As well as the festival itself Primavera has a number of record label showcase gigs running during the week before. I went to two of these; The Holy Cobra Society Showcase at the Sidecar, and the Heart Of Gold show at The Apolo.
Holy Cobra Society
Uber who were due to play pulled out so it was a late start at this intimate cellar venue to see Muletrain and The Intelligence. I spent the frst half of Muletrains set searching for a shop in as Ramblas which sold batteries. It was the night of the Champions League final and everyone was shut. Finally scored in an Internet Cafe somewhere. So I only got the last 15 minutes. Crashbeat they call it. Punk Hardcore Pop.
Muletrain - Live @ The Sidecar - 27 May 2009
The Intelligence are US indie pop and very good at it too.
The Intelligence - Live @ The Sidecar - 27 May 2009
On the way home I moved through the crowd in Place Catalunya celebrating the Barcalona win. Many of them were still there two days later.
Heart Of Gold
Got lost on the subway so I missed the first set by The Disciplines. Reigning Sound features Greg Cartwright of The Oblivians doing more straight forward material. At the time I was very ho hum with this set but it has grown on me.
Reigning Sound - Live @ The Apolo Barcalona- 26 May 2009