I hope you had a good night sleep and a great relaxing morning at Barcelona. Maybe had a few drinks, as you reminisce and talk about yesterday's great memories. I hope you are ready for another day of great music! Once again we arrive on site on Parc Del Forum, this time no line (since we already have our bracelets!), and as we go through the merchandise area, we're ready for yet another great day of music.
Our first stop today is the familiar Primavera Stage, to catch our first act of the day:
17:40-18:20, Primavera Stage - The Veils
The Veils are a great, dark alternative band. “Not Yet” is the opener to their great "Nux Vomica" album. It's like a dramatic, epic, western packed into a song. Led by frontman Finn Andrews, who gives possibly the best vocal performance of his career - screaming, yelling, and absolutely losing it as he tells the tale of his childhood and his sexual adolescent. The Veils sound is epic and huge, reminds me of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, the drumming is absolutely top notch in this one, and all the other instruments are damn fine as well. Kicks off acoustically, before the entire band joins in, it than gets into a swing section, which leads to a surprising c-part and eventually an epic climax - it’s absolutely a great song and hopefully a great custom as well.
So The Veils were brilliant, and now we'll head to the Ray Ban stage, where we'll spend the next few hours watching two great Madchester bands in a row. If you're unfamiliar with the term, “Madchester” was a small genre which combines aspects of indie rock, psychedelic rock and dance music, directly following from the influence of The Smiths, New Order and The Fall. The stage is already packed with excited people:
And we're ready for the first act:
18:50-19:40, Ray Ban Stage - The Chameleons
By the way, this is the exact same time and stage The Chameleons have actually played in the 2012 edition of Primavera.
Custom by Septekka, who writes:
"While not quite one of the stars of the post-punk show in terms of sheer popularity, Manchester-based band The Chameleons more than make up for that with a short but stellar run of brilliant records in the mid 80's, cementing themselves one of the genre's most essential and perhaps underrated bands. Their 1983 debut, Script of the Bridge, remains arguably their most well-known and highly-regarded record, with consistently great songs and lush, yet sharp production. Though some songs on the album play the post-punk angle fairly straight, others take on a more atmospheric, dream pop-like quality in a way not dissimilar to late-80s The Cure - only earlier.
By the way, here is a video of the actual performance of "Second Skin" in Primavera 2012.
So the Chameleons were brilliant, but for once we're actually staying at the same stage, it's getting darker as we're waiting for the next band:
20:30-21:20, Ray Ban Stage - Inspiral Carpets
Inspiral Carpets are one of the important bands in the Madchester scene of the late 1980s, alongside such bands as Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, and The Charlatans.Inspiral Carpets leaned more towards psychedelia than their typical Madchester colleagues, with a style that knit together elaborate organ riffs, double vocal lines, and a guitar style more associated with the '60s than the '80s. They take the stage and play a great set of songs, but there's one song in particular the crowd is especially waiting to hear:
In a perfect world, this chorus is sung by a huge crowd of 50,000 people every night. This is not a perfect world, but places like Primavera exist - where alternative fans come together, and where many niche or smaller bands find extremely warm and appreciative audience. “This is How it Feels” is the band's biggest moment, it even ended up peaking at #14 in the UK charts, a huge achievement for such an alternative band. It's a huge, brilliant anthem with dark lyrics of a troubled marriage and possibly abuse.
As the band belt out this great song, the Ray Ban audience coming together to sing the chorus:
"This is how it feels to be lonely,
This is how it feels to be small,
This is how it feels when your word means nothing at all..."
The show was amazing, and we're overjoyed. Once again we take the walk to the main stages area, arriving in time to catch our spot for today's headliner and last band:
Mango Stage, 22:10-00:10 - The Cure
Which by the way, is the exact time and place The Cure played in Primavera 2012 - the same day the Chameleons played! Nice coincidence there... I modeled the setlist as closely as I could to the actual setlist the Cure played at Primavera, of course with adjustments to the songs we have in our DB.
The hour finally arrived, the crowd is packed, the audience is waiting, and The Cure take the stage! They open their set with this brilliant song:
The Cure keep up with the hits, pulling out the brilliant "In Between Days", before giving their more hardcore fans two treats with two great deep cuts - "Six Different Ways" (from 'The Head on the Door') and "The Holy Hour" from the cult-classic "Faith", before going back to another pair of hits - "Just Like Heaven" (it's an RB3 disc song) and "Lullaby". Another treat for the fans - the "Pornography" favorite "The Hanging Garden", before they step up the pace and rhythm with "Fascination Street" and "Hot Hot Hot!!!". Next comes up the emotional climax, with:
The Cure post-"Wish" career have known ups and downs, but at their best, The Cure still produced some absolute incredible moments. And "Want" is definitely one of those. The opener to their 1996 album "Wild Mood Swings", "Want" is an amazing ballad that's been a concert staple since it's release, "Want" is the Cure at their emotional best. It also makes a great custom, with some brilliant drums filled with fills, and some nice guitars and keys/strings. It's probably the least known song on this pack, but give it a go - you won't regret it.
And that's it. Time to say goodbye! It's been an incredible festival, and I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did. Thank you for reading all the nonsense I wrote, hope you liked the songs, and maybe discovered a few newer favorites. Thanks everybody who helped with this, Septekka for his songs and graphics, grubextrapolate for charting guitar and bass for 3 Cure tracks, the video preview makers and everyone else. See you next time!