Primavera Sound 2016 Preview

One of the biggest – and most advanced – music festivals out there, Primavera Sound, returns to Barcelona, stretching all week from Monday, May 30th to Sunday, June 5th....
Primavera Sound 2016 Preview

Primavera Sound 2016 Preview

One of the biggest – and most advanced – music festivals out there, Primavera Sound, returns to Barcelona, stretching all week from Monday, May 30th to Sunday, June 5th.



Apolo Venue

Psychic TV, 22:00 – 23:00

English experimental video art & music collective Psychic TV comes back to Primavera Sound.


Mar Otra Vez, 20:50 – 21:40
Psychic TV




Apolo Venue

Deradoorian, 22:00 – 23:00

SG Lewis, 21:00 – 21:40

CARLA, 20:00 – 20:40


La [2] de Apolo

Rss Boys, 23:00 – 23:45

Merkabah, 22:00 – 22:45

Noga Erez, 21:00 – 21:45
Rss Boys




Parc del Fórum

Suede, 22:00 – 23:30

Nineties Britpop had, at its front, Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Suede, whose 1992 self-titled debut broke record sales speeds, while follow-up Dog Man Star showed them stepping out into their own. More success followed in the nineties, but as the twenty-first century dawned, time seemed to have past the band by, bringing about a hiatus. Yet Suede have returned in force in this decade, most recently with this year’s Night Thoughts.

In addition to their regular gig at Primavera Sound, they also headline the special free Wednesday night at Parc del Fórum.
Goat, 20:30 – 21:30

Fusing alternative, experimental, and world music is Sweden’s Goat, who’ve of course been getting critical acclaim already.


Sr. Chinarro, 19:00 – 20:00

El Último Vecino, 18:00 – 18:35

Doble Pietina, 17:00 – 17:35



Bearoid, 15:10 – 15:40

Esperit!, 14:20 – 14:50

CARLA, 13:30 – 14:00

Planeta No, 12:40 – 13:10

Núria Graham, 11:30 – 12:00


Apolo Venue

Optimo (Espacio), 03:15 – 05:00

Suuns, 02:00 – 03:00

Montreal’s Suuns (QRO photos) are a post-industrial group (QRO photos at a festival) out this year with Hold/Still. They return to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at Primavera Sound ’11), playing it twice.
White Fence, 00:40 – 01:40

The more psychedelic-pop White Fence (QRO photos at a festival) teamed up in 2012 with fellow Primavera ’16 performer Ty Segall (see below) for Hair, and now he comes to play twice at Primavera Sound.


Stara Rzeka, 23:50 – 00:20

White Fence

La [2] de Apolo

Barry Hogan, 02:00 – 05:00

The founder of All Tomorrow’s Parties (QRO photos from ATP), Barry Hogan, spins to close out La [2] de Apolo.
Barry Hogan (ATP)
Younghusband, 01:00 – 01:45

The London quartet Younghusband (QRO photos at a festival) is touring last year’s Dissolver, a step beyond in their melodic and dreamy catalogue.


Mueran Humanos, 00:00 – 00:45



Daniel Gon, 02:00 – 03:00

Jessy Lanza, 01:00 – 02:00QRO photos

Empress Of, 23:50 – 00:40QRO photos

Daniel Gon, 22:00 – 23:45
Jessy Lanza

Empress Of




Ray-Ban Unplugged Stage

Jessy Lanza, 22:30 – 23:05QRO photos

El Último Vecino, 21:00 – 21:35

Gang of Youths, 19:30 – 20:05

White Reaper, 18:00 – 18:35QRO photos

Jessy Lanza

Firestone Stage

Beach Slang, 16:25 – 16:55

Philly punks Beach Slang put just the right amount of emotion into the rock of their debut, last fall’s The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (QRO review). They play twice at Primavera Sound ’16.

Beach Slang

Heineken Stage

LCD Soundsystem, 01:10 – 02:45

When the indie kids started using synthesizers, it began with LCD Soundsystem (QRO live review). As essential a starting point for twenty-first century music as The Strokes (and with a much better legacy), the outfit around James Murphy (QRO DJ photos) taught hipsters to dance – and hit single “Daft Punk Is Playing At My House” introduced the helmeted ones to Americans. Their 2005 self-titled debut full-length is as seminal an album this century as anything, with strong follow-ups in 2007’s Sound of Silver (QRO review) and 2010’s This Is Happening (QRO review). Eventually, the band got so big that Murphy had to call it quits on the whole thing (to focus on running DFA Records), but not before an epic run of goodbye shows in New York (QRO photos).

But as sure as people asking what time Daft Punk goes on, we all knew the Soundsystem (QRO photos at a festival) would be back, and after much rumors & hype, this year they have returned – and return to Primavera Sound.
LCD Soundsystem
Explosions In the Sky, 22:20 – 23:20

There might not be a more important or beloved post-rock band that Explosions In the Sky (QRO photos at a festival). The Austin band (QRO photos at an Austin festival) basically introduced the epic, vocal-less concept that is ‘post-rock’ (QRO photos outdoors) into both the indie-sphere (QRO photos at a festival) and the wider world (QRO photos at a European festival) – and providing the theme song to Friday Night Lights – (QRO soundtrack review). They even made the Top Twenty on the Billboard charts with 2011’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (QRO review), and come back to Primavera Sound behind the follow-up, this year’s The Wilderness.
Explosions In the Sky
Daughter, 20:00 – 21:00

North London’s Elena Tonra + Swiss-born Igor Haefelli & France’s Remi Aguilella = indie-folk Daughter (QRO photos).


