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Strong international line-up at Barcelona’s 2014 Primavera Sound Festival

The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Mogway, Television, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Caetano Veloso, Saint Vincent, and Laurent Garnier are amongst the most outstanding artists to have joined the line-up of the 2014 Primavera Sound Festival. Until now, the Pixies, Arcade Fire, and Neutral Milk Hotel had been the only major announcements for the festival’s next edition, which will be held from the 29th to the 31st of May in Barcelona’s Forum. A few Catalan musicians will join these famous international bands, for instance Mishima, Standstill, Joana Serrat, Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raúl Fernández.

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29 January 2014 07:44 PM

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ACN / Pau Cortina

Barcelona (ACN).- The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Mogway, Television, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Caetano Veloso, Saint Vincent, and Laurent Garnier are amongst the most outstanding artists who have joined the line-up of the 2014 Primavera Sound Festival. Until now, the Pixies, Arcade Fire, and Neutral Milk Hotel had been the only major announcements for the festival’s next edition, which will be held from the 29th to the 31st of May in Barcelona’s Forum. A few Catalan musicians will join these famous international bands, notably Mishima, Standstill, Joana Serrat, Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raúl Fernández. For the very first time, the program was presented through the projection, in five cinemas across Spain, of a film entitled ‘Line-up’ and directed by Àlex Julià, which gradually revealed the names of performing artists. It was another original way of presenting the festival’s programme, following last year’s gala at the Apolo night club which had replaced the traditional press conference.


The bulk of artists performing at the 2014 Primavera Sound Festival was thus announced on Tuesday evening. Among these are many musicians who achieved international recognition, such as The National, Queens of the Stone Age, Mogway, Television, Nine Inch Nails, Kendrick Lamar, Foals, Cut Copy, NIN, St.Vincent, Laurent Garnier, Dischlosure, Volcano Choir, Black Lips, Real Estate, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Metronomy and Jaime xx. Quite unexpectedly, Caetano Veloso will also treat the audience to a concert.

Catalan bands will also play a significant part in this year’s festival, led by Mishima, Standstill, Za!, El petit de Cal Eril, The Last 3 Lines and Joana Serrat. Sílvia Pérez Cruz will perform alongside Raúl Fernández, who will also play as Refree.

An innovative presentation of the festival’s line-up

At half past nine in the evening on Tuesday, five cinemas across Spain have screened Àlex Julià’s 30-minute-long film entitled ‘Line- Up’ which revealed the names of the bands performing in the 2014 festival.

The screening of the film, which was also streamed live over the Internet, is an evolution of the audiovisual presentation the 2013 festival. At the time, the line-up was announced through a short informative video, screened during a gala reception at the Apolo night club in Barcelona.

This year, the presentation was much more ambitious: the line-up was announced through a 30-minute-long footage filmed in the city of Detroit and directed by Àlex Julià. The Catalan Director is known for his documentary ‘Nitsa 94/96: El giro electrónico’, which was presented in the latest edition of Barcelona’s ‘in-Edit festival’ dedicated to music documentaries.

The screening of ‘Line- Up’ has taken place simultaneously in Barcelona (Aribau Multicines), Madrid (Círculo de Bellas Artes), Valencia (Cine Babel), Seville (Los Arcos Multicines) and Bilbao (Sala Bilborock).

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  • Two people in front of the Line-Up's poster at Barcelona's Aribau movie theatre (by P. Cortina)

  • Pixies at the 2010 Primavera Sound (by P. Cortina)

  • Two people in front of the Line-Up's poster at Barcelona's Aribau movie theatre (by P. Cortina)
  • Pixies at the 2010 Primavera Sound (by P. Cortina)