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GIGsoup returned to sunny Sonar on Friday in order to experience the festival’s fabled round the clock music. Thursday was seemingly just a taster of the madness that was about to come. You can check out our GIGsoup’s review of Thursday’s antics here.
First up on the daytime menu was Jamz Supernova. Hailing from the UK, Jamz hosts her own BBC One Extra show and is the brains behind Future Bounce, a night that captures a Soulectionesque sound in a club setting. She kicked off the carnival atmosphere in style with some seriously sexy percussion. Just like yesterday, the buzz in the air was palatable, with the anticipation of a long evening of back-to-back quality music ahead.
Sonar is not just about the music. It is focused on a multi-media approach on art and tech, and each year creates immersive experiences for the public to enjoy. This year, Sonar turned 25, and to celebrate this esteemed anniversary, the festival launched the Sonar Calling project which beamed the work of a number of global musicians and thinkers up into space, to await a response in 25 years time. The art and media piece tackles ideas of globalisation, the internet and space exploration, themes that are explored through a number of different installations at the festival. Sonar 360, which features the largest roof mounted dome screen in the whole of Spain, invited visitors to enter this dream-like space and experience a selection of short films projected in this immersive way.
Speaking of immersive the next act of the day strayed between music, theatre and performance art. SOPHIE brought a flavour darkness to the stage. With invasive strobes and two dancers who moved and manipulated the singer, the show dealt with the ideas of body politics and the media’s influence over how we see the world.
Back out into the Barcelona sunshine, enter Diplo. If ever there was a man that had his fingers in all the pies, it’s him. As part of Major Lazer and as a solo artist, he’s worked with everyone, from Bruno Mars to Lil Wayne. As well as presenting a selection of his favourite acts (we’re talking Mr Eazi and KOKOKOKO) he played a set filled with summary carnival bangers. He was quickly preceded by South African groovester Black Coffee, whose funk inspired house music saw the crowd into Sonar by Night.
Now, Sonar by Night is a whole new kettle of fish. After a short bus ride, GIGsoup finds itself at the overwhelmingly MASSIVE warehouse complex that will be the home of tonight’s musical selection. In the main room, Gorilaz kicked off the evening’s entertainment with their electronic, indy inspired light and media show. You can check out GIGsoup’s review of Gorilaz’s show at London’s 02 Academy here. They rattled through a number of hits from their latest release ‘Humanz’ with rappers Lil Simz and De La Soul making an appearance on their respected tracks.
As the night moved swiftly onward, the UK’s own Preditah took to the stage. With a majority UK audience, he mixed together massive grime bangers and a number of his own garage inspired hits. UK club music never fails to get a audience moving ridiculously, and when Preditah played his massive garage hit ‘On My Mind’ feating Jorja Smith everyone in the sizeable crowd could be heard screaming along.
The wonderful thing about Sonar is that there is simply so much choice. Whether it’s dogem cars, art pieces or some seriously crisp music, you can NEVER be bored at Sonar. So, whats next? Stay tuned for Saturday’s review tomorrow.