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Kim Gordon performing at Primavera Sound Festival in 2005. (Photo by Michael Morel)
Parc del Forum, where the festival takes place

The festival has always concentrated on offering the chance to see new promising independent bands and also renowned artists from any style or genre, fundamentally looking for quality and essentially backing pop and rock as well as underground electronic and dance music. Over the years, the festival has had the most diverse range of artists. Some of those who have been on stage are, Pixies, Aphex Twin, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Yo La Tengo, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, El-P, Pulp, Patti Smith, Arcade Fire, Public Enemy, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, Wilco, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Surfin’ Bichos], Melvins, Psychic TV and Spiritualized, amongst many others.

Year after year, Primavera Sound has attracted a bigger and bigger crowd, as well as getting more and more media attention. If the 2001 edition closed with an attendance of 8,000 people, the 2002 edition reached 18,000 people and in 2003 it attracted more than 24,000 people. The attendance of 40,000 people in 2004 ended Primavera Sound’s stay in Poble Espanyol. The first year in the Forum site, in 2005, closed with an audience of 44,000 people and the 2006 edition registered similar numbers, while the 2007 edition attracted a crowd of 60,000 people. The festival, now an unmissable musical event, has attracted crowds of around 74,000 people in the last edition. Its characteristics and the wide range of bands performing have been the main reasons that have made San Miguel Primavera Sound the meeting point of artists and festival goers from various generations. The press coverage of the last edition was extraordinary, more than 1,000 press passes were issued. The main national newspapers, music press, radio and TV extensively covered a great number of the live shows. Many of them considered it to be the best festival that year. Moreover, the amount of interest from international press has increased dramatically in the last two editions. A large number of European specialized media as well as the ones from the other side of the Atlantic have covered the event.

San Miguel Primavera Sound 2010 will take place in Barcelona between the 27th and the 29th of May. The artistic line-up will be of the same quality as in past editions, as can be appreciated by the great number of attendees and important media coverage.


2001 Edition

The 2001 edition was the first to show the current format of Primavera Sound Festival. It was the first year in the Poble Espanyol and the first when more than one stage was used (it’s first editions at the beginning of the 90’s were held in different venues in Barcelona). Five stages were set up and during the night of the 28th of April a good selection of the best pop and dance music was played. The bill included the likes of Armand Van Helden, Le Hammond Inferno, former main man of Pizzicato 5, Yasuharu Konishi, Faze Action, Bent, Los Planetas, Manta Ray, Sr. Chinarro, Samuel L. Session, Unkle, Carl Craig, Dj Godfather; and many other bands and djs like Gentle People Djs, Leila, Zip and Gus Gus Djs.

2002 Edition

The 2002 Primavera Sound edition took place on the 17th and 18th of May. The main change was the addition of a second day to the festival. Sixty local and international bands and djs played on five different stages that year including the likes of: Pulp, Tindersticks, Spiritualized, Echo & The Bunnymen, J Mascis, Aphex Twin, Luke Slater, Giant Sand, The Delgados, Dave Clarke, Bis, Ian Pooley, Andrew Weatherall, Le Tigre, Gonzales, The Moldy Peaches, Chicks On Speed, Clem Snide, La Buena Vida, Green Velvet, Cinerama, Lo-Fidelity Allstars and The Zephyrs, among others. That year was also the first year to include non-musical activities. Those were thought up to complete the musical offering of the festival and included the Design exhibition “Un ruido secreto” or the Primavera Soundtrack Film Festival.

2003 Edition

The 2003 edition of Primavera Sound meant its definitive establishment as one of the most important festivals in the country. Public attendance shows this (25.000 people, seven thousand people more than the previous year). Likewise, more than 450 journalists were there to cover the event. The number of acts also increased: more than 90 groups and djs both local and international. Five areas were arranged at the Poble Espanyol site for the night shows (Nitsa-Apolo, Rockdelux by Lois, CD Drome, Nasti and Psicolabis). Also, an extra site was added to the festival: Mercat de les Flors, for the day time activities: the Primavera Soundtrack Film Festival and the Record label Fair, which included two stages (acoustic and electric) where the label’s bands showcased their works.

