As far as music festivals, Sónar is rarely the first, second or even the fifth music festival that people attend. But it’s definitely one every fan wants to attend at least once in their life. Established in 1994 by a music journalist Ricard Robles and musicians and visual artists Enric Palau and Sergio Caballero, Sónar has managed to sustain its reputation of being a festival of “advanced music and new media art”, by virtue of a carefully curated balance of culture, the avant-garde, and electronic music’s newest trends and experiments. As a festival, apart from showcasing some of dance music’s biggest names, it’s a meeting point for creative people from both public and industry sectors, from different disciplines and communities and is an example of the inherent, symbiotic relationship between creativity and technology.
But wait Sónar isn’t all work, and no play. For a few days in June, Barcelona become’s Europe’s party central when some of the world’s best musicians and DJs descend on the Catalan city, complete with oversized sunglasses and flip-flops. In 2015 – specifically June 18, 19 and 20 – doyens of dance music like The Chemical Brothers and Skrillex share the billing with stalwarts like Hot Chip, Jamie XX, Flying Lotus, Jamie Jones, Maya Jane Coles, Ten Walls alongside opinionated American DJ and producer Seth Troxler and techno gods Dubfire and Laurent Garnier. And that’s just a handful of artists that for three days – Sónar by Day – and nights – Sónar by Night – will have over 80,000 people partying till 8 in the morning.
Take a look at the 2015 line-up here. And weep. Silently.
Just in case, you’re in Barcelona and for whatever reason you are unable to find a ticket for Sónar (they’re still available), there’re plenty of off- Sónar parties that you should head to. On June 17, a day before the festival there are more 20 parties in Barcelona featuring Carl ‘Oh yes, oh yes’ Cox, Ame, Pan Pot, Maceo Plex, Ovum Recordings bossman Josh Wink, Hot Since 82, Mano le Tough. June 18 will see Jackmaster go B2B with Running Back label boss Gerd Janson, Luciano, Deep Dish (yes, you read that right), Carl Craig, Ben UFO. You get the picture. Just a thought – it would be interesting to see how much Red Bull Barcelona ends up selling that one week in June, when Sónar takes over.
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