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.


Milhões de Festa 2012 preview: day 3

Aff, last day of the festival, it’s always an awkward feeling, knowing that these days only will be back in a year. But what is this, I’m already missing Milhões de Festa when it hasn’t even started? No can do. And there’s a lot going on on Sunday, so save the whining for Monday morning. Off we go.

Moon Duo

Swimming Pool Stage

The swimming-pool will be top notch this day. Starting with Grup Ses Beats, this should be interesting: remixed traditional Turkish music (or so it seems) with heavy beats and stuff. That’s pretty much all the info I could obtain on the web, later I’ll figure out if I got it correct.

To talk about Naytronix you need to contextualize that this fellow Nate Brenner plays bass guitar in bands like tUnE-yArDs, and if you’ve heard this you know there’s fucking groove there. Given the credits, his music is characterized with heavy synths, but expect to hear a sax or a guitar from nowhere, it’s like tUnE-yArDs turned futuristic. I’ll be waiting for the conditions of the pool for this, it has the potential of “favorite concert” for a few people.

But ultimately this is the concert lots of people wanna see: Moon Duo. Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada are enough to do a heavy-weight psychedelic/space/whatever rock that will throw us all to the pool. Forget the flat water, there will be waves.

Also to check, after all this: DJ Fitz.

Memória de Peixe @ Mercado das Artes © Amílcar Rodrigues

Taina Stage

Midnight Priest is a metal band. There. The leather, old guitars, vintage feel, they rock. Just like that, very straight. Don’t ask for more, but expect to get what you’d think. And it’s much enough.

But the big name to close the Taina Stage sure is Killimanjaro, a band that sums up pretty well the spirit of this stage. Stoner rock who doesn’t afraid of anything and drum plates, the riff-fans will love it. It’s a loud goodbye.

Also check: AmazonasQuartel 469 (not their facebook page but a page for a good cause)

Black Bombaim’s Tojo Rodrigues © Amílcar Rodrigues

Main Stages

Fans of avant-garde… things, here’s your band for Milhões, L’Enfance Rouge. This is wild, expect highs and lows as for loudness is concerned. Also, great fucking distortion! You should learn better, bands over there who just shit either loud sound either dissonant music: do both!

Now one of the most talked/bashed bands in the Portuguese circuit, yes it’s Memória de Peixe. Is this really bad? I’ll answer you with a question: do you like Battles? El Guincho? Hipster Summer bands? If guiltily or not so, why the hate to this? It’s a perfectly legitimate act, drums and guitar doing all the work with help from the loops (curious to see how it works live), and above all things, fits like a glove in the MdF spirit. I’m not telling you to love this, but certainly I can’t understand the hate.

I don’t care, I’ll do the same. Alt-J? That’s bollocks, that voice is unbearable, chick-magnet beats, only the videos are good and even that is hipster clichéd, pfff [I’m kidding! (Am I?)]. Changing the mood, this is pretty enjoyable, moving through many grounds, hip hop, electronic, indie rock, you name it. And most of all, they do it right. I’ll submit to all the praise (but that voice, it’s fucking weird).

All is going to end well when right next plays the best band from Barcelos (I’m sorry other 1001 ones, but it is), they’re Black Bombaim! And guess whose band you’ll get to check again? It’s GNOD, joining them! Really, I deserve some beer from those guys, all the promote and shit (it’s an open invitation). But it makes perfect sense this, Black Bombaim ultimately are in the mood for colabs (this year’s album is full of them, and it rocks a lot), so this should work just fine. One thing for sure: PREPARE YOUR FUCKING EARS. THIS IS ME PREPARING MY VOICE IN CASE I NEED TO SPEAK TO SOMEONE DURING THE CONCERT (Cool down, I’m not one of those boring dudes who speaks to you during concerts and adds you on facebook).

The cool bands keep coming, now it’s Red Fang! Another stoner rock band for the day, this one is talented as hell, Mastodon got them for opening their concerts, they’re able of versatile stuff, it’s already a win. The only problem by this time of the festival is going to be mine, either if I still have the energy and ears for this. The hell with this, #YOLO. (sooner or later the change to tumblr. would make me type this)

And to finish, a big fucking party with The Discotexas Band,that is no more no less that a supergroup with artists from the Discotexas catalogue, in which includes two (or three) names that already played in Milhões: Moullinex + Xinobi & Da Chick. It’s the very best, so don’t miss!

