The San Miguel Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona has been a constant source of news this week. The organizers have launched Primavera TV, where a selection of past highlights will be shown online; beginning with Pavement’s acclaimed reunion tour from last year. A two-hour set that includes all our favourites and can be viewed in full for a two week period only. It will be shortly followed by sets of The Charlatans, Superchunk and local post-hardcore band Standstill, among others. Watch it here.
The first headliners for next year’s festival have also been announced, in what it looks like a mouth-watering bill for lovers of non mainstream music. Apart from being the first confirmed date so far for Pulp’s much heralded return, the line-up will also include such heavyweights as Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, The National, Mogwai, Suicide and two classic album performances likely to become some of 2011’s live sensations: John Cale playing his solo classic ‘Paris 1919’ with a band and an orchestra and Mercury Rev revisiting their career peak ‘Deserter’s Songs’. More additions to this fantastic bill are to be announced shortly.
For its 11th edition, Primavera sound is expanding over two more days – May the 25th and the 29th- to its earlier location at the city’s stunning attraction Poble Español; where a replica of a typical square from every Spanish region will make an unusual and picturesque setting for the gathering. The festival’s core three days, from May the 26th to May the 28th, will still be held at its current Forum Park location.
The San Miguel Primavera Sound 2011 will take place from May the 25th to the 29th. For more details and ticket info check the official website.
With the last batch of artists announced yesterday, the San Miguel Primavera Sound festival has a superb line-up for its tenth anniversary, held from the 27th to the 29th of May in the Parc Del Fòrum of Barcelona.
The popular independent music event has been generating a growing buzz since both Pavement and Pixies were confirmed as headliners – thus putting two of the most eagerly anticipatedreunion tours of recent times at centre stage.
The organisers of San Miguel Primavera Sound launched a poll for fans to vote for past acts they would like to see play the festival again. The winners included the fore-mentioned Pavement and Pixies; Wilco; Shellac; Orbital and Panda Bear from Animal Collective. Other heavily influential artists such as The Pet Shop Boys, Gary Numan, Marc Almond, Les Savy Fav, The Slits, Sunny Day Real State and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry have also been confirmed. Added to this Low will be performing their classic album ‘The Great Destroyer’ in full and Charlatans will do the same with their LP, ‘Some Friendly’.
To coincide with their reunion gigs later in the year, US college rock Godfathers Pavement have announced they’ll be releasing a best of compilation. ‘Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement’ is released through Domino on the 8th March. The 23 track collection promises not just to deliver the bands most well known songs, but provide a true retrospective of their recorded output from 1989 to 1999. While it’s certain this compilation will be essential for fans and any newcomers to the band, so far we’re not able to make any comments on it. Rather than reveal the track listing, the band have launched a competition for fans to guess what songs will make up the album. Prizes will be awarded for the following;
First Prize – Given to whoever guesses the full track listing, or closest.
Second Prize – For whoever comes up with the most imaginative track list.
Four runners up will also win prizes, two in each category.
The prizes on offer ensure that this competition is worth five minutes of your time. First prize is a pair of tickets, complete with flights and hotel, to see Pavement in New York later in the year – with the added bonus of the bands back catalogue on vinyl. There are also plenty of other prizes up for grabs, for more info head to the Matador website.
Barcelona’s popular San Miguel Primavera Sound festival has just announced the first batch of artists for their 10th anniversary edition, which will take place on May 27th-29th. Panda Bear; Wilco and The New Pornographers, among others, will be joining the already confirmed Pixies and Pavement on what’s shaping up as one of the best line-ups in 2010.
As part of the celebrations, the organizers have asked the fans to vote for their favourite artists of the nearly finished decade. The 10 most popular will be invited to be part of the event. You can check the promising results to date in the festival website’s forums.
The full line-up so far includes:
THE ANTLERS BIS THE BLOODY BEETROOTS CAMARON, LA LEYENDA DEL TIEMPO 30 AñOS DESPUES DELOREAN DUM DUM GIRLS THE FALL GANGLIANS HERE WE GO MAGIC HOPE SANDOVAL & THE WARM INVENTIONS JOKER FEAT. NOMAD THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS PANDA BEAR PAVEMENT PIXIES WILCO WILD BEASTS THE XX
The event will be also holding its cosier autumn version, “Primavera Club”, on December 9th-13th. Full list of participating bands can be checked at MySpace.
Last week it was announced the reunited godfathers of college rock, Pavement, would be curating All Tomorrows Parties next May. As if that wasn’t enough for the discerning festival goer, this week the bods behind ATP have also stated that the line up for their second festival, also held in May, will be put together by the creator of The Simpsons and Futurama; Matt Groening.
Those who may doubt the organisational prowess of Groening need only look at the last event he was put in charge of. In 2003 he curated ATP in the US, which saw performances from the likes of Iggy & the Stooges, Sonic Youth, The Mars Volta and Modest Mouse. Considering the endless cameos of bands in both the Simpsons and Futurama, it’s safe to assume Groening will have no problem attracting a wealth of bands.
As yet, no acts have been confirmed for the Minhead festival which takes place on 7th-9th May next year. However, looking back at the bands Groening has previously worked with gives some mouth watering prospects. Considering ATP’s recent love of all things nostalgic, we may just see some surprising reformations. A dream line up would include Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, Metallica and Cyprus Hill – however hearing Sonic Youth perform The Simpsons Theme would be worth the ticket price alone. For more info head to the ATP website.
Still recovering from last night’s Pixies ‘Doolittle’ tour – likely to be remembered as the reunion gig of the year- we now bring you fresh news about the most awaited comeback of 2010.
Pavement recently announced their first US dates for September 2010 in Central Park; putting an end to growing rumours about the band getting back together permanently a decade after they split up, yet confirming they will perform some more one-off gigs both sides of the Atlantic.
Today it has just been announced that they will be the Curators of the second of All Tomorrow’s Parties festival’s spring editions, to be held at Butlins, Minehead on May 14h-16th.
The legendary band, one of the most influential of the nineties, will be joining an illustrious list of past ATP curators that includes Belle & Sebastian; My Bloody Valentine; Steve Albini; Matt Groening and Portishead among many others.
Tickets for what’s likely to be one of the most anticipated events of the year go on sale this Friday. No other artists have been confirmed yet, but the sole name of Pavement is a guarantee for the festival quickly selling out. Full details can be found here.