During three days in June, Barcelona is the absolute Mekka for music lovers when the world-famous Sónar Festival commences. A big part of the festival revolves around the Off Week parties and label showcases for which artists, imprints, journalists and globetrotting clubbers fly into the Catalonian city for a weekend in which everybody indulges in their passion for dance music and to hear what the future sounds like. Sonar official is constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape. Its interactions and hybridizations with digital creation and new media, unites established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production. Here is a selection of some of the parties that you should definitely check out if you’re planning on visiting Sonar and Off week.
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Maeve Showcase at El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol (by Loud & Contact)
Banger of an event with a massive line-up. Tale of Us, Mano Le Though, Baikal and more. No surprise that tickets were sold-out immediately. Try your luck at the facebook event page for any ticket holders who unexpectedly can’t make it anymore.
KER presents Ellum Showcase at KER Club
Maceo Plex’ and Ellum’s finest are coming to KER Club for a night of deep and dark sounds that will hurl you right into the Off-Sónar vibe. Playing this night are: Maceo Plex himself, Danny Daze, Barnt, System of Survival, Good Guy Mikesh, Gardens of God and more
Loud presents Feel My Bicep, Electric Minds & Mono_cult at Razzmatazz
An epic night to get started in Barcelona with 3 area’s filled with some of the best house DJ’s and producers around. You can dance to the likes of Bicep, Move D, Midland, Tama Sumo, Deetron, Roman Flugel, Levon Vincent and more..
Exploited Showcase at Almogavers 86
With Exploited it is always about fun. Next to the good music they play you see the whole crew enjoying themselves and do what they love most, party! This time they invited their newly big catch; DJ Sneak, to come and play amongst residents like Claptone, Adana Twins, Doctor Dru, Joynce Muniz and more.
Resident Advisor at El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol
Resident Advisor will return to Barcelona to host a 10-hour party at El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol on Thursday, June 12th. Though RA has been hosting parties in Barcelona every summer for the past few years, this will be the first time they are setting up shop at El Monasterio, a stunning monastery that offers views of the city from Poble Espanyol. The line-up is something special as well.. Talaboman (Axel Boman & John Talabot), Eats Everything, Roman Flugel b2b Midland, MCDE, Max Graef and Mirus will make this an event to never forget.
Wisdom of the Glove at Parc Del Forum
Guy Gerber –in collaboration with Proyectual– presents his new underground driven concept party: The Wisdom of the Glove, Barcelona Edition. One of the best Deep Beats Underground producers pushes his DJ limits with a World Tour show that promotes his new album, 11:11. Gerber’s reputation as a producer turns his deep sets into a captivating experience. Guy invites Martin Buttrich, Benoit & Sergio, DJ Tennis, Ryan Crosson, Chaim and more
Mixmag Presents with Carl Craig, David Morales, MK, Skream, DJ Tennis + Many more
You thought the above names were enough? Well it would be, but some more impressive names will be playing for you this night. Two huge rising stars from the UK, Route 94 and Citizen are present and also Laura Jones, Subb-an, Space Dimension Controller and Fransesca Lombardo will play.. Damn..
The Jackathon vs. Pets Recordings at Warehouse1
The Jackathon vs. Pets party will be taking place at an awesome new warehouse location in Poble Nou near other venues like Almogavers 86, and Razmatazz, two blocks from the Llacuna Metro Station. Performing for you this night are Heidi, Maya Jane Coles, Catz ‘N Dogz, Danny Daze, Jay Shepheard and Rob Amboule.
Jamie Jones presents Paradise at L’Atlantida Barecelona
One of the most popular concepts at the moment. In Ibiza the vibe is always special at DC-10. The line-up looks promising with Jamie Jones himself, Matthias Tanzmann, Deetron, Jimmy Edgar, Infinity Ink, Fur Coat, Patrick Topping, wAFF and more.
Diynamic Showcase Barcelona at Teatre Principal
The whole Diynamic family invites you to come and party with them on two floors in a beautiful picturesque old theatre. Last week’s Diynamic Festival was something we haven’t seen anywhere else.. One label bringing around 6000 people. The event is sold out, so if you haven’t got your hands on tickets, try RA for anyone selling them.
Lost In A Moment – El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol
An alias which is used by Innervisions for some of special events around the world. The line-up speaks for itself and that is also why it is sold out for weeks already. If you have tickets, or able to get your hands on some you will enjoy the sounds of Dixon, AME (DJ), Henrik Schwarz (LIVE) and Gerd Janson.
