Sonar, the venerable Barcelona festival that has been presenting edgy electronic music and art since 1994, has announced its first full tour of the US. After previous one-off stops in NYC and Chicago, Sonar will take to the road, hitting seven major cities kicking off Oct 31 in Chicago. As you’d expect from Sonar, the line-up is forward thinking dance music, from the live acts Die Antwoord, Azari + III and Berlin’s Paul Kalkbrenner, to DJs Tiga, Seth Troxler, Nic Fanciulli and Gesaffelstein. It should be one hell of a party. Dates after the jump. …MORE
While we eagerly await Shed’s forthcoming LP on 50Weapons in July, we’ve started digging for sounds to keep us occupied in the interim and unearthed this gem. Below you can stream or download a fifty-minute live set from Shed, recorded in 2009 at Sonar. It features not only live Shed tracks, but also some of the work he’s released as EQD and Wax. You can also preview some new material from Shed on 50Weapons’ soundcloud: here and here.
When it comes to music festivals, the experience is as much defined by the location as the artists booked to play. Would Coachella be Coachella were it not in the surreal landscape of the California desert? Or how would Sónar
go off were it not for the vitalic Barcelona audience that fills the Center of Contemporay Culture? MELT Festival—located a quick 90 minute train ride from the European party epicenter of Berlin again gains much of it’s stature from it’s amazing venue, Ferropoilis, an outdoor museum of massive modern industrial machines located at the site of an old strip mine. It is within the gigantic arms of these Transformer-esque monsters that the mid-sized fest (about 20,000 attendees) gains it’s magic. …MORE
URB spent another wonderful weekend in the amazing city of Barcelona for the annual Sonar Electronic Music Festival. And like year’s past, the spot on music programming combined with the wonderful Spanish city and always up-for-it European crowd to make Sonar a must-experience destination for music heads.
Here’s some of our top moments.