The organizers of Primavera Sound, Europe's best alternative music festival, have announced the complete line-up for their 2013 festival.
Headlining the festival are Phoenix, The Postal Service, Blur, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and My Bloody Valentine.
The Postal Service are perhaps the most eagerly anticipated band at the festival. After a critically acclaimed but little-toured album in 2003, Give Up, the duo of Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard and Dntel (Jimmy Tamborello) went back to their day jobs and repeatedly quashed rumours of any more material. The announcement that they will reform for a series of shows and a re-release of their one LP may be the best fans are going to get from the band as they still deny they will be bringing out anything new.
Other highlights of Primavera Sound 2013 include:
- Rodriguez - the reclusive star of the Searching for Sugarman rockumentary performs songs from his newly popular 1970s albums Cold Fact and Coming From Reality.
- Meat Puppets - most famous for three of their songs (Lake of Fire, Oh Me and Plateau) being covered on Nirvana's Unplugged in New York album.
- Mulatu Astatke - one of the biggest stars of Ethiopian jazz, famous for appearing on the Ethiopiques compilations.
- Orchestre Poly-Rhythmo de Cotonou - reformed 1970s Beninese funk-soul band bring their mixture of James Brown-esque sounds with voodoo rhythms to the festival.
Primavera Sound also returns to Porto in Portugal for the second time. Expect the line-up to be similar but smaller. Details will follow when announced.