Cardi B, Tame Impala, Janelle Monáe and bloody loads more
Andy Hill
00:03 7th December 2018

Buy tickets to Primavera Sound 2019

Big-budget Barcelona festiva Primavera Sound has announced another huge lineup for next year – and it's gender equal.

Erykah Badu, Tame Impala, Cardi B, J Balvin, Rosalía, Future, Nas, and Solange are among the humungous names headlining the Spanish shindig, which takes place between May 30-June 1.

Primavera has been working towards this goal of equality for a few years, and grew its proportion of female bookings from around 13% in 2017 to a little over 20.64% in 2018.

FKA Twigs, Kate Tempest, Courtney Barnett, Christine and the Queens, Interpol… the list just goes on. Primavera is among the most prominent of a growing number of festivals which subscribe to the PRS Foundation’s ‘Keychange’ initiative, which seeks to bolster female representation toward full equality by 2022. It’s funded by the EU to the tune of 200,000 Euros, so obviously Brexit will ruin that for us too.

There’s also a little pre-festival going on – a musical amuse bouche, if you will – called Primavera A La Clutat, featuring acts of the calibre of Big Red Machine (the collaborative effort between Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon and The National’s Aaron Dessner, and Deerhunter, Cuco, Cate Le Bon

That takes place in the days before the main event, between May 27-29.

As if to burnish its woke credentials, Primavera was also notably the first festival in Spain to set down formal protocols designed to protect punters against harassment and sexual abuse.

There’s no denying the significance of Primavera in the festival calendar. It consistently knocks it out of the park in terms of pulling power, drawing in the world’s top acts – a one-stop shop to see all the acts that pepper the end of year lists with a strong showing of artists from major and independent labels.

Last year Arctic Monkeys and Lorde were huge draws, but as the coastal festival hub is reasonably close to Barcelona's centre, there’s always some groovy goings on around the Raval area post-shows. Not to mention the chance to stroll along the beach first thing in the morning before the crowds gather to sort your head out.

Tickets for Primavera 2019 are available now.


Photo: Suffo Mocloa