One of the worst nightmares of a music festival – especially one that boasts as one of its highlights the stunning greenery of the park where its grounds are located – is having twelve hours of non-stop rain as its headliner. Saturday, June 9th, the third and last day of a sold-out NOS Primavera Sound, was blessed with a late autumnal weather that might have ruined the day for some, but ultimately enhanced the experience for most. We’re talking about the stoic vast majority of festival goers who endured the most annoying of elements for what it seemed like forever to witness a rare local apparition of the biggest headliner of the circuit, one of the least divisive big acts of the scene, the constant top performer while most big names go through phases.
Optimus Primavera Sound 2013. Hugo Lima/Optimus Primavera Sound
Another year has passed and here we are, mssng Porto and the lovely Parque da Cidade, thinking about how perfect its location, its organization, its quiet pace, all the green spaces and, of course, its always interesting lineup (I can’t help but say it’s been really difficult to find some minutes to take a break and eat something both on Friday and Saturday) makes it the best – and the most confortable! – festival we’ve all been to. Primavera, please never change your mind. Expanding to Porto was the best thing you could’ve done for this city and for European music fans. Thank you.