Primavera Sound is Expanding to Latin America With 3 New Festivals

The music festival circuit has roared back to life in 2022. After cancellations throughout 2020 and a few returns in 2021, festivals around the world are back with a vengeance, and making up for lost time. Spain’s popular Primavera Sound is back in a big way: they’re expanding beyond the Iberian Peninsula and into the Americas.

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Primavera Sound has been in Spain for over 2 decades

Primavera Sound has existed in some form since the 1990s, with the annual celebration of music taking place in the seaside city of Barcelona. It moved into a new venue in 2001, and in 2004, it moved into its current home: Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

In 2012, Primavera expanded beyond Barcelona for the first time with an annual festival in Porto, Portugal. Just like the original festival in Barcelona, the Porto Primavera festival has taken place every year since then (except for 2020 and 2021) and continued to grow with bigger names on its roster.

Barcelona’s Primavera Sound 2022 will be the first edition of the festival since 2019, and will feature an all-star lineup of performers to welcome back attendees. Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion, Lorde, Beck, Tame Impala, Tyler, the Creator, The Strokes, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gorillaz, and Interpol will all be performing at this year’s festival.

Primavera Sound is expanding to Latin America

In 2022, Primavera Sound announced that the iconic Spanish music festival is coming to the Americas — first to the United States, and then to Brazil, Argentina, and Chile.

The first-ever Primavera Sound São Paulo will take place November 5 and 6, 2022. Among the headliners is rapper Travis Scott in what will be his first performance since his ill-fated Astroworld 2021 festival, one day after the one-year anniversary of the tragedy. Lorde, Arctic Monkeys, and Björk are scheduled to headline the São Paulo festival, as well as the subsequent ones in Buenos Aires and Santiago.

Both Primavera Sound Buenos Aires and Primavera Sound Santiago will take place the week after São Paulo’s festival and will feature the same performers as the Brazilian edition. Artists like Charli XCX, Mitski, Arca, Phoebe Bridgers, Beach House, Japanese Breakfast, and Father John Misty are all scheduled to take over South America in late 2022.

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Primavera is coming to the US in 2022

Before coming to Latin America, however, Primavera Sound will make its first stop outside Europe in California this September. The festival will take place in Los Angeles’ State Historic Park on September 16, 17, and 18.

Headlining the show will be Arctic Monkeys and Lorde, as well as Nine Inch Nails and Kim Gordon. They’ll be supported by acts like PinkPantheress, King Krule, Clairo, Mitski, Arca, Khruangbin, Buscabulla, Tierra Whack, Cigarettes After Sex, and more artists yet to be announced.

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