Created in 1994, Sonar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It’s first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends. Sonar is constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape. Its interactions and hybridisations with digital creation and new media, unites established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production.
Sonar Barcelona’s activities are divided into two main locations: the recently premiered Sónar by Day, located from 2013 in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts and DJ’s, showcases as well as the new Sónar+D area, the essence of which is discovering and tracking new talent and enhance professional activities; and the larger shows at Sónar by Night, in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, where the leading names in the current international music scene are staged.
Fresh from the Ibiza debut of his dubfire:liveHYBRID project at the International Live Summit, Dubfire returns to DJing with two sets lined up for Off Week. Beginning with the mid-week festivities, Dubfire will shake up the world famous club Pacha on Wednesday with his underground sound and finally inaugurating the weekend parties with a Friday night set at the former theatre venue City Hall.
Described by John Peel as “the Baron of Techno”, Dave Clarke has long hosted his White Noise radio show and just released a record “Charcoal Eyes: A selection of remixes from Amsterdam”, a testament to his diverse musical preferences. For Off Week, he will perform at the RAAR Records showcase in the infamous Razzmatazz club complex as part of the “This is Hardcore” party night. As partygoers get to experience five clubs for one ticket, Clarke is set to play in the venue’s techno club – The Loft.
Canadian producer Marc Houle is a true techno veteran. His productions on Hawtin’s Minus and his own label Items & Things defined the minimal sound of the mid 2000’s. Most recently he contributed his own spin on a Claude VonStroke classic on the remix compilation “Who’s Afraid of Detroit Remixes”, which will be released just before his gigs in Barcelona. Opportunities to experience his impressive live sets are at the FMLY party at Culture Club on Thursday and the Fact Music Pool Series on Sunday.
Richie Hawtin debuts his brand new show at Sónar by Night, staying constantly dedicated to innovative ideas in music and technology. Having released “From My Mind To Yours” in late 2015, and contributed once again to BBC Radio 1’s Essential Mix series, the pioneering artist continues to innovate. Just this month, in collaboration with British product developer Andy Rigby-Jones, Hawtin has unveiled the PLAYdifferently Model 1 mixer, the brand’s debut product, which offers a new level of uncompromising quality and intuitive functionality.
Berlin-based producer Re.You is a name on the rise, with a busy year of releases planned, including the forthcoming “They Vibed ft. Lazarusman” on Connected, in addition to launching his own label, named after the party series “YOUNION” that sees him invite some of his favorite artists to perform alongside him. Catch him at one of the Off-Week parties on Thursday or at Mobilee’s Rooftop Party on Saturday.
Secretsundaze (Giles Smith & James Priestley) return to Barcelona for two events, with a party at the never before used open air venue Parc Del Forum Beach and another at La Terrrazza’s open air terrace. The duo’s parties continue to dominate the UK club scene (this year celebrating their 15th anniversary) and their annual Off Week parties are always one of the highlights of the season. This year, Secretsundaze bring some of the best party guests to town, including Marcellus Pittman, Leon Vynehall, Hunee, Palms Trax, Ryan Elliott and Shanti Celeste to name just a few. And of course it wouldn’t be a Secretsundaze without a set from the founders themselves.