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Primavera Sound 2019

The wildly popular Primavera Sound festival has announced the artists who will take to the stages in its 2019 edition, which will be held at the Parc del Fòrum in Barcelona from Friday, May 30 to Saturday, June 1. This year, half of the artists on the line-up are women, bringing more equality and just as much brilliance to the festival.

Rosalía, Solange, Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, Robyn and Miley Cyrus are tops among the list of women performing that also includes highlights like FKA Twigs, Carly Rae Jepsen and Courtney Barnet, plus stellar male artists such as Tame Impala, J Balvin, Future, James Blake and Kurt Vile & The Violators.

Key players who hit it big in the ’90s feature as usual, including Jarvis Cocker, Suede, Stereolab, Nas, Neneh Cherry, Róisín Murphy, Primal Scream, Guided by Voices, Built to Spill, Stephen Malkmus and Liz Phair, who also make room for new sensations of urban music and contemporary pop like Kate Tempest, Princess Nokia, Yung Beef, Empress Of, Charli XCX and Kali Uchis.

The eclectic line-up spans EBM from veterans Nitzer Ebb to alternative rock from Dirty Projectors, plus avant-garde pop from Julia Holter, club pop from Jungle, urban soul from Nathy Peluso, a load of reggaeton artists (Ivy Queen, DJ Playero, Japanese, Don Chezina, Hurricane G, Tony Touch) and much more.

As for electronic music, look out for Richie Hawtin, Nina Kraviz, Modeselektor, Helena Hauff, Objekt, Veronica Vasicka, Yves Tumor, Apparat, Suzanne Ciani, SOPHIE and Mykki Blanco, as well as artists in Primavera Bits, a festival within the festival on the other side of the Por Fòrum bridge.

The muses of La Musa: Kate Tempest

Young British poet and rapper Kate Tempest kicked off her music career when she was just 16 years old performing in an open mic series organised by a record shop. She was part of the hip-hop band Sound of Rum, and it also coincided with the start of her poetry performances. She’s opened for post-punk poet John Cooper Clarke and rapper Scroobius Pop. Her band Blance’s debut album came out in 2001, and the following year her first book of poems, ‘Everything Speaks in Its Own Way’, was published. Nominated for the prestigious Mercury Prize for her debut solo album, ‘Everybody Down’ (2014), Tempest is now in Barcelona to present today at sala Apolo her latest record, ‘Let Them Eat Chaos’ (2016).

La inquietant foscor de FEWS

El más recientemente y feliz descubrimiento del universo indie es la banda  americano-sueca FEWS, especializada en  motorikv propulsado y noise-pop. No muchas bandas se atreverían a lanzar un tema de 8 minutazos de psych kraut para su debut ill, que fue descrito por The Times como una reunión de  con The Jesus & Mary Chain.
2015 ha sido sin duda un año increíble para la banda; comenzó con una invitación para acompañar en directo a Ghostpoet, para entrar después en el  estudio al productor Dan Carey (Bat For Lashes / Sexwitch, Kate Tempest,  Toy) quien publicó su single de debut ill,  en su sello Speedy Wunderground. Consolidando aún más la relación, Carey ha producido su álbum de debut,  que se publicará en algún momento de este 2016 en Play It Again Sam. Esta noche en Razzmatazz.

Productora de Pardals: Georgia

Mestre Bergman is always on the research of new talents. Today he introduces us to the music of Georgia. Georgia Barnes has spent two years working on her self-titled debut album, coming out this year, but she has been preparing for it all her life with a ravenous music consumption. The London girl’s debut, under the prestigious independent British record label Domino, reveals an omnivorous diet of R&B, post-punk, dub, grime and pop. Drummer with Kwes and Kate Tempest, two of the most interesting talents on the alternative hip-hop scene that has grown in London in recent years, Georgia brought her solo project to light with the EP Come In (2014). The word “solo” is not used in the rhetorical sense: composer, multi-instrumentalist and producer, she recorded her debut record by herself in her home studio. She will be presenting it in her first concert in Catalonia.

Sónar: Kate Tempest

In 2013 Kate Tempest received the prestigious Ted Hughes award, the English award given annually to new work in the field of poetry. Once again she has used her enormous talent with words to storm into the music realm with her first album on Big Dada, the hip-hop sister label to Ninja Tune. “Everybody Down” is a diary of stories about the minutiae of daily life featuring two main characters, Becky and Harry. It is told with a razor sharp street-smart voice and is a modern take on a style akin to Mike Skinner’s “Original Pirate Material” by The Streets. The album’s production has fallen into the expert hands of Dan Carey -collaborator with M.I.A. and Kylie Minogue- who is also part of the four-piece band-accompanying Tempest live. Born in South-East London in 1985, Tempest began as an amateur MC and spoken word performer on a circuit she now knows like the back of her hand. She then began to write poetry and theatre plays and also recorded the album “Balance” with band Sound of Rum, as well as reciting a collection of poetry on “Everything In Its Own Way”. Her debut album on Big Dada was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, and on the same day she was also included on the Poetry Book Society’s list of the country’s most important young poets. While she currently tours with her band performing songs from “Everybody Down”, she is also putting the finishing touches to her first novel “The Bricks That Built the Houses”, scheduled for publication in 2016. Today at 17.30h at SonarHall.