Alt-J (∆), or how finally MdF got to have bands with triangles in their names

Other concerts to see: Al-Madar, Riding Pânico, Shangran Electro & Zombies For Money.

So this is it boys and girls. All the bands to Milhões de Festa covered (the ones on top of a stage, at least). This is only half the fun occurring in Barcelos this weekend, be sure to be there. Big holidays, wohooo. For you, with love, Bernardo.

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Milhões de Festa 2012 preview: day 2

Ah, the middle day of the festival, always the most intense. And if in the day before the lineup lacked international projects, this day makes up for that. I’m really waiting to be surprised by a lot of shows, so should you. Let’s see.

Bro-X’s album cover. Graphic.

Swimming Pool Stage

Hey look, it’s GNOD again. I’ve already said some words about this for Thursday at day zero, so I won’t bother you much. Just pointing out that the conditions will be very different, as it’s the beginning of the afternoon at the swimming-pool versus a midnight show, let’s see how this second show (and not the last, you wait) manages to please the audience.

Next is Revengeance. Ready for feedback, quick tempo and screaming? It’s grindcore, bitches. Really can’t be more succinct.

Seriously man? Bro-X? Jeez. This is hilarious. Mixing hip hop with nintendocore (whatever that means), these guys don’t have a problem with honest lyrics, so to speak. This will be surreal. Please hear the song at the end of this article if you haven’t done so.

Another two-bands-become-one project: Moullinex + Xinobi, alter-egos of Luís Clara Gomes and Bruno Cardoso, respectively. I’m hoping, as usual in this type of collabs, that the result will be even better than just the sum of both DJs beats, and in fact creating something new and vibrant. It will work, I’m sure.

Who’s Da Chick? I don’t know, Rihanna, but she sure sounds like a funny gal. Singing over some funky beats, this is party music. Also, it says “Live Act” on the line-up, will she have a real band supporting her? Doesn’t matter, we’ll still dance to it.

Unicornibot and aluminium paper

Taina Stage

An appealing day in Taina Stage. To start, Jorge Coelho, ex-guitar player of Zen and other cool older Portuguese bands from the 90s. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what kind of things he does solo, but he was a hell of a guitar player. He still is. Should be interesting.

But the great name to highlight here is Unicornibot. Demented stuff, guys with aluminium paper on their heads doing crazy guitar riffs, when they don’t freak out at all and start doing pure noise. Sure, it’s an act, but they also sound great. These Galician guys are a must see.

Also check: Hunted Scriptum and Was an Outsider

El Perro del Mar (Sarah Assbring)

Main Stages

Milhões Stage will start rocking soon, with Blues Pills. Heavy blues-rock (as the name hints), with a Janis-Joplinesque vocalist. Yes, sounds exciting. People, do an effort and go early see this.

Because one of the main acts of the MdF lineup isn’t really playing that late as usual on festivals as well. I’m talking about El Perro del Mar, Sarah Assbring’s indie pop project. And what’s to expect? New songs, from the forthcoming album Pale Fire! The older tunes won’t be left behind, I’m sure, you’ll get to be happy singing and shaking your little heads.

If this was 2007, Prinzhorn Dance School would be really well received [via hype]. Meanwhile, they took a long time releasing another record. It’s out by now, but hadn’t a chance to hear it. And what, who cares about the hype? It’s minimal, raw, but also not for pussies, this Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn’s kind of post-punk. 2007 wasn’t a lot time ago and it still sounds fresh.

Connan Mockasin will probably give one of the best concerts of Milhões. This New Zealander psych pop crafted by Connan Hosford gives a sample of the exotic sound MdF has to give, as comparison to Secret Chiefs 3 last year, I’d say. Let’s ride on a trip? (Translation: got drugs?)

But yeah, the big metal act of the day is missing! Make way for Weedeater then. Powerful stuff. Death growls on a effect loaded micro has got to be badass. Plus slugdy metal to go along. Yep, dirty thing.

Keeping up with the comparisons, I’ve got a feeling that this Publicist concert will happen in the middle of the crowd, as example of Monotonix and Lobster performances in previous years. Ok, maybe not, as this isn’t really rock music but a solitary musician who controls it all with a simple drum set and few pedals, effects and a auto-tuned/phased micro are there too. You’ll be there as well.

Connan Mockasin

Other bands to check: LügerGala Drop, GhunaganghXxXy (really), Hoy! (I’d love to talk about some bands in here as well, but the time is ticking and you should have an opportunity to read this at least a day before the first day of Milhões de Festa. Enjoy the music)

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