In the middle of nowhere (Primavera Sound 2013)

This year the headliners are playing on the stage that's farthest away from the entrance, so you'll have to walk all the way through the venue to get there. Down that energy drink and get moving. It'll be worth it.

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They're the groups that pretty much sell the tickets to these festivals, though surely none of them sell more tickets than the Primavera Sound brand. This year the headliners move to the northern-most stage in the festival, which is a nice way of saying that they're going to the middle of nowhere, now reborn as Escenario Heineken. It's there that you'll be able to enjoy the resurrection of Britpop heroes Blur (Fri 24th), who, facing the sea, will revisit classics and play a couple of new things that they've debuted since their return in 2012. Theirs is the most anticipated return of the festival, with all due respect to Dexys (Sat 25th) and The Postal Service (Thu 23rd), the latter celebrating 10 years since their only album, 'Give Up', indietronica hit from the turn of the century.

Noise pop is another common theme for the headliners, with the two biggest names of '90s shoegaze: My Bloody Valentine (Sat 25th) and The Jesus and Mary Chain (Fri 24th). Both reunited in 2007 and have performed in Barcelona since their return. Seeing Kevin Shields's group will be particularly interesting, as his last shows in the city have been spectacular (if only we could say the same of the Reid brothers), they're performing their first album in 22 years and, what's more, they're at the height of their fame.

Also getting top billing are Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds (Sat 25th) and French band Phoenix (Thu 23rd), who were transformed into stars after their triumph in the United States with their previous album. And they can't be doing too badly if the singer, Thomas Mars, is married to Sofia Coppola. Both groups are debuting an album. Also playing on the main stage is another Australian group, Tame Impala (Thu 23rd), who will get the audience hyped with their cool psychodelic rock. British band Django Django (Fri 24th), halfway between avant-pop and mainstream, will fill the void left by Fiona Apple.

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