With Sónar week just around the corner, we’ve given you a round up of the most exciting events and activities highlighted in our schedule.
Founded in 1994, Sónar grows stronger every year and today hosts events in cities dotted all around the globe. Barcelona’s edition remains the flagship event and the 21st edition is shaping up to be one of the most cutting-edge electronic music events on the festival calendar. Every June an array of artists, industry professionals and punters descend upon multiple venues across the Catalonian city for a week of showcases events and top notch parties both official and non-official. In other words Sónar week is a week to be had.
Wednesday 11th June
Feel My Bicep, Electric Minds & Mono_Cult @ Razzmatazz | 22:00 – 06:00
We’ll be starting things with a bang at the city’s notorious warehouse-cum-club, Razzmatazz. Electric Minds, Feel My Bicep & Mono Cult are coming together to bring us a hot and heavy three-roomer featuring Move D, Levon Vincent, Tama Sumo & more… Act fast if you don’t have a ticket secured already, they’re almost gone and this queue will stretch around the block.
Cinema Screening: “Beatz” | 16:05 – 17:45
Sónar by day takes place at Fira Montjuïc in Plaça d’Espanya. This marks the second year at the new daytime venue following positive reports from last year. For the sensible one’s of you out there with Sónar +D accreditation who aren’t going purely for the party, there’s a plethora of installations, demos and digital laboratories on show. If you fancy nipping out of the heat for a siesta there’s an excellent programme in the Sonár Cinema all weekend. A highlight being a new documentary about electronic music culture, “Beatz” will be premiered at the Sónar Cinema. Shot across multiple cities around the world this film directed by Eduardo De La Calle was made with zero-budget and features artists such as Derrick May, Carl Craig, Kenny Larkin, Jus-Ed, Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock. Check out the trailer below.
Sónar By Day:
(highlights from all stages, only start time listed)
15:30 – Bee Mask (live)
17.00 – Nils Frahm (Live)
17:10 – Elijah & Skilliam intr. Flava D
18:35 – Koreless (live)
19:00 – Machinedrum Vapor City (live)
20:30 – Ben Frost (live)
21:50 – Plastikman | Objekt (live)
Hyp Tip! – Plastikman | Objekt (live)
21:50 – 23:00
Hate him or love him, Richie Hawtin is one of the prominent figures in electronic music. He will be reviving his Plastikman alias for an audio visual experience ‘Objekt’ that has been created in collaboration with the Guggenheim. A large obelisk will be installed at the SónarVillage and visuals will be mapped to a cacophony of sound. Sónar By Day has been extended by an hour solely for this project.
Numbers x Nitsa: Label Party | 23:00 – 05:00
There’s no official Sónar By Night event on the Thursday so come 10pm it’s all about the after parties. We’ll be marching in the direction of Nitsa where Numbers will throw their annual label party including the usual suspects and a few additional treats. This old theatre venue has been open for over 30 years. It gets cramped and sweaty but that’s what it’s all about really. It’s only a 15 minute walk from the daytime venue. Line-up includes: Hudson Mohawke, Sophie, Galcher Lustwerk, Space Dimension Controller and more.
Hessle Audio at Be Cool | 23:00 – 05:00
If your looking for something more with a bit more grit, Hessle Audio are throwing a party at Be Cool with Kassem Mosse & an unannounced special guest. This venue is popular with the locals, it’s a bit further out but it does have a revolving dance floor to compensate. Line-up Includes: Ben UFO, Pangaea, Pearson Sound, Kassem Mosse, Special Guest and more.
Resident Advisor at El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol | 14:00 – 00:30
If you’re not attending Sónar by day on the Thursday, this is where you want to be. Resident Advisor have assembled one of the most impressive line-ups of the weekend at a truly special venue. The Poble Espanyol is a collection of over 117 buildings, it’s a showcase of Spanish architecture and the terrace within where this party takes place boasts one of the best views of the city. This one is completely sold out, but with Barcelona native John Talabot playing an exclusive gig alongside Axel Boman as Talaboman this promises to be special. Make every effort to obtain a ticket. Line-up includes: Talaboman, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Max Graef, Eats Everything, Midland and more.
There’s also a myriad of tech showcases, demos and activities that draw heavily from music on offer for those with +D accreditation. Check out Imposition, Machine Variation and Daito Manabe’s ‘Man Machine‘.
Sónar By Day: Friday
15:30 – Jessy Lanza (live)
17:35 – Throwing Snow (live)
19:30 – Bonobo (live)
20:00 – Oneohtrix Point Never (live)
20:30 – Jon Hopkins (live)
20:40 – Theo Parrish
21:00 – Buraka Som Sistema (live)
Hyp Tip! James Holden’s “The Inheritors” – Converted Into Dance
20:30h (Mercat de les Flors)
Dancers Sonia Gómez and British choreographer and dancer Lucy Suggate have created “The Inquisitive Middle”, a contemporary dance piece created around “The Inheritors”. This limited capacity event is an additional €12 with a festival ticket and €15 without. It should be interesting and weird.
Sónar By Night: Friday
01:30 – Visionist
01:40 – Caribou (live)
02:40 – Recondite (live)
03:15 – Evian Christ
04:15 – Four Tet (live)
00:30 – copeland (live)
02:30 – Happa
03:30 – Ron Morelli
04:30 – Svengalisghost (live)
05:30 – Mwëslee
Sonar By Day: Saturday
14:35 – Pick A Piper (live)
17:00 – Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine (live)
18:25 – Dâm-Funk (live)
18:45 – Audion (live)
20:30 – James Holden (live)
20:40 – DJ Harvey
Hyp Tip! – DESPACIO
15.30 – 21.30 (each day at Sonar By Day)
James Murphy, 2 Many DJ’s & US audio company McIntosh have collaborated for a live performance that is focused on the partygoers experience instead of the stage spectacle so common at festivals today. With seven 11-foot towers of speakers and amps arranged in a circle with a sum total of 50,000 watts of power and a limited indoor capacity, over the course of three days this will get wild.
Sónar By Night: Saturday
21:30 – Four Tet
22:30 – Massive Attack (live)
00:10 – Matthew Dear (live)
00:45 – Laurel Halo (live)
01:30 – Chic (live)
01:35 – Future Brown (live)
03:00 – Daphni b2b James Holden
05:00 – Paul Woolford
05:15 – Camo & Krooked
If your not attending Sónar By Day on Saturday, Hyponik favourite Dj Koze and friends are returning to the fabled grounds of El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol for the second edition of their Pampa party which caused a stir last year. The event is now completely sold out and this video helps explain why.
secretsundaze @ La Terrrazza | 16:00 – 05:00
To round things up and bring the festivities to a close secretsundaze are throwing their annual day/night party at the outdoor Pic-Nic area under the trees and moving indoors to La Terrazza by night.
Line-up includes: DJ Qu, Damiano von Erckert, Mr. Tophat & Art Alfie Amir Alexander and more.
Both venues are easily accessible via Bus, Metro and Taxi. There will also be a shuttle bus running to and from Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet for Sónar By Night. For more information and times see here.
Food and drink plentiful in Barcelona but you need to know where to look if you don’t fancy getting ripped off. Best piece of advice is steer well clear of Las Ramblas, delve down some of the backstreets and winding alleys of the Barri Gòtic quarter for much cheaper and more atmospheric cocktail and tapas bars.
For tickets and more information visit the Sónar website. See you in the sunshine.