• Five hottest listings at Sónar Barcelona 2016 17 June 2016 | View comments

  • Catalonia capital Barcelona plays host to Sónar each and every summer, starting today the three-day festival celebrates its 22nd event. One of the most popular in the European festival game rated for its use of various locations. Additionally, the highly regarded acts festivalgoers have witnessed at Sónar since 1994, previous guests including Jeff Mills, Orbital and Josh Wink. Sticking with their formula, the 2016 billing is teaming with mainstays across the electronic spectrum.

    The buzz around Barcelona is unmistakable this time of year as tourists, locals, and talent flock in. For those embarking to Sónar, we’ve whittled down the long lineup from both the Day and Night listings to five that will show you a damn good time. You can thank us later.

    From 1-11pm Sonar by Day takes off. Thursday is perfect to take a relaxed first gear into the festival away from the record spinners and set your ears on some diverse singer-songwriter acts. One of the best on offer is contemporary R&B vocalist Kelela visit to SonarHall in the early evening.

    On Friday things certainly heat up, with the likes of Four Tet playing a 7-hour set, John Talabot, and The Martinez Brothers. Our winning plan for Friday’s Night programme is to first check in with James Blake at 1am, who at an electronic epicenter, reigns supreme. Then 50 minutes after Blake finishes, head to one of the two B2B’s between selectors Ben UFO and Helena Hauff. Not one to miss as both champion techno beats with their skill behind the decks. Elsewhere, DSV1 & Rødhåd also join forces and pair up behind the decks in case that ticks a bigger box for you.

    Things come to a head on Saturday, June 18th, when our last two must-sees perform. In the early hours of Saturday grime king Skepta returns to Sonar this time without his brother JME, off the back of releasing his fourth solo artist album Konnichiwa last month which will be presented along with some BBK classic riddims. When the clock strikes 10:30pm, New Order grace SonarClub, their 1983 hit 'Blue Monday' is a first point of reference for dance music. Seeing the Manchester band is a once in a lifetime must for anyone who answers the call of house music.

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