Algiers, 18:00 – 18:45


H&M Stage

Tame Impala, 23:30 – 01:00

From Perth (QRO photos at a home) in Western Australia (QRO photos at a hometown festival), comes the psychedelic rock of Tame Impala (QRO live review), touring off of 2011’s Innerspeaker (QRO review) & 2012’s Lonerism, whose critical acclaim has won them fans across the world (QRO photos at a festival), and a spot back at Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival).
Tame Impala
Air, 21:10 – 22:10

As essential and enjoyable as Daft Punk or Phoenix, another great artist from Versailles is Air (QRO photos), whose graceful electronica has graced everything from albums such as Pocket Symphony (QRO review) and Le Voyage Dans le Lune (QRO review) to Sofia Coppola soundtracks to novels to museums and more.


The James Hunter Six, 18:55 – 19:50


Primavera Stage

Thee Oh Sees, 01:50 – 02:45

Hailing from The O.C. (the name was original ‘Orange County Sound’, then ‘OCS’, then – well, you get the idea…), John Dwyer formed Thee Oh Sees (QRO photos at a festival) to put out his experimental, instrumental home recordings, but over seven records has morphed into a full band and a wild live show (QRO photos at a festival). Thee Oh Sees come to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Mutilator Defeated At Last.
Thee Oh Sees
John Carpenter, 23:50 – 00:50

Seminal cult classic horror/sci-fi director John Carpenter (Halloween, Escape From New York) has long composed his own music for his films, and last year put out his first studio album, Lost Themes.
John Carpenter
Suuns, 21:35 – 22:30

Montreal’s Suuns (QRO photos) are a post-industrial group (QRO photos at a festival) out this year with Hold/Still. They return to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at Primavera Sound ’11), playing it twice.
BEAK>, 19:30 – 20:20

Portishead’s (QRO photos at a festival) Geoff Barrow formed side project BEAK> in 2009 (QRO photos at same festival), which also has featured female vocals from Anika.


Mueran Humanos, 17:40 – 18:25


Ray-Ban Stage

Optimo (Espacio), 04:00 – 06:00

Battles, 02:50 – 03:50

Most instrumental-only acts are, frankly, boring to watch live. But there are a few exceptions to the rule, such as Explosions In the Sky (see above) and New York’s own Battles (QRO live review). Though they lost Tyondai Braxton (QRO photos with him), the band is still ultra-exciting to see on stage (QRO photos outdoors), even at a festival (QRO photos at a festival), as they come back to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival) for a second time in a row.
Mbongwana Star, 00:55 – 01:45

Even among the diverse acts of Primavera Sound, Mbongwana Star stand out. Hailing from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, they’re fronted by wheelchair-bound childhood polio sufferers.
Mbongwana Star
Floating Points, 22:40 – 23:40

Electronic musician & neuroscientist Sam Shepard plays twice at Primavera Sound as Floating Points.
Floating Points
Destroyer, 20:30 – 21:25

In the western Canadian super-group The New Pornographers (QRO live review), Dan Bejar (QRO photos at a festival) has been called ‘their George Harrison’, thanks to his stripped, skilled alt-folk work in his own outfit, Destroyer (QRO photos in Europe), most recently with last year’s Poison Season, the follow-up to 2011 full-length Kaputt (QRO review).
Cass McCombs, 18:30 – 19:20

Alt-musician Cass McCombs (QRO photos outdoors) defies easy categorization, and plays three times at Primavera ’16.


Autumn Comets, 17:00 – 17:35

Cass McCombs

Pitchfork Stage

Hudson Mohawke, 04:10 – 05:45

Glasgow’s turntablist Ross Birchard, a.k.a. Hudson Mohawke, managed to get signed to acclaimed U.K. electronic imprint Warp despite few actual releases, but delivered in 2009’s Butler and a few EPs before also getting signed to Kanye West’s own GOOD Music after working some collaborations with West.
Hudson Mohawke
Neon Indian, 02:45 – 04:00

Alan Palomo worked solo as VEGA (QRO photos at a festival) and recruited a live band as Neon Indian (QRO photos at the same festival), where he’s far stronger (QRO photos with his band), especially outdoors (QRO photos outdoors with band) & at a festival (QRO photos at a festival with band). He comes to Primavera Sound (QRO photos) after last year’s release of VEGA INTL. Night School, his latest since 2011’s Era Extraña, and after touring colleges (QRO live review), museums (QRO photos), Down Under (QRO live review), and more (QRO photos).
Neon Indian
Beach Slang, 01:15 – 02:15

Philly punks Beach Slang put just the right amount of emotion into the rock of their debut, last fall’s The Things We Do To Find People Who Feel Like Us (QRO review). They play twice at Primavera Sound ’16.
Beach Slang
Protomartyr, 23:45 – 00:45

