A couple of weeks ago, while at the official presentation of Optimus Primavera Sound 2014’s full lineup at the Porto city hall, I was surprised to see a lot of people cheering uncontrollably whenever a band they liked appeared on the big screen. Seriously, when “The National” appeared printed on the jacket of one of the characters on the (great) short video that announced the festival’s lineup, I thought FC Porto had scored or something. Shouts of similar magnitude could be heard when Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kendrick Lamar or Haim were announced, but a lot of names went unnoticed and are naturally confined to the last few lines of the lineup poster.
Now that we’re slowly spiraling into the cold season again, do you remember how life seemed so amazing three months ago? Temperatures rising, holidays creeping up on the horizon, heavy drinking sessions with friends (except for poor ol’ me, dealing with antibiotics at the time) and Optimus Primavera Sound for those lucky enough to be there. We catched your happiness on film (with a smartphone, but still) so you could go back in time whenever you want.
DJ Coco. Eish ke fdp de festa! Hugo Lima/Optimus Primavera Sound
Last day of Optimus Primavera Sound 2013. Unlike last year, sunny. Sunny. Who loves the sun? Everyone.
Optimus Primavera Sound. Hugo Lima/Optimus Primavera Sound
Optimus Primavera Sound’s second day of concerts was assuredly the big day of the festival, with major headliners Blur stepping up to play one of the most important concerts in Portuguese soil this year. But there was so much more to it.
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.