The 15th anniversary of Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is right around the corner, and in order to celebrate, we thought we’d throw it a birthday party in the form of a look back at its brightest moments. So, click through for the best of the best from the festival’s decade and a half, from its very first set to today.
Sr. Chinarro (2001)
Opening the very first Primavera Sound festival is a big honor, one that went to Seville, Spain, indie outfit Sr. Chinarro. Antonio Luque’s syrupy sweet vocals and shimmering guitar set the tone for the festival, the outfit’s new wave and retro pop making the perfect match for the open air in a Barcelonan spring. Fittingly, Luque’s been a welcome presence throughout Primavera’s 15 years, and the organizers will be bringing him back this spring to celebrate the anniversary. –Adam Kivel