Barcelona doesn’t need another reason to amp up its beaches and nightlife, but here it is nonetheless. Primavera Sound is a massive spider web of music and cultural goodies held over three days in Spain's one and only Barcelona. Late starts means plenty of time for exploring the city or relaxing at the beach during the day before heading back into the madness later on. Primavera started with under 10,000 punters and 19 stages in 2001 as a way to bring together a diverse range of acts in Spain in the spring. Fast forward to today and hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world descend on Barcelona for one of the biggest music festivals in a city.
Being in a festival makes everything with in easy reach, including accommodation and additional shows put on in and around the city's bars and clubs. A focus on independent music has seen local and international acts grace the stages. The (long) list includes The Cure, Sonic Youth, Patti Smith, Neil Young, Motörhead and The Arcade Fire. Barcelona is of course a massive drawcard in itself. The Catalonian capital is the sixth most populous city in the European Union and the food and lifestyle are major attractions year-round. A major economic hub, there are fast trains to France and the rest of Europe plus a busy airport. The old centre is remarkably well-preserved and the tapas-bar scene plus timing of meals will fit in well with this festival.
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Tips and tricks
Primavera is a massive festival. Unlike others, there is no need for camping as it takes place on the north side of Barcelona at Parque del Forum, an urban park by the sea. We still recommend getting in early for flights and accommodation.
Expect to hear Portuguese, Spanish and English floating around at this festival.
Reach the festival each day by bike, foot, bus, tram, train or taxi. Buses run all night.
Gaudi, Miro, Picasso, sangria... All names associated with this city and there are fantastic museums, architecture and food/beverage delights to be had.
Mercat de Santa Caterina is a recently renovated but authentic market for all your anchovy, meatball, croquette and vino tinto needs.
Spain has a great network of high-speed trains and you can easily travel to Madrid, Paris and Marseille etc. from Barcelona. Student Flights can help you get sorted for European rail adventures.
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