The lineup for the 26th Sónar has been announced and it’s looking to be one of the greatest in the history of the festival. The city of Barcelona hosts this year’s conjugation of technology and sound between July 18th-20th. While the festival is held on the weekend, the city offers an abundance of cultural experiences to enjoy during the week. This summer, Sónar Barcelona is the place to be if you want to check out your favorite artists, hear from new artists, and discover new innovations in machine learning.
Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s lineup.
Thursday, July 18th
The festival kicks off with Leon Vynehall who never fails to electrify a crowd and get everyone dancing. He’s followed by Ross from Friends who brings his eclectic combination of music and technology, mixing together elements from techno to soul, garage to house, and pop to punk. The first night of Sónar will be closed by the unmatchable Day by Daphni who is arguably one of the most influential artists in the game.
Friday, July 19th
Friday at Sónar boasts a variety of artists for all different tastes in music. The highlight will likely be the UK’s hottest electronic artist Maya Jane Coles who will perform urban and downtempo sounds from her second album, Nocturnal Sunshine. The night offers several stages for hip hop and electronic musicians including A$AP Rocky, Daniel Avery, Mall Grab, Four Tet, DJ Koze, and a Disclosure DJ Set. You can also check out Peggy Gou & Palms Trax performing at the SónarLab, and a six-hour set from Floating Points, whose set at SónarCar is his only booked date in Barcelona for 2019.
Saturday, July 20th
Saturday is usually the biggest day of the festival, so they tend to save the biggest names for the big crowds. During the day, check out the SónarVillage stage to catch The Red Axes and Erol Kalkan, then head over to the SónarDome for Theo Parrish or SónarHall to see Max Cooper. Closing night brings a live set from Paul Kalkbrenner and some techno from energetic newcomer Amelie Lens. DJ Tennis will play his signature rare and undiscovered sounds of disco, techno, funk, and house styles. The festival closes on Saturday night on the SónarPub stage with music from Dixon.
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