Primavera Sound spreads across Barcelona.

Posted on 19 February 2008 in Barcelona, always!

After establishing itself at the Forum, Primavera Sound this year is spreading out around the city. Apart from bands playing at underground stations, as they have for the last couple of years, some will be offering free, day-time performances in parks and other public places.

Another novelty this year is that Sidecar will provide a third venue, along with the Apolo and La [2], for the pre-festival concerts which go under the name “Primavera als clubs”.

It is precisely this kind of less accessible music that Primavera Sound has specialised in. The festival bill includes new talents along with established names on the indie scene and already has about a hundred confirmed.

As well as a double concert by Portishead, the festival has lined up another special concert in which Public Enemy. The festival will also mark a return to the stage by various groups and artists, notably Young Marble Giants, who have become a cult band with just one album, and Mary Weiss, vocalist with The Shangri-Las.

Other well-known names on the alternative scene coming to the festival include Tindersticks, Stephen Malkmus, Silver Jews, Rufus Wainwright, Nick Lowe, Bill Callahan, Cat Power and Animal Collective. From the national scene there will be Grande-Marlaska, El Guincho, Tachenko and El Vórtice.

Turning to the festival set-up, a new feature this year involves moving the stages nearer to the sea, next to the photovoltaic panels.

More Inf@ in: www.primaverasound.es

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