THE 2020 lineup for Primavera contains 211 artists of 35 nationalities make up a lineup that looks backwards, forwards and every which way, that is panoramic, diverse and gender-balanced The number of days in the Parc del Fòrum have increased to include Sunday 7th June, with a Brunch –On The Beach party Tickets for the festival are now on sale via DICE.
The 20th anniversary edition will take place from 3rd to 7th June in the Parc del Fòrum and that will welcome the most far-reaching, open and inclusive list of artists in its history: a real collection of disciplines, emotions and origins that celebrates the role of the festival as a central pillar of the cultural zeitgeist in the last two decades. Every one of Primavera Sound lineups has been a snapshot of the music of its time. So the lineup of the 20th anniversary of the Barcelona festival had to be a snapshot of all of that time, a party that would reflect the identity that had been built over the years with the same enthusiasm with which we started 20 years ago.
Tyler, The Creator, returns almost a decade after his first appearance at the festival in 2011 with Odd Future, Little Simz, will be back by popular demand for the second year running; Lana del Rey and Weyes Blood with her beautiful and intricate songwriting; The Strokes about to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the seminal Is This It and Fontaines D.C. as the flag bearers of a new generation of guitar bands; Bad Bunny. The list goes on forever. Pavement will appear for an exclusive reunion to play in Barcelona and at NOS Primavera Sound Porto and the comeback of Bikini Kill, Massive Attack and the reencounter, Chromatics; the country pop star Kacey Musgraves, Young Thug and the king of slow motion folk Bill Callahan, Brittany Howard with her first solo album.
THE LEGENDARY FESTIVAL
The icon of soul Mavis Staples, the great lady of Catalan song Maria del Mar Bonet, the re-discovery of the Brazilian gem Arthur Verocai, the living legend Iggy Pop, the tireless Kim Gordon presenting her first solo album under her own name, two reggaeton pioneers DJ Playero and Ñejo, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott thrashing out their pre, during and post-The Housemartins career, the new resurrection of the gothic legends Bauhaus, the idols of post-hardcore Jawbox, the eternal Jeff Mills, The Jesus and Mary Chain dusting off their album Darklands for the occasion (and playing on the Wednesday –free for the general public) as well as grindcore legends Napalm Death.
THE FESTIVAL IN THE PRESENT TENSE
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, the vigorous vision of hip hop by collective BROCKHAMPTON, the soul with a message by Jamila Woods, the new folklore from Helado Negro and Jessica Pratt, the pop fantasies by Caroline Polachek and Kim Petras, Carolina Durante and black midi as the personification (each in their own way) of the new era of guitars, the mystery of King Krule and the soothing songs by Ferran Palau.
THE FESTIVAL IN THE FUTURE TENSE
The future is served by the Jamaican artist Koffee, the Latin phenomena Paloma Mami, the boss of Argentinian trap Duki, the pop future by Hannah Diamond, 100 gecs and their electronic music from Matrix, Black Country, New Road demonstrating that guitars are still in good hands, the captivating choruses by Mabel, the little big songs by girl in red and new R&B incarnated by the violinist Sudan Archives and by Mariah The Scientist. The first chapter of their history at Primavera Sound will be written in 2020: welcome to our favourite artists of tomorrow.
THE CHALLENGING FESTIVAL
Who wants to be content in their comfort zone forever? This is one of the striking differences of this festival: in every corner, on every stage, at any moment you can find a challenging proposal that you will never forget once you have seen it live. For example, watching Einstürzende Neubauten making jaws drop, freaking out with the sound performance by the pioneer Jordi Valls and his project Vagina Dentata Organ, dancing to the funk of the Mali band Les Amazones d’Afrique, asking yourself what the pop of today sounds like when confronted with the bracing sounds by the Japanese born British artist Rina Sawayama, going crazy to the noise frenzy of Lightning Bolt and the happy hardcore by Gabber Modus Operandi, or letting yourself marvel at the new madness of the local heroes Za! (on this occasion accompanied by something they have called TransMegaCobla and the Barcelona duo Tarta Relena) or leaving all prejudices aside whilst watching the pop extra-terrestrial Richard Dawson, the subversive j-punk by Otoboke Beaver or the queen of bounce Big Freedia. That is also what Primavera Sound is all about: embracing risk.
