Second day of Spanish festival also saw performances from Patti Smith, Perfume Genius and Julian Casablancas + The Voidz
Run The Jewels played a midnight slot on the second day of Primavera Sound festival last night (May 29).
The hip-hop duo’s set was followed by a closing hour of throbbing techno from London producer Jon Hopkins, but Run The Jewels drew one of the biggest audiences of the night.
With the crowd stretching back to the bars lining the ATP area, the pair stomped on to Queen’s ‘We Are The Champions’. Rapper Killer Mike – whose right arm was in a sling following an accident at SXSW – shouted “We are gonna burn this stage to the motherfucking ground!”. His partner, rapper/producer El-P followed up by thanking the crowd and adding “It’s gonna be a fucking blockbuster!”.
Starting with heavy pair ‘Run The Jewels’ and ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’, Run The Jewels raced through an intense set. At one point, Killer Mike’s wife appeared on stage and the pair instructed fans to wish her a happy birthday. ‘Lie Cheat Steal’ prompted the most raucous reaction, fans bouncing as they bellowed along to the chorus. After closer ‘A Christmas Fucking Miracle’, Killer Mike thumped his chest and said “We are the best rap group in the motherfucking world!”
Run The Jewels played:
‘Run the Jewels’
‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’
‘Blockbuster Night, Part 1’
‘Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)’
‘Pew Pew Pew’
‘Lie, Cheat, Steal’
‘All Due Respect’
‘Love Again (Akinyele Back)’
‘A Christmas Fucking Miracle’
Earlier in the day, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz opened the Primavera stage with a selection of noisy, punk-influenced tracks from debut album ‘Tyranny’. Casablancas, who will close the festival on Saturday (May 30) with The Strokes, had dyed one side of his straggly mullet bright red, and the other yellow.
Wearing sunglasses that looked like flying goggles, he shouted “Let’s fucking do this” before a feedback-heavy ‘Take Me In Your Army’. With the stage bathed in evening sunshine, Patti Smith and her band walked out to a packed crowd to play her 1975 debut ‘Horses’ in full. With her long hair blowing in the breeze the New York icon sung powerful versions of ‘Redondo Beach’ and ‘Birdland’.
The Pitchfork stage saw consecutive performances from Tobias Jesso Jr, Perfume Genius, Shabazz Palaces and Ariel Pink. After Jesso’s soft piano ballads and Perfume Genius’ theatrics, the Seattle hip-hop duo filled the air with heavy bass and gurgling electronics. Ariel Pink, wearing an oversized t-shirt splashed with pictures of swimwear-clad bodies, played an intense hour-long show. With drummer Don Bolles in a two-piece green bikini, the band played tracks from last year’s ‘Pom Pom’ as well as a cover of ‘Baby’ by Washington soft-rockers Donnie & Joe Emerson.
The music continued into the early hours, with New York dance duo Ratatat, Jon Hopkins and techno producer Dixon drawing big crowds.
Primavera Sound concludes today with The Strokes, DIIV, Mac DeMarco and Caribou among the acts scheduled to play.