Primavera Sound announces 2023 Barcelona, Madrid lineups

Both share more than 200 artists over two consecutive weekends

Primavera Sound dazzles with its line-up for the 2023 festivals in Barcelona and Madrid. Both festivals will feature Depeche Mode, Kendrick Lamar, Blur, Rosalía, Halsey, FKA Twigs, Skrillex, Måneskin, St. Vincent, The Moldy Peaches, Calvin Harris and Le Tigre as headliners over two consecutive weekends.

Primavera Sound Barcelona will be held from May 29th through June 4, 2023 at Parc del Fòrum with the Madrid edition to follow from June 5-11, 2023 at Arganda Del Rey.

Pet Shop Boys will welcome the festivalgoers on Wednesday’s free day, which will return twice in the Parc del Fòrum and the Cívitas Metropolitano.

In total there will be over 200 performances in each city, including both welcome and closing days, and the program of Primavera a la Ciutat, one of the emblems of the urban festival format that will bring some of the most exciting sounds of today to different venues and concert halls in Barcelona and Madrid. A shared line-up shared 385 miles apart, with a few small exceptions, which once again finds the non-negotiable gender balance. Two festivals that are one and in reality, are infinite.

This plurality, this diversity that is so Primavera Sound, also extends to the strictly musical side and offers impossible combinations wherever you look. Punk and K-pop, Reggaeton and metal, techno and salsa will coexist in an event to celebrate music in all its forms in the hands of big names, long-awaited comebacks, new revelations and living legends. Yesterday, today and tomorrow converge in a line-up that at first glance brings back the brilliance of hip hop supernova Kendrick Lamar, Blur’s chest of Brit anthems, Rosalía on her homecoming as a global phenomenon, the pop versatility of Halsey, the fascinating mystery of every encounter with FKA twigs, Skrillex and his blender of beats for the club, the captivating St. Vincent, the resurrection of The Moldy Peaches, the undeniable hitmaking skill of Calvin Harris, and Le Tigre’s return to the fray. Also, of course, Depeche Mode: the first confirmed for Primavera Sound Barcelona and Madrid will arrive at the festival in their stage comeback after five years.

Barcelona and Madrid will experience two almost identical Primavera Sounds on their three main days. The Parc del Fòrum will be the place to enjoy the grand guignol metal of Ghost, the simmering quejío of Israel Fernández and Diego del Morao, the refined saudade of Arthur Verocai and the rock in scope of The War On Drugs (who in Madrid will headline the Primavera a la Ciutat program with a concert at La Riviera) and the Gen-Z confessions of Holly Humberstone, while the Ciudad del Rock will feature The Mars Volta in another of their volcanic appearances, Bad Gyal, now absolutely internationally, and the British artist Georgia with her emotional dance and the post-punk commune formed by Crack Cloud.

Although the main musical activity will take place in the Parc del Fòrum from the 1st to the 3rd of June and in the Ciudad del Rock from the 8th to the 10th respectively, Barcelona and Madrid will also experience an intense extension of the program in their circuit of venues. In other words, a Primavera a la Ciutat that will extend Primavera Sound 2023 both in space and time and also in two ways: each event will be spread over a whole week in an unprecedented display.

On May 29th, 30th and 31st and June 4th in Barcelona and on June 5th, 6th, 7th and 11th in Madrid, Pet Shop Boys (who will complete their Primavera Sound weeks by adding two concerts in venues to the welcome days), Loyle Carner, Black Midi, The Comet is Coming, Black Country, New Road, The Chills, Cloud Nothings, Gilla Band, PUP and Blondshell, among others, will bring Primavera Sound to intimate settings with concerts in different venues in both cities. On the one hand, the Sala Apolo and La (2) de Apolo, Razzmatazz 1 and Razzmatazz 2 and Paral.lel 62; on the other, La Riviera, El Sol, Independance, Shôko, La Paqui and Clamores.

In addition, Arab Strap, Confidence Man, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Jockstrap, Enumclaw, Just Mustard, yunè pinku and Gwenno in Barcelona and The War On Drugs, St. Vincent, Tokischa, Julia Jacklin, Nation of Language, Julia Holter and Joy Anonymous in Madrid will enhance every aspect of Primavera a la Ciutat to ratify the idiosyncrasy of an urban event built up over two decades. We have already said it, but it is worth repeating it: two festivals that are one and in reality, are infinite.

All tickets for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2023 and Primavera Sound Madrid 2023 will go on sale on Thursday, December 1st at noon CET at the festival’s website. Full festival tickets will be €325 plus booking fee, day-tickets will be €125 plus booking fee and double full festival tickets (Primavera Sound Barcelona + Primavera Sound Madrid) will be €520 plus booking fee. The VIP full festival tickets and day tickets and full festival tickets in installments for both festivals will also be available on DICE.

The full festival tickets for Primavera Sound Barcelona 2023 and Primavera Sound Madrid 2023 give access to the main days which will take place in the Parc del Fòrum and the Ciudad del Rock respectively. They also give the possibility, subject to capacity, of access to the Primavera a la Ciutat concerts and the Brunch -In party. Both programs will operate with a pre-booking system to avoid waiting times, details of which will be announced soon.

The welcome days will be free and open to the general public until full capacity is reached: it will not be necessary to present a full festival ticket or a Primavera Sound 2023 day-ticket to enjoy the concerts, but they will operate with a pre-booking system, details of which will be announced soon.

Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

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