THE HOME FESTIVAL
Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr. and The National will come back to renew a commitment that in reality is already eternal. Also Black Lips and Les Savy Fav will be at the festival again a decade after their last visit and that love at first sight called Amaia and C. Tangana, who is now a consolidated pop idol. Kurt Vile, the local heroes Manel, Metronomy (who will all play on Wednesday free for the general public) together with Núria Graham. Even Le Hammond Inferno, representatives of the festival’s first edition will be back to do a DJ set. Once at Primavera Sound, always at Primavera Sound. And of course the two house DJs will also be there, DJ Fra and DJ Coco, who will recover his slot on Saturday to close the triple 20 on a spectacular high. And Shellac? Obviously they wouldn’t miss this celebration. They are already ready to put their name in the lineup for the fourteenth time.
THE CLUB FESTIVAL
Not only in Primavera Bits but all over the Parc del Fòrum site, by welcoming Disclosure’s return, with the presentation of the long awaited new album by Caribou, the new incarnation of Floating Points accompanied by the Falaise Ensemble, the colossal queer pop from Brazilian artist Pabllo Vittar, the good chaos of Squarepusher, DJ Shadow with his constant homage to that dance music, the veneration of hedonism by DJ Harvey and Honey Dijon, lysergic beats from BICEP, the versatile Josey Rebelle, a DJ set from the producer and genius of soundtracks Mica Levi and that mysterious word search puzzle AEAEA that conceals the new project by Nicolas Jaar and Patrick Higgins.
THE BEACH FESTIVAL (ALSO ON SUNDAY)
Primavera Sound Barcelona 2020 will last for one more day with a closing party on that very beach headlined by a Disclosure DJ set, the techno goddess Nina Kraviz, the energetic Amelie Lens and the South African artist Black Coffee. This day will be included in the full festival ticket, but a limited number of day tickets will also be on sale on DICE and Resident Advisor.
THE STREET FESTIVAL
Classic hip hop by Freddie Gibbs & Madlib and Rapsody can be just as contemporary as the experimental vision by Earl Sweatshirt; that the laws of the hood are universal whether they come with the French accent of PNL, the emperors of Paris, or with the British accent of a pillar of grime such as Kano; or that reggaeton is ready to lay down its own future with daring projects such as Sangre Nueva (unprecedented alliance between DJ Florentino, Kelman Duran and DJ Python). To connect to that street spirit in its purest form aided by the fact that Yung Beef, an icon that goes beyond just music, is back to curate his own stage, El Punto, after its inauguration last year. He is the best godfather possible to introduce us to the rebellious rap speeches by BigKlit and Cuban Doll, to Sonido la Changa’s cumbiera fiesta, to the versatile flow by Killavesi and to the potential of Pablo Chill-E, MVP of new Chilean trap who will play with Yung Beef himself.
THE PLANET FESTIVAL
The lineup includes the mythical band Biscuit along with the newcomers CARLA, Chaqueta de Chándal, Rombo and Pantocrator as representatives of the Catalan underground scene and the South Korean producer Park Hye-Jin, the sociological synth-pop by Norwegian artist Jenny Hval, the transoceanic pop anthems from the Argentinians Las Ligas Menores, the Israeli singer Noga Erez with her polymorphic pop, the post-punk gems by the Turkish band Jakuzi, Zambian flow from Sampa the Great, Italian tradition by Iosonouncane, Sao Paulo’s Teto Preto’s non-gerenic party, the fresh ding-a-ling -made in Australia- by Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and the “tiny dance” by the Colombian artist Ela Minus.