What did you do for your fifteenth birthday? Did you awkwardly blow 15 candles out in front of your auntie wishing you were old enough to go to the pub? Or did you sneak off to the park with some cheap beer with your mates? Whatever it was, it probably didn't beat Primavera's 15th birthday weekender in Barcelona.

With up to 100,000 punters all making their way to the festival which has become one of the biggest parties to kickstart the festival season. Set amongst an unusual and expansive backdrop of stunning ocean, industrial architecture and concrete, it's a somewhat strange setting for a music festival, but it works and plays into the eclectic and varied line up making it the best 15th birthday party you've attended.


Although the music had begun earlier in the week, with sets from the likes of Albert Hammond Jr., Viet Cong and Ibeyi amongst others taking place throughout the city, it was Thursday when the festival properly opened its doors. With the sun blistering down on the sold out crowd, the festival quickly started with its reputable tenacity. Those lucky enough to get into the Auditori Rockdelux for Panda Bear's set were treated to a grand exposition of sonic sounds, which perfectly set the mood for later electronic acts such as Simian Mobile Disco and James Blake, both of whom would stun the crowd with their early morning sets.

Ought came onstage with their normal urgency and played through songs from their highly acclaimed debut album and EPs released last year on the Pitchfork stage. Over on the main stage Benjamin Booker struggled to get the crowd going when he encouraged them to sing along to 'Lil Liza Jane' in what became a slightly awkward affair - perhaps it was the language barrier.



Fortunately, elsewhere Chet Faker and Tyler, The Creator were brewing a storm across other stages, yet it was Antony and The Johnsons who performed one of the most stunning sets of the day. Coming on stage with a full orchestra and a bizarre video that began with a man suckling a pig, it transformed into a beautiful crescendo of dreamy strings and jaw dropping vocals that left everyone in attendance star-gazed and ready to carry on until the early hours.

Friday played host to the strongest day of music with Patti Smith taking her classic Horses album out for its first night of the 40th Anniversary tour. With as much ferocious anger and energy as she ever had, she snarled and shouted through 'Gloria', 'Horses' and everything in between in a stellar and awe-inspiring performance. Unfortunately the same could not be said of the Julian Casablancas + The Voidz show, which featured a pink-haired Casablancas roaming the stage in a confused state, which left many feeling bewildered.


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It was Run The Jewels who arguably performed the set of the whole weekend. Taking to the ATP stage to the sound of the Queen classic 'We Are The Champions', El-P and Killer Mike worked the packed-out crowd into something that was nothing short of an absolute frenzy of shouting and dancing with a sea of hands in the air. Alt-J headlined the night's proceedings over on the main stage alongside a staggering light show that perfectly matched the urgency of the set, as they steamed through 'Hunger of the Pine', 'Something Good' and 'Breezeblocks'.

Saturday saw no slowing to the pace of the festival, with energetic sets from the likes of young Spanish wonders Mourn and an eery and haunting solo show from Torres who worked through tracks from her highly acclaimed new album Sprinter.


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Mac DeMarco brought the fun to the festival, playing a set that bizarrely featured an impromptu cover of Coldplay's 'Yellow', whilst DeMarco fixed his guitar strings mid-set. Playing through all the crowd favourites, and finishing the set with his signature stage-dive, there was no way of walking away from this show without a smile.



Later on, however, all smiles were wiped away as New York rockers Interpol took to the main stage in all their various shades of black. Fellow New Yorker's The Strokes played the headline slot - after arriving onstage a hefty 20 minutes late. The only band to be late all weekend - for a set that featured all the hits you wanted to hear, but equally felt like a band who were going through the motions, with Casablancas speaking rarely throughout.

For those who could hack it, Caribou took to the stage for the early hours with the 3am slot, that perfectly helped bring the 15th Primavera Sound festival to a close as the gates to Parc Del Forum were closed for another year.


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The 405 spoke to some of the artists before they went onstage to ask them a few questions about all things festival whilst they posed for some photos taken by the very talented Hollie Fernando.


Belle & Sebastian

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How is your Primavera going?
Very well, actually. I'm very hungover, but it's been really great so far.

Which acts have you seen so far?
Sunn O))), saw a bit of that, and that was pretty mental, bit of Jungle and a bit of Andy Weatherall.

Have Belle & Sebastian got any pre-gig rituals?
Stuart always comes in a little bit late, has a shave sometimes. Stevie does a vocal thing. We are very boring.

What are your three festival essentials?
Alka-Seltzer, money and more cash.



Cheatahs

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Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
I wish we really did! But we don't and it's so different every time. We just have drinks, and it's always different. And festivals are so manic, it's hard to get everyone together and we have three shows to do this weekend, so that makes it even harder. But we should really get one!

Three festival essentials?
Charger, sunglasses and your wallet are all that you need really.

Who have you seen that you've really enjoyed?
Twerps were really great today, and that was the first show I've seen this weekend. And really looking forward to Unknown Mortal Orchestra tomorrow.



Mourn

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How is your Primavera going?
Fine, it's been going really great and we've seen The Replacements and Sleater Kinney and Patti Smith.

Is there anyone you're excited about seeing tonight?
We really want to see DIIV!

What are your three festival essentials?
Food, my video camera and always lots of water.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
We sing a song. It's like an invented song, it's weird. It just happens, it gives us energy and has a strong ending and ends with us screaming and then we go onstage.



Torres

How's your Primavera going?
It isn't yet, because I just came in this morning!

Is there anyone you're excited about seeing today?
I might try and catch Caribou, but that's a late one and we'll have to see if I can stay up for it.

What are your three festival essentials?
Hmm. Doc Martens, a black uniform and... let's see... I'll go with a book

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
I do some vocal warm-ups, and my band and I have a hand/arm exercise to release our nerves, but it's just going to be me doing it tonight, because I don't have them with me.


Mac DeMarco

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Are there any acts you are excited about seeing tonight?
A lot of my friends are here. DIIV, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foxygen... they're all here.

And what are your three festival essentials?
Oh, I don't know... I always do this and buy like 3 or 4 boxes of cigarettes so I'm always prepared if someone asks. But they will all be gone tonight. I guarantee it.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
I just have to have a couple of drinks, and that's about it. Some people are freaks about it, but it's just a fucking rock'n'roll show after all.


Ride

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How is your Primavera going?
It's going really great so far and we're really looking forward to playing later.

Are there any acts you're particularly looking forward to seeing?
I think we're going to try and catch Belle & Sebastian later, for sure.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
I spend about half an hour doing some really weird operatic vocal techniques to get everything going and make sure my voice is really warmed up.

What are your three festival essentials?
Water, wine and weed.


The Bohicas

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How's your Primavera going?
So far, it's hot and it's great and we can't wait to play.

Are there any acts you're really excited to see today?
We might try and see The Strokes. We want to see Swans as well.

Your three festival essentials?
Cigarettes, whiskey and - if it's sunny - shades.

What are your pre-gig rituals?
We just bought a little speakerbox - I sound like an old man - we listen to some music to get the blood pumping. At the moment, it's this really good Funkadelic tune called 'Baby I Owe You Something Good'.


Younghusband

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How is your Primavera been so far?
It's been amazing! It's really been great!

Have you seen anything you've really enjoyed so far?
Perfume Genius was really good last night and strangely reminded me of Radiohead, like a lot of the stuff was like very mid-period Radiohead.

Anyone you're going to check out tonight?

What are your three festival essentials?
Legal? A special phone number, money and a friend.

Do you have any pre-gig rituals?
Just try not to freak out! And speak to Joe - who plays Bass for us - he's like my councillor.



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