Detroit post-punk outfit (QRO photos) have earned tons of praise off of last year’s The Agent Intellect.
Vince Staples, 22:10 – 23:10

While Primavera Sound isn’t as heavy on the hip-hop as American festivals, it did a choice lyricist in Vince Staples (QRO photos at a festival). The Long Beach native first came up with others, such as in the group Cutthroat Boyz and in association with Odd Future (QRO live review), but has since made a name all his own (QRO photos at a festival).
Vince Staples

Empress Of, 20:25 – 21:25QRO photos

Car Seat Headrest, 19:00 – 20:00QRO photos at a festival

Nothing Places, 17:30 – 18:25

Empress Of

Adidas Originals Stage

White Reaper, 04:05 – 05:00QRO photos

Fasenuova, 02:20 – 03:20

Holögrama, 00:50 – 01:50

Har Mar Superstar, 23:10 – 00:10QRO photos at a festival

A.R. Kane, 21:30 – 22:25

C+C=Maxigross, 20:05 – 21:00

Julien Baker, 18:40 – 19:30

Alberto Monter, 17:30 – 18:10

White Reaper

Har Mar Superstar

Nightpro Stage

Jay Cubed, 04:00 – 04:40

Moonchild Sanelly, 03:00 – 03:40

Gang of Youths, 02:00 – 02:40

Jack Carty, 01:00 – 01:40

Inky, 00:00 – 00:40

DTSQ, 23:00 – 23:40

Dead Buttons, 22:00 – 22:40

Wedance, 21:00 – 21:40

O Terno, 20:00 – 20:40

Tiny Fingers, 19:00 – 19:40

Cut Out Club, 18:00 – 18:40

Noga Erez, 17:00 – 17:40

Jay Cubed

Gang of Youths

Auditori Rockdelux

Kamasi Washington, 21:00 – 22:00

Acclaimed saxophonist Kamasi Washington brings a modern air to the jazz instrument.
Kamasi Washington
Suede, 19:30 – 20:30

Nineties Britpop had, at its front, Blur, Oasis, Pulp, and Suede, whose 1992 self-titled debut broke record sales speeds, while follow-up Dog Man Star showed them stepping out into their own. More success followed in the nineties, but as the twenty-first century dawned, time seemed to have past the band by, bringing about a hiatus. Yet Suede have returned in force in this decade, most recently with this year’s Night Thoughts, which they play in full at Primavera Sound (as well as an early gig on Wednesday night).


Andy Shauf, 17:30 – 18:30

Alessandro Cortini, 16:00 – 17:00


Heineken Hidden Stage

Peaches, 20:30 – 21:30

‘Sexually explicit’ doesn’t begin to cover the gender-bending extravagance of Peaches (QRO photos), from albums like Fatherfucker, Impeach My Bush, I Feel Cream, and this year’s Rub, to her backing band, The Herms (short for hermaphrodites); her stage show – including attire – is even more extreme (QRO live review).
Lee Ranaldo & El Rayo, 18:00 – 18:45

Widely regarded as one of, if not the greatest guitarist in indie-rock, Lee Ranaldo (QRO photos at a festival) has been perhaps the greatest member of one of, if not the great bands in indie-rock, Sonic Youth (QRO live review). From the group’s start in New York’s no-wave sub-culture in the early eighties, late eighties acclaim on Daydream Nation (QRO live review), through grunge-era breakthrough a decade later, from their wildly experimental outings, like 2012’s soundtrack to the film Simon Werner a Disparu (QRO soundtrack review), to 2009’s last studio record, The Eternal (QRO review), Ranaldo has been maestro of Sonic Youth.

In 2011, Youth singer/guitarist Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon announced they were divorcing after twenty-seven years of marriage, and Sonic Youth’s future remains uncertain, with no new material or concerts planned – but Ranaldo (QRO photos at a festival) hasn’t stayed still, releasing his latest solo record, Last Night on Earth, in 2013.

He comes back to Primavera Sound, this time with El Rayo.

