The opening – and free! – day of Primavera Sound 2018 gives you a taste of what’s to come in the three intense days that follow at the Parc del Fòrum during the biggest music festival in the land. The biggest draw of the day is Scottish outfit Belle and Sebastian, which Stuart Murdoch has led since their beginnings in the mid-’90s. True classics of indie pop, they present songs from their three-EP collection, ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’ (2017-2018). Rounding out the bill is the Chilean pop diva Javiera Mena with her new album; post punk from Canadians Wolf Parade; Starcrawler, a young band led by the charismatic Arrow de Wilde; and psychedlic rock from young Catalans Holy Bouncer.
Update: Be aware that today the organisers have also programmed concerts inside the Auditori del Fòrum only for festival-goers who have purchased full festival tickets. There you can check out British space rockers Spiritualized, fronted by Jason Pierce, and accompanied by an orchestra and a choir, making their already atmospheric sound even more enveloping, as well as María Arnal and Marcel Bagés, true masters of emotion contained in the form of song.