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Does anyone know what time the last bands are on at Primavera?
Also, is accommodation cheap/close?
The last bands on the main stages were around 1am I think, then bands and DJs on the smaller stages until as late as 6am in some cases. I definitely remember getting on the tram or bus in daylight a couple of times.
For cheap accomodation, you're probably best off renting an apartment. If money isn't too much of a concern, the Hotel Princessa is literally at the entrance to the festival and is apparently very nice.
go on until really late. Animal Collective played the biggest stage last year and finished at 3:30 AM. Holy Fuck's infamous stage invasion took place around 5 AM. On Friday and Saturday they turn one of the stages into a dance arena around midnight and you can go clubbing until 6 if you want.
There are a lot of business hotels in the immediate vicinity of the festival site. Most of the hostels are in central Barcelona but there are buses (and metros on Fri and Sat) throughout the night.
I can confirm what Ralphlike a lion said, I have gone to primavera many many years since it was a very small festival. I just sai that lasts band end slightly earlier than the DJs (around 6 and 7)
About accomodation you can stay at the city center (if you want to visit the city or just wandering around in the morning and I really recomend it becauce Barcelona in sping it sooo beautiful). Look for a Hotel, hostel, apartment,pension or youth hostel in "ciutat vella" it's plenty of them. Try to book a place that is near a yellow line metro station (it's the one that goes to the Forum without need to change). If not you can try to look for some accomodation near the festival..but it's not the most charming area. If you like the sea try to book sth in Barceloneta (it's the sailors neighborhood...very lively, plenty of delicious fish/seafood rest and the beach very close. About the price you can find very cheap places (compared to england) but try to book as soon as you can as in may barcelona starts to get crowded of tourists (apart from the people coming to the festival).Hope it helps!!
Really helpful, hope I see you there!