Lee Ranaldo

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System

Helena Hauff, 03:30 – 05:30

Powell, 02:30 – 03:30

Architectural, 01:00 – 02:30

Broken English Club, 00:00 – 01:00

Eduardo de la Calle, 22:30 – 00:00

Pina, 21:45 – 22:30

Raudive, 20:45 – 21:45

Klavikon, 20:00 – 20:45

Har Mar Superstar (DJ set), 18:30 – 20:00

Jessy Lanza, 17:00 – 18:30QRO photos

Todd Terje, 16:00 – 17:00

Erol Alkan, 14:00 – 16:00

Floating Points, 13:00 – 14:00

Rory Phillips, 12:00 – 13:00

Har Mar Superstar

Jessy Lanza

Floating Points


Money For Rope, 17:40 – 18:10

The Meanies, 16:50 – 17:20

Methyl Ethel, 16:00 – 16:30

Gang of Youths, 15:10 – 15:40

Oh Pep!, 14:20 – 14:50

Jack Carty, 13:30 – 14:00

Tiny Fingers, 12:40 – 13:10

Cut Out Club, 11:50 – 12:20

Noga Erez, 11:00 – 11:30
The Meanies

Methyl Ethel

Gang of Youths




Ray-Ban Unplugged Stage

Chicago Toys, 22:30 – 23:05

Aliment, 21:00 – 21:35

Jack Carty, 19:30 – 20:05

Bearoid, 18:00 – 18:35


Firestone Stage

Shura, 16:25 – 16:55


Heineken Stage

Beach House, 02:00 – 03:00

The guitar-and-keys pair of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally (QRO photos at a festival) may hail from Baltimore, but there’s a Francophile expanse to Beach House (QRO photos). 2008’s Devotion (QRO review) earned them many fans that felt that way (QRO live review), and 2010’s Teen Dream (QRO review) was shortlisted for ‘albums of the year’. In 2012 they came out with Bloom (QRO review), and they’ve since been working the festivals, coming back to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival). And the sweet sounds work in the bright sunlight (QRO photos outdoors) or the dark of the evening (QRO photos at a festival). And last year the band (QRO photos) released not one, but two new full-lengths, Depression Cherry (QRO review) and Thank Your Lucky Stars (QRO review).
Beach House
Radiohead, 22:15 – 00:15

You know Radiohead (QRO live review), or at least you think you do. Though they had an early MTV nineties hit with “Creep”, the group evolved into something much, much more with records like The Bends, OK Computer, and Kid A, along the way becoming the biggest alternative music band in the world (QRO live review on Austin City Limits).

In 2007 they reinvented the music business with the ‘pay-what-you-want’ download of In Rainbows (QRO review), following that up with The King of Limbs in 2011 (QRO review), while members Thom Yorke (QRO solo album review), Jonny Greenwood (QRO solo soundtrack review), Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, and Philip Selway (QRO solo album review) all were also free to do their own things. Just earlier this month, the group (QRO photos at a festival) surprised their fans with the new A Moon Shaped Pool (QRO review).
Savages, 20:00 – 20:50

2013 saw London quartet Savages (QRO photos) break out in a major way with Silence Yourself (QRO review). They come back to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival?) ready to deliver their thrilling live experience of post-punk and noise, behind this year’s Adore Life (QRO review).


H&M Stage

The Last Shadow Puppets, 00:25 – 01:55

Arctic Monkeys (QRO live review) frontman Alex Turner + U.K.’s Miles Kane + Simian Mobile Disco’s (QRO live review) James Ford + Mini Mansions’ (QRO photos) Zach Dawes = supergroup The Last Shadow Puppets (QRO interview). They come to Primavera Sound (QRO photos) behind their second record, Everything You’ve Come To Expect, which is anything but.
The Last Shadow Puppets
Beirut, 21:00 – 22:00

While Zach Condon began his instrumental outfit Beirut (QRO photos at a festival) as a solo project (QRO photos at a festival), he’s since developed it into a full band (QRO photos at a festival), featuring just about every instrument you’ve ever heard of (QRO photos at a festival), most recently on last year’s No No No and 2011’s The Rip Tide (QRO review). He comes to this Mediterranean city festival for a second time.
Titus Andronicus, 19:05 – 19:50

Straight outta Jersey comes Garden State pridesters (QRO live review in New Jersey) Titus Andronicus (QRO photos at a festival), who were hitting all fifty hard (QRO photos out-of-state) even before (QRO photos at a festival) the release of their Civil War-inspired The Monitor (QRO review) – though 2012 Local Business (QRO review) was a big of a retread. But they’re not afraid of playing in New York or outdoors (QRO live review outdoors). They come to Primavera Sound behind last year’s 28-track opus The Most Lamentable Tragedy.


Dungen, 18:00 – 18:40

Titus Andronicus

Primavera Stage

Kiasmos, 01:45 – 02:40

Tortoise, 23:25 – 00:25

Mixing post-rock modernism with jazz and electronica, Tortoise (QRO live review) are part of Chicago’s large instrumentalist community (such as labelmates The Sea and Cake – QRO live review – with whom they share drummer John McEntire). At once experimental and yet relaxed, they’re sort of a twenty-first century version of progressive rock.
Freddie Gibbs, 21:20 – 22:10

Originally from Gary, Indiana (QRO photos in Middle America – hey, that’s the same hometown as the Jackson clan…), Freddie Gibbs (QRO photos at an NYC festival) has been compared to none other than Tupac Shakur – and even got shot at outside of Rough Trade NYC (QRO venue review) to boot!
Freddie Gibbs

Neil Michael Hagerty & The Howling Hex, 19:20 – 20:10

White Fence, 17:40 – 18:25QRO photos at a festival

White Fence

Ray-Ban Stage

Maceo Plex, 04:00 – 06:00

Ibiza regular Eric Estornel, a.k.a. Maceo Plex, closes out this night at the Ray-Ban Stage (and later at Primavera goes b2b with Maars).
Maceo Plex
The Avalanches, 02:50 – 03:50

Australia’s electronic plunderphonic group The Avalanches had a hit with debut Since I Left You in 2000, and we’re still waiting for the follow-up. They play twice at Primavera Sound ’16.
The Avalanches
Animal Collective, 00:35 – 01:35

