THE JESUS & MARY CHAIN FEATURING BILANDA BUTCHER (MY BLOODY VALENTINE) – JUST LIKE HONEY
The pinch-yourself moment of Primavera hands down. Check out the good quality version that is already up on YouTube. Sadly, there don't appear to be any JAMC live dates on the immediate horizon. Promoters, get your finger out.
BLUR – BEETLEBUM
"Hola, la luna," Damon Albarn exclaimed gazing at a full moon illuminating the Meditarranean. "This is a moment." Graham Coxon launched into the opening riff of Beetlebum. Everyone at Primavera swooned. Blur came, saw and truly conquered. Let's just hope that they'll be as good in IMMA this August.
DEERHUNTER – MONOMANIA
Bradford Cox wore a dress and his band played their socks off to a huge crowd, confirming that maybe the time has finally come for the underrated Atlantans. While I wouldn't quite go as far as some of the gushing praise that surfaced in the Spanish media that declared that they were actually "crowned as the kings of contemporary indie rock" onstage at Primavera, it was certainly something very, very special. Hopefully, Deerhunter will soon announce plans to visit Ireland.
MY BLOODY VALENTINE – Only Tomorrow
The most beautiful thing about Saturday night's curtain closing set from the Anglo-Irish noise terrorists is that they've finally realised that less is more. Kevin Shields and company are now concentrated on the melodies rather than eardrum-shredding volume, and it's a truly beautiful and psycheldelic experience to witness. It is also worth noting that Colm O Ciosoig from Glenageary is a truly exceptional drummer. Roll on Electric Picnic.
NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS – STAGGER LEE
Damon Albarn and Nick Cave were the most charismatic frontmen of the festival, hands down. Cave dazzled with his customary swagger, thrusting himself into the front rows, and causing grown women – and men – to weep. Brace yourself for Body & Soul, and lock up your daughters.