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Local rising star Bad Gyal in last Sónar session amid riggers’ protests

Music festival attended by 21,000 fans less than 2018 due to striking workers and change of dates


21 July 2019 01:50 PM


ACN | Barcelona

Sónar came to an end on Saturday night with some artists delighting the fans again, including Nicola Cruz, performing electronic music with Latino beats and trap, and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny – whose singles ‘Amorfoda,’Chambea,’ ‘Tu no metes cabra,’ ‘Estamos bien’ and ‘Caro’ have become worldwide hits.

Apart from these global names, festival-goers could also discover a local rising star, the 22-year-old Bad Gyal.

Her new show, Bad Gyal SoundSystem, was a mix of dance, audiovisual images, her dancehall beats and trap.

Her sensual and provocative dance and her urban influence was praised by the audience, and also witnessed by her father, local actor Eduard Farelo.

She will repeat her performance in the near future in other places, like Arenal Sound (held in Borriana, Valencia), and also some cities in Mexico and the United States.

Meanwhile, outside one of the two venues where Sónar is held, a protest of riggers took place in the evening.

Striking riggers' protest

They went on strike one week before Sónar, leading to some uncertainty on whether the festival would be held – yet in the end, a judge allowed the organizers to employ an alternative company to assemble the sets, to the striking workers’ outrage.

Sónar announced on Saturday that 105,000 people will have attended the show, meaning a decrease by 21,000 compared to the 2018 edition.

The strike of the riggers and the change of dates are likely to be the cause of the decrease.


  • Image of local rising star Bad Gyal at 2019 Sónar (by Pere Francesch)

  • Image of local rising star Bad Gyal at 2019 Sónar (by Pere Francesch)