Poble Espanyol (23rd and 24th of May):

Belle And Sebastian, Yo La Tengo, Teenage Fanclub, Arab Strap, I Am Kloot, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, The White Stripes, Television, Beef, The Go-Betweens, 2 Many Dj’s, Julian Cope, Definitive Jux Live!, Baxter Dury, Super_Collider, Umek, Thalia Zedek, Nacho Vegas Y Las Esferas Invisibles, Wire, Roni Size, Future Bible Heroes, Ed Harcourt, John Parish, Scratch Perverts, Mary Gauthier, Dj/Rupture, Michael Mayer, Console, Tocotronic, Adam Beyer, Standstill, Élena, Antònia Font, Tokyo Sex Destruction, Vacaciones, Grupo Salvaje, Dj Psychocandy, The Folk Implosion, Ikara Colt, Adam Green, The Kills, Soledad Brothers, Munk (Gomma Dj’s), Migala, Christina Rosenvinge, Mishima, Audience, Alma X, Dj Coco, Lcd Soundsystem, Märtini Brös, Erol Alkan, Dj Dexter, Dj’s Are Not Rockstars, Gold Chains, Rahim, Peaches, Le Hammond Inferno, Ellen Alien, W.I.T., Larry Tee, Cobra Killer, La Presidente, Rewind DJ’s (Vicknoise, Pol, Teti).

Mercat de les Flors (23rd and y 24th of May):

The Montgolfier Brothers, Calc, Glissando*, The Tea Servants, Airbag, Jeronimo, Cola Jet Set, Gurus, L’altra, Whirlwind Heat, Motormark, Pipas, Holland Park, Mano De Santo, Zola, Henry, Bart Davenport, Astronaut, Euro-Trash Girl, Mia Doi Todd, Dead Capo, Tan Low, Morning Star.

Opening Parties (22nd of May, Poble Espanyol and Sala Apolo):

Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hangedup, The Streets, Baby Zizanie, A Room With A View.

Record Label and Industry Fair:

Record fair devoted to industry insiders. A total of 40 stands represented the leading independent Spanish record labels, as well as music press and associated companies: Cd World, Cd Drome, Pop Madrid, Primeros Pasitos, Pre-Texto, Bcore, Bip Bip, Elefant, Annika, Jabalina, Mushroom Pillow, Green Ufos, El Ejercito Rojo, Subterfuge, Popchild, Ariadna, Houston Party, Austrohungaro, Bank Robber, Pueblo, Zebra, Foehn, Pause, Everlasting, Rockdelux, Ab, Mondo Sonoro, Go Mag, Movin’bcn, Scope, Fork Series, Nosordo, Mai Dins, Rojo, Criminal Records, Spark, East Pack, Dead Bees, Strange Ones, Dos.Dos.

Primavera Soundtrack Film Festival

Screening of films related to the pop culture (documentaries, music films, fiction).

Programme 2003:

- Standing in the Shadows of Motown, Paul Justman. 2002. USA. 116 min. 35 mm. - Biggie and Tupac, Nick Broomfield. 2002. UK. 107 min. Betacam - Morvern Callar, Lynne Ramsay. UK/Canada. 2002. 97 min. 35 mm. - Beijing Rocks, Mabel Cheung Yuen-Ting. Hong Kong, 2001. 110 min. 35 mm. - Almost Blue, Alex Infascelli. Italy, 2000, 86 min. 35 mm.

