We know it, you know it – Sonar weekend is great. And the key to its greatness lies in the sheer breadth of what it has to offer.
Whether it’s the festival itself, invite-only pool parties on hotel rooftops, all night beach raves or simply take-out meals at Maoz, there’s countless things to do, and let’s face it, if you’re heading there this weekend, then you’ve probably already made up your mind as to a decent proportion of your plans. In the past, we’ve penned features that list everything you could possibly want to do in Barcelona on Sonar weekend, but when it came to this year’s festival, we decided that succinctness was the best approach. There’s a lot on – but here are the individual acts, showcases and parties that tickle our particular fancy.
Note: we’ve tried to steer clear of invite only parties, hence the lack of inclusion for Clone and zero”‘s rooftop bash, Resident Advisor’s daytime party and Hotflush vs. Aus Music.
Sonar Lab, Sonar by Night
Saturday June 18, 2am-5.30am
Glasgow traditionally represents at Sonar like few other cities, and this year will be no different, with Redinho, Lory D [above], Deadboy, Jessie Ware, Jackmaster and Spencer lighting up the SonarLab stage on Saturday night. Visuals come from Remote Location, Thomas Traum and Novak.
RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY
Sonar Dome, Sonar by Day
Thursday June 16 – Saturday June 18
Red Bull Music Academy bring the heat as per, with sets from David Rodigan, Katy B, Tiger & Woods, DJ Zinc and many more spread out over the long weekend.
Sonar Complex, Sonar by Day
Friday June 17, 5.30pm – 9pm
One of the best new labels around takes their isolationist brand of pop music to the stage, with live performances from How to Dress Well, oOoOO and Holy Other.
Sonar Village, Sonar by Day
Saturday June 18, 7.15pm
The Honest Jons-supported South African dance craze has come to Europe, and now has Sonar firmly in its sights. Nozinja [above], a revered dancer and mastermind behind innumerable street-level Shangaan hits, headlines this showcase, with support from the masked Tshetsha Boys, Tuiselani and Nkata Mawewe, plus the fastest Shangaan dancers around. Unmissable.
Sonar Club, Sonar by Night
Friday June 17, 2.45am
You might have heard of this guy – he’s probably the best electronic musician of our times (though granted, we’re not quite sure what those times are anymore), and whether he plays classic hardcore, ear-splitting noise or the sort of contemporary set that he performed at this year’s Bloc Weekend, you’ll want to see him.
HESSLE AUDIO & HEMLOCK
Razzmatazz, C/ Pamplona, 88, 08018
Thursday June 16
Two of the UK’s finest labels team up for an off-Sonar party in the Lolita Room at the city’s top Razzmatazz club. Untold, Pangaea, Ben UFO, Blawan and Girl Unit are all on the bill, with unannounced special guests to be revealed on the night.
PLANET E & CADENZA
Parc de la Pau, Barcelona
Saturday June 18
The climax and highlight of a long weekend of park events by East Ender. Luciano headlines, flanked by his finest Vagabundos in Reboot, Dani Casarano, Felipe Valenzuela and Frivolous, while Carl Craig’s Planet E represent the tougher stuff with sets from Moodymann [above], Stacey Pullen, Luigi Aprile and Craig himself.
Moog, Arc del Teatre, 3, 08001
Wednesday June 15, 11.30pm-6am
Class house and techno fare from one of the best labels to ever do it, with Dexter (live), Gerd (live) and Serge.
El Prats Beach, south of Barcelona
Thursday June 16, 7pm-6am
Scottish promoters Huntleys & Palmers have roped in Alex Smoke, Auntie Flo, Alejandro Paz, SOPHIE and more in for a free beach party just South of Barcelona – but don’t worry, they’ll be putting on buses from the city centre to the venue. There’s also special guests to be revealed on the night.
LUCKYME / EARNEST ENDEAVOURS / DESPARAMME
Be Cool, Pl Joan Llongueras, 5, 08021
Sunday June 19, 11pm-5am
The Sunday night parties are most people’s last night at Sonar, and often their best. Hudson Mohawke and recent FACT mixer Machinedrum top the bill at BeCool, with The Blessings, Eclair Fifi [above], Lazer Sword’s Lando Kal, Dials, Patchwork Pirates, K**o and various secret guests making up the rest of the bill. Buy your tickets direct from LuckyMe and recieve a free Machinedrum mp3.
PHONICA & DISCOS PARADISO
Discos Paradiso, C/ Ferlandina 39, Raval
Saturday June 18, 5pm-10pm
John Talabot, Comeme’s Danile Maloso, Pional, Simon Rigg plus some very, very special guests who can’t be named. But we know who they are, and they’re big. There’s also free beer, records to buy, and it’s situated five minutes from Sonar by Day. What more could you ask for? Simply click “attending” on the Facebook event page to be added to the list.