Primavera Sound: from Arctic Monkeys to Travis Scott, everything there is to know about the great Catalan festival that has its first edition in Buenos Aires

A music festival is usually a showcase for something. If it is an annual event, it will include what was born decades ago, to reach the music that is heard today and that which is to come; what we believe will be the future. When the festival has become an export brand, in addition to all of the above, it must clearly respond to an aesthetic, which will be transformed over the years, of course, but must retain its distinctive features that prove its name. Spring Sound is one of those cases. It was born two decades ago in Barcelona, ​​it was exported to other countries and defended certain formats that brought it this year, for the first time, to Argentina. Have different instancesalthough some see it simply as different chapters of a story that reaches its highest point with the concerts last Wednesday and this weekend in Costanera Sur (Av. Spain 2330).

During a chat with THE NATIONlast year, its creator, Gaby Ruiz, gave an idea of ​​his work and how it had evolved since the first Primavera Sound he held in Barcelona, ​​in 2001. “When I was a kid, at a record store I could buy at least one vinyl, I couldn’t afford more. The one who sold them already knew me and recommended certain records. Now that function is performed to a certain extent by festivals. I am a lousy businessman, or at least I think so, I spend much more than I should. I’ve been bankrupt many times and I think there are still more to come, but I dedicate my whole life to listening to music and trying to spread what I like to others. I have a 13-year-old daughter who I try to get her not only to listen to reggaeton. I was the class jerk who made the compilations on cassette and passed them out to friends. I was the one trying to convince them that Joy Division was the shit.”

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In a festival of the dimensions that Primavera Sound has today (in its place of origin) and the ones that it will have this weekend in Buenos Aires, you cannot afford that everything is a recommendation. But yes, those consecrated artists that most people know live in harmony, if there is good curatorship, with that suggestion that the festival wants to make. That explains why last Wednesday a cult artist and, at the same time, world famous, like björk, and within that same grid ascending names of the local scene appeared, such as Feli Colina. The same thing will happen this weekend, with the artists who will go through its six stages, on Saturday and Sunday, from 2:00 p.m. until well after midnight.

Contemplating these two edges seems to be the objective that has been maintained since the beginning of Primavera Sound, both for the 8,000 people who attended the first edition and for the 500,000 of the last one, held in Barcelona between last May and June, for eleven days . It began in 2001 at the Pueblo Español site and from its fifth edition it moved to the shores of the Mediterranean, in the Parque del Fórum.

Groups and soloists passed through there who grew from the indie or playing in the big leagues, at different times in the last fifty years. From Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, Neil Young, Pavement, Nine Inch Nails, Public Enemy, Jesus and Mary Chain and Queens of The Stone Age to Pet Shop Boys and LCD Sound System. Or from Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Phoenix and Franz Ferndinand to niche proposals, for lovers of noise, such as Shellac, the trio commanded for almost thirty years by Steve Albini, a sound engineer who has worked on iconic albums by bands like Nirvana .

Gabi Ruiz, director of Primavera Sound
Gabi Ruiz, director of Primavera Sound” ” – Courtesy DF Entertainment

Over the years, Primavera Sound began to open new venues. first in Portugallater in benidorm, Santiago de Chile, Saint Paul Y Buenos Aires. For next year, a new city is expected, Madrid, and a stop in Los Angeles, which has been left pending due to the pandemic.

“The festival has a somewhat ideological component -explained its founder-. We believe that the big events have to reach the cities not to vampirize and get out of there with the money, but rather they have to give something back. In Barcelona we have always been involved with concert halls, public spaces, neighborhood associations and we take music to all kinds of places. We managed to fill the city with free concerts. Today the Barcelona edition is huge. It’s not going to be like that all of a sudden in Buenos Aires. We are going to go step by step, but always with the idea of ​​returning something of what we extract as a cultural payment, compensating citizens for the inconvenience. Music is professional and has to be paid for, but I also believe in culture as a vehicle to achieve other aspirations. I like to think that Primavera Sound brings people closer to the festival’s own messages: equality, gender equality, sustainability”.