2004 Edition

In 2004 the festival kept growing in length (three days in the Poble Espanyol), artists and attendance. The popularity of headliner acts and, especially, the performance of the legendary band Pixies (they played their first European date in twelve years) raised the attendance numbers up to 40,000 people who came from Spain, U.K., France, Italy, Germany and Portugal. Other headliners such as PJ Harvey, Primal Scream, The Divine Comedy, Wilco or Franz Ferdinand contributed to close the most successful festival edition so far. The Mercat de les Flors, where the day-time activities took place, increased this year the number of bands, thanks to the outdoor stage next to the Record labels Fair. The line-up of this area included a greater number of international artists such as Edison Woods, Berg Sans Nipple, Fernando Alfaro & Nacho Vegas, Xiu Xiu or Telefax. Another improvement of this edition was the capacity and the space comfort. The main stage was located on the north side of the Poble Espanyol site. This helped to make the access to the stages more fluid. Besides the mentioned bands, these were some of the most celebrated shows among the almost 100 live acts of Primavera Sound 2004: Liars, !!! (chk chk chk), Benjamin Biolay, Dominique A, Scissor Sisters, Pretty Girls Make Graves, Chicks On Speed, Sun Kil Moon, Julie Delpy, Devendra Banhart, (Smog), Dayna Kurtz, Plaid, Elbow, Nina Nastasia, The Glimmer Twins, Colder, Cristian Vogel, Blackstrobe, The Ladybug Transistor, Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, The Russian Futurists, The Fall, Mudhoney, Lloyd Cole, The Raveonettes, The Hidden Cameras, Erol Alkan, Numbers, Kid 606, 2 Many Dj´s, James Murphy, Miss Kittin, Luke Slater, Technasia, Experience, Willard Grant Conspiracy, Dizzee Rascal, Michael Gira, James Chance & The Contortions, Jason Forrest, Dj/Rupture, Alexander Robotnik and David Holmes. Among local acts, remarkable shows by La Buena Vida, Lluís Llach, Ruper Ordorika, Chucho and Atom Rhumba could be seen.

Record Label and Industry Fair devoted to industry insiders. A total of 30 stands represented the leading independent Spanish record labels, as well as specialized press and associated companies: CD Drome, Pop Madrid, Gssh Gssh, Pre-Texto, Bcore, Bip Bip, Elefant, Annika, Acuarela, Jabalina, Green Ufos, Pias, Subterfuge, Popchild, Dusty Roses, Houston Party, Austrohungaro, Bank Robber, Miss Lucifer, Eureka, Foehn, Pause, Everlasting, Rockdelux, Movin’bcn, Moonpalace, Mushroom Pillow, Weight Recordings, Global Music, Criminal Records, Rise Robots Rise, Dead Bees, Strange Ones.

Primavera Soundtrack Film Festival

Screening of films related to the pop culture (documentaries, music films, fiction).

2004 Programme:

- Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns). A film about They Might Be Giants by AJ Schmack. USA 2002, 103 min. - I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. A film about Wilco by Sam Jones. USA 2002, 92 min. - Live Forever by John Dower. UK 2003, 84 min. - Greendale by Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young). USA 2003, 87 min.

2005 Edition

2005 saw plenty of changes regarding the event (mainly due to its relocation from the Poble Espanyol to the Forum site). It was a year strongly marked by an eclectic line-up where artists like Enrique Morente, Brigitte Fontaine or Psychic TV all played despite not being precisely veterans at this kind of event. Another new feature of Primavera Sound 2005 edition was the use of the impressive Auditorium building where some of the top performances of that weekend took place, like the ones from Antony & The Johnsons, Vic Chesnutt or Tortoise. This venue quickly became a high point of the festival. And besides all those new features, if there is something that should be highlighted from that edition, it would definitely be the presence of the legendary Mancunian band New Order, after over a decade without playing in front of a Spanish audience. The band presented their latest album on the Nitsa-Apolo stage, on Friday 27th. The other great stars of the festival were: Iggy Pop’s Stooges live comeback, the experience of New Yorker’s Sonic Youth, the commitment of Steve Earle and the essential post punk of Gang of Four. In addition, a wide range of quality proposals gathered together that weekend:The Wedding Present, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Dirtbombs, American Music Club, Psychic TV, Enrique Morente, They Might Be Giants, Micah P. Hinson, Broken Social Scene, Vitalic, Sons And Daughters, Kompakt Sound System, Polysics, The Futureheads, Vetiver, Isis, Los Planetas, Parker & Lily and more. The festival also featured the Primavera France event, where a great number of the best French artists performed on different stages including the likes of Dominique A, M83, Experience, The Married Monk, Helena and Françoiz Breut. For yet another year a stage was set up (Feria) near the Record Label and Industry Fair where remarkable shows by the Swedish Acid House Kings, the American Allison Moorer and the Spanish bands Ginferno, Tarántula, Garzón, The Secret Society and The Cheese took place.

