Festivalgoers attended three days (and nights) full of music, on the return of the event to the City Park, after the pandemic years – according to the organiser, the venue welcomed 100 thousand visitors. The weather cooperated, with plenty of sunshine and heat, and when it was time to say goodbye, a “see you next year” lingered.
One thing was common to young and old, newcomers and repeat visitors, at the end of the 2022 edition of NOS Primavera Sound: happy faces on tired bodies. The event's return to the City Park took many festivalgoers out of shape, so to speak. The pandemic prevented “training”, but muscle memory helped when it came to enjoying live concerts, listening to music and sharing emotions.
The thirst for waiting imposed by the pandemic was quenched in the three days of musical feasting in the City Park. The eclecticism of the line-up drew a diverse audience, with more than two-thirds of visitors attending the event for the first time.
The lively animated band
It was up to the animated characters of the Gorillaz, headliners of the final night of NOS Primavera Sound 2022, to close the night on the NOS stage. Damon Albarn and company set the audience on fire one last time, presenting the dancing bodies with the “mesh” from their repertoire, until the final apotheosis with “Clint Eastwood”. In the natural amphitheatre turned into an open-air dance floor in the City Park, the Brits added colour to the night, with the dominant pink in Albarn's outfit contrasting with the yellow panama hat of Beck, who joined him on stage for an extraordinary performance. This was not the only surprise: Little Simz also made an appearance, after his own concert on the Cupra stage.
Hours earlier, the North Americans Interpol had summoned their faithful fans for a reunion, in what was the third time they performed in the Porto festival, after 2015 and 2019.
The missing instruments
Rock set the tone for the ultimate musical journey in the City Park. On the NOS stage, early in the evening, Dinosaur Jr. were awaited by a few dozen fans, who insisted on securing the best spot, right next to the railing that separates the audience from the stage. And the North American band did not disappoint, despite the unforeseen events: “Our instruments got lost at the airport, they ended up in Italy! We're playing with borrowed instruments”, said Lou Barlow, right at the beginning.
Later, the Brazilian drag queen and LGBT+ activist Pabllo Vittar gave a show-stopping performance on the Super Bock stage. With mobile phones up, to record every moment, a considerable number of enthusiasts gathered to watch the show by the artist with flowing blonde braids.
Beck and Pavement had been the highlights of the second day of this edition of Primavera Sound, after a kick-off with the biggest crowd ever in the venue, after Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' third concert at the Porto festival. More than 35 thousand people went to the City Park on Thursday.
The curtain dropped on Primavera Sound 2022 and the countdown to the next edition has begun. It's not a "goodbye", it's a "see you next year".
Festivalgoers from over 30 countries
The three days of NOS Primavera Sound brought to the City Park festivalgoers from 33 different countries, with emphasis on Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy and Brazil, USA and Switzerland as the main countries of origin. In total, 37% of the spectators were of foreign nationality. Among foreigners and residents outside the Porto Metropolitan Area, 87% came to the Invicta specifically for NOS Primavera Sound.
The festival that marked the return of major music events, after the most severe period of the pandemic, was also a return for 31.2% of the public, who had already attended at least one previous edition of NOS Primavera Sound. There were even 13% of “record holders”, who since 2012 had never missed an edition.