I was having the same issue. New to Spotify, I checked tons of threads and no help. Customer support is great at getting back to you but no fix on this issue.
My fix - I deleted the Spotify app, and reinstalled the old version... Version 0.8.5.1356.gd1d40f3a. I found it at http://spotify.en.softonic.com. It works now. There is a link at the top of the window to restart for the latest version. - Don't do that, or the friend activity goes away.