Primavera Sound officially kicks off on Wednesday, featuring established and up-and-coming acts from Europe and around the world. Full festival tickets have now sold out, so if you grabbed a ticket in time, count yourself as among the lucky ones!

Artists from around the world will be gathered in Barcelona from Wednesday 30th May – Sunday 3rd June, from Mali superstar Oumou Sangaré  to French musical duo Ibeyi (who also sing in Yoruba, spoken widely in Nigeria and Benin).

But with several UK headliners playing this year’s festival, there’s a huge wealth of British talent to suit everybody, from cinematic post-rock to Japanese electropop.

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We’ve got the full list of UK artists for you to add to your schedule – but here’s five UK acts playing at Primavera Sound 2018 that you can’t miss:

Arctic Monkeys

Do they need any introduction? With their new album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ released recently, it’s likely that their set will feature songs from this – but we’re sure it won’t miss top hits like ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ or ‘When The Sun Goes Down’. They’re on Saturday at 23:50 on the Mango stage.


Mogwai is a Scottish post-rock band that has achieved incredible prestige over the past two decades. You’ve probably heard them without realising it, as their music is featured in a number of soundtracks, films and games. They are on at 21:20 on the Primavera stage, if you can tear yourself away from British-based act Superorganism over at Bacardi Live. (Both are also playing at NOS Primavera Sound, Portugal, next week)

Public Service Broadcasting

The art-rock electronica kings are at Primavera Sound for the first time. The band mix archived footage and public information between their live music act, catapulting the past into the present. Recently they’ve released ‘Every Valley’, a reflection on the mining working class community of South Wales with messages just as relevant today in this age as they were in the past. If you’re still up at 2:30, they’ll be on the Pitchfork stage. (Also playing at NOS Primavera Sound, Portugal)


“Snarling punk that encapsulates the state of the nation.” That’s how NME sums up Bristol band IDLES who released their debut album ‘Brutalism’ in 2017 and have been selling out venues since then. (Also playing at NOS Primavera Sound, Portugal)

Kero Kero Bonito

Now for something completely different. J-pop influenced KKB, led by singer Sarah Midori Perry, has been described as ‘disarmingly joyous’. This band is a perfect way to wind up the weekend, and on Sunday they can be found at Apolo Venue at 23:30.

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Other British acts to add to your list:

Belle & Sebastian
Call Super
Carl Finlow
Claro Intelecto
Evian Christ
Floating Points (both solo and a 6 hour DJ set)
Four Tet
James Holden & The Animal Spirits
Joe Goddard
Jon Hillcock
Jon Hopkins
Jorja Smith
Josey Rebelle
Mount Kimbie
Palms Trax
Peter Perrett
Radioactive Man
Rex Orange Country
Rory Phillips
Ross From Friends
Spiritualized with Orchestra and Choir
Tom Misch
The Twilight Sad
Yellow Days

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