Courtesy of Red Bull Newsroom
All you need to know about the 17th edition of Barcelona’s music festival.
The start of the European summer music festival season is marked each year by Primavera Sound, Spain’s popular event by the Mediterranean Sea.
This year sees the likes of Mac DeMarco, Run the Jewels, Local Natives and Whitney line up for the thousands of adoring fans making the trip to Barcelona and the Parc del Fòrum.
With the 17th edition already underway, here are some fun facts and figures you need to know about this musical sensation as it builds up to an electric weekend…
– If you were hardcore enough, you could watch live music from 12midday to 05.30am the following morning. That’s 17-and-a-half hours straight. And you could do it for three full days.
– More than 150 acts will be taking to one of the various stages.
– Last year 207,435 fans from all around the world walked through the gates, with a similar number expected in 2017.
– The festival started in 2001, at the Poble Espanyol venue with six stages, 19 artists and 7700 fans. It moved to its current home at the Parc del Fòrum in 2005, and has been growing ever since.
– The venue is roughly measured at 187,000m2. That is 46 acres. In simpler language, big enough for around 30 soccer pitches and 500 tennis courts.
– 13 is an unlucky number for some, but that is precisely how many stages are on offer at Primavera Sound.
– The names of the stages are Heineken, Mango, Auditori Rockdelux, Primavera, Mango House, Ray-Ban, Pitchfork, Bacardi Live, Firestone Stage, Nightpro, Desperados club featuring Bowers & Wilkins Sound System, adidas Originals and Heineken hidden stage.
– Amongst the previous legends to have graced the stage are: The Cure, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, New Order, The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, The Pet Shop Boys, Neil Young and Lou Reed.
– The longest concert ever given at Primavera Sound was by The Cure at three hours!
– The youngest ever artist was seven-year-old Candela Y Los Supremos in 2011 with the oldest being 90-year-old Marshall Allen in 2014.
– The first ever musician to play at Primavera Sound was Spanish artist Sr. Chinarro in 2001.
– In 2017, American band Shellac will make their 11th appearance, a record!
– Primavera Sound has a baby sibling. NOS Primavera Sound is the Portuguese counterpart, and has taken place since 2012 in Oporto
Watch Primavera Sound live on Red Bull TV HERE.