My first time was going to be in June 2016. Barcelona was already prepared for this event, creativity and music.
Three days of almost endless music, this 23 rd edition was the big time for musicians like New Order, Jean Michel Jarre, Fat Boy Slim, Four Tet or Skepta but also for more than 50 artists who didn’t help to stop dancing from the midday until the next morning. We couldn’t forget the professional side of the festival: Sónar +D, where you could meet new projects and attend conferences about arts, technology, creativity and innovation. One of the legends of music, Brian Eno was the guest to give the starting point of the festival.
As far as I remember, my first echoes of Sónar were the last song of Acid Arab while I was entering the venue, then the turn was for Lady Leshurr. I have never listened to the producer before but her sound evolved me: a sharp freestyle rap with solid hip hop and grime base. Then the time for The Black Madonna, the new house and techno goddess, personally, the best show of the day: the DJ from Chicago could bring people to Sónar Village and make them dance for almost two hours without a rest!
Roots Manuva au Sónar
DJ Craze – Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says @ Festival Sónar 2016
TroyBoi au Sónar
After an exciting and promising to take off, Sónar improves the next days:
Friday, Ata Kak brought an African freshness whereas El Niño de Elche + Los Voluble were the guys to put the sourness with their music and visuals. The night couldn’t be better: Anohni presented Hopelessness in collaboration with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke with astonishing face visuals and political lyrics. The dance continued with the insane dubstep rhythms of Kode9 x Lawrence Lek with their new work The Nøtel. Finally, Flume put the highest note of the night: a clear an example of the fusion between light music performance, musician and the devoted crowd.
Then Saturday, the nightmare comes: last day of Sónar but never less. From Warp record’s Oneohtrix Point Never was one of the most special shows with his last album “Garden of Delete”, unique sounds that invite you to spasm or levitate. Something totally different if you attended the French group Club Cheval: your body couldn’t stop shaking. At night, the phenomenon of Mura Masa with vocalist Bonzai was an explosion of newness. Right after, New Order dedicated their last song “Love will tear us apart” to Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Then the times arrived for Skepta, a totally unforgettable show with his sharp grime rhythms performing his last album “Konnichiwa”.
Finally, another show to remember in my Sónar experience was the crazy performance of Boys Noize, a slap of techno-punk where anybody could not stop howling and jump!
Words by: Sara AS