The truth is that the first edition of Buenos Aires has a large grid that was distributed in various spaces and times. The first station was on October 14, which served as the reopening of the Costanera Sur space, a property that years ago was the scene of great rock concerts. Figures like Jack White, Cat Power and legendary bands like the Pixies were there. Then it was the turn of the girl power gathered last Wednesday, with Björk as head of the grid and good local and foreign figures: the Mexican Julieta Venegas, the Chilean Javiera Mena and the Argentine Feli Colina. Throughout that week, Spring in the City took place, with recitals at Niceto Club, Vorterix Theater, La Usina del Arte, Art Media Complex, Camping, Groove and Underclub. And for this weekend, the number of stages increases to six with 35 groups and soloists on Saturday and 32 on Sunday.

Travis Scott (which recomposes itself from a tragic 2021 due to the death of eight people in Astroworld, the festival that it created and promotes) will be the main artist on Saturday. That day will also perform Charli XCX, an old acquaintance of the Buenos Aires public, José González, Los Planetas, Kiddo Totto, Peces Raros, Mexican Jihad, Joy Orbison, Miranda! and Father John Misty. It will be the most eclectic night of the festival because it will go from the rap of the central figure to the electronic music of Hernán Cattaneo, and from there, non-stop, to Damas Gratis and L-Gante.

Miranda!, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys and L-Gante, the eclecticism of Primavera Sound Buenos Aires
Miranda!, Lorde, Arctic Monkeys and L-Gante, the eclecticism of Primavera Sound Buenos Aires

The next day, the main attraction will be Arctic Monkeys, who will land with a new album, The Carwhich seems like a twist to the album with which they gave a new direction to their history, Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino. On that closing day, Phoebe Bridges, Lorde, Interpol, 107 Fauns, Telescopes, Motorized Santiago, Baby Beast, Juana Molina, Carolina Durante, Fermín and Terno Rei, among others, will also perform.

Both the Saturday and Sunday sessions can also be seen live through the Flow screens on four of its channels. (605, 606, 607 and 608). There will also be exclusive content and interviews with bands and soloists. Mikki Lusardi and Clemente Cancela will be the hosts. In addition, Nacho Elizalde and Pau Echeverria will be in charge of the start of the transmission and the color notes, trivia and challenges will be led by Sofi Carmona, Manu Buscalia and Matzorama. And the plus of the event will be the Flow Sessions, a space created for emerging bands and some established ones.

There will be 40 food stalls, with a wide variety (vegan and vegetarian dishes, suitable for celiacs, sandwiches, hamburgers, fries, tapas, seafood, donuts, Japanese food, hot dogs, crepes, pizzas and ice cream). The brands that support the festival developed different proposals. Testing of new cellular equipment, beer gardens with high walkways, 360° stages with DJs and relaxation areas. There will also be promotions of white drinks and a wine cellar that will offer its catalog. There will also be a space dedicated to plastic arts with the intervention of objects related to digital art.

Spring Sound Buenos Aires. The complete weekend grid and the Costanera Sur stage map
Spring Sound Buenos Aires. The complete weekend grid and the Costanera Sur stage map

The only means of payment within the premises will be “Cashless” that will work through the bracelets. Entry to children under 2 years is prohibited. From the age of 3 they can enter accompanied by a responsible adult, paying the entrance fee. The production informed that it will be possible to enter with sunscreens, reusable bottles of no more than half a liter, non-professional cameras, small backpacks, blankets and towels.

Instead, It will be forbidden to enter “weapons of any kind, including fireworks, explosives of any kind or sharp elements”, computers, thermoses with hot liquids and mate, flags with sticks, illegal substances, food and drinks “unrelated to the event”, beams and laser pointers, lights bright, large backpacks, tents, chairs, skateboards, hover-boards, skateboards, scooters, personal motorized vehicles of any kind, drones or aerial vehicles, water pistols or any other similar, musical instruments, compressed air horns or any type, pens or paint cans, advertising (such as handwheels), long or spiked chains, balls, stuffed animals, professional photography, audio and video equipment (lenses, zoom or tripods), alcoholic or energy drinks, coolers, pets, except service dogs.

Tickets for Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 can be found at AllAccess.

All schedules on Saturday 12
All schedules on Saturday 12
Schedule for Sunday the 13th
Schedule for Sunday the 13th
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Primavera Sound: from Arctic Monkeys to Travis Scott, everything there is to know about the great Catalan festival that has its first edition in Buenos Aires