Updated at 12:33 a.m. from 02/28/2018
The Sónar has announced the complete program for its 25th edition. To all the artists and groups previously added like Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Diplo or Richie Hawtin, you have to add DESPACIO.
DESPACIO is a project by James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) and the brothers David and Stephen Dewaele (2manydj's). It is a project of "high fidelity" clubbing with 7 speakers towers forming a circle, creating a surrounding sound. The sets will be 3 hours, only vinyls, and the protagonists will be the music and the audience.
The closing of the festival will be in charge of Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto. They will premiere a new show that combines piano, electronics and visuals. The Sónar concert will be one of the only three shows that will be held this year around the world. In Barcelona they will perform on June 17 at the Grec Theater.
Among the new confirmed artists are Demdike Stare -with visuals by Michael England-, the Korean dj Yaeji, the new TOKiMONSTA AV Live show, the new star of the black music IAMDDB, the Norwegian Jenny Hval - who was in the Caixaforum of Barcelona last year -, the enigmatic Napolitan artist Liberato -a phenomenon of masses in Italy-, the well-known Belgian 2manydjs's, Miss Kittin and Kim Ann Foxman. The DJs will also play: Objekt, Young Marco and Call Super.
The Red Bull Music Academy also announces the latest additions to its poster: Sophie, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement, The Venopian Solitude, Dj Stingray x Mumdance, Suzanne Kraft, Jonny Nash, Dabrye x Mc Kadence, the Frenchs Chloé - Slow Mo live and OkLou, Álex Silva Live Band, Clip & Cora Novoa Live, Museless and Big Menu & Friends.
Among the Spanish acts additions stands Alizzz, Pina + Gnomalab, Olde Gods presenting 'Gitanes', the producer of trap Steve Lean, Lory Money - known for his parody of Catalonian president Puigdemont- or the DJ Alicia Carrera.
The complete programming of the Sónar 2018 is the following: Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Thom Yorke, Richie Hawtin CLOSE, Laurent Garnier, Diplo, DESPACIO (James Murphy + 2manydjs), Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, Bonobo, Modeselektor dj set, DJ Harvey (6h set), Rosalía, Yaeji, Miss Kittin & Kim Ann Foxman, Lorenzo Senni, Ólafur Arnalds, Niño de Elche & Israel Galván, SOPHIE, Charlotte de Witte, Octo Octa, IAMDDB, Fatima Al Qadiri live, Diplo presents at Sónar by Day (Distruction Boyz, Mr Eazi, Kampire, Diplo), Laurent plays Garnier, Black Coffee, Liberato, Wiley, Oddisee & Good Compny, Chino Amobi, John Talabot (6h set), Helena Hauff, A-Trak, 2manydjs, OBC (Barcelona Symphony Orchestra) + Brad Lubman play Terry Riley: IN C, Yung Lean, Bicep live, Lanark Artefax, Ben Klock & Dj Nobu, Laurel Halo, Kode9 x Koji Morimoto AV, Demdike Stare & Michael England, Agoria live, Alva Noto, Cornelius, Daedelus, Errorsmith, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement (Dominick Fernow x Philippe Hallais x Silent Servant), Henry Saiz & band, Nathy Peluso, George FitzGerald live, Little Simz, GoldLink, Amp Fiddler x Tony Allen, Tony Humphries, Oscar Mulero – Monochrome AV, Maribou State, KOKOKO!, Francisco López, MOW, Mueveloreina, Nídia, Territroy live, Objekt, Dre Skull, Absolute Terror, Motor City Drum Ensemble & Jeremy Underground, Joe Kay-Soulection, Refree, Rels B, Rosa Pistola, Rozzma, Russell Haswell ft. Sue Tompkins, Jamz Supernova, Jarami, Big Menu & friends, Dabrye x MC Kadence, King Doudou, Die Angel: Ilpo Väisänen + Schneider TM, Second Woman, TOKiMONSTA AV Live, Museless, Alex Silva Live Band, Chloé - Slow Mo live, Preditah, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones AV live, Maikel Delacalle, Call Super, Grace and The Color of Sound, Studio Barnhus, Claude Speeed, Benjamin Damage, JASSS, DJ Stingray x Mumdance, DECISIVE PINK, Steve Lean, Alizzz, Blastto - Total Trax, Clip & Cora Novoa Live, Suzanne Kraft x Jonny Nash, Dinamarca, Putochinomaricón, Pina + Gnomalab, DITC Sound, The Venopian Solitude, DJ Earl x Nick Hook live AV, Emma-Jean Thackray's WALRUS, Bawrut, Jenny Hval (Insomnia & We Are Europe present), Angel Molina, Ratkje & Barruk (Insomnia & We Are Europe present), Violet x Photonz, Young Marco, Merca Bae, Undo, Olde Gods, Ivana Ray Singh, Yuzo Koshiro x Motohiro Kawashima, Lory Money, OkLou, YDVST, Alicia Carrera, Pedro Ladroga, Atzar, C.E.E. Shepherds, CYBER, Defled, DJ2D2, Ibiza Pareo, WBMS.