Amongst the main highly praised experimental acts at Primavera, none is more highly praised or as experimental as Animal Collective (QRO photos at a festival). 2009’s Merriweather Post Pavilion (QRO review) got the kind of praise that makes one sick of a band (though it was certainly an improvement on their prior release, Strawberry Jam), and though 2012’s Centipede Hz was called a bit of a repeat by some (QRO review), this year’s Painting With (QRO review) is a revived stance. By this time, the electronics-and-more collective is commonplace, but this Baltimore outfit (QRO photos) still rule the roost (QRO live review). Like a lot of electronica, however, they do struggle live outdoors (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), but should do better at night (QRO photos at a festival in the evening). They play Primavera for a fourth time.
Animal Collective
Dinosaur Jr., 22:15 – 23:15

Back & better than ever is Dinosaur Jr. (QRO photos at a festival)! In the late eighties and early nineties, one of the biggest & best bands in the punk-grunge revolution was Dinosaur Jr. (QRO live review), combining a hippie-punk ethos (and artwork) with feedback-driven guitar from the legendary J Mascis (QRO solo album review). The trio (QRO live review) was also characterized by Mascis’ controlling tendencies, leading to the departure first of bassist Lou Barlow (QRO solo album review) for his Sebadoh (QRO live review) and eventually even beloved drummer Murph (QRO photos at a festival without Murph), with Mascis retiring the ‘Dinosaur Jr.’ moniker in 1997.

But then the band reunited (QRO live review outdoors) – with original line-up! – to tour their re-release of old, Barlow-era records (QRO photos at a festival in St. LOUis). And they kept going (QRO photos at a festival), putting out three new records that are some of their best yet, Beyond (QRO review), Farm (QRO review), and I Bet On Sky (QRO review) – with more to come (QRO live review playing new material). So revel in the glory (QRO photos at a festival) that is Dinosaur Jr. (QRO photos), who know how to play festivals (QRO photos at a festival) – but bring your earplugs, because J’s ‘circle of amps’ is a force to be reckoned with (QRO photos at a festival), as they return to Primavera Sound.


Selda Bagan & Boom Pam, 20:15 – 21:15

Ben Watt Band feat. Bernard Butler, 18:30 – 19:15

Inspira, 17:00 – 17:35

Dinosaur Jr.

Ben Watt

Pitchfork Stage

DJ Koze, 04:00 – 06:00

EVIAN CHRIST, 02:30 – 03:50

Holly Herndon, 01:00 – 02:00

Royal Headache, 23:35 – 00:30

Jay Rock, 22:15 – 23:10

NAO, 20:30 – 21:30

Moses Sumney, 19:00 – 20:00

Aliment, 17:30 – 18:25


Adidas Originals Stage

Sheer Mag, 03:50 – 04:50QRO photos at a festival

Shura, 02:05 – 03:05

Tangana, 00:40 – 01:35

Shellac, 23:15 – 00:15QRO photos at Primavera ’11

Cavern of Anti-Matter, 21:35 – 22:35

Steve Gunn, 20:05 – 21:05

Alex G, 18:55 – 19:40QRO photos at a festival

Viva Belgrado, 17:45 – 18:30


Steve Gunn

Alex G

Nightpro Stage

Böira, 04:00 – 04:40

Altre Di B, 03:00 – 03:40

Methyl Ethel, 02:00 – 02:40

Merkabah, 01:00 – 01:40

Matilde Davoli, 00:00 – 00:40

Anam, 23:00 – 23:40

Tunacola, 22:00 – 22:40

Nuven, 21:00 – 21:40

Quarto Negro, 20:00 – 20:40

Mahmed, 19:00 – 19:40

Chicago Toys, 18:00 – 18:40

Oh Pep!, 17:00 – 17:40

Methyl Ethel

Auditori Rockdelux

Robert Forster, 20:45 – 21:45

Cabaret Voltaire, 19:15 – 20:15

Richard Dawson, 17:30 – 18:30

Lubomyr Melnyk, 16:00 – 17:00

Cabaret Voltaire

Heineken Hidden Stage

Lush, 19:30 – 20:30

The two biggest sounds in Britain in the nineties were shoegaze and Britpop, and crossing both genres were Lush. They may have disbanded before the decade closed, but have recently reunited with their first new material in twenty years, Blind Spot EP.


