The Black Keys, Ride & The Strokes Headline 2015 Primavera Sound

One of Europe’s biggest and sunniest festivals, Primavera Sound, will welcome The Black Keys, Ride and The Strokes this year when it returns to Barcelona’s Parc del Forum on the weekend of May 28-30.

Unveiled via a mobile app named Line-App, this year’s line-up is one of the most intriguing in its 15 year history, with a number of high-profile reunions, rising stars and artists performing their most celebrated album in full.


Nominated for three awards at this year’s Grammys, blues-rock duo The Black Keys will top the bill on the opening Thursday, with former Mercury Prize winners Antony & The Johnsons and James Blake, the reformed The Replacements and techno legend Richie Hawtin also appearing alongside the likes of Spiritualized, Simian Mobile Disco, Jungle, Tyler, The Creator, Panda Bear and Chet Faker.

Responsible for spearheading the current shoegaze revival, cult outfit Ride will take top billing on the Friday, just ahead of another recently reunited band, Sleater-Kinney, indie trio Alt-J and Godmother of Punk, Patti Smith, who will play the entirety of her seminal 1975 LP, Horses. Other same-day performers include Belle & Sebastian, Damien Rice, Death From Above 1979, Jose Gonzalez, Ariel Pink and Run The Jewels.

Having performed as a solo artist the previous day, Julian Casablancas will then return to the stage with his The Strokes bandmates as the Saturday headliners. Post-punk trio Interpol, acclaimed producer Caribou and electronic veterans Underworld, who will revisit their ground-breaking 1994 album, dubnobasswithmyheadman, in full, will also help bring the festival to a close in addition to the likes of Foxygen, Eels, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Babes in Toyland and Swans.

A number of local acts will also showcase their talents including Rocio Marquez, Miquel Serra and Nueva Vulcano, while organizers will also stage a free inaugural gig on Wednesday May 27 and several smaller shows around the city’s bars throughout the weekend.

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