Sónar 2010 Barcelona Lineup

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Thursday 17th June

The first day of the festival programme features acts by Caribou, Broadcast, Cluster, Tristan Perich, Speech Debelle and Pete Tong, among many others.

What’s more, two dates not to be missed take place on Thursday: the Grec-Sónar night at the Teatre Grec with two works from Japanese artist Ryoji Ikeda, and the bcn216 concert with Cristian Vogel, Ricard Marxer and Óscar Sol revolving around the music from Japan, at L’Auditori Barcelona.


The Swiss showcase presented by the media site MX3.CH –with acts from Tim & Puma Mimi, Larytta and Round Table Knights– will have a big part of the protagonism on the main stage at Sónar by Day, also on which a special set by Pete Tong (admired BBC Radio1 dj and presenter) and two of the new emerging talents of British hip-hop and soul, Speech Debelle and Professor Green. as well as sets by Imtech and Go Mag Djs ((Vidal Romero and Manu González).


The Broadcast, concert, that will present the virtudes of their latest album live on stage with the Focus Group, is the heavy weight of the day in the SonarHall. Beforehand, opening the stage, we will have the opportunity to sample what the experimental pop of Fur Voice sounds like and admire the work of the artist and New York musician Tristan Perich, who will offer two shows: Active Field, along with the instrumental group bcn216, and Loud Objects (with Kunal Gupta and Katie Shima).


For the second year running Red Bull Music Academy is in charge of commisioning the SonarDôme. The programming for Thursday is headlined by Caribou, who has released surely one of the best albums so far this year (“Swim”) and whose live is one of the most awaited at this year’s edition. Alongside him, some other 9 representatives from the world of young talent, among those who stand out are the Spanish acts Homeless Inc, Noaipre and Thompson, the futuristic rythms of Robot Koch and Ango or the latin chiptune of Los Amparito.


The most experimental stage at Sónar by Day presents the WienStrom – Contemporary Amplified Sounds from Viena showcase, commissioned by Patrick Pulsinger and in which features no other than Cluster, one of the key krautrock and cosmic ambient formators, with more than 30 years of professional career behind them. Along with them in SonarComplex, the organic electronica of newcomer ElektroGuzzi and the latest project from the very same Pulsinger, dp-S. All of whom follow on from, Juan Matos Capote who opens up the stage with his modified sound objects and hypnotic real life recordings.
Teatre Grec / L’Auditori
Sónar colaborates this year with the Grec Festival with the presentation of two works by prestigious Japanese artist and musician Ryoji Ikeda: the powerful audiovisual show “[test pattern]” and the outstanding, gigantic light sculpture “[spectra]”, that will be able to be seen from all over the city, both at Teatre Grec.

And, as becoming habitual in recent years, the festival presents it’s opening night at Barcelona’s L’Auditori with a special concert that will unite the instrumental group bcn216 (music) with Cristian Vogel, Ricard Marxer and Óscar Sol (visuals), together interpretating various pieces that revolve around the music of Japan.

Friday 18th June

Sónar by night presents the live shows by LCD Soundsystem, Air, Plastikman, Hot Chip and The Sugarhill Gang, The Mary Anne Hobbs showcase (with Flying Lotus, Roska and Joy Orbison) and sets by 2manydjs, Magda, Claude VonStroke and Hudson Mohawke, among many others.

Sónar by day presents on it’s second round acts by King Midas Sound, Nosaj Thing, Delorean, BFlecha, New Young Pony Club and Lucrecia Dalt, plus the showcase from sp.ARK, with bRUNA and Bradien.

L’Auditori will provide the special act by Cabo San Roque, who present their their new mechanical orchestra built with off cast material from an old biscuit factory.

Sónar by Night


The eagerly awaited shows of LCD Soundsystem –presenting their incredible third album–, Air –bringing their seductive themes from “Love2” to the stage– and 2manydjs –who have revamped their audiovisual show for the occasion– stand out on the main Sónar by night stage. Three dates not to be missed as well as those by Buenavista (opening), the Belgian duo Aeroplane, the mysterious John Talabot and the fantastic American DJ Claude VonStroke, in charge of closing the night.


Another three shows not to be missed in the SonarPub: Plastikman –the alter ego of Richie Hawtin, with a spectacular technological set-up– the British Hot Chip and the German duo Booka Shade, both presenting their latest work. Together with, Mark Jones (the Wall Of Sound big man), Magda (one of the best DJs in the world), Dixon (master of contemporary house) and Carte Blanche (the French DJ Mehdi and his co-pilot Brit Riton giving a classic pure house party to close the night).


