Primal Scream in Barcelona!

This concert was absolutely great. It took place near to l’Hospital in Barcelona in the middle of the street, in what is known as a “manzana” which was packed out to the max! A completely free concert – I couldn’t believe my luck when I read “Primal Scream” on the official La Mercè programme for 2008.

I left my Barcelona apartment at about 9:30 and the concert began shortly after 10:30. There was an enormous crowd there already and we pushed our way in to get a good view. The band started off with a few favourites of mine; “Echo Dek”, “Vanishing Point”, “Can’t Go Back” and “XTRMNTR”. A real mix of songs from different albums, which is something that I really liked about the concert. They saved Country Girl for last, a song which will always be one of my favourites…

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this concert was that it was based right next to the Estrella factory in Barcelona. The factory opened its courtyard and had set up lots of bars selling all types of beer for 1€ each – absolutely fantastic! It made me laugh so much because in Britain, at an event like this, you would be absolutely rinsed for a pint of beer… concert time is prime time to milk us poor students dry, no?

So, the beer was flowing freely, the crowd was really hyped and Primal Scream were on top form. They played for about an hour and a half in total, coming back onto the stage two times to blast us with some more tracks from their most recent album –“Beautiful Future”. I mean, we were in Barcelona at the end of September in our shorts and t-shirts, it couldn’t really have got any better! If you are thinking of coming out here, make sure you book your Barcelona accommodation or Barcelona hotel early on for next summer…

If you haven’t seen this band live, you’ve got to. Or if you don’t even know who they are, make sure you download some of their tunes… Primal Scream formed in 1982 in Glasgow by Bobby Gillespie (vocals) and Jim Beattie. The current lineup consists of Gillespie, Andrew Innes (guitar), Martin Duffy (keyboards), Gary “Mani” Mounfield (bass), and Darrin Mooney (drums).

Many people would tell you to give their album Riot City Blues from but I would recommend you decide for yourself, I particularly like the track “When the Bomb Drops”.

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