Yes it is that time of year again when pretty much half of Glasgow make the journey to Barcelona, Spain for Sonar - The International Festival of Dance Music and Art. It kicks off on the 14th June till the 16th. The Catalan capital plays host to the 19th edition of the music festival which really does break the normal festival mould. The artistic programme is divided between activities at Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night.
RA By Day - Sonar 2010 from Resident Advisor on Vimeo.
Sonar by Day is located right in the centre of Barcelona just off the famous Las Ramblas strip. This part of the festival has a real focus on showcases new talent and live shows/bands. Another perk of it is that you can enter and leave Sonar by Day easily with your wrist band meaning you can check out what's going on at the site but also leave to go for lunch or check out Barcelona etc.
Sonar Barcelona Plastikman 2 from Chatoune TV (Marc LE SIGNOR) on Vimeo.
Sonar by Night on the other hand is held on the outskirts of the city at a massive airport hanger. Here the focus is on dance music it starts at late evening and goes all the way through to the morning. With it being a city festival there is no camping and the rest of Barcelona gets involved with the party. There are lots and lots of club nights on during the event including showcases from record labels and clubs around the world including many from Glasgow this year including Numbers, Sub Culture, Sensu and Highlife. With all of the Off Sonar parties throughout Barcelona there is really always something amazing to do.
Will Saul / Aus Music & Hotflush at Axel Hotel, Off Sonar, Barcelona / 16.06.2011 from selective pressure + on Vimeo.
If you are looking for a festival that stands out above the rest and love you're dance music then Sonar is the place to be. Although if you are planning on going now it may be a little bit late because it all kicks off tomorrow! Check out the Sonar site for the lineup here.