Arcade Fire and Bon Iver top the Primavera Sound 2017 Lineup; King Gizzard, Julia Jacklin & POND amongst Aussie inclusions

With some two hundred names on its lineup, the 17th edition of the music festival Primavera Sound in Barcelona is shaping up to be one of the most impressive yet. As it did this year, the majority of the event will take place as a paid, ticketed event at Parc del Fòrum, whilst the Raval neighbourhood in the centre of the city will serve as home for a conference and free music programme.

Topping the massive bill are a run of artists who dropped new records in recent months, notably Frank Ocean, The xx and Bon Iver. Accompanying them are Aphex Twin, Arcade Fire, Slayer, Run The Jewels, Grace Jones, Solange and the incomparable Van Morrison. Look elsewhere on the lineup and you’ll find a electic mix of groups like Shellac, Glass Animals, The Black Angels, Gojira and Converge. The reformed Royal Trux appear on there, as do The Afghan Whigs, Swans and The Damned. And following their final ever Australian tour this month, The Zombies will appear at the festival to perform Odessey & Oracle in its entirety, celebrating its 50th anniversary.

A special concert by Seu Jorge singing songs by David Bowie that he covered for The Life Aquatic soundtrack promises highlight, as does the presence of Junun, the project backed by Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead) and Shye Ben Tzur that delves into the traditional musics from the north of India accompanied by the Rajasthan Express.

And then there are the Australians. National Live Music Award winner of Best Live Act in Victoria, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will perform, as will Julia Jacklin and POND – and you can expect more to be announced in 2017.

Indeed, this exceptional line-up still has more to be announced, and full festival tickets cost 175€ until 7th January. They can be purchased through Ticketmaster, La Botiga del Primavera Sound and through the Primavera Sound Portal, where you have the option to pay in installments.

Also on sale are the VIP Primavera Sound 2017 Barcelona full festival ticket at 300€ until they sell out, as well as the Primavera Pro Basic accreditation at 210€ and the Primavera Pro Premium accreditation at 330€.

The 2017 festival takes place between 31st May and 4th June. For more details, and tickets, head to their official website.


!!! (Chk Chk Chk) · 7 Notas 7 Colores · Abdullah Rashim · About Leaving · The Afghan Whigs · Against Me! · Agorazein · Alex Cameron · Alexandra Savior · Alien Tango · Âme live · Angel Olsen · Anímic · Annette Peacock · Aphex Twin · Arcade Fire · Aries · Aurora Halal · Autarkic · Avalon Emerson · BADBADNOTGOOD · Barbott · Belako · Ben UFO · Berri Txarrak · Bicep · The Black Angels · Bon Iver · Broken Social Scene · Cigarettes After Sex · CLUBZ · Dj Coco · Conttra · Converge · Cymbal Eat Guitars · The Damned · Dave P. · Death Grips · Descendents · Discos Paradiso Crew · Dixon · Don’t DJ · Dj Dustin · El Petit de Cal Eril · Elmini · Elza Soares · Fatima Yamaha · Ferenc · Flying Lotus · Formation · Frank Ocean · Front 242 · Gas · Glass Animals · Gojira · Gordi · Grace Jones · Grandaddy · The Growlers · Hamilton Leithauser · Henrik Schwarz · Her Little Donkey · Huerco S. · HVOB · InnerCut · Iosonouncane · It’s Not Not · Japandroids · Jardín de la Croix · Jeremy Jay · JMII · Joey Purp · John Talabot Disco Set · Joy Orbison · Julia Jacklin · Julie Doiron · Junun featuring Shye Ben Tzur & The Rajasthan Express · Kelly Lee Owens · Kepa Junkera & Los Hermanos Cubero · Kevin Morby · Khidja · King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard · King Krule · King Sunny Adé · KiNK · Kokoshca · Kornél Kovács · Lady Wray · Lauer · Les Cruet · Les Sueques · Let’s Eat Grandma · Local Natives · Lord Of The Isles · Lvl Up · Mac DeMarco · The Magnetic Fields · The Make-Up · Mannequin Pussy · Màquina Total · Maresme · Marie Davidson · Marta Delmont · Matrixxman · Medalla · Melange · Metronomy · Michael Mayer · Miguel · Mishima · Mitski · The Molochs · Moscoman · Muñeco · Murdoc · Museless · The Mystery Lights · Nikki Lane · No Zu · Noga Erez · Nots · Odina · Operators · PAVVLA · Pearson Sound · Pedro Vian · Pender Street Steppers · Phurpa · Pinegrove · Playback Maracas · Polar Inertia · Pond · Preoccupations · Priests · Rebuig · Recondite · Retirada! · Romare · Rosalía & Raül Refree · Royal Trux · Run The Jewels · S U R V I V E · Saint Etienne · Salfumán · Sampha · Sau Poler · Seu Jorge plays The Life Aquatic. A Tribute to David Bowie · Shelby Grey · Shellac · Sinkane · Skepta · Skinny Puppy · Slayer · Sleaford Mods · Sleep · Slim Cessna’s Auto Club · Solange · Soledad Vélez · Sorry Kate · Swans · Swet Shop Boys · Talaboman · Teenage Fanclub · Dj Tennis · This Is Not This Heat · Triángulo de Amor Bizarro · Tuff City Kids · Tycho · Vaadat Charigim · Van Morrison · Vladimir Ivkovic · Vox Low · Wand · The Waterparties · The Wave Pictures · The Wedding Present · Weval · Weyes Blood · The Wheels · Whitney · Wild Beasts · William Tyler · The xx · Youandewan · The Zombies perform “Odessey & Oracle” 50th Anniversary


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