Top Ten Acts Not To Miss at Sonar Festival 2018

Sonar Festival is in it’s glorious 25th year, and to celebrate GIGsoup has put together a list of the acts that we implore you not to miss! The list is in no particular order!

Bonobo Live

There aren’t many producers who have carved out a sound in the way that Bonobo has. Marrying almost every genre under the sun, Bonobo is at the forefront of trip-hop at the moment. His live show often features a full orchestra, and we’re really excited to see what he has in store at Sonar this year!

Diplo presents Sonar Day: DJ Kampire, Mr Eazi and Tulepo

Ok, ok- we’re cheating here a bit! But hear us out! Diplo really needs no introduction; his production is chart topping, and his live shows with Major Lazer are some of the best you’re likely to ever see. Think huge confetti canons, dancers and flames- the whole shebang. As well as playing his own set at Sonar 2018, Diplo will be bringing a few friends along for the ride!

Joe Kay presents Soulection

Again- we’re cheating! Joe Kay’s groundbreaking, taste-making record label Soulection has changed the musical landscape hugely since their inception. They almost singlehandedly created the future bounce genre, and consistently manage to sign up up some serious talent.

Lil Simz

Lil Simz is a treasure. Representing the UK Rap scene at Sonar, her poignant and moving lyrics are a treat not to be missed. She’s been working closely with Gorillaz recently, so it’s more than likely she’ll pop up more than once at Sonar 2018.


Marrying together funk, hip-hop and trap Goldlink’s music is completely unique. Expect to bounce, boogie and generally get down to his dulcet tones.


Gorillaz are a group who were practically made for a spectacular live show. GIGsoup had the pleasure of seeing them during their ‘Humanz Tour’ in December and confirm that they bring out all the bells and whistles. Gorillaz have collaborated with almost everyone under the sun, so it’s likely they’ll bring out a few guest stars at Sonar 2018.


Blending grime, garage and a little bit of house, Prediah represents a special blend of UK grown dance music. Expect to sweat, expect to move and expect some serious action on the wheels of steel.

Amp Fiddler & Tony Allen

Now for something a little different. Tony Allen is a legend- he collaborated with Fela Kuti and continues to make thought provoking, groovy music. At Sonar 2018 he’ll be joining modern funkster Amp Fiddler. GIGsoup predicts that this will be a very special performance and urge you all not to miss it!

Big Menu

Big Menu are at the forefront of Spanish hip-hop, bringing a distinct neo-soul sound into the mix, the band sport some serious skills in their live instrumentation and vocal blend.


Rosalía’s vocals are completely stunning. She made waves last year with her debut album ‘Los Angeles’ which sought to breathe life into contemporary Tango. Her music is awash with movement and a must see for Sonar 2018.