Mobilee Rooftop at Hotel Diagonal
The invite only party from Mobilee, that everybody wants to visit. Only an exact amount of 237 people are allowed and the vibe on this insane rooftop is always ludicrous. Don’t have a entrance pass? Luckily there are enough other quality events this day..
Crew Love presents Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap at Parc Del Forum
Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap are back to Barcelona with their full team for a new special Crew Love edition to be held in the open-air Gran Auditori stage in Parc del Fòrum. They bring their live acts Pillowtalk, No Regular Play, Slow Hands, Navid Izadi and Life On Planets, but also DJ’s Nick Monaco and Tanner Ross. Sweetness!
La Funny Vie en Rouge Pres. Culprit 5th Anniversary at Parc Del Forum
La Funny Vie en Rouge –in collaboration with Proyectual- presents: Culprit 5th Anniversary. Droog’s American label is back to the Barcelona Off Week with a long-run, open-air event spanning from midday up until after midnight: an sea-side intimate ambiance surrounded by trees. An epic line up is selected to celebrate their 5 year anniversary. You can find Edu Imbernon, Maxxi Soundsystem, Thugfucker, Fransesca Lombardo, Matt Tolfrey, Droog, Climbers, Shall Ocin, Bambook and Jozif behind the decks.
Sónar (official) DJ performances
On Friday night you should take a look at the official Sónar scheduling where you will find an incredible offer of international artists from whatever genre you please. Who wants to miss Caribou, Four Tet, Todd Terje, Loco Dice, Recondite, Kaytranada and The Martinez Brothers? Not us..
This is Hardcore (the name is no joke)
The name is a bit strange with a line up not showcasing hardcore, but well it is not about the event name but the party itself. Another big line up, this time at Razzmatazz with Jesse Rose, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Bondax, Breach and more.
Lost In A Moment & Fact – After Hours Event
If you have any energy left on Friday night/Saturday morning then this is the place for you. An after hours for the non-sleepers club The Apartment. The line-up will be announced next week..
Loud & Contact at Poble Espanyol
Maceo, Tale Of Us, Dixon and Joy Orbison in one event, need we say more?
Lola ED & Half Baked Showcase
Somewhere up amongst the leafy hills of sunny Barcelona birds are singing and geckos are dancing an open-air disco…
The Lola ED VS. Half Baked electric picnic bring Delano Smith, Marcellus Pittman, Point G, D’Julz, Djebali, Jef K and more
Social Experiment at Parc del Forum
Art Department brings a mix of old and new. With Stacey Pullen, Dennis Ferrer, Eric Volta, Clive Henry, Deniz Kurtel (LIVE), Louie Fresco ft. Aquarius Heaven and more, they will go deep from 12:00PM till 03:00AM
Sónar (official) DJ performances
On Saturday night, the official Sónar programming is an absolute must. With CHIC ft. Nile Rodgers, Paul Woolford, Ralph Lawson, Tiga, Lykke Li, Debukas, Four Tet, Matthew Dear and Uner on stage, this is giving us goosebumps only thinking about it.
Plaza Mayor After Event with Tale of Us b2b Joy Orbison and more
A special b2b set by Tale of Us and Joy Orbison sounds promising.. And the special guest also calls for questions. Who will join them and SOMNE, one half of Clockwork?
Secretsundaze Barcelona at La Terrrazza
The Secretsundaze party has always been one of the must go to events during this week and is without doubt the place to be on Sunday. Spread over 2 locations a few minutes walk from each other in Poble Espanyol, day time is at the beautiful Pic-Nic area under the trees. During the evening you move inside La Terrrazza, the stunning open air venue with its distinctly Mediterranean feel for the night time. On the decks, DJ Qu, Patrice Scott, Brawther, Amir Alexander, Damiano for Erckert, Mr Tophat & Art Alfie and label bosses James Priestley and Giles Smith.
Picknic Electronik at Jardins de Joan Brossa
A refreshing chill at this beautiful locations with loads of artists playing live. Sounds perfect to us for a sunday event. With Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts, Noze, Soulphiction, Aquarius Heaven, Dave Aju, dOP and more, you are up for a treat!
Big Tittie Surprise at L’Atlantida Barcelona
Ride a trans-dimensional space dolphin to paradise with Seth Troxler & family who, next to flashing some titties, will most likely also be showcasing brand new music coming out on Seth Troxler’s & Martinez Brothers’ newly found label Tuskegee Records. Besides label boss Seth Troxler you can also find these big tittie bouncers behind the decks: Craig Richards, Dubfire, Mathew Jonson, Butch, Honey Dijon, Paco Osuna, Hector Couto and more.
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