One of the greatest independent and alternative music events in Europe is called Primavera Sound. Due to its diverse schedule, which includes anything from alt-rock to underground house and techno, the festival draws hipsters from around the continent.
It’s not just about the big names festival-goers should expect. The festival strides to provide a platform to smaller, more underground names, making it one of the world’s biggest influencers when it comes to the indie and alternative music scene.
Primavera Sound was founded by Pablo Soler with the idea to bring a variety of independent artists from across a wide swath of genres, along with established artists, too, to an urban environment in spring; primavera means spring in Spanish. The first iteration, April 2001, with four stages and 19 artists including Armand Van Helden and Los Planetas, attracted 8,000 people.
The growth, exponential and fast, led organizers to abandon their initial site, Poble Espanol, an open-air architectural museum. Since 2005, Primavera Sound has set up camp at the redeveloped swath of land facing the Mediterranean, Parc del Forum, in the northern part of the city. In 2011, a record 170,000 people attended to experience more than 200 acts across 8 main stages and 8 stages of parallel programming across the city. Genres run from folk and jazz to metal, experimental and electronic, with pop, hip-hop and indie thrown in the middle somewhere. It’s a behemoth of a festival, running into the wee hours—and that’s just the music.
Barcelona and Madrid will be the two destinations for Primavera Sound 2023. With fantastic lineups, both towns will rule for two weekends in a row. Coherent, bold and full of surprises but connected in every way with the spirit of what has made Primavera Sound what it is today.
The main days of Primavera Sound Barcelona’s 21st edition will be held from June 1 through June 3 in Parc del Frum, while Primavera Sound Madrid’s first edition will be held from June 8 through June 10 in Ciudad del Rock of Arganda del Rey. Primavera a la Ciutat will also be presented in both locations:
Primavera Sound 2023 will have two locations, Barcelona and Madrid. Both cities will take the reins in two consecutive weekends with incredible lineups. Coherent, bold and full of surprises but connected in every way with the spirit of what has made Primavera Sound what it is today.
Primavera Sound Barcelona will celebrate the main days of its 21st edition from 1st to 3rd June in Parc del Fòrum, while the main days of the first edition of Primavera Sound Madrid will take place from 8th to 10th June in Ciudad del Rock de Arganda del Rey. Both locations will also run Primavera a la Ciutat: subject to capacity restrictions and in accordance with the entry system that we will detail in the future, different and complementary activities will be offered during the days leading up to the festival, from Monday to Wednesday and the closing Sunday (from Monday, May 29, in Barcelona, and from Monday, June 5, in Madrid).