Vida Festival announced last week 30 new names for the line-up. A line-up that is still to get me hooked despite the confirmation of the performance of The Crab Apples, whose lead singer Carla Gimeno I happened to bump into the morning of the day I wrote this news item.
Yet again, a new line-up confirmation for the Vida Festival that didn’t make me go nuts: Rey Lobo. News item here.
Los Planetas have been announced as the latest addition to the headliners of the Vida Festival (piece here) and yet again a new disappointment has invaded my spirit. Vida, what’s going on with you this year?
One day before expected, Primavera Sound has announced this year’s line-up. As opposed to what my emotions/reactions have been so far towards the Vida Festival line-up, I can’t be more excited about this year’s PS edition, with acts of the likes of The National, the great Lorde, The Breeders, Warpaint or Grizzly Bear, among many others. I wrote briefly about it for Hipsterian Circus, while waiting for some quieter times to be able to choose which ones I’m deffo going to see (if no overlaps, that is!).
According to my records, I’ve attended 42 concerts this year, including those in festivals. That’s a figure considerably lower than last year’s (73) as I didn’t attend Primavera Sound this year. As I always say, if I ever go to a concert, it’s to be thrilled, to be moved, to feel something regardless of the elements that reviewers would focus on. So, what follows is nothing but the list of those concerts that have meant something to me on that day, for whatever reason. There I go, and in chronological order…
1.The Lazy Lies – 11/2/2017, Nota79
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve seen TLL live, but their first gig at Nota79 this year (they performed in the same place a few months later) certainly heated the cold winter we were experiencing. Now go kill me, I didn’t write any review of it. Damn!
2. Glen Hansard – 28/3/2017, Casino del Poblenou
It’s no news that I’m in love with this musician, so I might not even be objective with him any more. This time, I must thank Glen for letting me discover Escuchando Elefantes, so once again, apart from making me laugh and cry in the same gig, thanks for that too, man! (review)
3. Ed Sheeran – 9/4/2017, Palau Sant Jordi
His latest album might not be the bomb, but he’s still in full shape. Plus, dancing to ‘Shape Of You’ with your teen cousins is just priceless. (review)
4. Escuchando Elefantes – 6/5/2017, Sala Continental
Though it turn out a bit too long in the end, that was by all means one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever got. Thanks, Dedé. (review)
5. Depeche Mode – 19/6/2017, Hallenstadion Letzigrund, Zurich
As with Eddie, DM’s latest album might not be among their best ones, but they’re still alive and kicking, despite the fact that the Swiss don’t seem to enjoy concerts the way Mediterranean people do. (review)
6. Phoenix – 29/6/2017, Vida Festival
Being able to enjoy the band without being surrounded by unconscious Italians as in PS 2013 made me discover that Phoenix is much more than ‘If I Ever Feel Better’. I wrote a review on the festival for Hipsterian Circus, which you can find here.
7. Pet Shop Boys – 8/7/2017, Festival Cruïlla
Seeing 50-year-olds crying around you after their concert is just one further proof that they are eternal. I explain it here.
8. Foster The People – 9/7/2017, Razzmatazz
Writing their review paid off with both a follow and an RT from their CM and close to 1,000 visits. Shame I didn’t write it in English.
9. Lorde – 9/10/17, Sant Jordi Club
She’s grown up in so many senses!
10. London Grammar – 6/12/2017, Halle Tony Garnier, Lyon.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the time to write a proper review of this concert. So I’ll sum it up briefly here: London Grammar are great live, Hannah’s voice is as powerful and haunting as on record and they remake quite a few songs to play them in front of an audience, so what you get is not what you could just listen to from the couch at home. Yet what I feared the most happened: the concert was only very little more than one hour long. This was one of the main complaints of their fans in their previous tour, the length of the concerts of which could be justified, up to a certain extent, due to the fact that they just had one album back then. But, hello, this is not the case any more. Also, Hannah wasn’t in full shape, so they even canceled a couple of concerts right after the one in Lyon. Despite all this, them being one of my fave bands at present, and taking into account that I shared it with one of my fave people on Earth, it deserves to be here. By the way, French audiences in stands don’t tend to take pics, so all I could get is this crappy pic above.
I must confess I got bitchy-inspired for the item on the Primavera Sound line-up teaser. Apparently, 10 megacool people from all around the world were the lucky ones to get to know the Primavera Sound 2018 line-up before the rest of mortals. In the video, you can see how they react to the announcements. Some of them get really emotional, up to the point that it makes me wonder if their reactions are as natural as they can be or if they are a bit fake, considering that the Primavera Sound line-up contains tens and tens of names that, honestly, who knows them!