Another year on, Mary Anne Hobbs presents her SonarLab showcase on Friday night, on this occasion including three of the most sought after producers of the moment: Flying Lotus –his “Cosmogramma” is undoubtedly one of the most important albums of 2010 so far–, Roska –new king of UK funky– and Joy Orbison, the young wizard of the new garage-house that everyone is talking about. Just after them the eagerly awaited performance by legendary The Sugarhill Gang (the first ever hip hop group in history?) and the the set by the Scotsman Hudson Mohawke. Two of the most interesting Spanish DJs of the moment, Ernie and Cora Novoa, who open and close respectively the open air stage at Sónar by night.
Use the parking at Sónar by Night: more than 2000 parking spots right next to the Fira Gran Vía (M2) site.

Sónar by Day and L'Auditori

There are many important dates on the four stages of Sónar by Day: the concerts by Faraón, Aufgang and King Midas Sound and the audiovisual show from the L.A. beatmaker Nosaj Thing in SonarHall; the concerts by Delorean, New Young Pony Club and the newcomers presented by the BBC Introducing, Nedry and Shake Aletti in SonarVillage; the 10 acts provided by the Red Bull Music Academy in SonarDôme (BFlecha, Lucrecia Dalt, Pursuit Grooves, Braiden, Dizz1…); and an interesting programme in SonarComplex, that opens with a performance by Phill Niblock and Carlos Casas, continuing with the showcase from Barcelona label spa.RK (with acts by bRUNA and Bradien) and closing with the unusual songs of the Galician Emilio José.

What’s more, L’Auditori provides the stage for another very special concert, that of the catalan group Cabo San Roque, presenting “La Orquesta Mecánica de la França Xica”, formed by instruments made from the off casts from a derelict biscuit factory.

Saturday 19th + Parking at Sónar by Night + Specials

Sónar by Night presents shows by The Chemical Brothers, Roxy Music, Jónsi (Sigur Rós), Dizzee Rascal, Fuck Buttons and Matthew Herbert’s One Club, the Lucky Me showcase and dj sessions by DJ Hell, Caspa, Angel Molina, Dixon and Del Palo Soundsystem, among others. You can also see The Slew, Necro Deathmort, Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu, Macromassa, Lunice and Moodymann –among many others– at Sónar by Day.

Richie Hawtin joins the list of speakers at the Digital Music 2.0 seminars at SonarPro.

Use the Sónar by Night car park: more than 2,000 spaces next to the Fira Gran Via (M2) area.

Visit Specials, the Sónar website space where sponsors and media collaborators contribute their own content for the festival.

Sónar by Night


The Chemical Brothers are coming to Sónar with a new album, “Further”, and a new large-scale show with fascinating visuals that will undoubtedly be one of the festival's most memorable moments. The same applies to the concert by Roxy Music, an essential cornerstone of musical modernity and elegance, who are performing in Spain almost three decades after their last show in Barcelona. Dizzee Rascal, winner of the Brit Award for the year's best British Male Solo Artist, will be presenting his marvellous “Tongue N’ Cheek” live, while DJ Hell (with a special set opening for Roxy Music), Angel Molina (a double helping), Caspa (with the Mc Rod Azlan) and the djs from the label Sandwell District (who will round things off on the stage with their deep techno) complete a night of the highest calibre at SonarClub.


Jónsi, the charismatic leader of Iceland's Sigur Rós, presents his first solo album (“Go”) at Sónar, with a stage show featuring an amazing design created by the British team 59 Productions, which could be one of the high points of Sónar 2010. Soon afterwards, Matthew Herbert, a contemporary classic, will be presenting his new project “One Club”, which takes him back to the dancefloor, while 2020Soundsystem are also premiering a new album, the simultaneously elegant and euphoric “Falling”. The standard on the decks will once again be of the highest level, with sessions by Dixon, Mooken, Undo and a special closing session by DJ Hell, who will treat us to another helping after kicking off SonarClub.


The Glasgow collective Lucky Me (with Mike Slott, American Men, The Blessings, Machine Drum and Éclair Fifi & John Computer) storm the Lab with their syncopated hip-hop and extraplanetary beats. Before that, we will be able to enjoy the live shows by The Pinker Tones (premiering a new album) and the impressive Fuck Buttons, as well as the double session by the Buffetlibre djs; and afterwards, rounding the evening off, the double-handed session by Del Palo Soundsystem, or in other words, Griffi and DJ2D2.

Sónar by Day

The final day of Sónar by Day is full of highlights, such as the concerts by The Slew (Kid Koala's rock project), Necro Deathmort, Macromassa (with a new album!), Jimi Tenor & Kabu Kabu, Uffie, Narwhal, Huan, Lunice and the Canadian duo La Chambre des Machines, as well as the sessions by Moodymann (the day's high water mark at SonarDôme), Jackmaster, David M, Funkforward and Wooky, among others.

It will also be the last chance to see the electric show POWEr (by the Canadian collective Artificiel), the works at SonarMàtica and the projections at SonarCinema.

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