The world premiere of the new spectacular Jean-Michel Jarre show and the first European show by Anohni -presenting her new album “Hopelessness” together with Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke- head up a music program that featuresmore than 130 performances, including concerts and dj sets spread across the eight stages of Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, on 16, 17 and 18 June. As always, Sónar invites the best talent from the international electronic music scene, presenting them to an enthusiastic and discerning music audience in Barcelona; James Blake, Santigold, Kaytranada, Flume, NewOrder, Kode9, Boys Noize and Yung Lean, feature among the top flight names presenting new albums at the festival.
Urban sounds and tradition
Urban sounds like hip hop, grime or jungle play a special role at Sónar 2016 in the hands of names like: Skepta, Roots Manuva, Stormzy, Lady Leshurr, Congo Natty, Kelela, Section Boyz orIvy Lab. The festival also pays special attention to artists who base much of their sound on the musical tradition of their native countries, including: Ata Kak, Nozinja and Mikael Seifu from the African continent, Nicola Cruz, Las Hermanas and Matias Aguayo, all from Latin America, or projects focussed on Mediterranean Arabic traditions such as Insanlar or Acid Arab.
Back to clubbing
Once again, the festival will once again be the ideal place to enjoy the best artists from today’s global dance music scene:Richie Hawtin, Jackmaster, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Soichi Terada, The Martinez Brothers, Ben Klock, Ben UFO & Helena Hauff, DVS & Rodhad, Magic Mountain High, Fatboy Slim, The Black Madonna, Booka Shade, DJ EZ, Red Axes, Bicep, Mano Le Tough, as well as members of the Ed Bangercollective are just some of the luminaries who will appear at Sónar 2016, transforming the festival into the world’s largest dance floor.
The all-new SonarCar with 7-hour dj sets
This year the SonarCar stage at Sónar by Night will completely transform its appearance and format by presenting two 7-hour sets from maestros Laurent Garnier and Four Tet. Throughout both nights, each dj may well veer away from their typical sound, using these longer sets to develop their own narratives.
For another year, Sónar dives deep into today’s electronic music scene in Spain, with the inclusion of dozens of national artists in its program. Highlights will include exclusive premieres of new shows by: El Guincho, Niño de Elche + Los Voluble, bRUNA & Wooky (with visuals from Alba G. Corral) and The Spanish Dub Invasion feat. Mad Professor; plus performances from Strand, Awwz, Cauto and Baelish; and dj sets by John Talabot, Paco Osuna, Coyu, Alizzz, Noaipre and duo Zero & Chelis, among many others.
Cutting edge sounds
One of the hallmarks of Sónar since its inception is to provide the most forward-thinking and experimental sounds from the electronic spectrum. This year will feature projects and top artists including: Oneohtrix Point Never; key members of German label raster-noton (Alva Noto, Byetone and Cyclo); the tandem ofKing Midas Sound + Fennesz; and new duo Hot Shotz, formed by Powell and Lorenzo Senni. There will also be three shows closely connected to Sónar+D: Field (Martin Messier), Kingdom Come (Gazelle Twin) and Soft Revolvers (Myriam Bleau), all giving prominence to essential technological components in their staging.
SonarDôme & RBMA
Red Bull Music Academy once again curates the SonarDôme stage at Sónar by Day. The 2016 program includes established names like Underground ResistanceTimeline live, Gerd Janson, Patrick Pulsinger & IRL, Lil Jabba and Jamie Woon; as well as emerging artists like Lafawndah, Astrolith, Sevdaliza, Sapphire Slows and Jacob Korn, among many others.
Classical music at Sónar 2016
Among the performances at Sónar 2016 will be three shows that connect classical music with current trends: John Luther Adams will present his Pulitzer award winning piece “Become Ocean” at Auditori; New York trio Dawn Of Midi, will bring their totally unique minimalist jazz; and the charismatic British pianistJames Rhodes will play pieces by Bach, Chopin and Rachmaninov, while describing how classical music saved his life.