Los Hermanos Cubero, 17:00 – 17:45


Bowers & Wilkins Sound System

Tiger & Woods, 03:45 – 05:30

Secretive dance duo Tiger & Woods state, “We love loops.”
Tiger & Woods

The Maghreban, 02:00 – 03:45

Black Devil Disco Club, 01:00 – 02:00

Daniel Kyo, 23:30 – 01:00

SOPHIE, 22:30 – 23:30

Begun, 21:30 – 22:30

DJ Koze, 20:00 – 21:30

Black Lips (DJ set), 19:00 – 20:00QRO live review

Bradford Cox, 18:00 – 19:00QRO live review

DJ Supermarkt, 17:00 – 18:00

Maceo Plex b2b Maars, 16:00 – 17:00

Simian Mobile Disco (DJ set), 15:00 – 16:00QRO live review

Mano le Tough, 13:30 – 15:00

Scharre, 12:00 – 13:30

Black Lips

Bradford Cox

Simian Mobile Disco


C+C=Maxigross, 15:00 – 15:30

Julien Baker, 14:00 – 14:30

Cala Vento, 13:00 – 13:30

Baywaves, 12:00 – 12:30

Julien Baker

Sala Teatre

Andy Shauf, 15:30 – 16:00

Cass McCombs, 14:30 – 15:00QRO photos outdoors

Shinkiro, 13:30 – 14:00

Big Summer, 12:30 – 13:00

Cass McCombs


Jay Cubed, 17:40 – 18:10

DTSQ, 16:50 – 17:20

Dead Buttons, 16:00 – 16:30

Wedance, 15:10 – 15:40

Moonchild Sanelly, 14:20 – 14:50

Chicago Toys, 13:30 – 14:00

Tunacola, 12:40 – 13:10

Matilde Davoli, 11:50 – 12:20

Anam, 11:00 – 11:30
Jay Cubed




Ray-Ban Unplugged Stage

The Meanies, 22:30 – 23:05

Money For Rope, 21:00 – 21:35

Mueran Humanos, 19:30 – 20:05

Die Katapult, 18:00 – 18:35

The Meanies

Firestone Stage

Cass McCombs, 16:25 – 16:55

Alt-musician Cass McCombs (QRO photos outdoors) defies easy categorization, and plays three times at Primavera ’16.

Cass McCombs

Heineken Stage

Moderat, 01:40 – 03:00

Berlin’s Sascha Ring, a.k.a. Apparat (QRO live review), has already had success (including appearing at Primavera Sound in 2013 – QRO photos), but gets even better when teamed up with Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary, a.k.a. Modeselektor, as electronic super-group Moderat (QRO live review). They come to Primavera Sound (QRO live review in Europe) for a third time.
PJ Harvey, 22:35 – 23:50

Acclaimed English singer/songwriter Polly Jean ‘PJ’ Harvey (QRO photos at a festival) has been making music for over two decades now, adding more rock to sound with 2011’s Let England Shake (QRO review), but still has the unique live show (QRO photos), like at Primavera ’11 (QRO photos at a festival). She comes back to the festival with this year’s Hope Six Demolition Project.
PJ Harvey
Brian Wilson, 20:00 – 21:15

Brian Wilson (QRO photos) is arguably the greatest creator of popular music since rock found roll. Frontman for the iconic Beach Boys, he made pop hits in the sixties while innovating unorthodox composition, arrangement, and recording techniques. His pinnacle was 1966’s Pet Sounds, and his collapse making follow-up Smile is one of the seminal rock stories, overwork and the highest of follow-up pressure leading to deteriorating mental health, with which Wilson retreated from The Beach Boys.

More recently, Wilson (QRO photos) recovered and even faced down Smile, with Grammy wins for both 2004’s Brian Wilson Presents Smile and 2011’s The Smile Sessions, for a record that even unfinished was an inspiration for indie music and post-punk. For Primavera, Wilson comes playing Pet Sounds, considered one of the greatest albums ever made.
Brian Wilson
Wild Nothing, 18:00 – 18:45

Sun-soaked, fuzzy, dream pop that should go well with a sun-soaked festival. Wild Nothing (QRO live review) is Jack Tatum’s wonderful solo project (QRO live review), and with Nocturne (QRO review) and this year’s Life of Pause (QRO review), the follow-up to his wonderful first album Gemini (QRO album review), there’s sure to be plenty of new music afoot (QRO photos at a festival).

Wild Nothing

H&M Stage

Sigur Rós, 00:00 – 01:30

Hands down, Sigur Rós (QRO live review) is one of the best bands to come out of the ‘90s. Few acts have emerged from that decade and been able to maintain even a career, let alone the longevity with grace and style that has been demonstrated by these boys from Iceland (QRO photos from literally the other side of the globe from Iceland). Maybe that’s the big secret: they aren’t from America (QRO photos at a non-American festival).

Their music is the definition of beauty and 2012’s album Valtari (QRO review) was absolutely no exception. It was their first in four years, after people thought that the band was finished, the next year they had their follow-up, Kveikur (QRO review). With their share of some of the best and most affecting music of their time, and a live show fuelled by a newfound vigor, Sigur Rós (QRO photos outdoors) is set to deliver one of the best performances of the festival.
Sigur Rós
Deerhunter, 21:25 – 22:25

No one was more prolific in 2008 than Deerhunter’s singer/guitarist Bradford Cox (QRO live review), who not only put out the well-received Microcastle (QRO review), but also included a second disc of all-original bonus material, Weird Era Cont. (QRO review) – and oh, yeah, released a solo record (as Atlas Sound – QRO live review), Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel (QRO review) that beat ‘em both. And, after a hiatus & Atlas Sound’s Logos (QRO review), 2011 saw Deerhunter (QRO photos outdoors) reach even higher thanks to Halcyon Digest (QRO review) – and in 2013 they followed it up with Monomania (QRO review), a more garage-rock record – and show (QRO photos at a festival), including at festivals (QRO photos at a festival). Known for electric shows whether as the Sound (QRO live review) or with Deerhunter (QRO live review outdoors), Cox & Deerhunter (QRO photos outdoors) have been as prolific with the festivals (QRO photos at a festival). They play Primavera Sound for a fourth time after last year’s Fading Frontier (QRO review), and Cox performs solo as well.


