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Next Sónar Music Festival to draw “a world map of electronic” music

Some of the confirmed performances are M.I.A, Janelle Monáe, The Human League and Baraka Som Sistema. The music festival will be held in Barcelona from the 16th to 18th June. The festival will keep its Galicia showcase, scheduled on the 17th and 18th of June.


12 March 2011 03:32 AM



Barcelona (ACN).- The programme of the 18th Edition of the Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Sónar, the main festival of its kind in Europe, was issued today in Barcelona. This year\u2019s edition wants to draw a \u201Cworld map of electronic\u201D music and to do so will present proposals from the five continents. The thematic axes range from emerging artists in the United States to urban rhythms in the United Kingdom, passing through South-African beats. The festival will kick off on Thursday 16th June with Steve Reich\u2019s performance in Barcelona\u2019s L\u2019Auditori concert hall. The festival will end, for the second year in a row, with a concert at Barcelona\u2019s open air Greek Theatre by Japanese Ryuichi Sakamoto, with the presence of German Alva Noti.

Enric Palau, one of the festival\u2019s directors, stressed the will to bring new proposals from all over the world. For the first time, two bands from South-Africa will be present. The first one is Die Antwoord, from Cape Town, which became popular for its use of the Internet and, according to Palau, represents \u201Cthe white South-Africa\u201D and \u201Cfuturist\u201D. The other ban is Shangaan Electro, which has a completely different style: ethnic electronics, with African beats and loud decibels.

From the United States, Janelle Monáe will be back in Barcelona. She is the new sensation of the soul music. Other North-American artists will be Atmosphere, Dominique Young Unique, Tyondai Braxton, and A-Trak. The latter forms, together with DJ Armand Van Helden, Duck Sauce, which created the dance hit \u2018Barbara Streisand\u2019.

Regarding the United Kingdom, consolidated musicians will share space with new talents. Human League (creators of the 1980s hit \u2018Don\u2019t you want me\u2019) and the eclectic M.I.A. will play in Barcelona. The duet Underworld, which performed Trainspotting\u2019s main theme, is also one of the popular artists present.

Many of the top names in Barcelona will also be present in A Coruña, in the Sónar Festival showcase in Galicia. Last year was the first edition that the Festival created a parallel mini festival in Galicia, and it will repeat the experience this year. However, it will last 1 day less, from the 17th to the 18th of June. About 30 artists will be present in the Galician edition, which will also have local artists.

Barcelona\u2019s 2011 Sónar will take place from the 16th of June to the 18th of June. The festival will have a children's edition the week before, called SónarKids. The Sónar will also have a special emphasis on music professionals with the Sonar Pro. Last year 1,500 professionals registered, coming from 38 different countries.

SónarSound Tokyo goes on

Considering Japan\u2019s earthquake, Palau wanted to stress that the festival\u2019s showcase in Japan will go on. It is called SónarSound Tokyo and it is scheduled from the 2nd to the 3rd of April. \u201CWe have talked with our Japanese colleagues and they told us there is no need to change the dates\u201D, he explained.


  • Sónar 2011 programme's presentation in Barcelona (by ACN)

  • The Brit duet Underworld (by Sónar Press)

  • Sónar 2011 programme's presentation in Barcelona (by ACN)
  • The Brit duet Underworld (by Sónar Press)