Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age and Chvrches were also among those to play the first day of the Spanish event
Arcade Fire headlined day one of Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona last night (May 29), while Warpaint earlier covered David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’ – watch their full set below.
Kicking off with the sprawling title track from their current album ‘Reflektor’, Arcade Fire – who drew the largest crowd of the evening by far – followed with ‘Flashbulb Eyes’, during which singer Win Butler briefly descended from the stage and went into the crowd, throwing a jumper which had been left on the steps into the audience as he went.
Dressed in black, white and neon, which glowed under the red stage lights, the Montreal outfit then went into a duo of songs from debut album ‘Funeral’ – ‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’ and ‘Rebellion (Lies)’ – to huge cheers. They then played four tracks from the award-winning 2010 release ‘The Suburbs’, including both versions of the title track, previous single ‘Ready To Start’ and ‘Rococo’, which ended with an a capella outro of The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’.
Backed by a disco lights-style background and speaking rarely to the crowd, they then went into ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’ and ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’ before continuing with a selection of tracks from 2007’s ‘Neon Bible’ (‘No Cars Go’, ‘Keep The Car Running’) and ‘Reflecktor’, including ‘We Exist’ and ‘Afterlife’.
They finished the main body of the set with ‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’ – fronted by Regine Chassagne, clad in a blue sparkly dress. The band reentered to a mariachi version of ‘Tequila’ with their now customary bobblehead figures before finishing the encore with ‘Normal Person’, ‘Here Comes The Night Time’ and a crowd sing-a-long of early single ‘Wake Up’.
Arcade Fire played:
‘Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)’
‘Joan Of Arc’
‘The Suburbs (Continued)’
‘Ready to Start’
‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’
‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’
‘No Cars Go’
‘Keep the Car Running’
‘It’s Never Over (Hey Orpheus)’
‘Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)’
‘Here Comes The Night Time’
Earlier that evening Queens Of The Stone Age played a ‘…Like Clockwork’-heavy set to a heaving crowd before Arcade Fire. Bringing out the likes of ‘Smooth Sailing’, ‘My God Is The Sun’ and ‘Fairweather Friends’, the band also played a number of old singles including ‘Little Sister’, which was preceded by singer Josh Homme introducing the band. “This is Dean Fertita and he’s drunk,” he said while pointing to the guitarist, before jokingly chastising the audience’s cheers. “Don’t applaud, that’s not cool… Well, my name’s Joshua and I’m on tequila.”
Homme also went on to praise the “fucking wonderful” line up of the festival, pointing out Arcade Fire and Metronomy as highlights, and then addressed the crowd again at the end of the set, declaring, “this is your last chance to cut loose, so what the fuck you got?” and ending with a riotous ‘A Song For The Deaf’.
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Warpaint also played a well-attended set on the Heineken stage, airing tracks from their eponymous second album including single ‘Love Is To Die’ and ‘Disco//Very’ alongside old favourites ‘Undertow’ and ‘Bees’. The four-piece, sporting blue and pink hair (singer Emily Kokal and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg respectively), also played a cover of David Bowie’s ‘Ashes To Ashes’, staying relatively true to the original version.
Pond played a host of new material earlier in the day, hinting at a new vocal direction with usual frontman Nick Allbrook taking a relative backseat, while Chvrches also drew a huge crowd to their set on the Pitchfork stage. Metronomy closed the first night, playing a late 3am set to a huge audience, backed by the artwork from recent album ‘Love Letters’ and with large white steps putting the four band members at different levels on the stage.
Primavera Sound continues today (May 30) with a headline performance from The National and sets from Pixies, Haim and Jagwar Ma among others.