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Primavera Sound 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on June 05, 2017, 2:05pm
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Mogwai

mogwai 1 Primavera Sound 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

Besides what’s written on the Primavera Sound schedule, the festival has another world of programming that happens behind the scenes. This year included a surprise Arcade Fire set on a small stage, an appearance from Haim late at night on the closing evening, backstage sets from the likes of Local Natives and Algiers, and, maybe least impressive of all, Mogwai debuting their new album, Every Country’s Sun, from start to finish. Perhaps it was the location (on the typically electronic-focused Bacardi Light stage that came with a load of indifferent spectators), or that the only real stage adornment was a shitload of smoke (that made looking at the band challenging at best), or the fact that a new album from Mogwai in 2017 isn’t particularly revelatory (it feels like they’ve never really left), but this limp appearance felt like the equivalent of getting socks in your Christmas stocking. –Philip Cosores

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