PJ Harvey helps close the 2016 Primavera Sound with her first show in four years

The legendary PJ Harvey performed in front of tens of thousands of people last night at the iconic Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, helping bring to an end a massive four days of live music on the waters of the Spanish city.

Playing with an eight piece band that included the likes of Alain Johannes, Joe Parish and our very own Mick Harvey, PJ delivered a rousing an spectacular set – her first in four years – set against a stark backdrop and illuminated in black and white on the stage’s massive screens.

Opening with a powerful two-punch of “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Defence” from The Hope Six Demolition Project, Harvey took fans through a brilliant musical journey of her innovative body of work thus far. Let England Shake came through strong with the album’s title track, “The Words That Maketh Murder” and “The Glorious Land” becoming great highlights.

The set ended with “River Anacostia”, from her latest record, The Hope Six Demolition Project. The track saw all eight members of her band join Harvey at the front of the stage, singing in unison before taking a bow. It’s fair to say she had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand for the entire set, with the ending a satisfying conclusion to an awe-inspiring experience.

Check out the official set list below!

PJ HARVEY PRIMAVERA SOUND FESTIVAL SET LIST

CHAIN OF KEYS
THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE
THE COMMUNITY OF HOPE
A LINE IN THE SAND
THE ORANGE MONKEY
LET ENGLAND SHAKE
THE WORDS THAT MAKETH MURDER
THE GLORIOUS LAND
MEDICINALS
WHEN UNDER ETHER
DOLLAR, DOLLAR
THE WHEEL
THE MINISTRY OF SOCIAL AFFAIRS
50FT QUEENIE
DOWN BY THE WATER
TO BRING YOU MY LOVE
RIVER ANACOSTIA

The Hope Six Demolition Project is available now. PJ Harvey will next be seen at Zorlu PSM in Istanbul, before co-headlining the sister Primavera festival in Porto, Portugal.

For more details head to www.pjharvey.net.

Image: Christie Goodwin

Stay tuned to the AU for more coverage from Primavera!

 

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