Yesterday wrapped up the final day of the 2014 Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona at the Parc del Fórum.
Superchunk, Courtney Barnett, Television, Spoon, Earl Sweatshirt, John Talabot, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Kendrick Lamar, Cloud Nothings, Nine Inch Nails, Foals, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Black Lips, and more were among the bands who performed the final day.
Best Set of the Day: KENDRICK LAMAR
Compton, California's Kendrick Lamar hit the stage for a high-energy set, wearing a Boston Red Sox hat and Nikes. He opened with "Money Trees," supported by a full backing band. "Barcelona you ready to party tonight? I go by the name Kendrick Lamar," he said, before breaking out his "Backseat Freestyle" and bringing the energy up at the Heineken stage.
He employed a considerable amount of crowd interaction during "Swimming Pools," "Poetic Justice," and "mAAd City' and at one point broke into Tupac Shakur's "Hail Mary."
He told the crowd that they reminded him of Compton because he smelled a lot of weed in the air, then he broke into "The Recipe." He demonstrated his rapping prowess after "Compton" with a long freestyle and finished the set chanting to the crowd, "I will be back, believe that."
The crowd was thoroughly satisfied crying, "Otra! Otra!" to no avail. It was awesome. Lamar proved he is true showman, clearly at the top of the rap game.
Best Throwback Act: TELEVISION
1970's New York rock group Television took the stage from the final night of Primavera Sound 2014 and played some of their classics. Frontman Tom Verlaine showed his expertise on the guitar as the band worked through their first album Marquee Moon.
Best Production: JOHN TALBOT
Spain's own John Talabot played a Boiler Room special set. The raving crowd waited outside behind a gate until the bouncer got the okay to let everyone in — the Boiler Room has a limited capacity. Talabot blew through a non-stop, wide-ranging DJ set as the Boiler Room's Omnimax-esque screens dazzled everyone inside. The set powered on as enthusiastic festival-goers heated up the igloo dome.
Most Intense Set: NINE INCH NAILS
Before Nine Inch Nails hit the stage, everything went black as screeching, dragging, and reverbing noises rang throughout the venue. Heavy bass pounded through the audience's ribcages as Trent Reznor opened with "Me, I'm Not," followed by "Sanctified," "Copy of A," "March of The Pigs," and "Closer."
Epileptics beware: this show featured really intense flashing lights. The whole crowd headbanged throughout the show. It was definitely the most non-stop, fast-paced set of the weekend, closed out by their hit "Hurt."
Most Unexpectedly Awesome Set: FOALS
I had never seen this band live, though I had heard some of their music before, so I was pleasantly surprised to catch this set. "This is our first time at Primavera!" frontman Yannis Philippakis said, introducing his band. "Pretty f**king excited to be here!"
It was a high-energy set, layered with hard-driving guitar licks that walked the line between indie rock and metal. In an attempt to excite the audience, Philippakis crowd-surfed with his guitar and tossed water bottles and drum sticks at his fans. They ended the set with their hit single "Two steps Twice."