Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: day 2

© Hugo Lima, Optimus Primavera Sound

Oh, festivals on weekdays. Such a pleasure for people who can’t take days off work. Thank god not everyone on the team has such problems. Still not over the fact I haven’t seen The War on Drugs, for example. Please read on…


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: day 1

Porto – © Wilco’s Mikael Jorgensen

Culturally growing since the dawn of the 21st century, the northern Portuguese city of Porto lacked something: a real big urban festival. Luckily for Porto, Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona grew so much the organizers decided it was about time to expand the brand to somewhere else in Europe and Porto, Portugal’s second bigger city and most vibrant cultural hub of the country (exactly what Barcelona is in the Spanish context) was arguably the right choice for the new festival. Not saying that because the city’s nearby the towns where most of the Bolachas team lives. This charming city makes everyone fall in love, from the attenders who came from places like the US, New Zealand or Estonia to artists who traveled the world countless times before coming here – the picture above, posted on Wilco’s Instagram account, is accompanied by a note saying “Let’s all move here!”. (Please do.)


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: A Preview

Today’s the day. Optimus Primavera Sound starts in a matter of hours and we’ll be covering it live via our facebook and twitter accounts. Be sure to follow them – if you don’t use such artifacts, you’ll be able to read our full review here on the website later on. To help you choose what to see in the fest, five of our team members who are going there made their picks and chose 3 bands you shouldn’t miss. Who’s that stranger that goes by the initials CB? Yeah, that’s our special guest Chris Brokaw, Codeine’s legendary drummer.

Also, don’t forget to print our timetable, in case you missed it.


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 Printable Timetable

Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 Printable Timetable


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012: stage info

Although there’s no info about which bands will play in which stage on the official website for now, that information is already available for those who downloaded the official Android/iPhone app. For those old-fashioned folks who still sport a Nokia 3310, here’s the distribution of the artists per stage per day:

Thursday, June 7:

Optimus stage

Yann Tiersen



The Rapture

Primavera stage

The Drums

Atlas Sound


Explosions in the Sky

Friday, June 8:

Optimus stage



We Trust

Rufus Wainwright

Primavera stage

The Walkmen

Yo La Tengo

The Flaming Lips

Linda Martini

ATP stage

Shellac (pictured above)

Rafael Toral

Wolves in the Throne Room

Tall Firs



Thee Oh Sees

Club stage

Numbers Showcase

The War on Drugs


Other Lives


Beach House

Neon Indian

Black Lips

Saturday, June 9:

Optimus stage

Kings of Convenience (replacing Björk)

The Right Ons

The xx

Death Cab for Cutie

Primavera stage

The Afghan Whigs

The Weeknd

Gala Drop


ATP stage

Forest Swords

Dirty Three

Lee Ranaldo

I Break Horses

Sleepy Sun


Demdike Stare

Club stage

Erol Alkan

James Ferraro and the Bodyguard

Washed Out


Baxter Dury

John Talabot

Saint Etienne

Veronica Falls


Sunday, June 10 (outside main festival site):

Casa da Música

Jeff Mangum

The Olivia Tremor Control

Nick Garrie

James Ferraro and the Bodyguard

Best Youth

Hard Club

You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown

Veronica Falls

Julie and the Carjackers


Optimus Primavera Sound 2012 takes place in Porto, Portugal and runs from 7 to 10 June. Buy tickets here.