SÓNAR AROUND THE WORLD
6th Sónar Reykjavik (March 17 and 17)
Sónar Reykjavík hosts its sixth festival following the success of its 5 previous editions. The festival take place on March 16 and 17 at the extraordinary Harpa Concert Hall auditorium, opposite the city’s port. The festival will feature 43 shows spread over 4 stages: SonarClub, SonarHall, SonarComplex -in the main auditorium- and SonarLab (located in Harpa’s underground parking area, which will be converted into a nightclub).
Program: Andartak, Árni Skeng, Bad Gyal, Ben Frost, Bjarki, Blissful, CAO, Cassy b2b Yamaho, Cold Countess Malaise, Danny Brown, Denis Sulta, EVA808, Floni, Hildur Guonadóttir, Hogni, Intr0beatz, JASSS, Jlin, JóiPé x Króli, Jónbjorn, Julián Mayorga, Klein, Kode9 x Koji Morimoto AV, Lafawndah, Lena Willikens, Lindstrom, Lord Pusswhip, Lorenzo Senni, Mighty Bear, Moor Mother, Nadia Rose, Reykjavíkurdætur, serpentwithfeet, Silvia Kastel, Simon fknhndsm, Sunna, The Joey Christ Show, Thursday Special: Falk, TOKiMONSTA, Underworld, Vok, Volruptus, Yagya.
2nd Sónar Hong Kong (March 17)
Following the success of the first ever Sónar Hong Kong, the second festival will take place on Saturday, March 17. It will be held across 5 stages at the Hong Kong Science Park, presenting 41 live shows and DJ sets, as well as the special Sónar+D program, with an extensive selection of workshops, lectures, interactive virtual reality activities and new media art installations.
Program: Basil Tam, Cocoonics, Deer MX, Enso, Eric Lui, Floating Points (solo live), Fotan Laiki, Headbirds, Heidi, Hummingbird (Jack Byrne Vs The Zorchmen), Jacques, Jado with Heavy HK, Johnny Hillier, K-Melo, Kelvin T, Keys N Krates, Laurel Halo, Laurent Garnier, Mala, Mount Kimbie, Mouse on the Keys, Ms Banks, N1D & Budball, Patrickxxlee, PUSH, Re:Flex, Romi B, Seoul Community Radio x Fauve, Sevdaliza, Sunsiaré, Squarepusher, Steve Yau, Swamy, Symbiz, Tedman Lee, The Black Madonna, Tzusing, WM Records, Yao and Yeti Out presents Silk Road Sounds Experience.
2nd Sónar Istanbul (Abril 6 and 7)
The 2nd Sónar Istanbul will take place on April 6 and 7. The festival will present 21 shows across 4 stages at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center, a venue with some of the best sound acoustics in the world.
Program: Black Coffee, Booka Shade, Courtesy, Damian Lazarus & the Ancient Moons, Erol Alkan, Fatboy Slim, Fatima Yamaha, Flava D, Forest Swords, GAS, Honey Dijon, Islandman, Jon Hopkins, Joseph Capriati, Lanark Artefax, Nosaj Thing, Pan-Pot, Rival Consoles, Roosevelt, Shigeto, Vessels.
- Thom Yorke, Modeselektor, Cornelius, GoldLink, Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen, Yung Lean, Octo Octa, Errorsmith, Lanark Artefax, A-Trak, Alva Noto, Dj Earl & Nick Hook, Laurel Halo, Chino Amobi, Charlotte de Witte and Henry Saiz (and band) are just some of the latest names to be added.
- Diplo presents introduces a showcase of African talents and Laurent Garnier will play music from his own extensive repertoire and remixes with a special exclusive DJ set entitled Laurent plays Garnier.
- Global developments in hip-hop, r&b and trap once again take pride of place at Sónar, with the uplifting rhymes and rollercoaster flow of US rapper Goldlink, the conscious rap of fellow DC artist Oddisee performing with his live band Good Compny, and a round up of the latest sounds from both coasts from Soulection’s Joe Kay. Also represented on the line-up are the leading producers in contemporary dancehall and grime respectively, Dre Skull and Preditah.
- Resident Advisor return to Sónar by Night on Sat 16 of June with a showcase on the SonarLab stage. The extraordinary line up features artists from across the spectrum of club music in 2018 including Fatima Al Qadiri performing live for the first time in Europe, leftfield pin-up Lanark Artefax and two high flying back to
back sets from Ben Klock and Dj Nobu, as well as Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy Underground.
- These and many other artists join the already announced shows: Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Richie Hawtin CLOSE, Ólafur Arnalds, Kode 9, Bonobo, Bicep, Lorenzo Senni, Helena Hauff, Wiley, Black Coffee, John Talabot and DJ Harvey, among many others.
- The program, to be completed in the coming weeks, this year will feature more than 140 performances spread across the 9 stages of Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night.
New names added to Sónar 2018 Barcelona as of today: Thom Yorke, Diplo presents: Distruction Boyz, Mr Eazi, Kampire & Diplo, Modeselektor dj set, Laurent plays Garnier, GoldLink, Bonobo dj set, Agoria live, Ben Klock & Dj Nobu, Yung Lean, A-Trak, Rosalía, Cornelius, Charlotte de Witte, Laurel Halo, Alva Noto, Fatima Al Qadiri live, Niño de Elche & Israel Galván, Motor City Drum Ensemble & Jeremy Underground, Octo Octa, Errorsmith, Chino Amobi, Little Simz, Henry Saiz & band, Lanark Artefax, Rosa Pistola, Amp Fiddler x Tony Allen, Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, DJ Earl x Nick Hook Live AV, Nathy Peluso, Oscar Mulero – Monochrome AV, Oddisee & Good Compny, KOKOKO!, DECISIVE PINK, Claude Speeed, Refree, Rozzma, Putochinomaricón, MOW, Dre Skull, Joe Kay-Soulection, Benjamin Damage, Die Angel: Ilpo Väisänen + Schneider TM, Second Woman, Territroy Live, King Doudou, Russell Haswell feat. Sue Tompkins, Emma-Jean Thackray’s WALRUS, JASSS, Preditah.
