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And here we are, on the final day of Sonar Festival 2018. You can check out GIGsoup’s Thursday and Friday antics here and here.
Saturday’s fun was kicked off with a splash of pure funk. Tony Allen is a true pioneer. Over his thirty year plus career he has moulded the sound afrobeats and, as a consequence, has made the genre a global phenomenon. He was joined for this special performance by the Amp Fiddler, an artist who complemented Allen’s incredible drumming talent with some of his own funky jaunts. They rattled through a selection of their hits, including a number featured on Amp Fiddler’s ‘Motor City Booty’ album. It was the perfect start to the final day of proceedings; a seriously groovy and a brilliant exhibition of two musical powerhouses.
A few hours later at the main stage, Maribou State gave a beautifully slick presentation of their debut album ‘Portraits’. The buzzy electronic group has hard been on the festival circuit this year and provided a much needed pause with their trip-hop inspired grooves. Picking up where they left off were the tireless 2ManyDJs, who had already been playing an incredible eight hours of music a day on another stage. The brothers were seemingly unfazed by the hot weather as they suited and booted up for their set that was filled with hidden musical gems. As the sun set over the Barcelona skyline, Sonar Festival once again got up and moved on for the evening.
Amongst the massive warehouses, GIGsoup bedded down at the SonarPub stage, ready to soak in an incredible three-act-run of some of the most cutting edge music available right now. Kicking things off was TOKiMONSTA. The LA based DJ was not only the first woman to be signed onto Flying Lotus’ record label Brainfeeder, but she came back after some major surgery in 2015 to make yet another well crafted trap-inspired album. She is truly an incredible woman and brought some major hype to the table. In true Sonar style, she was accompanied by a high-tech light show which pulsed and undulated behind her. Next came Soulection’s own future bounce mistro Joe Kay. The now global record label began it’s life as a college radio station and has now signed the likes of Sango, Sam Gellaitry and ESTA to it’s roster. Kay has often been called out for his slightly lacking mixing ability; but it’s clear that he’s been practicing. His trap, future bounce and classic hip-hop set was pure fun, as the crowd bounced and moved along to his ever-eclectic selection.
The final part of the SonarPub’s incredible musical run came in the form of GoldLink. The 25 year old rapper and singer’s debut album ‘At What Cost?’ earned him a place on the Billboard Hot 100 list and has seen the rapper tour globally. His music is smooth and silky; GoldLink’s delivery was like a hot knife through butter. After a prolonged introduction by his DJ, GoldLink delivered a short but sweet set rattling through a selection of his hits. He spilled over with energy, encouraging the crowd to mosh and dance just that little bit harder.
As with all good things, Sonar had to end. The three day extravaganza of music, technology and innovation drew a line under 2018 with Richie Hawtins on the main stage. Hawtin’s was the perfect close to this intricate and detailed festival. The Canadian artist is well known for integrating live performance, DJing and light shows to create an immersive, all encompassing show. His hour and a half set got the final night owls of Sonar moving and shaking one last time before the sun rose and home beckoned.
GIGsoup has enjoyed every moment of Sonar 2018. The festival represents a fresh take on the event format, providing so many ways to explore art and culture. If you haven’t been, check this one out. It’s unlike any festival you’ll have been to before. That’s a guarantee.