Sonar – Europe’s premier electronic music and arts festival – is this week upon us.
Which not only means the chance to drink mojitos in the preposterously lush surroundings of Sonar by Day to a soundtrack of Micachu, Omar Souleyman and La Roux, and dance to the likes of Marcel Dettmann, Shed, Crystal Castles and Late of the Pier at the preposterously huge hangar that is Sonar by Night, but also the opportunity to take advantage of the plethora of off-Sonar parties thrown by some of the world’s best labels, artists and promoters.
Because Sonar’s about more than Sonar, if you know what we mean. It’s about everything that surrounds the festival: be that Brainfeeder parties at Club Mondo, Phonica parties at the beach, or the dreaded anti-Sonar. So let FACT be your guide, and we guarantee you’ll be up on the best places to be this weekend in Barcelona. Whether you make it to them – or indeed, through them – is another matter. All the clubs listed here are easily googlable, so it’ll pay to get a bit of time in on your laptop before you go wandering off down Las Ramblas in search of Ricardo.
RECOMMENDED: PLAT DU JOUR x FACT / BRAINFEEDER:
BRACKLES, ONEMAN, JACKMASTER, FLYING LOTUS
THU 18, CLUB MONDO
Could we have kicked off Thursday’s listings with anything else? Plat Du Jour and FACT take over Room 2 in the picturesque Club Mondo on Barcelona’s beachside. Supplying music for the night are three of the absolute best DJs in the UK – and anywhere for that matter – in Apple Pips/Blunted Robots man Brackles, Dress 2 Sweat/Numbers/Wireblock lynchpin Jackmaster, and the guy currently blowing 90% of the Rinse FM schedule away every time they let him near their building, Oneman. Expect everything from Detroit screamers to UK Funky anthems from these three, all mixed quick and hard like Lexington Steele. Then you’ve got Dirty Canvas resident Reecha, Jammer’s trusted DJ Mumdance, Barcelona-based K**o and more – plus a special guest who we can’t reveal, but we can say is one of the most exciting young producers on the planet, and has been for a couple of years now. Sound good? Course it does.
Er, and if that’s not good enough, in Room 1 at Club Mondo is the Barcelona leg of this week’s Flying Lotus curated Brainfeeder tour. Everyone bar FlyLo are announced special guests, but there’s a few of them, and you can probably make a couple of educated guesses as to who they might be.
Advance tickets available here. Book now to avoid disappointment…
RECOMMENDED: VERSUS 2009: ROBERT HOOD PRESENTS MINIMAL NATION
THU 18, NITSA
Robert Hood missed his flight to the weekend gone’s London party to celebrate the re-issue of his seminal album Minimal Nation. Hopefully the Detroit legend’s in attendance this time around, with James Rushkin, FACT favourite (and Berghain resident) Ben Klock and Detroit Grand Pubahs in support.
THIS IS HARDCORE
THU 18, RAZZMATAZZ
Three showcases in one of the city’s biggest clubs: Filthy Dukes live and Vicarious Bliss at the Razz Club, Aeroplane and Hudson Mohawke live at Sala Lo.Li.Ta, and Border Community take over the Loft Club with James Holden, Nathan Fake live, Ricardo Tobar live and Luke Abbot live.
THU 18, LA TERRAZA
Scottish techno veterans helm a showcase of their own talent, starring Slam and Damian Lazarus and with support from Silicone Soul, Jet Project, Decimal live and Master H.
THU 18, KANNA BEACH CLUB
Luciano’s much-loved Cadenza label and [Edit: Locodice and Martin Buttrich – thanks moustachio]‘s rather more patchy Desolat get their wares out with performances from Locodice b2b Luciano, Mirko Loko and Martin Buttrich.
RADAR 09: MOODMUSIC SHOWCASE
THU 18, BECOOL
Ewan Pearson, Sasse (live), Dirt Crew (live), Lil Tony, Filippo Mascatello. You know.
THU 18, LIQUID
Audiofly, Tiefschwarz, Jay Haze, Pier Bucci (live), Matthias Meyer, Kabuto and Koji, Sante (live), Christian Burkhardt, Ripperton, Andre Buljat, Mirus.
RECOMMENDED: HORSE MEAT DISCO
THU 18, MARTIN’S DISCO
Ever-reliable London disco night celebrates its imminent album on !K7 with sets from DFA’s Jacques Renault, Ali Tillet, Danny Clark and Horse Meat Disco DJs.
THU 18, HOTEL ME
Konrad Black, M.A.N.D.Y., Sascha Funke, Heidi, Marco Resmann, Dirtcrew, guests – invitation only.
THU 18, WIP
Anja Schneider, Ralf Kollmann, Exercise One, Pan Pot, Marcin Czubala, Hector.
MOBILEE ROOFTOP PARTY
THU 18, SILKEN DIAGONAL
Rooftop larks with Sebo K, Anja Schneider, Pan Pot, Gummihz, Hector, And.Id – invitation only.
THU 18, MACARENA
It’s a ‘Physical thing, with Heidi, DJ T and M.A.N.D.Y – invitation only.
BPITCH CTRL/TREIBSTOFF BOAT PARTY
FRI 19, X-CLUSIVE BOAT @ PORT DEL FORUM
Ellen Allien’s label get on a boat like T-Pain, with performances from Thomas Muller live, Kiki, Chaim, Gabriel Ananda b2b Marcel Janovsky, and the Queen Bpitch herself.
