Festival Frolics: Primavera Sound as Premium as Pints of Sun-drenched San Miguel

Whilst the NME-orientated sodden summer festivities offered up by Britain's biggest and best festivals promise many bizarre and bewildering happenings, Barcelona's Primavera Sound promises an entirely opposing proposition. Stereotypically speaking, there'll be a fair bit of sunshine. Yet scenes of seething and sweating, almost melting throngs long-since established as a fail-safe feature of Benicassim are filtered thoroughly through a minimised British presence and more importantly, a seriously well-reasoned May setting. Sponsored by Spain's most successful premium, San Miguel, and featuring a frightfully astounding line up imminently expanded with the addition of the sun stroke sounds of Brian Wilson songwriter, Van Dyke Parks, Primavera Sound offers a surefire summer solstice of sound. This year's edition will be headlined by prime lo-fi progressives Pavement and Pixies, as well as the distinguishable, yet slightly disturbing disco of Neil Tennant's Pet Shop Boys, whilst the remainder of the cartel reads like a scruffy, fuzz-coated fry up of an ATP obsessive breakfast. Deranged, delusional dystopia that soothes and stirs in equal measure comes in the fractious form of Bradford Cox' Atlas Sound, Fuck Buttons throw their traumatised toys over to Spanish shores and Les Savy Fav return to enthrall with their barking beaten and bent booze rock. Tickets are a snip at £131 for the weekend and with crazed doom disco devils Chrome Hoof shunning silver shards in your direction, you'd be best to oblige.

Taking place from the 27th-29th at Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum, the full line up is as follows:

3Mellizas * A Sunny Day In Glasgow * Apse * Atlas Sound * Beach House * Beak> * Ben Frost * Best Coast * Bigott * Bis * Biscuit * Black Lips * Black Math Horseman * Blackbird * Boy 8-Bit * Broken Social Scene * Built To Spill * Camaron, La Leyenda Del Tiempo * Chrome Hoof * Circulatory System * Clare And The Reasons * CocoRosie * Cohete * Cold Cave * Condo Fucks * Crocodiles * Delorean * Diplo * Diploide * Dr. Dog * Dum Dum Girls * Emilio José * Endless Boogie * Fake Blood * First Aid Kit * Florence + The Machine * Fuck Buttons * Ganglians * Gary Numan * Grizzly Bear * Half Foot Outside * Harlem * HEALTH * Here We Go Magic * Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions * Internet 2 * Japandroids * Jeffrey Lewis & The Junkyard * Joker featuring Nomad * Junip * Lee "Scratch" Perry * Les Savy Fav * Lidia Damunt * Liquid Liquid * Los Campesinos! * Low performing "The Great Destroyer" * Major Lazer * Marc Almond * Matt & Kim * McEnroe * Mission Of Burma * Moderat * Monotonix * Mujeres * Nana Grizol * No Age * Nueva Vulcano * ODDSAC * Orbital * Owen Pallett (Final Fantasy) * Panda Bear * Pavement * Peggy Sue * Pet Shop Boys * Pixies * Polvo * Pony Bravo * Real Estate * Roddy Frame * Rother/Shelley/Mullan * Scout Niblett * Seefeel * Shellac * Sian Alice Group * Sic Alps * Sleigh Bells * Spoon * Standstill * Sunny Day Real Estate * Superchunk * Surfer Blood * The Almighty Defenders * The Antlers * The Big Head Troubled Boy * The Big Pink * The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 * The Books * The Bundles * The Charlatans performing "Some Friendly" * The Clean * The Drums * The Fall * The Field * The King Khan & BBQ Show * The New Pornographers * The Nu Niles * The Psychic Paramount * The Slits * The Smith Westerns * The Wave Pictures * The XX * Thee Oh Sees * Thelematicos * Titus Andronicus * Tortoise * Ui * Van Dyke Parks * Wilco * Wild Honey * Wire * Yeasayer *

Tickets are currently available to UK adventurists here.