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Primavera Sound Porto 2024

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And it’s gone. Our tenth trip to the Parque da Cidade is over, and despite our usual (and some new) gripes, our eyes are already on next year’s edition: 12, 13, and 14 June 2025. Let’s start with the pros: the three ‘green’ stages of Primavera Sound Porto (the original Vodafone and Super Bock side-by-side stages, plus the new Plenitude stage by the meadow) are unrivalled. You’ll struggle to find any other festival this size where it’s so easy to see most shows from a good spot without having to show up half an hour in advance, no matter how tall you aren’t.

Sadly, the fourth one, the new main stage, is nothing of the sort. A massive stage is necessary for the festival to grow, be able to pull big headliners like SZA and Lana del Rey, accommodate 40k+ visitors, and keep the lights on by selling thousands of daily tickets to people who may or may not care about anything else on the lineup that day. It also helps keeping the festival somewhat affordable – although increasingly expensive – for its core (is it really still the core?) audience who comes to Porto for three days of music. But, after two years, the organisation should now decide, before it’s too late to reverse course: is this kind of growth desirable at all?

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#356: Black Ox Orkestar, “Everything Returns”

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#262: Aaron Frazer, “Introducing…”

Aaron Frazer is best known as the drummer (and singer) for soul outfit Durand Jones & the Indications. Like so many songwriters in the past few years, he teamed up with the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and got his debut solo album, “Introducing…”, ready in no time. We’re not even halfway through January and we already have our first highlight of 2021. Feels good to be back.

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#108: The Deslondes, “Hurry Home”

Bolachas Now Playing, 23/2017 (#108):

Delorean – Giro

Arcade Fire – Signs of Life

SZA – Drew Barrymore

Sevdaliza – Hubris

St. Vincent – New York

Girl Ray – Don’t Go Back at Ten

Chicano Batman – Passed You By

Rips – Losing II

Deer Tick – It’s a Whale

Beach Fossils – This Year

Grizzly Bear – Four Cypresses

The Deslondes – Nelly

The Deslondes – Just In Love With You

Zephaniah Ohora and the 18 Wheelers – I Do Believe I’ve Had Enough

Hiss Golden Messenger – Standing in the Doorway

Iron & Wine – Call it Dreaming

Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit – Chaos and Clothes

Hayden Pedigo – Madrid

Holly Throsby – Aeroplane

Lowland Hum – Thirty Years Old