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30 November 2022

Blur, Pet Shop Boys Confirmed For Primavera Sound 2023

Blur Pet Shop Boys Primavera Sound 2023
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Blur, Depeche Mode, Kendrick Lamar, Halsey, Pet Shop Boys and more are among the acts set to top the bill at Primavera Sound 2023.

The line-up for the Spanish festival was announced yesterday, 29 November, and also features the likes of Rosalía and Calvin Harris in the top spots.

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The festival will be held over two weekends – at its traditional Barcelona base of Parc Del Fòrum between May 31 and June 4 and at Madrid’s Arganda Del Rey between June 7 and June 11. Both editions will kick off with an opening party featuring Pet Shop Boys, Jake Bugg, Confidence Man, and La Paloma, while they will both conclude with a closing night with the likes of Ben Böhmer, Camelphat, Diplo, and more.

Tickets for both the Barcelona and Madrid legs will go on sale on Thursday (December 1) at 12pm CET via DICE. They will cost €325 for full weekend passes or €125 for day tickets; double full festival tickets for both legs will be priced at €520. The welcome days will be free and open to the public until full capacity is reached.

Blur bassist Alex James recently spoke about the band’s upcoming reunion shows.

The UK quartet have announced huge shows London’s Wembley Stadium in additional to concerts in France, Ireland, Italy and now Primavera Sound. These will be the band’s first shows since 2015 and their first at Wembley. Although the group – frontman Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree – released their debut album in 1991, 2023 marks 35 years since their 1988 formation.

James told Radio X’s Johnny Vaughan: “Keeping it in the bag has been tricky because one of the kids found out and told all the others, then they started telling their… I was like, ‘No, no! You could totally ruin it!’ But they’re really excited!

“The very first time the four of us got in a room together, the four of us wrote a song that I’m sure we’ll be playing at Wembley, which ended up being our first single ‘She’s So High’. It was boom, instant, straight away. Completely effortless. The playing together, that’s effortless, it’s the getting together that’s impossible. I’m always the last to know. It’s like, come on, get your bass!”

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