Primavera Sound Barcelona has revealed the full line-up for this year's festival.
Taking place at the Parc del Fòrum, the festival will celebrate its 20th anniversary anniversary from the 3rd to the 7th June.
Among the artists booked to perform are Massive Attack, Lenske boss Amelie Lens, and Ben UFO. Primavera Sound will also welcome SVBKVLT affiliate 33EMYBW, Irish duo Bicep, who perform live, and Blawan.
Eric Prydz, The Chemical Brothers (presenting their new A/V show with regular collaborator Adam Smith, partly inspired by one of DJ Mag's favourite albums of last year), Charlotte de Witte and more are locked for Sónar 2020, with the Barcelona festival confirming its full line-up and a return to its traditional dates for this instalment.
The full set by Berlin original Paul Kalkbrenner live at Sónar is now online.
Few DJs have achieved the kind of stardom Paul Kalkbrenner has. His star was born out of the Berlin techno underground scene as the city reunified when he was just 13 years old. He went on to international stardom, playing the biggest festivals in the world, and even starring in his own movie, the aptly titled Berlin Calling.
It’s his history as a young teenager exploring Berlin’s nacant techno scene that inspired his latest LP, ‘Parts of Life,’ which is Kalkbrenner’s eighth studio album.
Maceo Plex has revealed plans to open a studio for young producers in Barcelona, according to a post on Twitter.
The techno don, whose Mariel Ito electro alias was re-activated last year, made the statement this morning— although details are thin on the ground.
"Might be putting a ton of my gear into a studio for aspiring new producers to use and be inspired. In BCN. more details later on."
From 17th from 20th July, Sónar, one of the world’s leading festivals of electronic music, art and technological innovation, will return to Barcelona for its 25th year, and 26th event. The Spanish city’s annual celebration of electronic sounds began life as a bijou party in June 1994 at Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA) and the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona (CCCB), both legacies of the 1992 Olympic Games.
Like many good ideas, Sónar began with a chat in a bar. Here, Enric Palau, an electronic music expert, Ricard Robles, a film buff, and the artistically minded Sergi Caballero were bemoaning the lack of an event representing their combined interests. Soon after, they began putting Sónar together. From the outset, Sónar attracted the support of Barcelona’s municipal council, which was looking for initiatives to continue the city’s cultural programme after the Olympics. Sónar not only fitted these ambitions, it gave them an innovative, world-leading form.
This year, the festival is moving from its usual June slot to mid-July, a change caused by the venue for Sónar By Night being double booked (the festival will return to June next year). Sónar has also transformed Barcelona into a thriving techno economy, but as impressive as the sums are, Palau doesn’t see this as Sónar’s most important contribution to the city.
Sónar features headliners that appear at other festivals. This year, they include acts such as Skepta, Disclosure and Underworld. But it’s the artists tinkering at the edges and pushing the frontiers of sound and technology that form the bread and butter of Sónar.
The eclectic roster of Sónar By Day also includes acts such as Fennesz, Ross From Friends, Artwork, Maya Jane Coles, Dengue Dengue Dengue, Sebastian, Actress + Young Paint live AI/AV, Red Axes live, DJ Krush and Erol Alkan, to mention but a few.
Another important side effect of Sónar is the citywide party that erupts around it, with a sprawling mass of extracurricular parties taking place. But it’s not all about music, and the non-music aspects of Sónar have also grown, with its film, arts and Sónar+D programmes exploring technology and culture. Last year, this saw Sónar broadcasting into space. This time, Sónar+D will look into the impact of artificial intelligence and quantum computing on creativity.
Barcelona-based promoter Brunch In The Park has finalised its summer series of line-ups and also confirmed details of its first weekender in the city.
Amongst the newly confirmed artists playing its regular series of parties through July, August and September are Rødhåd and DVS1 (on September 1st), Solomun and Magic Cacoon (on September 8th) and Daniel Avery and Maceo Plex (on September 15th).
Sónar has completed its huge 2019 line-up, which this year offers 140 shows at Sónar By Day and Sónar By Night between 18th and 20th July.
Lorenzo Senni and Theo Parrish are now confirmed for afternoon and evening action, alongside Iranian avant-garde R&B type Sevdaliza and Andalusian MC Dellafuente. This is in addition to live business from the likes of Holly Herndon, Max Cooper (A/V), Actress and Young Paint, DJ Krush, Red Axes and Erol Alkan.
Marcel Dettmann, Ben UFO and Egyptian Lover are among the names locked for Brunch In The City's outdoor raves.
The event series, which calls Barcelona home, also boasts upsammy, KiNK, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Call Super, Midland, J-E-T-S (better known to some as Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum) and DJ Mag Best of British 2018 winner Willow on its line-ups.