For all the people who love music and have the luck to live in Barcelona, June is the start of the crazy movement between festivals and concerts.
With all the big offers that the city provides, there is no doubt that the most expected one is the veteran Primavera Sound. This year the artist line-up made people talk already months ago. An than you realize, that in tree days, you will be able to see some of these names: Lou Reed, The Violent Femmes, The Flamming Lips, Lambchop</A, Yo la Tengo… etc.
The world of the indies was upside down, the Festival didn’t dissapoint anybody, and even more than that, this edition of the Primavera was one of the best in years.
The new location in the Forum area near to the sea made the Festival more enjoyable, and the feeling of being canned fish dissapeared with the huge spaces of the Forum.
The festival started as high as it was the last day, with a strange surprise for the indie population when the 60 something years old Lenny Motorhead jumped to the stage and brought with him almost the doble tons of volume than the rest of the band. It was brilliant to see the heavy metal fans shaking their heads together with the art crowd.
After the heavy noise, it was time for the overrated band of Paul Doherty, the Baby Shanbles, which everyone expected to be good, but, nobody knew not even a single song of them. Maybe people were expecting to find Kate Moss backstage, having fun.
The firts day, some other great shows also took place, from Castanets and the multi-comunal band Im from Barcelona (they’re from Sweden).
But the big moment of the day was to see the fabulous and mitical Yo la Tengo playing on the big stage. There is nothing I can say about it, cause it was really great. They played songs from Fakebook, Summer Sun, Electr-o-pura and a whole repertory of classics.
The second day featured an amazing mix of styles and decades, with cult bands as The Flaming Lips who played a Carnival concert along with 20 SantaClaus, 10 Martians on the stage, the Dinosaur Junior, and an amazing show by the Sleater-Kinney.
One of the groups who started to warm up the day with a sensational concert was the New York group lead by Karen-O, the YEAH YEAH YEAHS.
The selection on the stage made by CD-DROME including maybe the best live concerts of the whole Festival with Jens Lekman (with a band made up of very pretty girls only), Isobel Campbell (ex Belle & Sebatian) and the energetic and most celebrated concert of the day by the fantastic girls ESG who put everyone to dance and shake their bodies like no other during the Festival.
The last day, after being already 2 days with the joy in inside the bodies of the people, there was time for the biggest names and the most eagerly expected concerts.
Like that, the Auditorio was the jewel again with the delicate show of Lambchop who played hits from 10 years ago till the latest ones (How I quit Smoking, is a woman, Aw c’mon…).
At the same time that Lambchop was making us dream, we have to run to the big stage, cause the Violent Femmes were up to start, and put everyone crasy with the super hit Blister in the sun.
After that came what maybe was the only dissapointing moment of the Festival with all the people congregate to listen to the great Lou Reed. His concert was correct but not as emotional and sensational as everyone expected.
After 3 days we all returned home happy, wishing that we could have had 3 more days of concerts. The Primavera Sound 06 was a wonderful festival, we are desperatly waiting till next year.
Primavera Sound 2006
Date: 1st – 3rd June, 2006
Place: Parc del Forum
Address: Rambla Prim 2-4, 08019 Barcelona