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Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave, The National, Lorde, Migos Lead Primavera Sound 2018 Lineup

The obsessively-curated festival takes over Barcelona from May 28-June 3

A spaghetti-Western-gone-wild trailer has announced the artists for the 2018 edition of Primavera Sound. Arctic Monkeys, Björk, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, The National, Lorde, Migos, A$AP Rocky and Jane Birkin lead the line-up for the obsessively-curated festival, slated to take over Barcelona from May 28 to June 3.

“The line-up cannot be understood only via its individual parts as each artist has been meticulously chosen and plays an integral part: each name has its raison d’être,” the organizers of the festival communicated via press release. “That is why the free jazz legends Art Ensemble of Chicago can coexist alongside the all stars of hardcore Dead Cross (with Mike Patton from Faith No More and Dave Lombardo from Slayer), a flamenco freethinker such as Capullo de Jerez alongside local punk heroes La Banda Trapera del Río, the master of soundtracks Jóhann Jóhannsson alongside the unclassifiable Sparks, the return of Mike D (revisiting the classics by the much-missed Beastie Boys), John Maus and of Peter Perrett of The Only Ones, the new radical project by Fermín Muguruza with The Suicide of Western Culture alongside the celestial post-rock by Lift to Experience, Madlib’s futurist sound and the African tradition of the diva Oumou Sangaré, or Watain’s black metal alongside the electronic experimentation of Nils Frahm. Altogether they make up the character of Primavera Sound.”

The organizers also gave a timely nod to female artists, noting that “at all hours, in all styles, on all the stages: women are the driving force” of the line-up. In addition to Björk and Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg (Birkin’s daughter), Haim, Fever Ray, CHVRCHES, Beach House, Warpain, Lykke Li, Lorde, Ibeyi, Maria Arnal, Hinds, Waxahatchee, Yonaka, Vagabon, Jorja Smith, Javiera Mena, Jlin, Bad Gyal and Sevdaliza are on the bill.

See the extensive list of artists for the 18th edition of Primavera Sound here: