"La Truita" by Barcelona's Aias, who will perform at this year's Primavera SoundSure, it's all the way over in Spain, but Primavera Sound is well worth the trip! The mind-blowing lineup for their upcoming 11th annual music festival in Barcelona the last weekend in May was announced today. I have yet to attend but have many friends from WFMU who have over the past two years to broadcast from various stages and also hang out. They say that it is one of the best festivals ever, with an excellent mix of acts from all over (including lots from the US), and in the perfect location.
Barcelona is an incredible city to visit and of course if you travel that far you probably would plan extra days/weeks to travel round other parts of Spain, nearby France, and/or other European destinations. But more importantly, the music festival itself is excellent because the Primavera Sound bookers have impeccable taste and a knack for booking headliners that are both rising new talents and established (but still cool) performers.
Additionally, as WFMU's Jason Sigal, who also works on the FMA (Free Music Archive) noted, they have a great ear towards the music scene in Spain, like the hometown female trio Aias who sing in Catalán and, according to Sigal, "were inspired to form a band after seeing the Vivian Girls at Primavera Sound a couple years back." Their latest video from a couple of months ago is above.
Perhaps the only problem with Primavera Sound, as is the case with Coachella and other big festivals, is that there is just too much good stuff happening simultaneously over the 3 day festival. This year's long lineup (approx 150 acts), which you can see in full on the official Primavera Sound website, includes John Cale & Band, James Blake, Gang Gang Dance, Belle & Sebastian, Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Sonny & The Sunsets, John Talabot, Arto Lindsay, Battles, Caribou, Einstürzende Neubauten, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Simian Mobile Disco, PJ Harvey, Triángulo De Amor Bizarro, La Célula Durmiente, Pulp (UK), Rubik, Grinderman, Pere Ubu (playing "The Annotated Modern Dance"), Of Montreal, La Célula Durmiente, The Flaming Lips, Las Robertas, M. Ward, and Girl Talk.
Primarvera Sound 2011 happens on May 26, 27, & 28 in Barcelona. Full lineup and details here.