Primavera Sound in the city
Primavera Sound is much more than just the concerts in the Fòrum. Here's what else is happening in Barcelona during the festival
Primavera in the Parks
Heat, sunshine, small moments of leisure and music before or after stopping for a drink. The idea behind the Primavera in the Park cycle seems unbeatable at first sight. And when you take a look at the line-up it looks even better. Proof that there is life outside Parc del Fòrum.
Part of the Primavera in the city section, which includes all the pre- and post-festival concerts taking place outside the Parc del Fòrum complex, Primavera in the Park, offers the opportunity to see and listen to top-quality open-air concerts in the heart of the city. We always complain about the lack of free concerts in spaces and at times that are easily accessible for normal people and for children, and that is precisely what makes Primavera in the Park so attractive. On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th, Parc de la Ciutadella will host performances by bands as diverse as Univers, Violeta Vil, The Babies, Foxhound, Merchandise, Perrosky and Cayucas, among others. Maybe you've never heard of them, but that's part of the fun - drop in at the park, enjoy the sunshine and the company, and discover some new and promising bands.
This Is Not a Love Song
Until the 29th of September, the Virreina Centre de la Imatge will be hosting the exhibition 'This Is Not a Love Song', a daring and attractive exhibit that attempts to establish and define the relationship between pop music and video creation from the 1970s to the present. Among the artists represented are Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, Douglas Gordon and Jeremy Deller, alongside musicians like David Bowie, Brian Eno, John Lennon and Pete Townshend.
For the third consecutive year, the In-Edit music documentary festival is part of Primavera Sound's complementary programming. They'll show four documentaries in the Maldà cinema the weekend before the festival starts (17-19 May). Note that these are free events, so once the cinema is full, no one else will be let in. Give yourself plenty of time if you don't want to be left on the wrong side of the doors.
Primavera Sound in the Bars and in the Clubs
One of Primavera Sound's objectives is to make Barcelona the European capital of music during the week of the festival. This is how Promavera in the Clubs came into being - a series of concerts that will take place at Sala Apolo, The  and BARTS. Four highly recommended dates with music. And this year they've added in some free concerts in local bars that are sure to get you in the mood for the big shows, or cheer you up if you couldn't get tickets.
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