There's only one festival out there that can book these two to follow each other
God bless Primavera and its sun and its beach and the young entrepreneurs outside who use illegally selling “sexy” street beers as a front to illegally sell illegal drugs (they keep those beers in the sewer to keep them cool – you should know that). That’s not what it’s really about, though – Primavera Sound is the only festival in the world able to book Solange and Slayer not just on the same bill over the same weekend, but on the same stage, on the same night, one after the other. Here’s how their performances from last night squared up. They were not the same.
Ten minutes later than planned, Solange sends her 8-piece soul band out to stall her prayer bow hello a little longer. Hey, it’s just ten minutes – no big deal, even if Primavera is an unusually tight ship on the scheduling. The brass section rasp and the cymbals shimmer and ‘Rise’ sighs across the site. Someone yawns and it sets off everyone in the incredibly large crowd, but, y’know, in a good way.
Slayer are bang on time. They do not bow. Rasping brass isn’t their warm-up palette of choice either – it’s that trash guitar chug that is completely ridiculous, of course, but has given us almost every incarnation of heavy rock since, especially grunge. Maybe they start with ‘Implode’, or ‘Bitter Peace’, or ‘Death’s Head’, or ‘Tickled By A Serpent’ – it doesn’t really matter, but it’s FAST. Someone yawns and is applauded for their irony.
Solange performs under a big round white circle (a moon? a Rusk?) with all the lights set to red, until 40 minutes in when they go blue. Her band (who really are incredibly tight, as you’d expect) all wear red.
Slayer have no idea that colour really exists. They wear black – naturally – and perform in front of a backdrop that looks like the top half of Amy Winehouse’s face crying black tears. Pretty offensive, guys, or it would have been if it wasn’t in fact a picture of top half of Jesus Christ’s face crying black tears; the cover of their ‘Repentless’ LP. Fine – continue.