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Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tame Impala, Phoenix close out Primavera Sound

By Sergio Ill

Barcelona, Spain, Jun 12 (EFE).- Star performances, such as those by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Phoenix and Tame Impala, outstripped even the energy of the crowd and turned the final night of two-weekend Primavera Sound Barcelona into one of the biggest of the festival.

At the Parc del Fòrum on Saturday, the music festival welcomed huge crowds and despite the park’s expanse, it was sometimes difficult to keep up with the bands on various stages.

American indie rock band the Yeah Yeah Yeahs opened the night at a busy main stage in front of an audience that came to see one of the most iconic groups of the beginning of this century.

Giant balls that looked like eyes over the heads of the audience and an energetic and dedicated frontwoman, Karen O, marked a concert with which the vocalist celebrated a return to normality after two years of pandemic.

The group began with “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” followed by “Cheated Hearts,” accompanied by enthusiastic fans who sung along.

Those were followed by “Under the Earth,” “Burning” – a song from their upcoming first album in almost a decade – “Cool It Down,” and “Zero.” They finished up with “Y Control” and “Heads Will Roll.”

Then it was the turn of Tame Impala, which dazzled, musically and visually, with an explosive performance.

The Australian psychedelic pop band repeated the repertoire it had already played at the Forum and Primavera a la Ciutat, singing “One More Year,” “Borderline,” “Nangs,” “Mind Mischief,” “Breathe Deeper” and “Let it Happen,” among others.

The crowd thinned out a bit during Phoenix’s gig, which filled the stage with psychedelic lights and began with “Lisztromania,” one of their best-known songs.

The indie pop band also sung their popular “Entertainment,” “Lasso” and “Trying to Be Cool,” and thanked the audience for their support after the paralysis of the pandemic.

The second weekend once again saw huge crowds in the immense venue, especially at key points of the Parc del Fòrum, such as the main stage.

“They have been overwhelmed,” an Argentinian woman lamented to EFE. She recommended that the organizers set up two smaller festivals to avoid the chaos.

Other festival-goers complained of waiting half an hour for drinks.

The iconic festival aims to stay in Barcelona until at least 2027, but next year will return to its classic format of a single weekend but split into two sites with Madrid. EFE


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