The Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona is just around the corner and the eclectic lineup is as good as ever with some of the biggest acts from around the world taking to the stage. But it’s not just about the big names at Primavera Sound. With over 170 bands playing at the festival, there are also plenty of undiscovered gems for music fans to hunt out.
But what should you do when not checking out the bands, and where should you go to relax in Barca after a hard day’s night? The Red Bulletin caught up with Barcelona-based El Último Vecino, who are also playing at the festival, to talk about life outside of the moshpit.
THE RED BULLETIN: Where is the best place to go for breakfast before the festival day starts or to recharge your batteries?
I like to take my own sandwiches with me. It’s cheaper and I am more flexible as I can eat when I want and where I want, or even while on the move. You should try it!
What should you definitely take to the festival?
A small notebook and a pen for when inspiration strikes, and a flask of pomace brandy.
What’s the dress code?
It can get very hot in Barcelona, so you should choose light and bright things! Thankfully, you can get a lot of that stuff at the Barna centre thrift stores. I always find cool clothes there.
Where is the best place to relax in Barcelona?
I am not a fan of the beach, but if you have a chance to get to the ones in Castelldefels then it will take you back to the ’90s. Somewhere a little out of the city where I like to go to relax is next to the airport; there is a park there with stones to lie on and you can just get lost in your thoughts and watch the planes land.
A tourist trap people should avoid.
I live near park Güell and I often see tourists trying to ride their rented bikes up there while they suffer from fatigue and heat exhaustion. If you’re going to rent a bike in Barca, then make sure you stay around the lower area of the city!
What’s the best way to get around the city?
Barcelona is a walking city in my opinion. But, if you don’t like walking, take the bus.
Tell us a hidden treasure not many people know about in Barcelona.
There is an amazing building on Avenida Coll del Portell 52. I would love to live there.
Gigs you’re looking forward to at Primavera this year?
I have to admit I don’t really know that many of the bands playing yet, but I am really looking forward to seeing Beach House and Pxxr Gvng.