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Discover life in Barcelona at one of Europe’s largest summer music festivals.
Cool people, cool music, hot sun, sea. That is the menu that Primavera Sound is famous for offering up.
More than 190,000 revelers who had one of the hottest festival tickets in the world were not disappointed as the first major summer music event of 2017 kicked off in style.
While many enjoyed all the expected delights available to them, there was still room for a number of surprises.
The first of which occurred on Thursday night.
A whisper circled the air that Arcade Fire might be playing a surprise and unexpected warm-up gig after an eagle-eyed fan spotted their equipment on a 360 degree cordoned off stage.
The hype was real and on the day they released their new album, they started entertaining shortly after 8.30pm. You’d think the beer had run out on one side of Parc del Forum such was the stampede of people running from one end to the other in a bid to catch a glimpse of the Canadian giants.
This isn’t any normal festival though. For starters, there is a lifeguard station, you can buy earplugs, a children’s play area is available, and multiple mobile phone recharge points are at work throughout the night.
For 17-and-a-half hours from 12midday until 5.30 the next morning, live acts are performing. The party doesn’t stop there though. If you walk along the beach before breakfast you will find crowds of people still drinking and reliving last nights highlights before queuing up to get back in and do it all over again.
Founder Pablo Soler describes Parc del Forum as a ‘very unique place’ and credits the success of the event is due to ‘taking chances and staying away from trends which people might predict’.
The festival does not depend on headline acts or commercially successful artists, although it has its fair share of those to call upon.
Hall of famer Van Morrison wowed the crowd on Saturday, but several grassroots artists just starting out their journey in the industry received similar warmth and respect from the audience.
Crowd-surfing is a regular occurrence and walking between stages, in which you need to be on your toes to avoid people driving around in electric cars, scooters, buggies and bikes, you are likely to witness random scenes such as a naked Mac DeMarco standing and singing on a speaker, or fans chanting ‘fat baby’ to Australian artist Gordi.
People come for the vibe and atmosphere. The fan-friendly nature displayed no more than on the final evening with a giant screen showing the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Juventus for those who wanted to combine two passions.
You get the sense that what people enjoy most from Primavera Sound is not the fresh sea air, not the mixture of music on every stage, nor having a giggle at people trying desperately hard to walk in a straight line after 7pm, but the joy, excitement and fun at every corner. For three days in the Catalan sunshine, people form their own community, with memories carved that will last a lifetime.
Catch up on your favorite Primavera Sound acts on Red Bull TV HERE.