Rave On At Sonar
You’ve faithfully attended Burning Man since ’86, and you’ve never been to Sónar? Okay, it’s a bit like comparing Ringling Brothers to Cirque du Soleil. I’m not saying which is which; only that you have to go at least once.
Officially titled “The International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art,” Sónar started in 1994, and takes place over three days every June in –here’s the best part–
Past Sónar lineups have included the likes of Aphex Twin, The Chemical Brothers, Roxy Music, Air, LCD Soundsystem, Jónsi, The Human League, Steve Reich, Orbital, Grace Jones, Animal Collective, and Kraftwerk - to name just a few. This year Sónar takes place June 12, 13, & 14, and among the 140 scheduled performances are Massive attack, Röyksopp & Robin, Caribou, Chic with Nile Rogers, Trentemøller, James Murphy, DJ Harvey, and Matthew Dear.
To accommodate the nearly 100,000 visitors expected, the Festival has relocated to Fira Montjuïc, one of Barcelona’s most spectacular locations, where daytime performances will take place. After the sunset, laser-illuminated waterworks culminate to Freddie Mercury’s operatic “Barcelona,” you rave on to the nighttime happenings at Fira Gran Via L'Hospitalet, a post-modern Oz on the city outskirts. Finally, when the sun comes up and you’re ready to wind down, you can head straight for the beach, nude or, as in the case of one local surrealist, wearing nothing but the tattoo of a thong. You then have all summer to recover and regenerate for Burning Man.
By Jorge Socarras