Festival Blagger's Guide: How To Pretend You Were At Primavera Sound

03 June 2014 by

[Helen Lawson/Jordan Tandy Instagram]

This year Grazia Daily's heading across the country (and overseas) to give you the inside scoop on what it's really like to attend the world's biggest music festivals. We'll be giving you the anecdotes and knowledge you need to a) decide whether to go next year and b) pretend you were there…

Running from May 28 to 31, Primavera Sound is Barcelona's uber hip answer to Field Day. With acts like Blood Orange and Haim playing from around 6pm to around 6am on every night of the weekend it's one hell of a party. Plus, it's right by the sea. Here's what Grazia Daily learned when we headed off on our hols to the festival... 

1. The music

A huge mix. Dashing between the two main stages alone, Grazia Daily checked out artists as diverse as Disclosure, St Vincent, Arcade Fire and Kendrick Lamar. We spent most of our time hanging out at the Pitchfork stage though watching the likes of CHVRCHES, Earl Sweatshirt, FKA Twigs and (our fave) Blood Orange. 

2. The after-hours

Since the actual festival ran in the night time, our after-hours fun mainly involved day jollies: a) sleeping b) tapas c) culture. There's nothing like heading to the Picasso Museum on a hangover. 

[Kate Lloyd]

3. The location

Grazia Daily stayed at the Equity Point Gothic Hostel which cost around 60 Euros per person for a three-night stay and was handily just 10 minutes on the Metro from Parc del Forum where Primavera Sound's held. Also highly recommended - the Diagonal Centre Hotel in Poble Nou which was ideally located between the city and the festival. It's a good idea to stay out at the festival until the Metro opens after 5am each night because trying to a hail a cab is a NIGHTMARE. 

4. The weather 

Don't be fooled by the promise of Spanish sunshine. We had a real mix of weather at Primavera this year: thunder storms, rain showers and clouds. Take an emergency raincoat. Plus, it gets chilly at 4am so make sure you've got a chunky knit or two. 

 Primavera was jam-packed with stylish couples [Kate Lloyd]

5. The streetstyle

Thanks to hotels with showers and a lack of mud inside the festival venue (the floor's concrete not grass) everyone looked surprisingly well groomed for most of the festival. (Except post thunder storm).

We spotted New Balance trainers in a rainbow of colours, bomber jackets in fun prints and a whole heap of reflective sunglasses. It wasn't just the girls looking stylish, the boys looked uber cool too. Infact, our trend of the weekend was super stylish couples in his-and-hers outfits.

6. The beauty looks

Bold lips + beachy waves and braids galore! 

Best beauty at Primavera [Kate Lloyd]

7. Overheard..

'It's not just about the music, it's about the fashion too..'

8. The food and drink

We spent our days heading out for totes classy brunches and dinners at restaurants across the city. Luzia just off Las Ramblas is amazing for modern tapas and cheap cava and Milk is the go-to spot for brunch. While at the Parc we munched on late night burgers, side-of-stage hotdogs (not recommended unless you're very drunk) and most importantly CHURROS. 

Discovery of the weekend: Fanta Limon and gin. Surprisingly delicious. 

[Tash Wynarczyk Instagram/Kate Lloyd]

9. The highlight

Grazia Daily couldn't pick just one! We did our best dancing to Blood Orange and Disclosure and were transfixed by the sun coming up during DJ Coco and Jamie xx's super late/early sets. Truthfully though - running through puddles while watching Haim was pretty awesome.

[Kate Lloyd]

10. The lowlight

Warning: Pick pockets. We learned the hard way that if you don't keep a close eye on your belongings in Barca, you're probably going to have to take a trip to the police station at some point. 

Check out even more streetstyle from the festival in our round-up below...


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