Thom Yorke, Radiohead frontman and one of the most essential musicians of our time, joins the Sónar anniversary with a special concert on Saturday night, June 16. He will revisit songs from his impressive career in a live mix with producer Nigel Godrich and multidisciplinary artist Tarik Barri, who will provide the stunning visual aspect of the show.
Two extraordinary djs performing at Sónar by Night will also present very individual sets at Sónar by Day: Laurent Garnier will provide a retrospective of his career to date, with a special session entitled Laurent plays Garnier, in which he will only play music from his own extensive repertoire of original compositions and remixes
(Thursday, June 14); meanwhile, Diplo will deliver a unique format for Sónar by Day entitled Diplo presents,
in which he will bring together his favourite emerging African artists -Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Mr EAZI
(Nigeria) and Kampire (Uganda)- in a showcase that he will close with a DJ set (Friday, June 15).
This year cutting edge urban music takes on special importance with the inclusion of GoldLink, Yung Lean, Oddisee & Good Compny, Dre Skull, King Doudou, Preditah, Joe Kay del sello Soulection, and Little Simz, presenting revitalizing styles and sounds including slow rap, dancehall, activist hip hop, new funk, the latest in British grime and African influenced trap.
Sónar 2018 will premiere new live shows from five of today’s most important national artists: Rosalía, with a
new live format that will surprise her fans and confirm her star status beyond flamenco; Niño de Elche, presenting an exclusive show for Sónar, together with the most unconventional dancer imaginable, Israel Galván; Refree, will perform his own never before heard experiments with electronica in a unique audiovisual show with director
Isaki Lacuesta; Henry Saiz, accompanied by a live band presenting “Human”, the album recorded in different locations around the world; and Oscar Mulero with his live project Monochrome AV, providing an outlet for his more introspective and experimental side.
Sónar continues its strong commitment to the most underground, extreme and unclassifiable sounds on the SonarXS stage, with new additions including disparate and stimulating artists such as the American artist Chino Amobi (global noise and hardcore); Latin America’s Rosa Pistola (reggaeton and new Latin rhythms); Nathy Peluso (trap and contemporary soul); Russell Haswell (experimentation and noise in a duo with Sue Tompkins); Egypt’s Rozzma (Arabic beats); Madrilenian of Taiwanese heritage Putochinomaricón (new lo-fi trap); and the Spanish revelation MOW –the alias of Gabriela Casero(dream-pop) who, accompanied by her band, will present songs from her debut album, ‘Wom’.
Sónar together with the world’s leading eletronic music site Resident Advisor presents the SonarLab stage on
Saturday night 16 of June. The stage contains some of the most exhilarating live acts in electronic music. Lanark
Artefax will bring his dazzling live show, as will Errorsmith, the producer behind the album Superlative
Fatigue. Octo Octa, who performed one of last year’s standout RA Sessions, will bring groovy, improvised
house before Fatima Al Qadiri premieres her brand new live show for the first time in Europe. Jasss will
open SonarLab with a DJ set. Closing the stage are two formidable back-to-back pairings: techno titans Ben
Klock and DJ Nobu, sharing the decks for the very first time, and Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy
Underground, whose chemistry behind the decks was enshrined in a legendary RA podcast.
Red Bull Music Academy continues in its role as a global talent scout for emerging new artists and will once
again return to Sónar by Day. The all-star line-up of Academy friends and alumni adds to the previously announced artists the world premiere of legendary drummer Tony Allen performing with musical polyglot Amp Fiddler. Additional world premieres announced today include a DECISIVE PINK, a project between Angel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors with Kate NV; Teklife titan DJ Earl and producer Nick Hook; and a brand-new project by Larry Gus and Mr. Statik: Territroy live. Claude Speeed and the four-piece ensemble, Emma Jean Thackray’s WALRUS also join the new additions. As in previous years, Red Bull Radio will be broadcasting live on site throughout the festival.
Sónar by Night also fills out its program with live performances and heavyweight sets from the likes of Modeselektor dj set, A-Trak, Benjamin Damage, rising star Charlotte de Witte, and Bonobo with a special dj set designed for dancing into the early hours; and concerts from avant-garde artists at Sónar by Day,
including Cornelius and Alva Noto (both presenting new albums); Laurel Halo; Agoria (presenting his first live
show) and three high-octane duos: Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, Ilpo Väisänen & Schneider TM (under the alias
Die Angel), and the Americans Second Woman.
Tickets for Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night go on sale, joining all Sónar 2018 tickets already available at
www.sonar.es. Full Pass and VIP Pass, 2 Night Ticket and VIP 2 Night Ticket, Sónar by Day and Sónar by
Night Tickets and the Sónar+D Delegate Pass.
After recently holding festivals in Buenos Aires and Bogotá (in November and December 2017 respectively),
Sónar continues its international tour in 2018 in the following cities: Sónar Reykjavík (March 16 and 17),
Sónar Hong Kong (March 17) and Sónar Istambul (April 6 and 7).