Primavera Sound 2018 Line Up: Our Top Picks

By Andrew Cottrill . February 27, 2018

It’s almost time for our favourite music Festival, Primavera Sound 2018, and their line up is as fantastic as ever.

Going to Barcelona for Primavera Sound has become a tradition for the BERLIN LOVES YOU team. We look to that weekend between May and June with both intense excitement and trepidation. Excitement for what is probably Europe’s best curated, organised and executed music festival and trepidation for the truly terrible things we do to our bodies over those few idyllicly sunny days.

Hurry up and get your tickets now before they sell out (they always do).

Primavera Sound 2018 Line Up

Berlin Loves You Primavera Sound 2018 Line Up

Here are our top picks for who to see this year (sans the obvious ones, Nick Cave).

Ariel Pink. Mr Pink is back on European shores to promote his new album ‘Dedicated to Bobby Jameson’. A notorious festival performer, expect anything with this guy. Drunkenness, fighting, stroppiness and some classic freak-rock music. His last album ‘Pom Pom’ is one of the greatest works of art of the 21st century – don’t miss this genius.

When: Thursday 31st May

Anna Von Hausswolff. Last seen touring Europe opening for noise greats Swans, Anna Von Hausswolff is back in force with a new album and devastating live show.

When: Thursday 31st May

Vagabon. A year after Lætitia Tamko’s stunning album, Infinite Worlds, it’s clear Vagabon’s an indie rock game-changer. Tamko shreds with cunning skill, and delivers gut-wrenching, poetic and cutting lyrics, making her a can’t-miss act on a smaller stage.

When: Thursday 31st May

IDLES. The best band in the UK right now. No – I won’t hear a word against it. IDLES are the gust of musty air wafting into the pristine, sanitised halls of music that we damn well need. Confrontational, self-assured and armed with an extremely original set of tunes, this’ll be the set of the festival. Mark my words.

When: Friday 1st June.

Shellac. Steve Albini, Todd Trainer and Bob Weston are Shellac: the greatest and heaviest blues band out there. They’re Primavera’s ‘house band’ and have played at the festival since it began. Imagine a punch in the face, delivered in musical form. Watch your step.

When: Friday 1st June.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever. The Melbourne five piece’s jangly punk-ified indie pop flirts with Velvet Underground-influences, infusing Barcelona fun-in-the-sun with a bit of tension. It’s surf rock for a new, alienating age.

When: Saturday 2nd June

Jay Som. Melina Duterte is San Francisco-based dream-pop wonder Jay Som, delivering sunny and layered “bedroom pop,” with angst that calls Mitski to mind.

When: Saturday 2nd June

Get your ticket here now.


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