Fans and hopeful attendees of Barcelona's Primavera Sound were delighted to discover that the preview app they downloaded was a video game displaying the full line-up for the festival's fifteenth anniversary.
Already announced were Friday and Saturday's headliners Ride and The Strokes, and now they've been joined by a host of other equally incredible artists. Thursday sees The Black Keys leading the bill alongside The Replacements, who are hitting Spanish stages for the first time and Antony and the Johnsons, who've been doing plenty since their last Barcelona gig. Bringing some variation to Thursday proceedings are electronic virtuosos James Blake, Richie Hawtin and Simian Mobile Disco.
The Black Keys join headlines Ride and The Strokes
Joining Ride on Friday's headliners are Alt-J and Patti Smith, while further fun comes from several acts currently promoting new albums: such as Belle And Sebastian with 'Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance', Damien Rice with his first album in eight years 'My Favourite Faded Fantasy', Ariel Pink and his first 'proper' solo venture 'Pom Pom' from last year; Perfume Genius with 'Too Bright'; and The New Pornographers with 'Brill Bruisers'.
The Strokes are Saturday's biggest event, and sees frontman Julian Casablancas return after his Friday performance with side project Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. Interpol, who released another spectacular album last year entitled 'El Pintor', will also co-headline alongside techno pros Underworld, who are performing their 1994 album 'Dubnobasswithmyheadman'. Caribou, Foxygen and eels also find themselves on Saturday's spectacular roster.
Julian Casablancas appears with both his bands at Primavera
There feels to be a bit of a blast from the 90s in the air for Primavera this year, with a number of bands bringing the riot grrrl movement back to festivals. Kat Bjelland's recently reformed Babes In Toyland will make an appearance on Saturday, while rock trio Sleater-Kinney are big names on Friday's itinerary, Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna brings her latest project The Julie Ruin to the stage on Thursday alongside Mary Timony's band Ex Hex. Meanwhile, there's Patti Smith & Band who will not only be performing her debut record 'Horses' on Friday, but will also return for an acoustic and spoken word session the following day.
As well as the main three days, there will also be things to do in the days leading up. Wednesday is the first official day of the festival; a free event that will see performances from OMD, Cinerama, Albert Hammond, Jr., Christina Rosenvinge, Panama and Las Ruinas. While everyone mentioned will be performing at the Parc del Fòrum, Monday and Tuesday will host further acts at the Sala Apolo.
The festival is set to take place between 27th - 30th May and ticket prices begin at 175 euros until February 3rd before rising to 185 until May 4th and then 195.