2006 Edition

2006 was the year of total settling in the Forum site. The main new features were a few changes in the layout of the stages and some improvements in the infrastructures (catering area, access…). On an artistic level, Primavera Sound 2006 focused once more on offering quality above all and not popular artists or styles. Artists with long and solid careers (Lou Reed, Motörhead, Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, Big Star) performed with some bands of short but shining history (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Babyshambles, Animal Collective, The Rogers Sisters). The experimental rock of No Neck Blues Band, Gang Gang Dance, Deerhoof, Boredoms, Akron/Family appeared next to the most veteran rock (The Deadly Snakes, The Drones, The New Christs). The list of artists carries on, ranging from the dance electronic music of Erol Alkan, Ellen Allien & Apparat, Dj Rush, Rex The Dog, Joris Voorn and The MFA to the intimate sounds of Richard Hawley, Isobel Campbell, José González, Vashti Bunyan, including the super band Undertow Orchestra. Other outstanding artists include the timeless pop of Stereolab, the psychedelic rock of The Brian Jonestown Massacre, the also remarkable Centro-Matic, Lambchop or Drive-By Truckers, the strong rock of Sleater Kinney or the minimal funk of the veteran ESG. Among the local bands stand out the first act after their reunion of the mythical Surfin Bichos, as well as 12Twelve, Southern Arts Society, Anari or Tachenko. On the Feria stage, other newcomers and solid bands embracing a wide range of styles: Remate, Pauline En La Playa, Le Jonathan Reilly, Coconot, Ainara LeGardon, Beef, Stay, Mazoni, Meu, The Charades, Prin’ La Lá and Clint, among others. One of the main new differences that year was that concerts were held during the days preceding the Festival. So, on the 29th, 30th and 31st of May, people like The Bellrays, Elliot Brood, Experience, Troy Von Balthazar, Jody Wildgoose or Annelies Monseré played at the new Apolo concert hall (La [2]) early on in the evening. A post-festival party was also thrown, with Centro-Matic, together with other proposals as the techno pop of Xiao Xiu, John Roderick’s folk or the American French Toast, from the record label Dischord.

