Heineken Hidden Stage puts the finishing touch to the Primavera Sound line up with Thurston Moore, Jens Lekman, The Radio Dept., Surfin’ Bichos, Aldous Harding, Lawrence Arabia and a surprise artist

With only three weeks to go before its seventeenth edition, Primavera Sound completes its artistic programme with six outstanding concerts that will take place on the Heineken Hidden Stage from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd June. For the fourth year running this indoor stage, with a capacity of 700 people, will give the audience the opportunity of experiencing a profoundly intimate moment with the protagonists of its recently announced line up, an elite selection of musicians with strongly marked personalities united by the originality of their proposals.

The unique space will be up and running for the three main days of the event and on this occasion will open its doors one day earlier than usual to receive the surprise visit of a yet-to-be-named artist who will play on Wednesday 31st May during the free inauguration day in the Parc del Fòrum.

The programme on Thursday 1st June will open with a show by the Swedish artist Jens Lekman, who this year has finally released a new record on which he goes back to his distinctive romantic baroque pop with one foot in introspection and the other on the dance floor. He will be followed by the promising young artist Aldous Harding who will impress both critics and fans with her second album (her first on 4AD) which is produced by John Parish. “Party” offers a series of dark and powerful ballads in which the extraordinary voice of the New Zealand artist stands out.

By coincidence, the acts that will occupy the stage on Friday 2nd are also from Sweden and New Zealand. From northern Europe comes The Radio Dept. presenting “Running Out of Love”, which was released last year. Standard-bearers of the label Labrador Records and the epitome of contemporary dream pop the band has incorporated more and more electronic sounds into its most recent records. Hailing from the Antipodes comes Lawrence Arabia, the personal project of James Milne, who has recorded for such influential labels as Flying Nun and has collaborated with artists including Connan Mockasin, Liam Finn, Okkervil River and The Phoenix Foundation.

Thurston Moore will be at the festival on Saturday 3rd June with his new record “Rock n Roll Consciousness”, the fifth in his solo career and one which shows that he is on top form as usual. Moore does not need any introduction: founder of Sonic Youth, he is one of the essential keys to the understanding of alternative music. Surfin’ Bichos will also participate to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Hermanos Carnales”, the greatest work by this Albacete band, fronted by Fernando Alfaro and Joaquín Pascual which is considered one of the most important of the 90s in Spain thanks to genuine anthems such as “Fuerte” and “Gente Abollada”.

All those who wish to attend the programme of concerts on the Heineken Hidden Stage on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd June will be able to get their free ticket at the information desk on the Parc del Fòrum site. The tickets will be available on a one ticket per person basis, from 4 pm on the day of the shows that they wish to see, until full capacity is reached. There will also be a limited number of tickets on offer through a new system about which Heineken will give more details soon on its social networks.


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