Rosalia, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey Primavera Sound Delivering at Barcelona

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Spain’s Primavera Sound may be the biggest FOMO festival. The 22-year-old music fest kicked off Europe’s festival season with a four-night bow he held in Barcelona last weekend. Nearly 70,000 revelers attend each day, taking in the city’s Parc del Forum and its myriad grounds in alternating scenes, alongside multiple protagonists – Blur, Halsey, Kendrick Lamar, Depeche Mode, New Order, Calvin Harris, and Rosalia. entertainment, activities and dining options (including a full Primavera Pro conference trail for industry attendees).

Looking at a map, while the actions in the smaller scenes seemed to choke each other, the organizers choreographed the program so skillfully that any conflict didn’t seem insurmountable. It has also helped that it has 317 actions spread over 10 stages to choose from, and acres surrounding the city’s harbor. According to the festival, 193,000 people attended the three main days of Primavera, with the largest crowd most gathered on the last night when Spain’s own Rosalia was filmed – evident from her many fans wearing red and black, the colors of her latest project “Motomami”. ”

Kendrick Lamar (Photo: Tal Friedlander)

As a matter of fact, St. Actors such as Vincent, Pink Pantherress, Caroline Polachek, Arlo Parks, Maggie Rogers, Holly Humberstone, and the girl in the foreground, Always and Wednesday, really dominated the festival’s cast and provided some of the most spectacular, standout sets. . The most important of these: Halsey, who brutally beats the tune, starting with the overflowing “Nightmare” and ending 15 songs with the equally exaggerated “I Am Not a Woman, I’m a God”. Using the pronouns he and them, the singer announced midway that she was working on a new set she calls “Halsey’s greatest hits,” adding songs like “Closer” and “Eastside”, a collaboration with The Chainsmokers. ” a record with Benny Blanco and Khalid, whom he has avoided in the past.

As Halsey told the crowd – “I love my job!” – he once thought to himself, ‘Fuck it, I’m not playing ‘Closer’. Fuck it, I’m not playing ‘Eastside’. And then, with more time and more maturity, and as I got older, I started looking at these songs this way: what a wonderful thing to have all these records. You become a spoiled little whore because you have so many great songs you don’t want to play! Behave yourself!”

However, Halsey took the guitars up to 11 with the rock version of “Closer”, the beginning of the heavier side of his repertoire that would accentuate the end of the set. Of course, pop songs are always easy to listen to, and Halsey’s instantly recognizable, soft tone of her vocals feeds thousands of sadsack friends with spoon-fed songs like “Bad at Love” and “You Should Be Sad.” in the crowd.

Damon Albarn of Blur (Photo: Tal Friedlander)

Indeed, gothic-leaning music lovers were in for the New Order and starring roles such as New Order and Depeche Mode, which offered a mix of old and new—where “World in My Eyes” was performed in memory of the late keyboardist Andy Fletcher—and saved it. “Just Can’t Get Enough”, “Never Let Me Again” and “Personal Jesus.”

Los Angeles-based artists also have a strong presence, with Compton’s Kendrick Lamar performing a scaled-down version of the “Steppers” tour motif and effortlessly gliding across 24 songs including “Humble”, “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and “Bitch Don”. did a show. Don’t Kill My Vibe. The rapper also did a cover of The Weeknd’s song “Sidewalks” and featured his cousin Baby Keem for “Vent” and “Family Ties”.

Across the road, at the Dice stage, punk evangelists Off! He took home the longest set list award with the shortest run time and preached to the faithful with a sizzling 36-song set. On the other hand, LA transplant on Amazon Stage (via Philadelphia) captured the longest set with the fewest songs (eight) at War on Drugs featuring Adam Granduciel – meaning the band left their audience hypnotized by Bruce Springsteen’s meet with Fleetwood Mac wanting more of the song

Those who played the (relatively) smaller stages had no less impact. On the Cupra Stage, Pusha T mobilized an amphitheater crowd, while on the Plentitude stage, Pink Pantheress delighted an English-speaking audience with her obnoxious brand of hyper-pop, then respectfully checked out by Linkin Park and New Order. On the Ron Brugal stage, Argentine rapper Trueno was also influenced by the energetic 1:45 set of Latin-inspired hip-hop.

David Gahan of Depeche Mode (Photo: Tal Friedlander)

With so many artists scheduled to kick off after midnight – and some like Blur and Rosalia performing at 2am – Primavera Sound is a nighttime event that challenges the stamina of even the most devoted music fans. Fortunately, the weather has cooperated, and there has been little delay with penultimate sets such as lead-in Fred Again on the Friday before Rosalia’s triumphant closing performance and Saturday’s Calvin Harris dance party.

Primavera, a rare international music festival held in the middle of a big city, is as much a celebration of Barcelona as it is a showcase of musical talent. Indeed, with his well-executed “Motomami”-themed set, on-site stage cues and stunning visuals courtesy of his dancers, and world-class creative direction, he roared, stopping to speak to the audience from the stage and below. in the photo pit. At one point, he grabbed the camcorder for the close-up and said, “It was worth it, huh? I missed you.

Fred Again (Photo: Tal Friedlander)

The feeling was mutual as the ballooning crowd responded to the favor with syncopated hand claps and dance moves, then highlighting the emotional climaxes of the set highlighted by Rosalia’s commanding vocals – melodies that convey the essence of Catalan culture and can be heard beyond the floor. Damn the fences, the nearby streets where hundreds gather to take a look.

“When we sell a ticket to the festival, we’re selling a ticket to the city,” said Primavera co-director Alfonso Lanza, speaking to Variety ahead of the festival. To that end, the organizers held a free opening night concert for Barcelona residents this year, featuring the Pet Shop Boys. They will repeat the gesture, which will host a similar bill as part of the mirrored Primavera Sound next weekend in Madrid. Later this year, Primavera will make a South American circuit in November and December, landing once again in São Paolo and Buenos Aires, and adding Bogotá and Asunción.

“When you do a pre-sale and start selling tickets without a word about the queue, there’s something there,” Lanza added. “People are buying the brand.”

Perhaps Halsey expressed this best when she took a moment on stage to acknowledge the Spring pilot. “New order; damn Depeche Mode; Blur! … I want to go there so much. I want to be in that crowd with these people who love music and watch this thing we all love together. I still have time, right?”

(Photo: Christian Bertrand)

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