Sonar Festival: Barcelona

After two years we’re very excited to re-visit this June arguably the best festival in the world, Sonar, in the heart of Barcelona. The festival is split into two parts divided into Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night.

Sónar by Night completes its program with German duo Booka Shade -celebrating the 10th anniversary of their most popular album, “Movements”- and three highly reputed djs from the international clubbing scene: Britain’s Eats Everything and Kode9 (also performing at Sónar by Day with his show “The Nøtel”), and Spain’s Coyu. Red Bull Music Academy adds new names to the SonarDôme stage, combining established artists -like Underground Resistance presents Timeline, Gerd Janson and LiL Jabba – with up and Niño de Elche & Los Voluble – coming talent such as Lafawndah, Sevdaliza, Jacob Korn, Astrolith and Spain’s TalkToMe, JackWasFaster and John Grvy, among others.
El Guincho, one of Spain’s most adventurous musicians, will showcase his third album live, the remarkable, forward thinking “HiperAsia” arriving six years after “Pop Negro”. Three musicians, two samplers, a synthesizer, processed guitars and synth bass will accompany the producer from the Canary Islands onstage. The film “HiperAsia. Animated Lyrical Adventure” directed by the Barcelona studio Manson will also be screened as part of the show.

Global rhythms and folklore revisited take a leading role at this year’s festival with newly added artists Ethiopian Mikael Seifu, Colombian Las Hermanas, joining concerts from Ata Kak (Ghanaian funk), Nicola Cruz (Andean electronica), AcidArab (Maghrebi house), Nozinja (Shangaan electro) and Congo Natty (Jamaican roots dub and jungle).

Also noteworthy among the line-up’s new additions are leading producers and djs from Spain’s national musical spectrum including Alizzz, Strand, NMO, LloretSalvatge, Ilia Mayer, Cauto and the duos bRUNA & Wooky(debuting their new joint project and performing with visual artist Alba G. Corral) and Zero + Chelis, two of Spain’s most respected DJs, playing together for the first time.
After the overwhelming success of last year’s show, Niño de Elche & Los Voluble return to Sónar this year to debut their new experimental flamenco project “In the Name of”. The audiovisual show that highlights the Mediterranean as a hub of cultural exchange, combining today’s European border policy with unpublished texts from feminist thinker Paul B. Preciado and ‘canta de iday vuelta’ flamenco songs.

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