2007 Edition

The festival underwent a considerable audience increase, with over 60,000 attendees. With thirty per cent of the audience coming from other countries, Primavera Sound had gained weight internationally and was fast becoming one of the most important music events of the European scene. With more than 150 acts - bands and djs – 2007 edition saw an excellent show from the North American band Wilco; as well as the comeback of The Smashing Pumpkins, after more than a decade in silence. Sonic Youth played the legendary album Daydream Nation integrally and the Forum vibrated with the concert of the veteran Patti Smith. The British music promoter All Tomorrow’s Parties partnership was the greatest novelty of this edition. The ATP directors chose the line-up and gave its name to one of the stages, where Modest Mouse played and where bands like Slint, Melvins and Comets On Fire played important albums of their career. Together with these artists, the festival’s stages hosted very different styles: Herman Düne, Múm, Blonde Redhead, The Good The Bad And The Queen, Jonathan Richman, Dirty Three, Black Mountain, The Durutti Column, Maximo Park, Nathan Fake, Pelican, Architecture In Helsinki, Kimya Dawson, Shannon Wright, Robyn Hitchcock And The Venus 3, Buzzcocks, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Grizzly Bear, Billy Bragg, Girls Against Boys, Isis, Low, Band Of Horses, Built To Spill, Kid Koala, The Long Blondes and many others. Among the electronic artists the shows of Justice, Hell, Diplo, Erol Alkan and Dj Yoda were outstanding. National presence increased considerably; in this edition all the nationalbands were given suitable spaces to perform in. As on past occasions, the festival tried to give a different vision of Spanish independence, including bands like Lisabö, Half Foot Outside, Veracruz, Za or The Light Brigada, proposals unfairly forgotten by other Spanish festivals. Another new initiative was Minimúsica. La Colazione introduced this concept in which the independent bands from Barcelona offered concerts for the little ones in the festival’s free kindergarten. On the days of the 1st and 2nd of June two series of performances were held during the afternoon, with live music by Coconot, Las Dolores, Internet 2, Brielah, Sedaiós, Decibelios Joe, Tarántula, Los Carradine, Manos de Topo, Las Vaquitas (David from Beef + Joe Crepúsculo -Tarántula-), Albaialeix and First Aid Kit. During the festival, Myspace Spain celebrated their beginning at the Forum with some acoustic concerts, on the 1st and 2nd of June in a stand located in the Record Fair. Some of the bands that played the “Myspace Salon” were: Maximo Park & Grizzly Bear, Fernando Alfaro y los Alienistas, Grupo de Expertos Sol y Nieve, The Secret Society, Bonde do Role, Standstill, Mum, Alondra Bentley or Sr. Chinarro. Regarding the parallel activities, besides the usual Record Label and Industry Fair, the Digital Music Conference 2.0 was celebrated. Organized in collaboration with the Catalan Institute of Cultural Industries (ICIC) and aimed at professionals from the music and technology industries, this conference focused on current issues in the business as well as artistic world, with the objective to find a new approach for digital music in Catalonia and in Spain. For the second consecutive year, concerts were held on the days preceding the festival (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) and on the Sunday after the days in Forum. Those showcases to present and close the festival took place in the two venues Apolo and La [2] with live acts of a great deal of artists: Centro-Matic, Of Montreal, At Swim Two Birds, Erol Alkan, The Orchids, The Sadies and Nueva Vulcano.

