At its 8th edition, NOS Primavera Sound has already accumulated a good series of memorable chapters that continue to surpass themselves. There is reason to believe in this projection: there has not yet been a year that has not been a step forward for the Porto festival. The 2019 edition guaranteed the presence of about 75,000 participants in the Parque da Cidade during the three days of the festival and did so with the most eclectic and festive lineup since its beginning. Solange, J Balvin and Stereolab now know what it’s like to performance at the real headliner of the festival that is the beautiful Parque da Cidade and James Blake, Courtney Barnett and Interpol could return to it to do it in conditions of new stars.
Despite the bad weather conditions of the first day and the various adversities the festival happened naturally and, in this sense, it would like to thank all participants for understanding the difficulties of an edition that was affected by the weather but happen hand in hand with an audience that once again celebrated the diversity of proposals and the uniqueness of the scenery.
It all happened with an average of 25,000 people in each of the three days. The last of them, today, still has a lot to offer. Rosalía, prepared to be crowned in Porto, Erykah Badu, who develops her always present retrospective soul, Low, who can still find beauty in horror (and vice versa), Neneh Cherry, ready to put her umpteenth grade in the definition of “vanguard” and Nina Kraviz with her final session.
As always, NOS Primavera Sound also had space to risky and hard-to-see proposals at festivals of this magnitude such as the apotheosis of Sons of Kemet XL with its four drums, Lisabö‘s estranged mourning, Korean post-rock of Jambinai or Jarvis Cocker‘s new unclassifiable show.
Many others have given shape to a lineup distributed around the stages premiered last year: the eighth edition was also the consolidation of the SEAT stage as the second main space; the idyllic setting in the garden, now called the Pull&Bear stage and the Bits stage, also renovated and expanded into a warehouse that hides an electronic club inside the festival itself. Pieces of a puzzle that get complete with the NOS stage, Super Bock stage and Radio Primavera Sound stage and that make NOS Primavera Sound a (not so much) hidden jewel of festivals in Europe.
NOS Primavera Sound returns in 2020, from 11 to 13 June, to Parque da Cidade and already has Pavement as the first confirmed act. The band’s performance, together with the concert in the next edition of Primavera Sound Barcelona are in fact the only concerts that the group will give during the year.