This was one of the best festivals Ive ever been to. Barcelona is a really cool spot and the location for Sonar is incredible. Its right in the centre of the city in the Magba Region and the daytime part of festival takes place here by the main Modern Art Gallery for Barca. You can breeze into this ridiculously designed white building and check people out giving demonstrations on how to make insane electro music on machines you didnt know existed! i felt like i was in Tron/The Cell while fucked and not being able to believe the shit i was seing and hearing.
Outside then they have layed out loads of astro turf fake grass where people are chilling listening to one main massive stage – then round the back the Red Bull tent. The place is surrounded with bars and food spots. The only annoying part is queuing to buy a beer ticket then queuing to buy the beer? But thats not even a complaint.
The backstage VIP spot was done up like Tatoine (Luke Skywalkers gaf) from Star Wars. Adidas sponsored this so there was all the Star Wars x Adidas colab shoes and shit. It was amazing.
At night the event starts late and goes till the next day. Its about a tenner in a taxi outside city centre in a massive disused factory space. There are two main massive indoor parts then a larger open air spot with bars and tables etc. This was a dope venue. Dodgem cars and shit. People having a laugh and loads of freaks. No trouble tho and now fucks giving any kind of grief to anyone. Security etc but no heavies and no one getting frisked or stung. It ends 12am then the streets outside are fully of people selling beers and food. its a buzz – then a bus into city to keep drinking.
Saw Hudson Mohawke – really good set but the MC was killing it a little for me.
Flying Lotus was cool but on after Sugar Hill Gang which was a weird blend of musics?
Too Many Dj’s were dope – the visuals more so. That thing they have for the Justice Tune of the Black n White demon eating people? incredible ! it was more like a teenage disco jumping around like a loonatic to Nirvana and Joy Division
Next night was tamer with every person on a european love/pill buzz going to the Chemical Brothers – who i fuckin hate… so we just got fucked and went on the dodgem cars. the sweet thing is that there is people walking round with a beer container backpack thing selling beers – so we just made him stay next to us the whole time
Dizzie Rascal was alright for a sway and karaoke ting
Overall this a really cool and laid back festival with a well run set up. The venues are perfect and Barcelona is one of the most chilled and graffed cities in the world. 6 pack of beers for under €5? Anything else you want available and cheap? Daytime tagging sprees? HDA destroying the city? Pfffff dont even worry about it . . .