Good2b team

As it has done in recent years, Primavera Sound unveiled its full lineup in one single event. After lots of speculation, attempts to hack the mobile application they’ve launched to announce the bands (Line-App) and a host of other tricks, last week the 2015 lineup was finally revealed. On this occasion, following the performance of a group of Mariachis to celebrate the festival’s 15 springs, attendees discovered the bill through an original 8bit-style game.

People at Sala Apolo screamed in elation after their favourite bands were revealed. We’ve taken a few days to study the lineup to choose the acts we think are essential to make the most of the upcoming Primavera Sound 2015. Choosing from over 130 bands was hard work. Here are our highlights:


  • Kelela, because we need some room for R&B among so many indie guitars and given that Kindness will perform at Sonar, this is the closest we’re going to be (remember that theur joint hit ‘With You’?).
  • Tyler de Creator. We love everything Odd Future does, and if the boss visits Barcelona then we will go sing with him like LA gangstas.
  • Arthur Russell Instrumental: because the Auditori has to be visited at least once throughout the festival and paying tribute to one of the precursors of disco music is the best excuse.
  • Dixon. Everything coming from Innervisions deserves to be seen.
  • Underworld: Those in our thirties will want a revival of our first forays into electronic music.
  • Caribou is essential. The best álbum of 2014 well deserves a summery end in the midst of the festival.
  • Twin Shadow. He was the King two years ago and we’d like to see whether he’s still in form.
  • Mac Demarco: We missed him when he played at Primavera Sound 2013 and we also missed his recent show at Sala Apolo, so this is a good time to see him. We’ve listened to Salad Days a lot in the past few weeks.
  • Chet Faker: We’ve never seen him live either, so we won’t miss it this time!
  • Tony Allen: Since African music proposals at Primavera Sound are usually winners, the afro-beat drummer par excellence is a performance no one should miss.
  • Eels, because MR.E is God and after reading his book published by Blackie Books we love him even more.
  • Alt-J, we love the atmosphere he creates with each song with just listening to his voice.
  • Sleater Kinney: We’ve seen her doing solo stuff, but we’ve been waiting for almost a decade to see them together again and we’ve not the only ones who feel enthusiastic about their new album.
  • The Julie Ruin: because after their comeback to the stages in 2014 and the tour cancellation due to Kathleen Hanna’s health, this should not be missed. Hanna is, without a doubt, one of the most influential voices of the Riot Grrrl movement.
  • The Black Keys: following their Madrid show last year and their performance at BBK Live, we’re dying to see Dan Auerbach’s and Patrick Carney’s powerful blues in Barcelona. We’ve going to dance like Lonely Boy like crazy.
  • Swans: because even though this isn’t Michael Gira’s first visit to Barcelona in both formats, they have one of the rawest, hypnotic and defeaning live performaces you can see today.
  • Jon Hopkins: because you will never know what techno is until you see Jon Hopkins playing his little machines and his show at Sónar last year left us wanting for more.
  • Andrew Weatherall: becuase not that he’s over fifty, this man is an institution in electronic music and is more modern than all Primavera Sound attendees together.
  • Mikal Cronin: powerpop and a marked teen spirit. Mikal Cronin is the kind of easy concert that can make your day. Festival hymns guaranteed.
  • OMD: This 80’s iconic band’s new wave and synth pop, also known as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark is a must. This will probably be the only time we will see them live. Just dance to ‘Enola Gay’ and then we’ll talk.
  • Babes in Toyland: other outstanding representatives of the Riot Grrrl movement you can’t miss. Listening to hits like ‘Sweet’69’ live will be a wonderful experience. If you were a teenager in the 1990s, you know what we’re talking about.
  • The Strokes: people can complain as much as they want, but we can already picture us dancing at 2am to the tune of This is it. A show that will take us back to a fun time with lots of dancing.
  • The Replacements had to be in this list. The Minneapolis band will show us why they were one of the 80s most influential alternative rock bands.
  • Einstürzende Eeubauten: This German band is one of the main representatives of 80s industrial music. A more experimental music side to kneel at their feet and freak out with their sounds.
  • Dan Deacon: because although you never know what his mood will be, seeing at least his look it’s worth it.