Main Stage: SATURDAY 10

Primal Scream’s career could considered a summary of British indie rock in the 1980s and 1990s. Bobby Gillespie formed the band while drumming for the Jesus and Mary Chain, quite the opposite of Primal Scream.

After a brief detour to punk-style rock, the group reinvented itself as a dance band in the early ’90s, picking up on the pop and acid house sounds of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays.

Primal Scream created the ultimate indie pop and dance fusion album, Screamadelica, in 1991. The album broke down boundaries and changed the face of British pop music, bringing dance and techno to the rock audience.

Primal Scream changed direction to Stones-style boogie for their 1994 follow-up, Give Out but Don’t Give Up. When that record was greeted with indifference, they returned to dance-rock fusions with 1997’s Vanishing Point, which re-established the group as a major force in British rock.

XTRMNTR followed in 2000, Evil Heat in 2002 and Riot City Blues in 2006 – each bringing a new slant on the talents and musical interests of the band.

In 2012, Mani left to focus on the reunion of The Stone Roses, who Primal Scream went on to support with Debbie Googe from My Bloody Valentine on bass.

More Light was released in May 2013 and 2016 sees the launch of their eleventh studio album Chaosmosis, once again showing their evolution as a band and their continual relevance with a collaboration with Sky Ferreira on the single Where The Light Gets In.


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