Manel, 18:55 – 19:50


Primavera Stage

Ty Segall & The Muggers, 01:50 – 02:45

California’s Ty Segall (QRO photos at a festival) has evolved from his ‘kick in the pants’ early work to a more effortless boot to the fanny these days (QRO photos), where he’s been quite prolific, including 2012’s Slaughterhouse (QRO review), plus 2013’s Sleeper, 2014’s Manipulator, and this year’s Emotional Mugger with his new band, The Muggers, not to mention solo albums & team-ups. And now he comes back to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at Primavera ’14) for two appearances.
Ty Segall
Action Bronson, 23:45 – 00:45

From Flushing, Queens, Action Bronson moved from gourmet chef to rapper with panache on his 2014 major label debut, Mr. Wonderful. He still keeps his hand in the foodie game thanks to a VICE television show, though recently has been dogged by his controversial lyrics.
Action Bronson
Drive Like Jehu, 21:35 – 22:35

San Diego post-hardcore act Drive Like Jehu established a cult following, but broke up too soon, so thankfully they reunited in 2014.
Drive Like Jehu
Autolux, 19:30 – 20:20

Mixing post-punk, electronica, and krautrock has been the twenty-first century’s Autolux, who return to Primavera Sound.
Boredoms, 17:40 – 18:35

While Osaka’s Boredoms (QRO photos at a festival) may be the quintessential Japanese noise-rock outfit, they’ve taken the sound to whole new levels in their thirty years of existence.


Ray-Ban Stage

DJ Coco, 04:00 – 06:00

DJ Coco returns to Primavera Sound for a sixth year in a row, to once again close out the Ray-Ban Stage.
DJ Coco
Pantha du Prince, 02:50 – 03:50

German producer/composer/conceptual artist Hendrik Weber comes to Primavera Sound as Pantha du Prince.
Pantha du Prince
Julia Holter, 00:50 – 01:45

Presenting her latest work, Have You In My Wilderness, an unconventional yet precious mix of tunes and images, Primavera Sound is the ideal place to enjoy the dreamy nature of the American songwriter Julia Holter (QRO photos).


Orchestra Baobab, 22:45 – 23:40

Richard Hawley, 20:30 – 21:30

The Chills, 18:40 – 19:25

Joana Serrat, 17:00 – 17:35

Julia Holter

Pitchfork Stage

DJ Richard, 04:00 – 06:00

Roosevelt, 02:35 – 03:45

Parquet Courts, 01:00 – 02:00

Bringing grunge back has been the active Parquet Courts (QRO photos at a festival), who come to Primavera Sound off of this year’s Human Performance.
Parquet Courts
Chairlift, 23:30 – 00:30

Though born in Boulder, Chairlift (QRO photos outdoors) came of age in – where else? – Brooklyn (QRO photos in Brooklyn). They (QRO photos at a festival) broke through with the sweet “Bruises”, though since the departure of singer/guitarist Aaron Pfenning for his own Rewards (QRO photos), the now-duo (QRO photos at a festival) went for a spookier sound on 2012’s Something (QRO review), but brighter this year with Moth.
Pusha T, 22:00 – 23:00

Pusha T (QRO photos at a festival) began as one-half of Clipse with his brother No Malice, but has since headed out on his own, signing to Kanye’s GOOD Music and releasing his debut My Name Is My Name in 2013.
Pusha T
Jenny Hval, 20:30 – 21:30

Norway’s Jenny Hval moved from gothic metal early on to today’s avant-garde art-pop.
Jenny Hval
DâM-FunK, 19:00 – 20:00

Pasadena funk singer/DJ DâM-FunK (QRO photos outdoors) threw down five full-lengths worth of new material in 2010, edited and compiled into double-disc Toeachizown, and comes to Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival) after last year’s Invite the Light.


The Saurs, 17:30 – 18:25


Adidas Originals Stage

Islam Chipsy & EEK, 03:50 – 05:00

Ho99o9, 02:15 – 03:15

Unsane, 00:45 – 01:45

Venom, 23:05 – 00:05

Los Chichos, 21:35 – 22:35

PXXR GVNG, 20:05 – 21:05

U.S. Girls, 18:55 – 19:40QRO photos

Pájaro Jack, 17:45 – 18:30


U.S. Girls

Nightpro Stage

Water Rats, 04:00 – 04:40

The Meanies, 03:00 – 03:40

Los Outsaiders, 02:00 – 02:40

Money For Rope, 01:00 – 01:40

Sun Glitters, 23:00 – 23:40

Wolves As Friends, 22:00 – 22:40

Sycamore Age, 21:00 – 21:40

Kanaku y El Tigre, 20:00 – 20:40

Gala Brie, 19:00 – 19:40

Aldo the Band, 18:00 – 18:40

Planeta No, 17:00 – 17:40

The Meanies

Sycamore Age

Auditori Rockdelux

Current 93, 20:15 – 21:45

Angel Witch, 18:45 – 19:45

Six Organs of Admittance, 17:15 – 18:00

Baby Dee, 16:00 – 16:45

Six Organs of Admittance

Heineken Hidden Stage

Cat’s Eyes, 19:30 – 20:30

Faris Badwan of The Horrors (QRO live review), in addition to playing solo at Primavera Sound, also brings his new duo with Italian soprano multi-instrumentalist Rachel Zeffira, Cat’s Eyes, to the fest.
Cat’s Eyes
Bob Mould, 17:00 – 17:45

