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My highlight of Primavera in a set with a naked drummer and singed body hair is also the cheeky Canadian who makes sweet delicate jams like this one from his excellent new album This Old Dog. Antics aside, the songs speak for themselves.


Baba Stiltz – Can’t Help It

A rising act on Axel Boman’s Studio Barnhaus label, ‘Can’t Help It’ draws you close with its intimate lyrics pitched in a style suited to the dancefloor.

This Afro disco dancefloor track comes from a surprising source – the blind Malian couple known as Amadou & Mariam. The pair always had a capacity for soaring transformative melodies so it’s nice to hear them bring that with extra heat on their first track in five years ‘Bofou Safou’. The title takes its name from the the Malian nickname given to a young man who would rather party, dance and dress up than work.

The atmosfolk duo of Morgan Macintyre and Gemma Doherty continue to charm even if they’re causing trouble with a song that expands their palette in subtle ways and keeps their melodious intent intact.

“The song is about transitioning, from Belfast to Dublin, from an old love to a new, and the gaps that can be found between you and another person or place when people transition at different paces and in different directions,” says Morgan.

There are any number of songs that could have been here from James’ surprise album True Care but ‘Holding On’ is the one I keep coming back to.

Sure, we’ve all heard this by now but this is my pitch for Pop Song of the Summer. Plus, she does a mean acoustic version as seen on Jools. I played this a lot in May.

An analogue night-time construction with a graceful intimacy, as in the rest of the album From Night To Night, David Kitt’s full-length electronic side-project New Jackson comes up trumps. This is a nice segue if you’re only familiar with his solo material under his own name.

Caribou’s Dan Snaith returns to his Daphni side-project with a low-slung percussive groover that dropped as part of a forthcoming Fabriclive mix.


Everything is Recorded – Close But Not Quite

XL Recordings boss Richard Russell returns to his roots to make music with Sampha and a Curtis Mayfield sample. Read this great profile of the man from The New Yorker.

Throw shade and shake the shudder away with a highlight from New York dance-punk party band !!! (chk chk chk)’s new album. A Primavera Sound favourite.

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Posted on June 8th, 2017


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Sigrid, Michael Kiwanuka, Songhoy Blues and Torres are among the 34 names added to Iceland Airwaves this year in Reykjavík.

Taking place from 1st – 5th November 2017, in Iceland this year, it’ll also expand to the Northern Icelandic city of Akureyri for the first time.

Fleet Foxes will play two special shows during the festival too and the the current Icelandic Minister of Health, Óttarr Proppé is in one of the bands just added – HAM.

  • Alvia Islandia
  • Án
  • Andartak
  • Bistro Boy
  • Bonzai (UK)
  • Cold
  • Deep Throat Choir (UK)
  • GDJYB (HK)
  • Gordi (AU)
  • For a Minor Reflection
  • Futuregrapher
  • HAM
  • Mikko Joensuu (FI)
  • Michael Kiwanuka (UK)
  • Frank Murder
  • Octal Industries
  • Ohm
  • Oðinn
  • Ozy -DJ set
  • Púlsvídd
  • Röskva
  • Sigrid (NO)
  • SiGRÚN
  • Songhoy Blues (ML)
  • Subminimal
  • Tappi Tíkarrass
  • Thor
  • Torres (US)
  • Une Misère
  • Vagabon (US)
  • Vector
  • Yagya
  • Nilüfer Yanya (UK)

Previously announced:
Arab Strap / Ásgeir / Sturla Atlas / Auður / aYia / Be Charlotte / Between Mountains / Soffía Björg / Billy Bragg / Childhood / Benjamin Clementine / Cyber / Halldór Eldjárn / Exos / Fleet Foxes / Emmsje Gauti / GKR / ГШ/Glintshake / Glowie / Gróa / Gurr / Aldous Harding / Hatari / Hildur / Hórmónar / Hugar / Alexander Jarl / JFDR / Jo Goes Hunting / Gunnar Jónsson Collider / Káryyn / KÁ-AKÁ / Kontinuum / Korter í Flog / Lonely Parade/ Ljósvaki / Ama Lou / Mahalia / Mammút / Kælan Mikla / Milkywhale / Daniel OG / Omotrack / Kelly Lee Owens / Phlegm / Lido Pimienta / Pink Street Boys / RuGl / Shame / Stefflon Don / Sycamore Tree / Tófa / Emiliana Torrini & The Colorist / Xylouris White / Guðrún Ýr

Tickets are available priced £173 + fees.

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Posted on June 6th, 2017


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Longitude added a loads of rap and pop names to the festival today including Young Thug, Gucci Mane, Earl Sweatshirt,  G-Eazy, Sigrid and Dermot Kennedy among them.

  • Young Thug
  • Gucci Mane
  • G-Eazy
  • Leon Bridges
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • JP Cooper
  • Mick Jenkins
  • Dave
  • Ray BLK
  • Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Witt
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Palace
  • Youngr
  • Sigrid
  • Aine Cahill
  • HVOB & Winston Marshall
  • Gill Landry
  • Karen Elson
  • Bitch Falcon
  • Wild Youth

Already announced for this year’s festival are headliners The Weeknd, Mumford & Sons and Stormzy 

Weekend tickets €189.50 / Two Day Tickets: €129.50 / Day tickets €69.50
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Posted on May 5th, 2017


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