The Primavera Sound festival has replaced this Thursday the great canvas in which they appeared kissing the mayor of BarcelonaAda Colau, and the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, for a very similar one in which the former coaches of Barça Pep Guardiola and Real Madrid José Mourinho do it, delving into pointing out the expansion plans of the Barcelona festival towards Madrid.
Colau and Ayuso kiss in a huge drawing hung by Primavera Sound
The controversy over the celebration of Primavera Sound in the two Spanish cities, although it is already taking place in other international enclaves, and the tense relationship between the organization and the Barcelona council was reactivated on the first weekend when the co-director of the festival Gabi Ruiz charged against the City Council, threatening, once again, to definitively abandon the Catalan capital.
Dua Lipa, Gorillaz and Interpol have reigned in the second round of the event. This last group is a classic of the festival, which have been received by an enthusiastic public. The North American post punk group started strong with two of their most representative classics, Untitled and Evil. The thousands of voices from the public were heard loudly as they chanted the first words of Evil: Rosemary, heaven restores you in life“, one of his best-known songs.
In addition to Interpol, other claims on the line-up for the second weekend are Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Tyler, The Creator and Bad Gyal, but all of them have recently performed in Barcelona: Gorillaz, Tyler, The Creator and Bad Gyal at the first weekend of Spring at the Fòrum, Interpol in the Apolo room within the Primavera en la Ciudad and Dua Lipa in the Palau Sant Jordi on June 1. Although the truth is that there are 80,000 seats sold.
One of the causes of overcrowding is that, although the venue has 160,000 square meters and sufficient capacity to accommodate the expected thousands of people, most of the public congregates on the stages of the Barcelona area and very few They go to Sant Adrià because you have to walk fifteen minutes at a good pace to get there. This circumstance causes the area of the big stages to become an uncomfortable space, where it is very difficult to see the stage and a large part of the public is forced to follow the concerts through the screen located behind the sound table and the bars, reports EFE.
I was in front of dua lipa and I feel like I can die in peace 💖 pic.twitter.com/x9HmqmsFPv
— bali ⚔️💗 (@bvvvli) June 10, 2022
The organization of the festival has taken effective measures, such as directing the floods of people more professionally, better distributing the staff and eliminating some food and drink sales areas that hindered the passage. Surprisingly, the queues at the water fountains have continued, despite the fact that the festival has given out free bottles, probably due to the lack of posters announcing it. With greater fluidity than last Thursday, the thousands of people who have attended the concerts on Thursday have moved before and after the other 13 stages. Some Interpol concertgoers have lamented that their performance overlapped with Ride, a classic '90s shoegaze group that shares an audience with Interpol. Similarly, on the first weekend, two groups aimed at the same public coincided in time: Nick Cave and Bauhaus.
Saturday with news
This Friday's day has two main claims, The Strokes and Lorde, who have not yet performed in Barcelona. The Strokes should have done it last weekend at the Fòrum, but they canceled the concert because one of the band members contracted COVID. To compensate the public, the festival has offered people who had tickets for that day to exchange them for one for Friday, so the influx can be very high.
Another of the decisions of the organization of the festival for this weekend has also been controversial. The announcement clarifying that the reservations to access the Brunch-on-the-beach next Sunday are sold out, has raised criticism among the public, who have complained on social networks about being deprived of some concerts included in the festival subscription. Brunch-on-the-beach is a daytime event at the Parc del Fòrum with which the festival intends to close this year's edition and in which Nina Kraviz, Nicola Cruz dj set, Monolink, Amelie Lens and Anika are expected to perform. Kunst, among others.
Some attendees have acknowledged that they had received an email from the organization informing them, but shortly before they sold out, making it impossible for them to do so. Others have even assured that the mail has reached them when the tickets were already sold out and have denounced that the festival has given preference to spectators with VIP tickets and has neglected the rest, according to the agency.
A group of those affected has started a campaign to collect signatures in which they denounce that the subscription for the second weekend of Primavera Sound includes Primavera en la Ciudad -concerts during the week in Barcelona venues- and Brunch-on- the-beach, and who, however, have not been able to attend either of the two events due to capacity limitations.
Thank you @Spring_Sound for informing me to collect the ticket for the Brunch on the Beach that I had already paid for ONE HOUR AFTER they sold out because you have previously sold them to people without the festival ticket to make even more money. Scammers. pic.twitter.com/VZSSq3gS53
— ℳ. (@emvivi_) June 9, 2022