A day in the life at Primavera Sound: Day 3 highlights

On the third and final sold-out day of Primavera Sound for 2018, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, A$AP Rocky and a surprise appearance from Skepta (replacing Migos) were the established acts heading the lineup.

With an illuminated ‘MONKEYS’ gleaming in the background, Arctic Monkeys were an instant hit of crowd-pleasing elation. In the first five minutes, revellers were already rocking to ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’. But with a focus on their newer material in the first half, they didn’t grab the attention of less devoted Monkeys followers. That worked out just fine for the likes of acts timetabled on their slot like Deerhunter. an American indie band who played chilled anthems long into the early hours. What with a phenomenal show from Slowdive earlier that night, and preceded by the dreamy sounds of Beach House, there was a truly relaxing feel at one end of the festival grounds, allowing fans easy access from one act to another.

It could have been an entirely different festival at the other end of the site, just a sample of Primavera Sound’s capability to house all genres under one roof (well, sky). Skepta, despite such a late set and not being on the original lineup, pulled a large crowd and kept their attention during a typically high-energy set. He brought A$AP Rocky back on stage as well as bringing across fellow artists under the Boy Better Know label to shut down the main stage for the weekend.

And back over in the Warehouse, the sensual immersion of Liminal Soundbath from earlier in the day was replaced by another sensual experience entirely. ADR, complete with body-shaking bass, gives a demonstration of what the future of nightclubs could look like: not just a place for bopping along to pop tunes but luscious and corporeal.

And there was still so much more. Legendary English-French singer and actress Jane Birkin took to the stage with a full orchestra. She followed the footsteps of popular band Car Seat Headrest who played a fun set with a mix of songs from their last two albums, interspersed with Will Toledo’s awkward dancing that he brings to every stage as well as drunk drivers/killer whales getting the crowd singing. There was Let’s Eat Grandma, originating from Norwich and one of the Hidden Heineken stage acts. And let’s not forget The Fur., hailing from Taiwan who, despite not having launched a debut album, have ignited fans with their dream pop slash indie rock style.

Choosing a top act from today? That’s not possible. From dream pop to dance to hip hop, Primavera Sound showcased the best of it all. We already can’t wait until next year.


If you feel like you’ve missed out after GIGsoup’s exclusive day-to-day live coverage of the festival, there’s NOS Primavera Sound just around the corner and kicking off this Thursday. Full lineup: https://www.nosprimaverasound.com/?lang=en

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