What a Thursday to kickstart Primavera Sound 2018! To give you a taste of the action, here’s a day in the life of what it’s really like at Primavera Sound, recapping all the action as it happened.

Festival goers were spoilt for choice within the first few hours of the gates opening, with a fantastic selection of up-and-coming talent from across the world.

 

 

You would be pleased to see some fantastic UK acts over on Barcelona soil as well, with Brighton-based YONAKA showing the world what real rock is all about.

Next up was a melting pot of talent, making it difficult to commit on one band for a whole set! Fortunately with a beer in hand and many stages within a few minutes walk, it’s easy to get a taste of several bands within the space of an hour. The polish band Kurws offered a genreless mishmash of alternative, math-rock, free jazz and so much more. Scottish band The Twilight Sad was an emotive performance, but it was Sparks that stole the show in the early evening. The crowd immediately fell in love with brother duo Ron and Russell. Russell is the flamboyant vocalist behind such wonders as Suburban Homeboy (seriously, just read the lyrics: https://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/sparks/suburbanhomeboy.html) but Ron on keyboards was the straight-faced Severus Snape of the band who at one point broke into a grimacing dance, to the revellers’ delight.

After that, it was a flip between two of the best performances of the day. Kelela gave a fantastic show, described by Primavera Sound themselves as Pop with no labels, so free that it is from all over and certainly not from anywhere in particular.”

In the meantime, Echo Collective, Dustin O’Halloran and guests played Jóhann Jóhannsson’s Orphée as a tribute to the award winning internationally acclaimed composer who tragically passed away earlier this year. The collaboration of musicians paid tribute to the composer’s original scheduled festival slot with a haunting rendition. The space at the front of the stage where Johansson would have stood as the conductor was a devastating absence.

 

 

The night kicked off with an incredible set of female-led artists with Bjork  – such a strong performance that later this week we’ll be writing an article dedicated to their talented performances. Bjork talks about the establishment of the matriarchal dome – with the performances on show tonight, her dream already seemed to be becoming reality.

 

 

 

Finally the night was closed up at gone 2 AM by Nils Frahm, neo-classical composer who led the stage with a grand piano plus a set of varying retro keyboards of different sizes and sounds. How many can you spot in our video below?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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