By
Ariana Díaz Celma
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Last Wednesday was the day of La Gala and good2b was present to gather every bit of information to deliver it to you. If you didn’t have the chance to watch the event in streaming, let us fill you in with the following lines. La Gala started at 7:30pm. The Apolo was bursting with people and the new sponsor, Heineken, was perfectly merged, as if it had been there for ages (sigh). The entrance was flanked with hundreds of Heineken beers ready to be drunk, all of them boasting a label specially designed for the occasion that read Primavera Sound 2013, La Gala and the hasgtag #bestfestivalever. The hashtag was actually telling the truth, the line-up almost touching excellence, although we are still waiting for them to invite Kanye or Jay-Z or Prince, artists who are almost impossible to see here. We’ll keep on waiting. But we’re happy with the news, that’s for sure.

The event started with a concert by Extraperlo, one of the first bands confirmed for the festival.  Johann Wald was in charge of conducting the night, which included speeches by some of the organisers: Alberto Guijarro about the history of the festival; Abel González, a recent incorporation to the festival who talked about the line-up; Carles Sala, representing the City Hall, who talked about more technical issues such as the change of location and the relationship with the festival over the years. The best was, besides the concert by Extraperlo, the performance of La Bien Querida, who will also play in the festival. The event was closed by Majorcan band Antònia Font.

The real highlight of the night was the screening of three short-films in between speeches about the Primavera Sound Foundation, a body aimed at rehabilitating hipsters. With lots of irony and humour, the short-films show the leading characters having a difficult time getting rid of hipster-related objects and undergoing therapy sessions.

Our conclusion: more events like this and less press conferences. The great ambiance at the Apolo was the perfect gateway for a festival that will start in just five months.

The line-up

For those who haven’t watched the video below these lines with the line-up of the #bestfestivalever, here is all you can see at the Parc del Fòrum Barcelona from 22 to 26 May. Other bands in addition to Blur, the only band that had been confirmed before the event, are the duo The Postal Service, who announced their return to the stage just a couple of weeks ago; The Jesus And Mary ChainNick Cave leading his well-oiled cult rock machine The Bad Seeds; French band Phoenix?the idea of listening to  ‘If I ever feel better’ at the start of summer fills us with joy?and the  return to the festival of My Bloody Valentine, the band led by Kevin Shields that is about to release a follow-up of the legendary album Loveless.

But this is not all. Tame Impala ?livee, at last!-, have released the most acclaimed album in 2012; the New York band Wu-Tang Clan celebrate their 20th birthday; the Granada-born band Los Planetas -forever and ever-, who will play all the songs on their celebrated album Una semana en el motor de un autobúsAnimal Collective and Grizzly Bear, two bands who started off sharing many things but that are now following quite different paths; the enigmatic The Knife in one of their few concerts; singer songwriter Fiona Apple, American band Band Of Horses and British musician James Blake ?who will apparently come with a new album under his arm.

On top of this, the festival will bring, for the first time in Spain, reborn 1960s musician Rodriguez and British band Dexys, led Kevin Rowland (we interviewed him a few years ago and he was the sweetest of guys. Other bands include DeerhunterDinosaur Jr.Local Natives and Crystal Castles, and two bands that share their love to brutal guitar sounds: Neurosis and Swans. The tribute to the 1980s comes with Solange ?we can’t wait to see this concert!;  The Breeders will play the entire album Last Splash; cult genius Daniel JohnstonDan Deacon‘s interactive live performance  and the now classic Shellac are also included in the line-up.

Dance music and electro pop also have room in the festival: Kieran Hebden’s music project Four Tet; the new promise of British house Disclosure; the pluscumaperfect pop of  Hot Chip and Simian Mobile Disco‘s sweeping live performance are the highlights in this section. Also, the special set by Jackmaster devoted to the 1980s, Italo disco revisited by  The Magician (a must!); the kings of daytime Californian disco Poolside, and Daphni, the new project by Dan Snaith (Caribou). This is looking great! But there’s still more things we love?

This year the festival looks to Africa and the Middle East with artists such as the Ethiopian musician Mulatu Astatke, the influential band Mali Tinariwen, the afrobeat of Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou and the Syrian Omar Souleyman. We are fans of each and every one of them!

As usual, the Primavera Sound pays attention to local music. Some of the Spanish bands present are Los Planetas at the Parc del Fòrum; Barcelona-based band Manel presenting their third album; the Dj set of our most international artist John Talabot; Antonia Font’s pop with surrealistic touches; the return of El Inquilino Comunista, one of the best indie bands of the 1990s; the Madrid-based band Toundra; the Andalusian bands Pony Bravo and Guadalupe Plata; the elegant pop of Extraperlo; the presentation of the second album of The Suicide Of Western Culture; the experimental music of Betunizer and ther artists including La Bien QueridaTarántulaFred I SonLa Brigada, The Free Fall Band,Hidrogenesse and L’Hereu Escampa.

Primavera at the City continues seeking new ways of bringing music closer to all the audiences. On this occasion, it will be located at the Parc del Fòrum, the stage for the concerts on 22 May of The VaccinesDeloreanGuardThe Bots and Aliment.  Entrance is free.

Primavera in the City also features other activities such as Primavera at the Park, Primavera at the Clubs and the showings of music documentaries by Beefater In-Edit.