Festivals: 15 Acts Not to Be Missed at Sonar Barcelona

Sonar-2017-Lineup-PosterIt is time for one of the most pioneer and legendary festivals in electronic music to kick off.  Sónar Barcelona is only a few days away and the line up is amazing as always.

It is very hard to only pick a few artist that are “must see”, but we tried our best to pick some our 13 favorite ones.

1. Björk Dj set at the opening night. We are in Iceland as we write this article and only after visiting this very special country, we feel we can understand what made Björk to the artist she is. We have seen her playing live and were speechless, we haven’t seen her dj yet and are pretty sure it’s going to be extravagant.

2. Lena Willikens at Sonar by Day on Friday.

We have been following Lena Willikens for years and can tell you one thing: she is something else. Her unique sound will fascinate you. She begun her career at the infamous Dusseldorf club Salon De Amateurs, and is an active member of the Comeme family.

3. Cerrone on Saturday at Sonar by Night. Cerrone is a disco legend and responsible for the disco hymns “Supernature”, “Love In C Minor” and “Je Suis Music”. Catch his a live show in which he will DJ, play the drums, project his own images, and will also invite two vocalists on stage.

4. De La Soul on Saturday 17 01:25 – 02:25. at Sónar by Night – SonarPub by Thunder Bitch. When you get the chance to see funk, hip hop pioneers De La Soul live, you shouldn’t miss it!

5. Dj Shadow on Friday 16 22:30 – 23:30 at Sónar by Night – SonarClub. The king of sampling is performing at this year’s Sónar by Night, presenting his new album, “The Mountain Will Fall” and not only.

6. Justice on Saturday 17 01:15 – 02:30 at Sónar by Night – SonarClub. French superstars finally released their new album“Woman” after a five year wait and are performing live at Sónar. It is going to be special!
 7. Marie Davidson on Friday 16 19:50 – 20:50 at Sónar by Day – SonarDôme. Montreal artist Marie Davidson studied classical violin, played in various bands and has been releasing her massive music on labels such as Minimal Wave, Austin, TX’s Holodeck Records and DFA Records as a member of Essaie Pas. At SonarDôme this year, Marie Davidson will present her Bullshit Threshold project, a self-described “unique and disturbing show in ten acts.” The show blends theatrical performance, video projections and dark humor with Davidson’s singular style of electronic music.
8. Moderat on Friday 16 01:00 – 02:15 at Sónar by Night – SonarClub. We will never forget the last time when Apparat & Modeselektor played Sónar, it was a magical concert and our festival highlight. So happy we will get to experience their new show too at this fantastic location.

9. Optimo on Saturday 17 21:15 – 23:00 at Sónar by Day – SonarVillage by Estrella Damm. Glasgow lads Optimo are true music lovers and moving music encyclopaedias. JD Twitch & JG Wilkes’ dj sets are unpredictable – full with energy and boldness, their productions are on point and their label is one of our favorites.

10. Prins Thomas on Thursday 15 19:30 – 21:00 Sónar by Day – SonarVillage by Estrella Damm. Just the best Norwegian cosmic psychedelic disco by Full Popp owner Prins Thomas.

11. Seth Troxler b2b Tiga on Saturday 17 00:00 – 06:00 at Sónar by Night – SonarCar. Two modern day legends playing back to back for 6 whole hours. What else could one ever wish for? We already experienced them b2b at Melt some years ago and will be there again with bells on.

12. Soulwax on Friday 16 03:50 – 05:00 at Sónar by Night – SonarClub. We have been huge fans of theirs since 1998, so you can imagine our excitement. Their latest album released in March 2017  “From Dewee”, is a masterpiece like their previous work and we heard crazy things about their new live: they have reunited their band comprised of seven musicians -including original band member Stefaan Van Leuven on bass guitar & synth; three drummers: Victoria Smith (Jamie T), Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, MIXHELL) and Blake Davies (Turbowolf); and Laima Leyton (MIXHELL) on synth and backing vocals)- and an onstage recreation of their spectacular Deewee recording studio, jam-packed with synthesizers, drum machines and all kinds of instruments.

13. Suzanne Ciani onnFriday 16 18:00 – 18:40 at Sónar by Day – SonarDôme. Italian synth pioneer since the 80’s, she has recorded fifteen full-length solo records, is running her own label Seventh Wave, and performing all over the world.

14. Veronica Vasicka on Saturday 17 16:10 – 17:10 at Sónar by Day – SonarDôme. Miss Minimal Wave & Cititrax will play one of her spectacular sets and we can’t wait!

15. Vitalic on Saturday 17 04:00 – 05:00 at Sónar by Night – SonarPub by Thunder Bitch. Last time we saw French genius Vitalic live was 14 years ago, but we never stopped playing his music all these years. His latest album “Voyager” is a masterpiece and his live shows are unforgettable.

Not to be missed as well: Aitor Extebarria, Avalon Emerson & Courtesy, Arca, Daphni & Hunee, Carl Craig, Clara 3000, Clark, Damian Lazarus, Derrick Carter, Eric Prydz, Joe Goddard, Jon Hopkins, Nicolas Jaar, Nina Kraviz, The Black Madonna and many many more.

Sónar Barcelona 2017 – Third lineup announcement from Sónar on Vimeo.