Our Friday starts tentatively with A Sunny Day In Glasgow, who nicely surprised those only in the vicinity of the Pitchfork stage to avail of the relatively quiet queues for the drink token booths. The upbeat shoegaze sounds are a nice start to the day, and lead us nicely into the finale of The New Pornographers who continue the guitar-pop mood of the evening and ease into Day 2 of Primavera Sound.
From there it’s a matter of sampling some of Best Coast who chill us out nicely prior to Beach House on ATP. Having discovered the Americans with their superb sophomore effort ‘Devotion,’ my desire to see them live was only heightened by this year’s superb ‘Teen Dream,’ and I’m not alone. The venue is packed beyond capacity for this beautiful set, which, while note perfect, was somewhat spoiled by the amount of chatter. Once again it’s a case of not seeing a band you like at a festival. A trip to Vicar St may be necessary.
We hang around ATP for Les Savy Fav who tore up the same venue two years ago. Once again a topless Tim Harrington stage dives, shimmys, dances and marshals the crowd as in 2007, and energises another set that will have won over many new fans.
From there it’s Pixies time. This set has divided opinions, but from where we were sounding it was an absolute winner. Yes, Francis Black seemed to be going through the motions, but when the motions involve such a stunning back catalogue, those popping their Pixies live cherry will be hard pressed to complain. On the plus side the band sounded excellent, a really tight performance of hits and for what it’s worth, Kim Deal seem chuffed.
From 3am on it’s dance time, and we return to ATP to join those reveling to DJ Barry Hogan. At this stage spirits are very high and the beer buzz doesn’t wear off until we’re on the beach at 8am. God help us on Saturday…