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San Miguel Primavera Sound

Thursday 24 March 2011
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PJ Harvey, Sufjan Stevens, Interpol and P.I.L., among new bands confirmed

for the San Miguel Primavera Sound 2011.

The musical event will have a new big stage, is increasing its perimeter

and redistributing its space in order to improve the global experience of

all the people who attend.

The concerts of the main programme of San Miguel Primavera Sound 2011 will

be held on 8 stages, all of which are on the Parc del Forum site. The main

novelty is the creation of a second big stage to host artists who draw

large crowds and will be in a space that has never before been used by the

festival. The Vice stage will also change position.

Another significant change is the increase of the area of the festival

site in the Parc del Fòrum. This increase in the perimeter of the site

with the objective of making the site more comfortable, will mean a

redistribution of the spaces in order to make movement around the festival

site easier and to avoid any masses of people. To this end, there will be

improvements in the services available for the public, including a second

food area, an increase in the number of toilets and changes in the

decoration and style of the site.

As has already been announced, the festival will go back to its original

venue the Poble Espanyol for two new days to celebrate the opening and

closing of the festival (Wednesday 25th and Sunday 29th of May). These two

dates join the rest of the parallel programme that, under the name of

“Primavera a la Ciutat” (Primavera In the City) will take over the city of

Barcelona during the last week of May this year.

In the artists’ section, an extensive list of names has been presented

today, to almost complete the acts that will play the eight stages in the

Parc del Fòrum during the last weekend of May. PJ Harvey presenting her

new album” Let England Shake”, Sufjan Stevens’ new show, the darkness of

the New Yorkers Interpol and the post-punk of John Lydon P.I.L. (Public

Image Limited), really stand out among the newly announced bands. These

confirmations join the earlier announcement of the first comeback concert

of the British band Pulp and the visit of big names like Grinderman,

Animal Collective, Belle & Sebastian, Mogwai, John Cale, The National and

The Flaming Lips.

Other names that have been much talked about recently will also be here in

Barcelona. The Americana of the ubiquitous M. Ward, the post-rock of

Explosions In The Sky, the colourful glam pop from the band Of Montreal,

the intimate folk of The Tallest Man On Earth, different versions of

modern day crooners with James Blake and Perfume Genius, pop with roots by

Avi Buffalo, the math rock with hints of electronic from the Battles or

the psychedelic rock of The Black Angels will show just why they have won

over the specialised press from all over the world.

Electronic and dance music in all its forms will take us into the early

hours of each day of the festival. In the next edition the classics will

shine as well as newcomers. Influential artists like the master of hip hop

DJ Shadow, the crazy mash-up of Girl Talk, the live show by the duo Simian

Mobile Disco, the maestro of newly fledged Lindstrom and the two

performances by Kode9 (live with The Space Ape and a Dj set entirely based

on Burial) will be up against new names that are doing really well like

Carte Blanche (the Dj Mehdi and Riton duo), the dubstep of Caspa,

Barcelona’s John Talabot, from the DFA label Holy Ghost! and the member of

The XX, who will do a set as Dj Jamie XX. Less danceable but just as

prominent, we have the rejuvenated show by Gonjasufi and promising

newcomers of less accessible electronic music like Gold Panda and Baths.

Hip-hop is once again very much present in this edition. To the already

confirmed Das Racist we must add BigBoi, member of the duo Outkast and

author of one of the records of the year, the unstoppable collective Odd

Future, on everyone’s lips because of nicknames like Tyler The Creator and

Hodgy Beats.

The line up is made up of different types of bands from different places.

From The United States comes the folk of DM Stith, the lo-fi garage of Ty

Segall, the dark noise of The Soft Moon, the girl band Cults, the pleasant

drones of Ducktails, the synth pop by Glasser, Bart Davenport’s new

project Incarnations, the psychedelic indie-blues of Kurt Vile & The

Violators, the mixture of rock and electronic that Matthew Dear is making

nowadays, the freak folk by tUnE-yArDs, the experimental pop by the hyped

Warpaint, the indie folk of The Annuals and the post rock of Del Rey. From

the neighbouring Canada come Julia Kent’s folk and the experimental rock

of Sunns. The Finnish Rubik will represent the North of Europe and we

round off the line up with Connan Mockasin from New Zealand and Field

Music from Britain.


Aias, Ainara LeGardon, The Album Leaf, Animal Collective, The Annuals,

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Arto Lindsay, Autolux, Avi Buffalo, Baths,

Battles, Belle & Sebastian, Berlinetta, Big Boi, The Black Angels, Blank

Dogs, BMX Bandits, Caribou, Carte Blanche, Caspa, Cloud Nothings, Comet

Gain, Connan Mockasin, Cults, Cuzo + Damo Suzuki, Dan Melchior und Das

Menace, Darkstar, Das Racist, Deakin, Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500, Del

Rey, DJ Shadow, DM Stith, Ducktails, Dúo Cobra, Echo & The Bunnymen

performing Heaven Up Here & Crocodiles, Einstürzende Neubauten, El

Guincho, El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado, Emeralds, Explosions In The Sky,

Factory Floor, Field Music, The Fiery Furnaces, The Flaming Lips, Fleet

Foxes, The Fresh & Onlys, Games, Gang Gang Dance, Girl Talk, Glasser,

Glenn Branca Ensemble, Gold Panda, Gonjasufi, Grinderman, Half Japanese,

Holy Ghost!, Incarnations, Interpol, Islet, James Blake, Jamie XX, John

Cale & Band + Orchestra perform PARIS 1919 live, John Talabot, The Jon

Spencer Blues Explosion, Julia Kent, Julian Lynch, Kode9 And The Space Ape

+ Kode9 Burial Set, Kokoshca, Kurt Vile & The Violators, La Célula

Durmiente, Las Robertas, Les Aus, Lichens, Lindstrom, Low, Lüger, M. Ward,

Male Bonding, Matthew Dear Live, Me And The Bees, Mercury Rev perform

Deserter’s Songs, Mogwai, Money Mark, The Monochrome Set, My Teenage

Stride, The National, Nisennenmondai, Nosoträsh “Popemas”, Odd Future, Of

Montreal, Oneohtrix Point Never, Ornamento Y Delito, P.I.L. (Public Image

Limited), Papas Fritas, Pere Ubu plays “The Annotated Modern Dance”,

Perfume Genius, Phosphorescent, Pissed Jeans, PJ Harvey, Pulp, Rubik,

Salem, Seefeel, Shellac, Simian Mobile Disco, The Soft Moon, Sonny & The

Sunsets, Sufjan Stevens, Suicide, The Suicide Of Western Culture, Suuns,

Swans, The Tallest Man On Earth, Tennis, Thelematicos, Toundra, Triángulo

De Amor Bizarro, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Ty Segall, The Vaccines, The

Walkmen, Warpaint, Wolf People, Yuck.