2008 Edition

160 artists, 200 hours of live music, with an eclectic line up in a festival which went beyond the limits of the Parc Del Fòrum into the centre of Barcelona city. The parallel activities of the event have gained importance in the year 2008 with performances in different venues in the city, in the Joan Miró Park and several underground stations. And as well as opening spaces for other types of public around the city, Primavera Sound was once again the springboard for new and interesting acts such as A Place To Bury Strangers, Health, Times New Viking, Moho or Shipping News. During the first day of the festival, Portishead, MGMT, Public Enemy and Vampire Weekend among many others, were the headliners of the Parc Del Fòrum. On the second day were the outstanding concerts of Cat Power, Bishop Allen and El Guincho, who played the same stages as classics such as The Sonics, Devo, Nick Lowe and Mary Weiss, who maintain their essence and move people generation after generation. During the third day, Rufus Wainwright, Enrique Morente and Lagartija Nick, Animal Collective and Tindersticks closed the extremely successful festival with style. The public, of almost 60,000 in this edition of the festival are proof of its good health at a critical moment for the music industry in Spain. Other bands which got on stage at the Primavera Sound 2008 were Apparat Band, Bon Iver, Dirty Projectors, Fuck Buttons, Les Savy Fav, Menomena, Holy Fuck, Okkervil River, Pissed Jeans, Unchained, The Wave Pictures, Russian Red, Lightspeed Champion, The Strange Death Of Liberal England, Surkin, Tarántula, The Mary Onettes, Messer Chups, It’s Not Not, The Marzipan Man, Deerhunter, Eric’s Trip, Devastations, Fanfarlo, Throbbing Gristle, Om, Buffalo Tom, Caribou, Awesome Color, Digital Mystikz, DM Smith, Explosions In The Sky, Clipse, Holly Golightly & The Brakeoffs, Kelley Stoltz, The Missing Leech, No Age, Fasenuova, MV & EE with The Golden Road, Les Aus, Gentle Music Men, The Right Ons Soulin’ Thunder Revue, Scout Niblett, Six Organs Of Admittance, Träd Gräs Och Stenar, Why?, Voxtrot, Polvo, Para One, Boris, De La Soul, Menomena, 808 State, Alan Braxe, Autolux, Enon, Health, Grande-Marlaska, La Estrella de David, Madee, Midnight Juggernauts, Port O’Brien, Prinzhorn Dance School, Shellac and The Rumble Strips. As usual the Fira area was open to allow independent national and international labels to show their product to the public. The Myspace salon had live acts for the second year running, as did Minimúsica with concerts for the little ones. The programme parallel to the main event in the Fòrum took the music to the Barcelona underground with free concerts by Belmez, Manel, The Lions Constellation and La Célula Durmiente in the stations of Universitat, Clot and Passeig de Gràcia. Under the name of Primavera Als Clubs there were showcases of bands like The Clientele, Matt Elliott, Mi And L’Au, SJ Esau and La Orquesta del Caballo Ganador, Scarlet’s Well, Clint, My Brighest Diamond, DM Smith, Abrevadero, Voice Of The Seven Woods, Twin Kranes and Andy Votel. The first edition of Primavera Al Parc, which took place in the Joan Miró Park, started very well with a public of around 1,000 people in the two days for the concerts of Darren Hayman & Jack Hayter Play Hefner songs, David Thomas Broughton, El Hijo, Bankrobber, Guillamino, El Chico Con La Espina Al Costado, Le Petit Ramon, The Radio Dept., Torpedo, April Fool’s Day, Manos De Topo, Le Pianc and Extraperlo.

2009 Edition

The ninth edition of the Barcelona festival closed its door with a record attendance and a record number of concerts. With a total of 171 concerts, the line up of 2009 managed to gather over 80,000 spectators, the highest number of spectators in the history of the festival. The audience was spread around the fourteen stages of the festival, six of which are on the Parc del Fòrum site (76,000 spectators) and another eight distributed around the centre of Barcelona with “Primavera in the City”, which attracted 4,600 more spectators. The starting signal was given in various underground stations of the town centre on Saturday 23rd of May and the usual presentation showcases, organized with the collaboration of different record companies and taking place from Monday the 25th in the Apolo, La [2] and Sidecar. The main event took place on the 28th, 29th and 30th of May and the second edition of Primavera at the Park (free concerts in the Joan Miró) consolidated itself in 2009 with twelve excellent concerts which prolonged the festival into the Sunday 31st of May. The first day started with Cuzo, La Bien Querida and Veracruz. The crowd lived a crescendo leading to the climax with the concert of My Bloody Valentine. The 21,300 people who went to the Forum could also enjoy the concerts of Yo La Tengo, The Vaselines, Phoenix, Aphex Twin, Squarepusher, Andrew Bird and The Horrors. On the second day 24,100 people gathered to see concerts of bands like Bloc Party, Throwing Muses, Saint Etienne, Jarvis Cocker, Art Brut, Damien Jurado and the second performance of My Bloody Valentine, this time in the Auditori. The concerts of Sonic Youth, Herman Dune, Deerhunter, Simian Mobile Disco, Liars, Michael Nyman, Ghostface Killah and Black Lips brought together 30,000 people on Saturday 30th. A historical number because it is the day with the highest number of people since the beginning of the festival in 2001. However without a doubt the name that really stood out was Neil Young, since this Canadian singer and guitarist had not played Barcelona for twenty-two years. Apart from the big names, the festival consolidated itself as the perfect platform to promote new bands. Artists like Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Girls, The Lions Constellation and Rosvita are some of the acts, which stood out among the newcomers to the festival that satisfied the audience’s desire to see new bands, those who believe in the festival line-up year after year.