Few even at Primavera Sound (QRO photos at a festival) have been doing it as long as Bob Mould (QRO live review). From the seminal Hüsker Dü (QRO spotlight on) in the eighties through the nineties’ successful Sugar (QRO deluxe edition review) to his solo work and today’s Bob Mould Band (QRO live review), Mould has been crafting great record after great record, most recently with 2008’s District Line (QRO review), the following year’s Life and Times (QRO review), 2012’s Silver Age (QRO review), 2014’s Beauty & Ruin (QRO review), and this year’s Patch the Sky (QRO review). In 2012 he toured playing Sugar’s amazing Copper Blue (QRO live review) for its twentieth anniversary, but comes back to Primavera Sound (QRO photos a festival) with his whole impressive discography in tow (QRO live review).

He plays twice at Primavera Sound on Saturday, solo electric at the Heineken Hidden Stage.

Bob Mould

Bowers & Wilkins Sound System

Disco Finale, 04:00 – 05:30

I-F, 02:30 – 04:00

Dorisburg, 01:30 – 02:30

Lena Willikens, 00:00 – 01:30

Cleveland, 23:00 – 00:00

Daniel Baughman, 21:30 – 23:00

DJ Richard, 20:30 – 21:30

Suzanne Kraft, 19:00 – 20:30

Dave P, 18:00 – 19:00

Faris Badwan, 17:00 – 18:00

Trevor Jackson, 16:00 – 17:00

Leon Vynehall, 14:30 – 16:00

Matthew Dear, 13:00 – 14:30QRO photos

Bob Mould, 12:00 – 13:00QRO live review

Dave P

Matthew Dear

Bob Mould


Minimúsica, 18:00



Robert Forster, 15:00 – 15:30

A.R. Kane, 14:00 – 14:30

Die Katapult, 13:00 – 13:30

My Expansive Awareness, 12:00 – 12:30

Die Katapult

Sala Teatre

Old King Cole Younger, 15:30 – 16:00

Alex G, 14:30 – 15:00QRO photos at a festival

Pumuky, 13:30 – 14:00

Invisible Harvey, 12:30 – 13:00

Alex G


Badlands, 17:40 – 18:10

Sycamore Age, 16:50 – 17:20

Altre Di B, 16:00 – 16:30

Matilde Davoli, 15:10 – 15:40

Sun Glitters, 14:20 – 14:50

Odd Cherry Pie, 13:30 – 14:00

Mahmed, 12:40 – 13:10

Nuven, 11:50 – 12:20

Quarto Negro, 11:00 – 11:30
Sycamore Age





Black Lips, 21:00 – 22:00

A band better known for their live show than their records, that’s not just because of the relatively unimpressive recorded material like 2010’s 200 Million Thousand (QRO review) or 2011’s Arabia Mountain (QRO review), but also due to their crazy mishmash of genres and styles on stage (QRO live review). Atlanta’s The Black Lips’ wild live show includes everything from nudity to fireworks – and live animals (QRO photos at a festival). Barcelona should hopefully let the boys let ‘er rip (QRO photos outdoors), but be rest assured their rabidly loyal fan base will still be crying out for more (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), as they come back to Primavera (QRO photos at Primavera ’12) behind last year’s better Underneath the Rainbow (QRO review).

They also do a DJ set earlier at Primavera.
Black Lips
Mudhoney, 19:30 – 20:30

Both a forerunner to and a member of the Pacific Northwest grunge breakout of the early nineties, Seattle’s Mudhoney (QRO photos at a festival) perhaps embodied the dirty, high-distortion sound even more than Nirvana. More importantly, Mudhoney never stopped, becoming a veteran many times over, and only in 2013 released their ninth studio album, Vanishing Point.
Bradford Cox, 18:00 – 19:00

Bradford Cox, main man behind both Deerhunter (who also play Primavera Sound) and Atlas Sound (QRO live review) comes solo (QRO solo live review) on the final day of the festival.


Downtown Boys, 16:40 – 17:20

Power Burkas, 15:15 – 16:00

Twin Drama, 13:45 – 14:30

Bradford Cox

Sala Teatre

Bearoid, 20:30 – 21:00

The Handclappers, 19:00 – 19:30

Esperit!, 17:20 – 18:00

Pacosan, 16:00 – 16:40

Ran Ran Ran, 14:30 – 15:15

Redthread, 13:00 – 13:45



Water Rats, 20:30 – 21:00

Inky, 19:00 – 19:30

O Terno, 17:30 – 18:00

Aldo the Band, 16:00 – 16:30

Altre Di B, 14:30 – 15:00

Sycamore Age, 13:00 – 13:30

Sycamore Age

Apolo Venue

Dave P, 02:35 – 05:00

The Avalanches, 01:05 – 02:35

Ty Segall & The Muggers, 00:00 – 01:00QRO album review

Univers, 23:00 – 23:40

Siberian Wolves, 22:00 – 22:40

Dave P

Ty Segall

La [2] de Apolo

Wind Atlas, 00:00 – 00:45

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Cadena, 22:15 – 22:45



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