The last and arguably the best day of Primavera has ended. So did my will to walk, talk, speak, dance and sing… It was a great night full of great performances and packed with good energy.
This was the day I started earliest, with American shoegazers DIIV on at the Pitchfork stage at 6.30 pm. I have seen them live before in a venue in Islington and was left mesmerized by their performance. They had a considerable crowd in front of them despite the early hour. They played a lot of new material as well as keeping the likes of the big guns How Long Have You Known and Oshin from their debut. They fittingly ended the set with the gem that is Doused. It was a good set but under the burning sun, in a shiny, happy setting, I couldn’t quite get into it as much as I have done before and had to make my way to a set of stairs with obstructed views of the stage to avoid dehydration.
[DIIV at the Pitchfork stage]
After DIIV, I made my way to the Heineken stage. For the past few years I keep reading how good Mac DeMarco is live so I wanted to see it with my own eyes. Well, people were not lying. He definitely has a massive presence: he was full of energy, having a lot of fun, crotch dancing at some point and stage diving in the end. While the sun was setting, he provided the perfect entertainment to a very pleased crowd.
[The gorgeous sky while Mac DeMarco was playing]
While I was heading to the food court I saw a woman singing at the Ray Ban stage and it took me a few moments to realize she was Tori Amos. Unfortunately, she is almost unrecognizable and I hope she is in good health. She was doing a cover on the piano when I was passing by and although it was not very crowded, people seemed to be enjoying themselves.
[Fans cheering when Barcelona scored, they showed the game on a big screen in the food court]
At one point, I tried to get into Daphni, Caribou man Dan Victor Snaith’s side project…But it was impossible to even make my way to the entrance from the sheer number of people queuing to make their way to the tent. I gave up after 20 minutes.
For me, the biggest moment of the night was when Interpol took the Heineken stage at 10:20 pm. As the techno head that I am, they are still my favourite band. I have seen them live in double digits now but I had not yet caught them playing their latest El Pintor. They did play a few tracks from their latest album but what surprised me was how much they played from Turn On The Bright Lights. They started their set with Say Hello to the Angels and throughout the whole show, played NYC, Untitled, Obstacle and Stella was a Diver and She was Always Down. Antics also got good treatment with tracks like Narc, Take You on a Cruise, Evil (which gathered a huge cheer from the crowd), Not Even Jail and Slow Hands all being played. They bypassed their self-titled fourth completely and played Pioneer to the Falls and Rest My Chemistry from Our Love to Admire. As for El Pintor, they ended the set with All the Rage Back Home and played two more tops. Therefore old fans like me were left delighted. I have heard that Daniel Kessler was very ill to the point of almost not making it to the show but Paul Banks seemed to be in a good mood and didn’t miss the chance to show off his fluent Spanish quite frequently during the whole show.
[Interpol – photo by Ayliz Ozturk]
After the show, Interpol told the crowd to enjoy their friends The Strokes and they also stayed to watch their fellow New Yorkers. In the middle of their set I made my way down to B&W stage to catch John Talabot but from what I have seen, The Strokes played almost all their biggest hits making it more like a Best Of gig. People went mental.
[The Strokes at the Primavera stage – video by Mabbas]
As for my favourite producer John Talabot, he played a marvelous set of groovy, tribal house that kept the crowd dancing on their feet.
[John Talabot at the Bowers & Wilkins stage]
I did not rush back to catch Underworld but my friends who have seen them reported having enjoyed the show massively.
[Underworld – photo by Bengi Unsal]
The night ended with Caribou on the Ray Ban stage, which probably attracted more people than ever. It was a live band and they opened the set with much loved Our Love. They played some other big tracks like I Can’t Do Without You and Odessa. I love Caribou but it was a really weird sound onstage, the bass and the vocals super high and the rest hardly audible…So we cut it short and made our way back to our hotels.
[The sheer crowd of people at Caribou – photo by Ayliz Ozturk]
It was a great night, full of good music and a great way to end the festival.