Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, PJ Harvey, Tame Impala, The Last Shadow Puppets, Sigur Rós, and Brian Wilson performing 'Pet Sounds', his masterpiece with the Beach Boys, headline the acts of Primavera Sound 2016.
Other highlights among confirmed artists include Beach House, film-maker John Carpenter, Animal Collective, Suede, Julia Holter, Destroyer, Manel, Robert Forster, Holly Herndon, Beirut, and Kamasi Washington – all of them with new albums out in 2015 or coming in 2016.
More acts we can't wait to see are Shellac, Cass McCombs, Venom, Richard Hawley, Explosiones Sky, Floating Points, Air, Moderat, Cabaret Voltaire, Ben Watt (Everything but the Girl) with Bernard Buttler (Suede), Dinosaur Jr., Orchestra Baobab, The James Hunter Six, Jay Rock, The Chills, Daughter, Pantha Du Prince, Savages, Protomartyr, Psychic TV, Thee Oh Sees, Tortoise, Vince Staples, Younghusband, and some who killed it in Primavera Club 2015, Empress Of, Shura, Deradoorian, U.S. Girls, and Lubomyr Melnyk.
Don't forget to check out local bands, too. You'll get plenty of singing in Catalan, but many sing in Spanish and English as well (Joana Serrat!). From Catalonia and the rest of Spain, check out Manel, Los Chichos, PXXR GVNG, Doble Pletina, Die Katapult, El Último Vecino, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, Esperit!, Inspira, Joana Serrat, Alberto Montero, Ran Ran Ran, The Saurs, Univers, Aliment, Carla, Wind Atlas, Invisible Harvey, Cala Vento, Fasenuova, Pacosan, Pájaro Jack, and Power Burkas.
Here's the complete list of confirmed acts:
+++, Action Bronson, Air, Alberto Montero, Alessandro Cortini, Alex G, Algiers, Aliment, Andy Shauf, Angel Witch, Animal Collective, Autolux, Autumn Comets, Baby Dee, Bardo Pond, Barry Hogan DJ, Battles, Baywaves, Beach House, Beach Slan, Beak>, Bearoid, Beirut, Ben Watt band feat. Bernard Butler, Big Summer, Black Lips, Boredoms, Bradford Cox, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, C+C=Maxigross, C. Tangana, Cabaret Voltaire, Cadena, Cala Vento, Car Seat Headrest, Carla, Cass McCombs, Cavern of Anti-Matter, Chairlift, The Chills, DJ Coco, Current 93, Dam-Funk, Daniel Gon, Daughter, Dave P, Deerhunter, Deradoorian, Destroyer, Die Katapult, Dinosaur Jr., Doble Pletina, Downtown Boys Drive Like Jehu, Dungen, El Último Vecino, Empress Of, Esperit!, Evian Christ, Explosions in the sky, Fasenuova, Floating Points, Freddie Gibbs, Goat, Grupo de Expertos Solynieve, The Handclappers, Har Mar Superstar, H09909, Holly Herndon, Holögrama, Hudson Mohawke (DJ Set), Inspira, Invisible Harvey, Islam Chipsy & Eek, The James Hunter Six, Jay Rock, Jenny Hval, Jessy Lanza, Joana Serrat, John Carpenter, Julia Holter, Julien Baker, Kamasi Washington, Kiasmos, DJ Koze, The Last Shadow Puppets, LCD Soundsystem, Loop, Los Chichos, Lubomyr Melnyk, Maceo Plex, Manel, Mar Otra Vez, Mbongwana Star, Moderat, Mueran Humanos, My Expansive Awareness, Nao, Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex, Neon Indian, Nothing Places, Old King Cole Younger, Optimo (Espacio), Orchestra Baobab, Pacosan, Pájaro Jack, Pantha Du Prince, Parquet Courts, PJ Harvey, Power Burkas, Protomartyr, Psychic TV /PTV3, Pumuky, Pusha T, PXXR GVNG, Radiohead, Ran Ran Ran, Redthread, DJ Richard, Richard Dawson, Richard Hawley, Robert Forster, Roosevelt, Royal Headache, The Saurs, Savages, Selda feat. Boom Pam, SG Lewis, Sheer Mag, Shellac, Shinkiro, Shura, Siberian Wolves, Sigur Rós, Six Organs of Admittance, Steve Gunn, Suede, Suuns, Tame Impala, Thee Oh Sees, Titus Andronicus, Tortoise, Twin Drama, Ty Segall & The Muggers, U.S.Girls, Univers, Unsane, Venom, Vince Staples, Viva Belgrado, White Fence, White Reaper, Wild Nothing, Wind Atlas, Younghusband.
The best music festival in the world, according to Time Out International, Primavera Sound was born in 2001 as a day of concerts and DJ sessions with a slant toward alternative pop-rock and electronica. Fifteen years later the festival is a massive eclectic event, where there's also room for hip hop and world music, and which officially lasts for three days, but with all the music organised in parks and clubs as well, it actually lasts about a week, and brings together more than 200 artists and groups.