By: Freddi C
One week every year Barcelona becomes a mecca for electronic music heads, with every club and hotel poolside playing host to party after party. Sonar Music Festival, now in it's 21st year, takes place in the epicenter of all this activity over three sizzling days and three raging nights.
Sonar By Day is located steps from Plaça d'Espanya and the surrounding tourist sights, in a large outdoor conference center. Its main area - the SonarVillage - is a large astroturf and sun shaded canopied area filled with happily chilling out euro fasionistas while some of my all time favorite DJs spin; Theo Parrish, DJ Harvey, Kid Koala, Bonobo. SonarDome, SonarHall and SonarComplex hosted an equally impressive line up; Peru's Dengue Dengue Dengue, Buraka Som Sistema, Kuduro and lets not forget to include Neneh Cherry with rocketnumbernine.
Sonar By Day ends and the party continues one quick bus ride and you're in a massive complex of doomed roofed warehouse halls and outdoor patios filled with impressive lighting and stage backdrops. Add to this; Four Tet, Massive Attack, Chic, Moderat, Röyksopp & Robyn …too many to mention... and you got one hell of a great party till the sun comes up!
Top Five Flashbacks From Sonar Music Festival 2014
Stood in a line to get herded up a long ramp and into a blacked out room, where I proceeded to dance my ass off in a druid style circle of audio towers, under a heaven of disco balls, to the invisible strictly vinyl set by James Murphy and 2ManyDJs.
Rubbed shoulders with Richie Hawtin smack dab in the center of the crowd at the outdoor Sonar Village arena. While it was not quite the Guggenheim room for which this hypnotic audio visual performance, 'Objekt,' was originally designed, Hawtin's return to Sonar as Plastikman delivered a seductive journey of electronic highs and lows under the ambient projections of a massive LED obelisk.
Took a step back in time to a Louisiana Bordeaux when the turntablist, Kid Koala, dropped some oh so dirty, dirty blues and feather-clad flapper dancers gave us a titillating display coordinated to Koala's scratchy beats.
Kid Koala managed to avoid the conga line when he jumped into the audience in the blazing heat, wearing his koala suit, toting some mad professor style midi box. Who said turntables were dead?
"All you need is three records!" the Synth-funk king, Dâm-Funk, hollers to the crowd as he returns to his upright position after hugging the floor in a boggiest Hendrix, Funkadelic stance while shutting his synth and keyboard; walks back to his tables and drops three classics.
Got my dance on with the ravers as I caught the middle of a set by one of Spain's most sought after DJ / producers, UNER, at Sonar night. The tiny stage was plastered next to a massive bumper car attraction filled with glowing lasers and mega drunk people… needless to say I skipped taking a joy ride and continued to wonder how many massive Euro hits this guy may have worked on and why I'd not heard of him until now.