Definitely, 2021 keeps getting more and more promising. Only a few days ago the Primavera Sound Barcelona 2021 lineup was revealed (and the almost immediately sold out), today it is the Portuguese edition that announces its complete lineup. NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2021 will be held from June 10th to 12th of next year in Parque da Cidade with the best lineup in its history, headed by global hip hop icon TYLER, THE CREATOR, TAME IMPALA with their psychedelic pop for the masses for the first time at the festival, GORILLAZ by Damon Albarn, the majestic seduction of FKA TWIGS, the pop sensation of the moment DOJA CAT, PAVEMENT for their even more much awaited reunion, BAD BUNNY as world ambassador for Latin music, BECK in his capacity as a living music legend and KING KRULE as a new generational reference coming directly from the dark.
These are only the most visible names of a lineup that will mostly replicate the one that should have been held this year and that will bring together 63 artists, with the inimitable stamp of Primavera Sound and a decided commitment to combining tradition with risk, great names with artists of tomorrow, contemporary sounds together with those that explain the last three decades of music. Unanimously exalted by the audience as one of the most special festivals in the world thanks to the surroundings that welcome it and now underpinned by a list of names you could only dream of, there is no doubt that the countdown to the best edition of NOS Primavera Sound Porto starts now.
A Primavera Sound poster always captures the time in which it has been created, but as the festival’s history expands, more artists and bands join the family. With the Barcelona festival heading towards its twentieth edition and the Porto festival approaching the celebration of its first decade, it is evident that Primavera Sound cannot be explained without the figure of KIM GORDON, who will present her first solo album under her own name. Nor without the forever-young DINOSAUR JR, the champions of the post-hardcore JAWBOX and, of course, no pandemic is going to keep SHELLAC away from their annual date in Porto. Also, there will be room for newly-forged legends like that of the reborn CHROMATICS (whose leader, Johnny Jewel, will also perform with his project Desire), CIGARETTES AFTER SEX with their languid ethereal pop, DIIV and their eternal search for the perfect noise, JEHNNY BETH with her first solo incarnation post Savages or the tantric riffs by Al Cisneros of Sleep’s OM. They will be supported by new generations of artists who already sound like classics, such as the nomads of groove KHRUANGBIN, the nostalgic stories by HELADO NEGRO and, yes, also, the forever cool ding-a-ling of the Australians ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER.
It says a lot about a lineup that, despite having to be moved to the following year for reasons that we all know, it continues to perfectly reflect the present moment. Such is the strength of a list of artists who, without a doubt, will use these extra months to get bigger and better. This is already a reality for the Jamaican music by KOFFEE, GEORGIA and her infinite British dance music, the new Latin diva PALOMA MAMI, the endless pop archipelago of PENELOPE ISLES and the abandoned scratches of BLACK MIDI’S guitars.
Craving hip hop? Be attentive to new stars such as the elusive EARL SWEATSHIRT or the very commanding LITTLE SIMZ, the revolutionary power of JAMILA WOODS or the triumvirate of Spanish urban music formed by C. TANGANA, BAD GYAL and YUNG BEEF, each with their own role on the scene and arriving in Portugal as stars. From the neighbouring country will also come the promising new voice of flamenco MARÍA JOSÉ LLERGO and the psychedelic madness of DERBY MOTORETA’S BURRITO KACHIMBA, from Seville to the world.
Is pop your thing? The good thing about always betting on futuristic pop is that there is no date that can’t handle it. Artists like the force of nature CAROLINE POLACHEK presenting her fantastic Pang, the incendiary American duo 100GECS, the British-Japanese artist RINA SAWAYAMA now with her debut LP under her arm, the tireless experimenter MURA MASA or the unleashed queer pop by the Brazilian drag queen PABLLO VITTAR will make it clear that pop is here to save us again, perhaps now more than ever.
All tickets purchased for NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 are valid for the 2021 edition. Ticket holders have to exchange their NOS Primavera Sound Porto 2020 ticket for a ticket that is valid for the 2021 edition. This exchange must be made at the same place where the ticket was initially bought, and can be carried out from Thursday 18th June until December 31st 2020. There will be no extra cost. All the details about the process will be explained in the festival’s website.