar shopping mall and Museu Blau.
Needless to say, if you are planning on drinking during your time at the music festival, you should make plans to use public transportation to move around, rather than driving, which could endanger yours and other people’s lives. Luckily, Barcelona is a very well-connected city with an excellent public transportation system which provides a variety of options for different times of the day.
If you are taking the metro, use the yellow line (L4) and exit at El Maresme-Fòrum Station (Exit Rambla Prim). The metro works every day of the week, from 5 am to 12 am from Monday to Thursday, 5 am to 2 am on Fridays and holiday eves, and it works non-stop on Saturdays.
If you prefer to take the tram, take the Trambesós (line T4) and exit at the Fòrum Station which has a connection with the metro (L4). The tram offers non-stop service from Thursdays to Sundays.
Primavera Sound will provide its own shuttle bus, which will circulate between Parc del Fòrum and Plaça Catalunya from 12 am to 5 am on Thursday and from 2 am to 5 am on Friday. The price of the ticket is 2€ per person, per trip.
Another option is to use the city’s buses. Lines H16, H14, 7, 36 work during the day, from 6:30 am to 11:15 pm. Lines N6 and N7 are nocturnal, working only from 11:00 pm to 6:00 am.
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