Primavera Sound 2023

Student Music Network Preview: by Lola Schroer

Primavera Sound is lauded by many as Europe’s hottest festival. With the opportunity to see Kendrick Lamar and Depeche Mode in the same night, it is easy to see why it has been given this title; and that’s not even considering the great weather, food and environment! 

Whilst thousands will be getting ready to hear Humble by the beach or feast their eyes on Fred Again, Four Tet and Skrillex aka the team up of the 21st century, my personal pick would be fulfilling a near decade ambition of seeing America’s super duo NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) live on 1ST June in Barcelona. They have been teasing a new album for the last three years, Yes Lawd- a cult favourite- was released in 2016. This Primavera Sound performance should be more than enough to satisfy new and old fans, whilst creating a noticeable buzz online for new music. Where I go ft H.E.R has been their latest offering. Therefore, we can expect a set full of 19 track Yes Lawd favourites, including Suede and bedroom joint Lyk Dis. Knxwledge’s provision of the Gil Scott Heron’s sample on Suede is sure to get the sun- kissed crowd moving and if we are lucky, born entertainer Anderson .Paak will whip out his Silk Sonic wig for a comedic touch.

Our Student Music Network eyes will be especially peeled on present and past Class Of members Holly Humberstone, Anish Kumar, Alissic and the Brit/Mercury award winning Arlo Parks. Their evolution from the pages of SMN’s Class Of mag to the ‘Mother of All Lineups’ shows not only our good taste but also a real sense of the graft they have put in to belong on these kinds of stages. 

This year marks a really special Primavera Sound, as the festival will take place in both Barcelona, and Madrid. The festival has coined a classic Velvet Underground piece of imagery with the tagline "I'll be your mirror" reflecting two massive weekends across sunny Spain.

Over 200 artists including headliners Rosalia and Blur, 2 cities and a gender-balanced line-up that should be applauded…Primavera Sound is certainly maintaining their chic and inclusive appeal.

There's a couple of exclusives to mention which might help you make the difficult decision of which city to punt for. Barcelona gets exclusive sets from metal heavyweights Ghost and iconic songwriters Sparks. Whilst Madrid gets enormous returns from both Le Tigre and The Mars Volta.

If you'd like to purchase tickets, head over to the Primavera Website where you can also see line-ups for Porto, Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo. They may have different line-ups but you're guaranteed it'll be sunny wherever you decide to go!

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