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NOS Primavera Sound 2018: printable timetables & playlist

It’s that time of the year again! The seventh edition of the Porto edition of the Primavera Sound festival brings along the seventh edition of our printable timetables you all know and love, and, with it, our seventh preview of the lineup.


Download the timetables (always subject to change; Liminal Soundbath was cancelled): Regular PDFMobile PDF / Customisable Excel file

Meanwhile, we have also published our usual headliner-free Primavera Spotify playlist (check the end of the post) so you can check out some of the smaller names on the lineup that deserve our seal of approval. We tried to achieve a balance between local artists, songwriters, indie pop/rock, electronica and stuff you cannot really fit in a single basket. Some have been around for a while (Shellac, Wolf Parade, The Twilight Sad…), others are quickly establishing themselves as household names on their genres (Waxahatchee, Thundercat, Amen Dunes…) while others are still giving their first steps on festival lineups (DJ Lycox, Jay Som, Fogo Fogo…). All aboard.

Thursday, June 7th

First day usually means people are not coming to the festival early because they’re either working or being a tourist in downtown Porto and we obviously cannot blame anyone who decides to do something else in the limited time they have in such a beautiful town you don’t see every day. But, as we will see, this year, some of the most interesting acts play fairly early, starting with Fogo Fogo (SEAT stage, 17:30) paying homage to Cape Verdean funaná, followed by the unique songwriting of Waxahatchee (NOS stage, 18:20) and the classic indie rock of the Scottish band The Twilight Sad (SEAT, 19:15). Later on, after headliners Father John Misty and Lorde, Lisbon dance outfit Moullinex (Super Bock stage, 23:20) opens the dance floor of a very energetic last third of the day.

Friday, June 8th

Again, there’s way too much stuff to see right from the start: local stoner mammoths Black Bombaim (Super Bock, 17:00) give way to one of the finest songwriters on the festival this year. Amen Dunes (SEAT, 18:00) is back with an unmissable new record, and while you’re still cherishing what you’ve just seen, Zeal & Ardor (Super Bock, 18:50) will provide a challenge even for those who thought they’ve seen it all. There’s nothing wrong with mixing gospel and blues with noisy metal. Then, even though the overlapping acts are strong, don’t even think about missing the reason why we all sign up for this, the annual celebration of SHELLAC OF NORTH AMERICA (Super Bock, 21:00). Then, as the night starts to cool off, you can be sure you won’t feel cold dancing to the sweet kuduro-ish tunes of DJ Lycox (Bits stage, 23:00) in the new electronic stage of the festival, before immersing yourself in the world of Thundercat (Pitchfork stage, 23:30), the coolest and grooviest bass guitar player around.

Saturday, June 9th

You don’t need to understand Portuguese to appreciate the pop melodies of Luís Severo (SEAT, 17:00). Then stick around for Aussie indie rockers (with a touch of twang) Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (SEAT, 18:00), the nightmare of anyone that makes printable festival timetables and has to adjust column sizes to adapt to long band names. Young songwriters Vagabon (Pitchfork, 19:00) and Jay Som (Pitchfork, 22:00) also make their first appearance in Portugal and are not to be missed, but the latter has a mountain to climb, playing at the same time headliner Nick Cave takes the stage and at the same time Wolf Parade (SEAT, 21:45) finally play their debut show in the peninsula, thirteen years after the seminal Apologies to the Queen Mary. It’s a tough call, but we’re sorry, Nick. And good luck trying to choose between The War on Drugs and Nils Frahm later on. We’ll just leave you with a small playlist with a few songs you should listen to.

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Bolachas Now Playing

#110: Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters, “Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters”

Bolachas Now Playing, 25/2017 (#110):

Benjamin Gibbard – The Concept

Wolf Parade – Valley Boy

Superchunk – I Got Cut

Josh Ritter – Showboat

The War On Drugs – Strangest Thing

Grizzly Bear – Neighbors

Mac McCaughan – Mystery

The Lemon Twigs – Night Song

Lilly Hiatt – The Night David Bowie Died

Kacy & Clayton – Just Like A Summer Cloud

Phoebe Bridgers – Motion Sickness

Margo Price – Just Like Love

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters – The Guitar Case

Amanda Anne Platt & the Honeycutters – The Road

Offa Rex – To Make You Stay

The Weather Station – Thirty

Iron & Wine – Thomas County Law

Waxahatchee – A Little More

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Bolachas Now Playing

#106: Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, “Nashville Sound”

Bolachas Now Playing, 21/2017 (#106):

Julia Jacklin – Eastwick

Protomartyr – 580 Memories

Waxahatchee – Never Been Wrong

Marika Hackman – Good Intentions

Big Thief – Watering

Ulrika Spacek – Modern English Decoration

Queens of the Stone Age – The Way You Used to Do

The War On Drugs – Holding On

Iron & Wine – Stranger Lay Beside Me

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Anxiety

Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Something to Love

The Deslondes – (This Ain’t A) Sad Song

Songhoy Blues – Mali Nord

Daniel Romano – I Tried to Hold the World (In My Mouth)

Sammy Brue – Jealous

Minta & the Brook Trout – So This Has to Do

Kevin Morby – City Music

Benjamin Clementine – Phantom of Aleppoville

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Bolachas Now Playing

#102: Nadia Reid, “Preservation”

Nadia Reid’s sophomore record, Preservation, is our album of the week for our 102th playlist. The New Zealander singer-songwriter will visit us soon – more on that later! – and her record’s been on repeat for weeks.

Bolachas Now Playing, 18/2017 (#102):

Wooden Wand – Mallow T’ward the River

Richard Dawson – Soldier

Nadia Reid – Preservation

Nadia Reid – The Arrow and the Aim

Julia Lucille – Plot of Ground

Girl Ray – Preacher

Waxahatchee – No Curse

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers – Heal Me

Girlpool – Powerplant

Cayetana – Certain for Miles

Pond – Sweep Me Off My Feet

Sevdaliza – Marilyn Monroe

The Magnetic Fields – ‘71: I Think I’ll Make Another World

The Deslondes – Hurricane Shakedown

Emperor X – Brown Recluse

The National – The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness

Cameron Avery – Disposable

Fleet Foxes – Fool’s Errand

Wilco – (What’s So Funny Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Old 97’s – Those Were the Days

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Bolachas Now Playing

#57: Sean Rowe, “New Lore”

Sean Rowe’s New Lore was the highlight of Week 15. 

Bolachas Now Playing, 15/2017 (#99):

Big Thief – Breathe in My Lungs
Laura Marling – Kathy’s Song
Angaleena Presley – Wrangled
Diet Cig – Sixteen
Idle Bloom – Disease
Waxahatchee – Silver
San Fermin – Cairo
Future Islands – Through the Roses
Woods – Bleeding Blue
BNQT – Restart
LAKE – Work With What You’ve Got
John Moreland – Sallisaw Blue
Andrew Combs – Lauralee
James Elkington – Make It Up
Jeff Tweedy – Laminated Cat
Sean Rowe – I’ll Follow Your Trail
Sean Rowe – Promise of You
Christopher Paul Stelling – The Cost of Doing Business
Justin Townes Earle – There Go a Fool