Going to Primavera Sound 2024? Here’s a practical guide on everything you need to know

What you can and can’t bring into Parc del Fòrum, how to get home each night, and where to activate your digital ticket

Festival goers at Primavera Sound 2023
Festival goers at Primavera Sound 2023 / Jordi Borràs
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After last year's double edition, with one weekend in Barcelona and another in Madrid, Primavera Sound returns to its usual format this year: a weekend of music in Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum.   

The 22nd edition of the festival will take place from May 29 to June 2, with headliners such as Lana del Rey, Pulp, PJ Harvey, SZA, Justice, The National, Vampire Weekend and many more.   

As usual, the festival will be preceded by Primavera a la Ciutat, a parallel and complementary event. Concerts will take place from Monday to Wednesday and Sunday in different venues around Barcelona.  

Below you'll find a handy guide with important information to help you get the most out of Primavera Sound, whether you're attending for one day or the whole weekend. 

Primavera Sound: the essentials 

A couple of years ago, the festival activated a new ticketing system, fully digital. Download the application on your phone AccessTicket and verify your account. This is a must, as you can only enter the venue with the app installed on your device and with your ticket activated before your arrival. 

Next, the absolute essentials: bring comfortable footwear, a jacket for nighttime, ear plugs if you use them when things get loud, put sun cream on before you leave your accommodation and wear a hat or cap to protect yourself from the sun. 

Stay hydrated. It will probably be very warm, you’ll probably be dancing, and there’s probably a good chance you’ll be drinking alcohol too, if you’re going. Remember to keep hydrated throughout the festival. There are some public water fountains at the Parc del Fòrum site and all drinks are served in reusable plastic cups. 

Study the festival map before you arrive and have an idea of where your favourite artists are playing when. It would easily take 15 minutes or longer to walk between the most distant points of the site, the side-by-side Santander and Estrella Damm stages. 

The two main stages will host performances by Lana del Rey, Pulp, PJ Harvey, SZA, Justice, The National, Vampire Weekend and more. Similar to last year, these stages will be located side-by-side to make it easier for attendees to access them.   

The festival lineup features a wide variety of genres and artists spread across the remaining stages. In total, there will be 15 stages offering a wide range of musical experiences. 

Primavera Sound 2024 map
Primavera Sound 2024 map / Primavera Sound

Getting to Parc del Fòrum and back 

Parc del Fòrum, the site where Primavera Sound is taking place, is very accessible from Barcelona city center. It can be reached by metro, bus, or even tram.  

The closest metro station is El Maresme | Fòrum, which is on the yellow L4 line and only five minutes away from the site. Across the city, the metro runs between 5 am and 12 midnight from Sunday to Thursday, from 5 am to 2 am on Fridays, and runs for 24 hours on Saturday.  

The bus system in Barcelona works almost 24 hours every day, but is separated into two categories, the ‘regular’ bus lines, which operate from 6 am to 11.15 pm every day, and the night bus (“nit bus” in Catalan), which goes from 11 pm to 6 am.  

Night bus lines that go by Parc del Fòrum: N6 (click here to see the N6 night bus route) and N7 (click here to see the N7 night bus route). Regular bus lines serving Parc del Fòrum: 7, 136, H14, H16, and V33

There will also be a free shuttle bus running from outside the venue to the central square Plaça Catalunya without stops every night of the festival, between midnight and 5 am on Thursday, 2 am to 5 am on Friday, and 3 am to 7 am on Saturday.  

There will be a second free shuttle bus from outside the main stages to Plaça Catalunya from Thursday to Saturday from midnight to 4 am. 

Tramway Trambesós T4 line will also run during the festival stopping at Fòrum Station and open until 1 am on Wednesday, and with nonstop service from Thursday to Sunday. 

If you want to leave the site and come back at some stage, it’s possible to do this but only until 3 am. If you leave before this time, you must validate your entry code on the AccessTicket application to be able to return to the site on the same day.  

Bicing, Barcelona’s city bike share facility, also runs 24 hours a day. 

What can I bring into the festival? 

There’s plenty you can bring into Parc del Fòrum with you. In fact, festival organizers recommend some things, including a hat or baseball cap to protect you from the sun, sun cream, a jacket for when the sun goes down, and a bottle of water not exceeding 33cl but without the cap. 

Food can also be brought in, as well as bags not exceeding 24 liters of volume, small umbrellas, and recyclable cups. 

There’s also a list of prohibited items that can’t be brought in, including reflex cameras, selfie sticks, scooters, motorcycle helmets, sprays and aerosols, and thermal water bottles.   

There will also be a cloakroom near the site entrance, which you can avail of at an additional cost unspecified on Primavera Sound’s website. 

Prohibited and allowed items
Prohibited and allowed items / Primavera Sound

Food, drinks, and payment 

Food and drinks can be purchased inside the venue at many points dotted throughout the site. At the festival bars, you can pay in cash or by card.  

There are also various areas for food stalls across the site. It should be noted that not all food stalls will accept payment by card. 

Other general information about the site 

First aid teams will be present at Parc del Fòrum in the event that any visitor needs medical attention. You can also speak with any Primavera Sound staff member who can call a first aid team if you don’t see them.  

There are many toilet facilities throughout the festival site, all indicated on the map, which can be found inside the programme upon arrival or else in pdf format from the Primavera Sound website.  

Lost something during the festival? Information points throughout Parc del Fòrum will also serve as lost and found desks.  

There are also facilities available for handicapped people and people with special needs at all of the stages across the site. They, along with one companion, will be able to enjoy the concerts from specific viewing platforms.  

Disabled and special needs people will also be able to get an extra wristband which allows for speedy access across the Parc del Fòrum site.