Primavera Sound Festival Unveils Extensive ‘Primavera Bits’ Electronic Programming
Barcelona massive — Primavera Sound Festival — recently unveiled one of the most impressive lineups of 2018.
Featuring such gargantuan headliners as Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, A$AP Rocky and Lorde, the festival offers up some of the biggest critical pop stars of the current musical zeitgeist. Other acts announced within the festival’s undercard include contemporary rock frontrunners The War on Drugs, hip hop’s most prominent collectives in Migos, Vince Staples, Tyler, the Creator, Beach House, a recently reformed Slowdive, live techno pioneers DJ Koze and Floating points, Four Tet and even a DJ set from Mike D.
Now, Primavera Sound has announced Primavera Bits: Primavera Sound’s electronic oasis featuring 3 stages with 18 hours of daily programming spread across more than 50 DJs, producers and bands. The concept sees Primavera Sound and internet radio station NTS join forces for a lineup of over sixty artists in what they describe as an electronic-focused ‘festival within a festival’.
The programmers pride themselves on offering up a diverse range of electronic acts spanning multiple sub-sects and BPMs. Check out the full programming below.
100-120 BPMS > XIRINGUITO APEROL
Four Tet, Floating Points and the Dekmantel festival will be the ambassadors of this new stage, on the sands of the Fòrum beach that will open its doors at midday and offer six hours of music to warm up at the water’s edge. On Thursday 31st May the British artist Four Tet will transport the London electronic scene to the Mediterranean with the DJs Josey Rebelle and Champion and he himself will close the afternoon session with Daphni, the alter ego of the versatile Dan Snaith (Caribou). Friday will have only one protagonist: Floating Points with a marathon six-hour DJ set that promises to be out of this world. And on Saturday 2nd June, the Xiringuito Aperol will be curated by the Dutch festival Dekmantel, that as well as overseeing the decks will present Orpheu The Wizard, Palmbomen II and Palms Trax to start winding down the 2018 edition from midday onwards.
120-135 BPMS > BACARDÍ LIVE
When evening falls the programme will move to the two main stages of Primavera Bits. From 6pm from Thursday to Saturday, the open air Bacardí Live stage will host some of the live acts that will mark the 2018 edition of the festival. Some of them featuring the presentation of new albums from Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Oneohtrix Point Never and James Holden & The Spirit Animals, Chromeo’s wild ecstasy, the exquisite proposals of Mount Kimbie and Panda Bear, bedroom R&B from Majid Jordan, the DJ set by a historical figure of hip hop and beastie boy Mike D, the experimental antics of Jlin and Madlib and a look to the future with stars in the making like Jorja Smith and the ultra energetic Superorganism. It will be the confirmation, on stage, that electronic music has permanently permeated pop, psychedelia and R&B.
135-150 BPMS > DESPERADOS CLUB
From 6.30pm each day and until sunrise, the Desperados Club stage will turn Primavera Bits into a huge club that will offer sessions for lovers of undeniable electronic sounds. The main players will be the usual suspects when putting together endless nights of techno and house, such as Mano Le Tough, Honey Dijon, Marcel Dettman, Peggy Gou, Gerd Janson and the Hivern Discs posse (in charge of programming this stage all day Saturday), not to mention the Italian Master DJ Donato Dozzy, the back-to-back by Hunee and Antal and Disco Sets by Seth Troxler and local hero John Talabot.
100-150 BPMS > BEYOND PRIMAVERA BITS
As always, electronic music will not be confined exclusively to Primavera Bits, but will reach every corner and stage of Primavera Sound. This will make it possible to experience Nils Frahm’s dreamy experimentation, the hypnotic live performance of Four Tet presenting his new album, sets by contemporary legends such as The Black Madonna and DJ Koze, invitations to dance from Lindstrøm, Ross From Friends and DJ Python, and live acts by THE BLAZE and Delorean all around the Parc del Fòrum: each member of the audience will be able live their own adventure. The countdown has begun!
The Primavera Bits programme is included in Primavera Sound 2018. Full festival tickets are still available, as are tickets for Thursday and Friday. Saturday tickets are sold out. More information at our website.
Listen to the official Primavera Bits playlist on Apple Music.