Optimus Primavera Sound 2013 took place in Porto, Portugal this year from 30th May to the 1st June. Set in the beautiful surroundings of Parque da Ciudade and a stones throw from the beach, the Pitchfork and ATP supported line-up did not disappoint, bringing together the perfect balance of nostalgia-inducing accomplished acts and the next wave of bands to know.
Wild Nothing played a great set to watch the sun go down on day one of the festival. I love this song, and love the video starring Michelle Williams.
The Breeders performed their seminal album “Last Splash” in full as part of the 20th anniversary since its recording. Single “Cannonball” had those that were there the first time around singing along with those of us that had come by it in adolescence ten years later. These ladies rock.
Brighton resident Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds captivated during their performance. Formed in 1984, Pitchfork calls the group one of rock’s “most enduring, redoubtable” bands, with an accomplished discography.
Local Natives‘ second album “Hummingbird” is easily one of my favourites of 2013, and their set was one of my favourites of the festival.
After missing the chance a couple of times to catch Melody’s Echo Chamber at The Great Escape festival in Brighton last month, I was delighted with their debut album of dreamy French pop.
Blur‘s greatest hits were always going to be good but it was refreshing to here the newest track “Under The Westway”, a little slice of London in Porto.
Glass Candy are like a 1960s Crystal Castles. I mean that as a good thing, and kept me dancing further into the dawn.
All that was left to do was explore the beautiful beaches and city of Porto itself.