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Primavera Sound (commonly referred to as simply Primavera) is an annual music festival held in Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona, Spain that takes place between the end of May and beginning of June. The first edition took place in 2001 in Poble Espanyol and moved to the Parc del Fòrum, a much larger site on the seafront, in 2005. The nature of the festival (urban and an integrated part of the city) and the wide range of bands represented have made Primavera Sound a meeting point for artists and spectators from all generations. Primavera Sound is one of the largest and most-attended music festivals in Europe and the biggest in the Mediterranean.
|Dates||Late May-early June|
|Coordinates||41°24′38″N 2°13′35″E 41.410666, 2.226342|
|Years active||2001—2019; 2022|
|Founded by||Pablo Soler|
The success of the festival led to an expansion to Porto in 2012. This one takes place at the Parque da Cidade a week after the main edition. In 2022, the festival hosted its first editions in Los Angeles, Santiago de Chile, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. The 2023 edition will be the first to feature a nearly identical lineup in Madrid. A much smaller version of the festival, Primavera Weekender, has been taking place in Benidorm each November since 2019.
The festival's image was originally oriented around indie rock, but in recent years has seen a larger presence of genres such as hip hop, electronic dance music and pop. In contrast to most other European festivals, traditionally the first bands go on at 4:00 pm, the headliners begin at midnight, and the latest acts play until 6:00 a.m.
The artists who have headlined the main Primavera Sound edition in Barcelona multiple times are Pulp, Sonic Youth, Mogwai, Wilco, Spiritualized, Yo La Tengo, Pixies, PJ Harvey, The Flaming Lips, Belle and Sebastian, My Bloody Valentine, Aphex Twin, The National, Patti Smith, Interpol, The xx, Arcade Fire, Björk, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Pavement, Tame Impala, The Strokes, Lorde, Phoenix, Blur, New Order, Kendrick Lamar and Rosalía.
At every edition the event has grown both in terms of numbers and in terms of media exposure: press, radio and television both nationally and internationally. Its first edition in 2001 closed with an attendance of 8,000 people, an audience that by the latest edition in 2022 had become 500,000.