2010 Edition

Saturday 22th May (Primavera Sound at the Underground)

3 Mellizas, Blackbird, Internet 2, The Nu Niles

Wednesday 26th May (Apolo Venue, Wichita Showcase)

First Aid Kit, Los Campesinos!, Peggy Sue

Thursday 27th May (Forum)

Pavement, Broken Social Scene, The Fall, Superchunk, Fuck Buttons, The Books, The Slits, The XX, Titus Andronicus, The Big Pink, Wild Beasts, Apse, Bis, Moderat, The Wave Pictures, Ui, Sic Alps

Friday 28th May (Forum)

The Pixies, Panda Bear, The New Pornographers, Low performing 'The Great Destroyer', Marc Almond, Wilco, Spoon, Major Lazer, Shellac, CocoRosie, Japandroids, Diplo, Yeasayer, A Sunny Day In Glasgow, Circulatory System, Hope Sandoval & the Warm Inventions, Scout Niblett, The Bloody Beetroots, The King Khan & BBQ Show, The Psychic Paramount, Thee Oh Sees, Joker featuring. Nomad, Ganglians, Here We Go Magic, Black Math Horseman

Saturday 29th May (Forum)

Pet Shop Boys, Orbital, Gary Numan, Built To Spill, Grizzly Bear, Florence + The Machine, The Charlatans performing 'Some Friendly', Sunny Day Real Estate, The Field, Beach House, No Age, Atlas Sound, HEALTH, Polvo, Real Estate, The Drums, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Liquid Liquid, Matt & Kim, Ben Frost, Dr. Dog, Almighty Defenders, The Clean, The Smith Westerns, Sian Alice Group, Fake Blood, Dum Dum Girls, Boy 8-Bit, Nana Grizol, Endless Boogie, Crocodiles, The Bundles

Saturday 29th May (Joan Miró Park)

The Big Head Troubled Boy, Thelematicos

Sunday 30th May (Apolo Venue, closing party)

The Black Lips, Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard

Sunday 30th May (Joan Miró Park)

Diploide, McEnroe


Wire, Mission of Burma, Tortoise, Condo Fucks, Les Savy Fav, Seefeel, Monotonix, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Surfer Blood, Delorean, Standstill, Sleigh Bells, Cold Cave, Junip, Roddy Frame, Bigott, Biscuit, Cohete, Emilio José, Half Foot Outside, Best Coast, Lidia Damunt, Nueva Vulcano, Wild Honey, Mujeres, Beak>, Camarón, La Leyenda Del Tiempo.


One of the main novelties in the tenth edition of the San Miguel Primavera Sound is the setting up of a specific area for professionals in the music world. The tough criteria in the selection of bands and the diverse styles which come together at the Barcelona event have attracted a lot of attention from professionals in the sector who every year come from abroad and from around the country and this has created the perfect atmosphere to develop professional relations. San Miguel Primavera Sound is at this moment in time considered perfect for developing business, renewing contacts and soaking up the newest tendencies in independent music. The organisers of the festival are taking one step further and with this space they aim to offer an area, which fosters and strengthens those professional meetings that have been taking place spontaneously for the last few years. The objective of PrimaveraPro is to channel the synergies which arise between professionals from different areas of the sector like record companies, booking agencies, promoters, distributors and communication agencies, fairs, festivals, specialised press and public and private institutions which promote culture and export of music. The space will have a stage where new bands will perform in order to facilitate the promotion of new artists to record companies and other entities of the sector. These showcases are aimed at professionals and the general public.


AAA Music 04/03/2010
Muzyka 04/03/2010
Consequence of Sound 09/03/2010
The Concordian 09/03/2010
Muzyka 15/03/2010
Ents24 15/03/2010

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