FRI 19, CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR
Or, you can just catch them for free at Chiringuito Calamar: Ellen Allien, Kiki, Chaim, Sascha Funke, Paul Kalkbrenner live and Thomas Muller live all play.
FRI 19, NITSA
Kompakt keep up their usual off-Sonar residency at Nitsa with regulars Superpitcher, DJ Koze and Gui Boratto, plus Gus Gus, Ferenc’s DJ Fra and visuals from Okinawa69. It’s always rammed, so arrive early to avoid disappointment.
TAKE OFF/FLYING CIRCUS/VIVA MUSIC
FRI 19, LA CASITA DEL MAR
Steve Lawler, Audiofly, Layo and Bushwacka, M.A.N.D.Y., Konrad Black, Nick Curly, Lopazz live, Scarlett Etienne, more.
INTL DJ GIGOLO/MOON HARBOUR/MINIMAL HOSPITAL/ETC
FRI 19, BOULEVARD
DJ Hell, Romina Cohn, Christian Prommer, Ekkohaus vs Vera, Sven Tassandi, Michael Melchner, Cesar Merville, Manu-L, Alex.
RECOMMENDED: BUGGED OUT!
FRI 19, KANNA BEACH CLUB
Electro-house never died, it just grew bigger balls (apparently). Felix Da Housecat, Vitalic and Jola Bola will take no prisoners.
THIS IS HARDCORE
FRI 19, RAZZMATAZZ
Fischerspooner live, Amable, Luis le Nuit in Razz Club, Miss Kittin and the Hacker in the Loft, Surkin, Bobmo and D.A.R.Y.L in Sola Lo.Li.Ta and more scattered about.
RECOMMENDED: RA BY NIGHT
SAT 20, BOULEVARD CULTURE CLUB
Resident Advisor take the main room in this quality bash, hosting performances from Akufen (live), Thomas Brinkmann, Jus-Ed and the peerless Sound Stream. B4 helm the rather more modest second room, though a headline set from Lucio Aquilina’s not to be sniffed at. He’s joined by Camea, Xpansul, Marc Marzenit, Edgar de Ramon and Okian.
SAT 20, NITSA CLUB
Three BPitch parties in one week? Er, OK. This one features Ellen Allien, Sascha Funke, Chaim, Kiki live and Telefon Tel Aviv live.
THIS IS HARDCORE
SAT 20, RAZZMATAZZ
Addictive TV live, Bloody Beetroots, Omar Leon, Krazy Baldhead, Jake Shears and Sammy Jo (yes, that Jake Shears), XXXchange and more.
SAT 20, WIP
Matthew Dear, Damian Lazarus, Heidi, DJ T, SIOPIS and more.
RADAR 09: REKIDS SHOWCASE
SAT 20, BECOOL
Radio Slave, Luke Solomon, Spencer Parker, Toby Tobias, Baby G and special guests.
RECOMMENDED: WAGON REPAIR/CYNOSURE
SAT 20, MOOG
Wagon Repair turns 50 this summer (releases, not
ars, obviously), so come celebrate with Mike Shannon, The Mole, Mathew Jonson and Ernesto Ferreyra.
SAT 20, KANNA BEACH CLUB
Sven Vath, Guy Gerber, Maurizio Schmitz.
SAT 20, CITY HALL
2020 Soundsystem live, Ralph Lawson, Audiojack, Simon Baker, Ekkohaus live.
SUN 21, KANNA BEACH CLUB
Ricardo Villalobos, Cassy and C-More – how much better is this than the Saturday Coccon party?
RECOMMENDED: SETS ON THE BEACH/KOMPAKT
SUN 21, YACHT CLUB
Superpitcher, Tobias Thomas, Jennifer Cardini, Dj Shumi (Okinawa69), President Bongo (Gus Gus) and more.
SUN 21, SUGAR BEACH CLUB
More Phiz for you, this time with M.A.N.D.Y., Italoboys, Tomas Schumacher, Konrad Black, DJ T, Audiofly.
SUN 21, LA TERRAZZA
The ultimate solid, quality headliner – Innervisions’ Ame and Dixon b2b – supported by Giles Smith, James Priestley, Melon, WBeeza.
SUN 21, X-CLUSIVE BOAT @ PORT DEL FORUM
Seth Troxler, Konrad Black, M.A.N.D.Y., Matthew Dear, Audiofly, Mark Ess and more.
OSLO vs KOMPAKT/CYM/FIVE SENSES
SUN 21, BOULEVARD
Mike Shannon, The Mole, Ernesto Ferreyra, Federico Molinari b2b Nekes, Jenifer Cardini, Luca Bachetti, Luciano Garrido, Rama Bloom, Denizer.
SUN 21, CULTURE
Glasgow’s most on-it club night arrives at Sonar with Hudson Mohawke (DJ set), Jackmaster, Spencer, LuckyMe Family and special guests.
M-NUS BEACH PARTY
SUN 21, CHIRINGUITO CALAMAR
Get your M-nus beach towels out, it’s that time again. Sets from Magda, Heartthrob, Troy Pierce, Barem and special guests TBC.
SUN 21, SILKEN DIAGONAL
Alex Under, Damien Schwartz, Kasper, Mathias Kaden, Andrew Grant and more – invitation only.