For more than sixteen years now Primavera Sound has been consistently offering successful musical events. The Barcelona-based music promotion company has, since its modest beginnings, developed a strong commitment to music so that spectators from different generations can enjoy the experience of live music to the full. This is clearly reflected in the innovative quality of its events, that exude coherence, eclecticism and the love of risk taking and are characterised by its unmistakeable artistic line strongly influenced by rock, pop and the most underground tendencies of dance music.
Its festival Primavera Sound, that has taken place in Barcelona since 2001, has consolidated itself as a model reference for urban festivals that is internationally considered as an unmissable musical event. Pixies, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sonic Youth, Portishead, Radiohead, Pet Shop Boys, Pavement, Echo & The Bunnymen, Lou Reed, My Bloody Valentine, Brian Wilson, Pulp, Patti Smith, James Blake, The National, Cat Power, Public Enemy, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, Television, Devo, Enrique Morente, The White Stripes, LCD Soundsystem, Tindersticks, PJ Harvey, Shellac, Dinosaur Jr., New Order, Fuck Buttons, Swans, Melvins, Psychic TV, Spiritualized, The Cure, Bon Iver, La Buena Vida, Death Cab For Cutie, Iggy & The Stooges, De La Soul, Marianne Faithfull, Mazzy Star, Blur, Wu-Tang Clan, Phoenix, The Jesus and Mary Chain o Tame Impala, are just a few of the many artists who have played on the stages of the festival to this day.
Moreover, during this time, in parallel to the main Barcelona event, Primavera Pro has also taken off. An international meeting aimed at professionals from the music industry that since its first edition in 2010 has become an international reference for independent music. Its programme comprises talks, conferences, workshops, showcases, meetings, etc. that take place during the day at the Day Pro Conference and at night in the exclusive Night Pro area, on the Parc del Fòrum site, where its own stage hosts concerts by newcomer bands from the participating countries.
NOS Primavera Sound, Primavera Sound's Portuguese counterpart, has taken place in the city of Oporto since 2012 and grown steadily thus consolidating the expansion of the Primavera spirit beyond our borders. The festival takes place a week after the Barcelona edition and artists such as Antony and the Johnsons, Interpol, FKA Twigs, Death Cab for Cutie, Patti Smith, The National, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Slowdive, Suede, The Flaming Lips, Rufus Wainwright, Wilco, Beach House, Yo La Tengo, Blur, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, James Blake, PJ Harvey, Sigur Rós o Daniel Johnston have already played on the stages of Parque da Cidade.
As well as its festivals, Primavera Sound is also behind other big events such as Primavera Club, an indoor festival that takes place every autumn in different venues around Barcelona and offers the occasion to discover many national and international artists that represent what the organisers see as the immediate future of the music scene.
The Barcelona company also organises numerous tours all year round in Spain amongst which Bonnie Prince Billy, Apparat, Explosions In The Sky, Deerhunter, of Montreal, Battles, The xx, Beach House, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Tame Impala, Royal Blood, Sufjan Stevens, Chvrches, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Nicolas Jaar, James Blake, Tycho, Teho Teardo & Blixa Bargeld o Mac DeMarco, to name but a few stand out.
El Segell del Primavera joined the multidisciplinary proposals of Primavera Sound in 2013, proof of its obvious growth and total commitment to quality music and to the international projection of national bands. The label has around 15 artists and bands associated with it and has already released over twenty records.
Also in 2013, with a view to strengthening the festival's association with the city of Barcelona, La Botiga del Primavera Sound opened in the historic Born district. In this shop vinyl lovers can find a choice selection of local, national and international references as well as books, music DVDs, gadgets, gifts and merchandising. And during the weekend the shop backs the local music scene and the most underground of talents- that sometimes come from the other side of the country or from abroad- by hosting concerts and DJ sessions.