Update at 1:48 p.m. on 01/23/2018
Sónar has just announced a new round of groups and artists confirmed for its 25th edition: Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Rosalía premiering new album and sound, Diplo, Laurent Garnier, Niño de Elche with dancer Israel Galván, Yung Lean, Kampire & Diplo, Ben Klock & Dj Nobu, Fatima Al Qadiri, Alva Noto, Modeselektor Dj set ...
Thom Yorke, leader of Radiohead, will review his career with producer Nigel Godrich and multidisciplinary artist Tarik Barri, who will be in charge of an impressive visual device on Thursday, June 16.
Sónar will approach flamenco with the premiere of Rosalía's new album and sound that promises to surprise the audience. On the other hand, 'cantaor' Niño de Elche, a regular at the festival alone or with Los Voluble, will present a very transgressive show with dancer Israel Galván.
On the other hand, Refrëe, guitarist of Rosalía on the album 'Los Ángeles', will explore her philias for the electronics accompanied by a visual show created by the experimental film director Isaki Lacuesta.
Other premieres that will be presented at Sónar are Henry Saiz accompanied by a band to present 'Human' and Oscar Mulero, with their 'Monochrome' project.
Within the sets of Sónar by Night highlights Laurent Garnier playing only his own repertoire and remixes or Diplo presenting his favorite emerging African artists such as Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Mr EAZI (Nigeria) and Kampire (Uganda).
As it was done last year, urban music becomes more important. They will perform at Yung Lean, GoldLink, Oddisee & Good Compny, Dre Skull, King Doudou, Preditah, Joe Kay and Little Simz.
In the XS stage they will act: Chino Amobi (noise), Rosa Pistola (reggaetón) and Nathy Peluso (trap), Russell Haswell (experimental), Rozzma (Arab beats), Putochinomaricón (trap) and MOW (electronic pop).
In the SonarLab, via Resident Advisor, will act Lanark Artefax, Octo Octa, Errorsmith, Fatima Al Qadiri, Motor City Drum Ensemble & Jeremy Underground, Ben Klock & Dj Nobu and DJ Jasss.
At the Red Bull Academy, Fela Kuti's drummer, Tony Allen, will perform with the funk of a pillar of the genre in Detroit, Amp Fiddler. The stage will also feature the lives of DJ Earl & Nick Hook Live AV, DECISIVE PINK, Claude Speeed, Terrritroy Live and Emma-Jean Thackray's Walrus.
The Sónar by Night will also feature heavyweights such as Modeselektor dj set, A-Trak, Benjamin Damage, the emerging Charlotte de Witte or Bonobo, and the concerts of Cornelius and Alva Noto, Laurel Halo, Agoria, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, Ilpo Väisänen & Schneider TM (under the name of Die Angel) and the Americans Second Woman.
Surely for the organizers of Sónar all editions are special but that of 2018 will be even more, Sónar celebrates 25 years in 2018 and will celebrate it with more than 130 shows from June 14 to 16 in Barcelona and L'Hospitalet de Llobregat (Spain).
The first confirmed ones have already been announced: Gorillaz -which also performs at the BBK Live in Bilbao-, the return of the LCD Soundsystem, the incombustible Richie Hawtin -image, acting at the 2016 dotUp in Badalona- will present its new show 'Close', Bicep, 4-hour outdoor session by Laurent Garnier, Ólafur Arnalds, Rels B, Mueveloreina...
They will also perform: Bonobo, Wiley, Black Coffee, Barcelona Symphony Orchestra + Brad Lubman play Terry Riley: IN C, Helena Hauff, Tony Humphries, Kode9 x Koji Morimoto AV-video game-inspired show, George FitzGerald live, Lorenzo Senni, Daedelus , Maribou State, Studio Barnhus, Denmark, DITC Sound, Jamz Supernova, Francisco Lopez, Jarami, Nidia, Violet x Photonz and Yuzo Koshiro x Motohiro Kawashima live.
On Thursday night there will be a special concert at the Auditori de Barcelona. The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and National of Catalonia will perform the minimalist work 'In C' by Terry Riley conducted by Brad Lubman.
On the other hand, Sónar has sent a message to the stars. "Sónar Calling GJ273b" will send to this star, Luyten B, 33 songs of 10 seconds from next April. The organizers estimate that in case of an answer, it would arrive for the 50th anniversary of the festival. Any creator can participate in this space adventure, it is a project that is open to everyone's participation.