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Barcelona Music Festival Primvaera Sound

Barcelona Music Festival Primavera Sound 2020 Lineup

For about two decades now, Barcelona music festival Primavera Sound has been consistently giving us top-notch performances with over 50 hours of live music by the best of the rock, pop, and dance music scene. Since its first edition in 2001, the festival has greatly helped the underground music industry based in Barcelona. Therefore, establishing itself as an international model guide for urban music festivals. Primavera Sound 2020 takes place at its usual location for the main acts of the festival, Barcelona’s Parc del Forum, note this year is a few days later than usual from Wednesday, June 3th to Sunday 7th. Barcelona’s Primavera Sound is also known for being a festival that has developed a strong commitment to social issues beyond music. A gender-balanced line-up with equal numbers of male and female performers has been shown since last year. The’ new normal’ initiative of the festival aims to set a standard for gender-balanced music initiatives that other festivals should follow. For 2020, Primavera Sound’s 20th anniversary, it is going paperless moving towards a mobile-only ticketing and access system. No physical nor “print-at-home” tickets. As noted …

Album Review: “Semper Femina”, Laura Marling

On Semper Femina, Laura Marling explores the lives of the exceptional women in her orbit as protagonists of their own stories, separate from the Male Gaze. It is tempting – perhaps even unavoidable – to decipher works of art based on title tracks. After all, why would the artist name their work after a single line or lyric? It must be meaningful – it’s the musical equivalent of when an actor will break the 4th wall, look straight into the camera, and say the name of a film. It drops like a hammer-blow, when we pick up on it. On Semper Femina’s second-to-last and standout track “Nouel”, British folksinger Laura Marling sings, “Semper Femina, so am I,” paraphrasing a line from a Virgil poem, translating roughly to “always a woman”. For her sixth LP, Marling initially sought to explore the lives of exceptional women from the vantage point of a man, but had to abandon the quest. She simply couldn’t get out of herself, and didn’t think it would be wise to do so. Instead, …