Primavera Sound, the most legendary indie rock festival in Europe, has been out of commission for three long years, so when they return this June, this typical three-day festival is going BIG with a marathon session of twelve packed days and nights. There is a lot happening in the next dozen days, so we are breaking down the events.
Day 0 Show (June 1, 2022)
To welcome back live music, Primavera Sound returns to their roots for a special show at Poble Espanyol, the original venue of the festival. This historical spot will feature with indie darlings Wet Leg along with The Linda Lindas and more.
Weekend #1 (June 2-4, 2022)
And it begins. The action heads over to the Parc del Forum for the first proper weekend of Primavera Sound in what feels like forever. A reunited Pavement will headline along with Tame Impala, The Strokes, The National, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, and Gorillaz.
Primavera a la Ciutat (June 5-9, 2022)
After the first weekend ends, the action moves into central Barcelona with dozens of club shows throughout the week featuring everyone from Beck to Jawbox to The Magnetic Fields. Check out the schedule here to plan our your course of attack.
Primavera Pro (June 6-9, 2022)
Since everybody in the world is coming to the festival, it only makes sense to hold a conference. Primavera Pro is where the networking happens with speakers, panels, and live music during the day. Make to arrive early as the buzziest panels like “Developing musical taste with John Waters and Samantha Hudson” will be packed. Primavera Pro takes place at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB).
Weekend #2 (June 9-11, 2022)
Buckle up because it’s time for another three packed nights of music. While there is some overlap between the two weekends, you’ll see a lot of new faces this weekend like Dua Lipa, Run the Jewels, M.I.A., Mogwai, and Megan Thee Stallion. Let’s go!
Brunch on the Beach (June 12, 2022)
Primavera Sound knows how you to let you down easy with a final Sunday of chilling with some beats at the beach. Peggy Goo, Amelie Lens, and Peggy Gou will be on hand to ease you out of the weekend.
Tips For First Timers
- Primavera Sound is on Spanish festival time. Shows start around five in the evening and run until 6 in the morning! Plan accordingly.
- The metro does close for a few hours in the middle of the night, but you always have an option to get back to Plaça Catalunya with a free shuttle bus.
- The two main stages (called Pull & Bear and Estrella Damn) are side by side so no need to rush if you are in between headliners.
- Auditori Rockdelux is an indoor auditorium with a limited capacity and a line.
- There is usually a secret show each night of the main festival, anything from a surprise sunset performance from Arcade Fire releasing their new album to HAIM showing at three in the morning. Keep your ears open.
- With the exception of the Binance Stage, the festival grounds have no grassy spots so prepare for lots of pavement and dirt.
- Primavera Bits is a mini-electronic festival that happens inside the Primavera Sound grounds. It’s a hike to get there, especially since the bridge is not in use to get there, but once over there you’ll find plenty of chilled out spaces and things to do.
- Primavera in the City club shows are first-come first-served until the venue reaches capacity. Get there early.