The Primavera Sound Porto festival, whose 10th edition ends this Saturday, returns to Parque da Cidade on the 7th, 8th and 9th of June 2024.
In the edition that ends this Saturday, the enclosure has increased in area, taking advantage of the works that the Porto City Council carried out in the space, connecting the City Park to the sea, and the music lasted four days, instead of the usual three, a way to celebrate the ten editions.
In 2024, Primavera Sound Porto will once again have three days – the 7th, 8th and 9th of June -, taking place, for the first time on a Sunday, taking advantage of the fact that in 2024 the holiday of the 10th of June falls on a Monday, unveiled José Barreiro, director of the festival, in statements to the Lusa agency.
In addition to occupying a larger space, which meant that there were more areas for bathrooms and bars and restaurants, which prevented the queues registered in 2022 from being repeated this year, there were some changes in the location of the stages.
The festival director assumed that this “was not the ideal year to test these changes”. The rain that fell in Porto on Wednesday and Thursday nights, which had Kendrick Lamar and Rosalía as headliners, meant that there were flooded areas in front of the main stage, which made it difficult to circulate and stay in that space.
On Friday, the rain only started to fall after the performances by the headliners and this Saturday, until close to 9 pm, not a drop fell from the sky, nor is it expected that this will happen.
For this reason, José Barreiro says that what is experienced and seen today at the venue “shows that the commitment [da nova ‘arrumação’ do recinto] is to maintain, obviously”.
“What we did was not to take anything away from what the festival has given to date, but to add. And it added, above all, a fluidity of the public in the enjoyment of the City Park, as I never saw in previous editions”, he stressed.
José Barreiro reinforced that, with “all the routes created by this new implementation of the festival, there is much greater mobility, allowing for many larger areas of bathrooms, bars, food areas, which had been precisely what had atrophied the edition of 2022”.
“We know that not everything was perfect, we are going to make changes for the 2024 edition”, he said.
As for the changes that will take place in 2024, José Barreiro rules out changing the location of the main stage, which until last year was in a kind of natural amphitheater and this year was placed in a flat area.
The changes he foresees will be at the level of “positioning of obstacles, even typographical errors”.
“These are things that happen when you do a deployment for the first time, and that could have been corrected in an edition of sun and good weather. The rain only allowed us to attack puddles of water and mud to try to minimize the impact”, he commented.
“We are aware that it can improve, that it has to improve. And we are also aware that it will improve for sure in the next edition”, he said.
With dates already set for 2024, the organization is now “working on the poster”, but “nothing has yet been closed”. Artist names will begin to be released “in the coming months”.
This year, according to José Barreiro, around 38,000 people passed through the Porto Primavera Sound venue on Wednesday, 38,500 on Thursday, between 30 and 32,000 on Friday and tonight 35,000 people are expected.
Today’s headliners are the British Blur, who return to the festival where they performed in 2013. Among the artists on the last night are also New Order, Julia Holter, Yves Tumor, Halsey and Nick León.