Last Wednesday, Primavera Sound 2014 started with rain-dodging pre-festival parties all over the city. But Thursday came sunny, as thousands of people from all over Europe arrived to the festival to start to celebrate its fourteenth edition. The late afternoon started with classic icons like Julien Cope, followed by Midlake, Warpaint, Charles Bradley, Queens Of The Stone Age, St. Vincent, Bo Ningen, Arcade Fire and Moderat, and many more that we couldn’t check out because, well, you try making back and forth between all those stages. Whew, this festival is a big one!
Friday afternoon started with a Yamantaka // Sonic Titan show, then a heavy rain storm came back right before the John Grant set, everybody running around to hide somewhere. But then the sky cleared up and Haim bounded onto the stage, followed through the night by Slint, Slowdive, the Pixies and The National.
Saturday afternoon came too soon, the last day of the fest, and with it came that sudden sad feeling. But a great lineup erased all that with standout sets from Islands, Television (performing Marquee Moon), Dum Dum Girls and Caetano Veloso (who seemed to be especially, excitedly welcomed by the crowd). The Ray Ban stage was absolutely packed, with Courtney Barnett and La Sera who played two sets at the festival, including an “unplugged” one that was nonetheless pretty plugged. Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Connan Mockasin and Kendrick Lamar (whose crowd was the craziest of the fest) really excelled. Nine Inch Nails stormed the Sony Stage, while Foals stomped on the Heineken Stage. The ATP stage offered Mogwai and Cut Copy who closed the fest with their glorious neo-hippie danceathon for anyone who had any gas left in their tank. Good night until next year, Primavera Sound.
Photos by Adela Loconte.