Thursday’s edition of Primavera Sound witnessed groups such as French electronic legends, Air, the unmistakable, soulful sounds of Har Mar superstar, a regular on the Primavera line-up, and Glasgow duo, Optimo, who blasted out the beats until the wee hours of the morning.
Tame Impala were one of the most talked about acts of the night. Successfully taking on the H&M stage, where the fear of bad sound is always present, the Perth lads’ chilled-out Psychedelia-pop mix surrounded the crowd in what could be described as an audio-visual delight.
The band arrived sporting some spectacular shirts, looking as though they’d just ran up from the beach to do a quick gig. They got everybody dancing with the pop sounds of ‘Why won’t they talk to me?’ before chilling things out a little with ‘It’s not meant to be’, showing their slightly more emotional side. They took the crowd by surprise when they blasted into ‘Elephant’, a chance for Julien Barbagallo to show off his skills on the drums, along with that unmistakeable guitar riff, getting the crowd's heads banging, waking many of us up from our hazy daze.
Unfortunately, while rolling through the hypnotic sounds of ‘Eventually’ the sound failed them as they were nearing the end of the song. The crowd was fairly oblivious, supposing it was a Coldplay-esque chance for them to chant along. After a few minutes of sound engineers on stage, the crowd began to clear, heading towards the next gig. Those who stuck around were treated to three more tunes, when Tame Impala came back out to finish what they had started, ending with ‘New Person Same Old Mistakes’ and lots of paper confetti explosions. It was well worth the wait.