Primavera Sound shows its muscle: “We are the largest festival in Spain and one of the largest in Europe”

Primavera Sound shows its muscle: “We are the largest festival in Spain and one of the largest in Europe”
Primavera Sound shows its muscle: “We are the largest festival in Spain and one of the largest in Europe”

The public, on a day of the latest edition of Primavera Sound (EFE/Alejandro García)

He left half an hour later and decided to blame it on the time limits imposed by the festival itself, but when the reminiscence of your most idolized self revives on the stage of the Primavera Soundthe delay is just an extra feature of the myth. King’s wooldressed in a crystal dress made by Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Louboutin boots that Taylor Swift also wears in her The Eras Tour, She performed the songs that made her hated by music critics and adored by teenagers immersed in an existentialist storm. The The latest edition of Primavera Sound has been an exercise in mythomaniac fervor: some dedicated and surrendered to the classics, and others to the most substantial divas of the current pop scene.

The festival has recorded, in 2024, up to 268,000 attendeesalthough they outline this information to talk about 130,000 unique users spread across all the events that Primavera Sound has held in Barcelona over the last seven days, inside and outside the Parc del Fòrum. Furthermore, they calculate a economic return for the city of 200 million of euros, which implies consolidating itself as the second major event that mobilizes the most capital in the city after the Mobile World Congress (MWC).

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The festival director, Alfonso Lanzatogether with the spokesperson, Marta Pallarésexplained at a press conference that this edition has been even bigger than last year, with 59 percent foreign attendees. “We are the largest festival in Spain and one of the largest in Europe,” Lanza highlighted in statements reported by EFE. Although the international audience comes from 134 different countries, there are three large focuses of foreign audiences that are consolidating year after year: USA, United Kingdom and Italy.

American singer Lana del Rey performs on stage at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona, ​​May 31, 2024. EFE/Alejandro Garcia.

After the historical record of the 2022 edition, which had a daily average of 80,000 attendees, in 2023 attendance dropped, with an average of 65,000 attendees. Of course, the festival managed to deal with the crowds of the edition two years ago, led by Dua Lipa. “It will take weeks to do the technical audit, but that of 2023 left 180 million and there was less attendance and activities than this one, so we plan to exceed 200 million and continue consolidating ourselves as the largest event in the city after Mobile,” Lanza highlighted.

Attendance on Wednesday at the Parc del Fòrum, a free day that included performances by Stella Maris, Maria Jaume and Phoenix, was 29,000 people, that on Thursday (with Vampire Weekend and Pulp as the most prominent artists) reached 60,000, and Friday was the strongest day in terms of attendance: 62,000 people surrendered to the legend of Lana del Rey, The National, Troye Sivan or Omar Apollo. Primavera Sound has not yet revealed the attendance on Saturday, the last day, which featured artists like Mitski, SZA or Charli XCX. Likewise, Lanza and Pallarés have highlighted to the media that around 70,000 attendees are the public of Barcelonaa city that is “another headliner” for the festival.

Attendees at Primavera Sound (EFE/Alejandro García)

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