Off Sonar 2010 - Barcelona 16-06 / 20-06

Words by: Gregorio
Posted: 8/6/10 17:29

OFF SONARSONAR, the mere mention of the name inspires images of the crazy days to be had at Barcelona's fantastic gathering of electronic music talent, where the majority of the action is of course to be found away from the main events, Off-Sonar.

The fun and games start as early as Wednesday 16th June with quantity and quality everywhere. Pick of the day, by a neck, is Josh Wink's Ovum & 4Line Records Showcase at Boulevard Barcelona that sees Josh invite Shlomi Aber, Davide Squillace and Gregor Tresher to rule the roost across 3 rooms. There will definitely be a party kicking off at Mondo where Tape & Soweso face off with a fierce house line-up featuring Kabale und Liebe, Ray Okpara, Lauhaus, Boris Werner and DJ W!LD. Meanwhile, at City Hall, it's a customary Mobilee session with Anja Schneider, Dan Curtin and Pan-Pot and if you're still stuck after all that lot, Nima Gorji and Mathias Kaden headline a long bill at The One.

Thursday is when Sonar proper begins and when the party schedule goes into overdrive meaning it can be difficult to make your decisions about where to head. During the day, there are a couple of interesting options, particularly a Mobilee Boat Party where Guy Gerber joins the gang from the night before and also Resident Advisor's Hotel Diagonal invite-only event that with Michael Mayer, Jesse Rose and Steve Bug. One of the biggest party spots during Sonar 2010 is the new Ghoa Beach Club, equipped with monster sound system and outdoor zones including a swimming pool in the middle of club. Aside from the venue, the party schedule is fearsome, kicking off with ‘A Desolat Experience' on Thursday with Loco Dice, Marco Carola and Martin Buttrich amongst others. The pick of the night's other events are a party at Discotheque for the Moon Harbour crew with Tanzmann, Martinez, Boris Werner and Luna City Express and an interesting match-up between Ornaments & Rotary Cocktail featuring Sascha Dive, Larsson and Nina Kraviz. Amongst the rest of Thursday's action there are parties from Sub Club Tresor and Soma.

Onto Friday and there is all sorts going down, boat parties with Miss Kittin and Martinez and another with D´Julz, beach parties with all Bpitch crew and another with Circus Company and that's only the warm up! Later on Ricardo Villalobos continues the impressive schedule at Ghoa Beach Club for the Cocoon bash,  audioFAMILIES special with Bass Culture at Boulevard Culture Club, Get Physical host a party at Be Cool, for Watergate & Beatport it's a secret villa party with Dubfire and Mathew Jonson, at La Terrrazza Trentemoller and Kollektiv Turmstrasse feature and Tiefschwarz, Audiofly and Damian Lazarus oversee a Flying Circus event at Discotheque. Furthermore, there are at least 10 other decent parties happening that would be fit to grace a big city any given Saturday night of the year, with Diynamic, Hot Natured, Bar 25 and 20/20 Vision being some of the more prominent brands.

If you're still not in the swing of things by Saturday then the party action becomes hard to escape, but we'll pick out just a select few this time. Outside the official Sonar events, the pick of the day fun seems to be with Bpitch, whose turn it is to set sail, this time joined by Seth Troxler. Arguably the hottest looking party of the whole festival, Cadenza and Luciano take over Ghoa for what's set to be a gigantic bash, whilst the whole Oslo gang set up camp at Boulevard Culture Club. There are other showcases from Crosstown Rebels, Vakant and yet more Mobilee and Bpitch frivolities. Highly recommended though is the Wagon Repair gig featuring Mathew Jonson and Mike Shannon in the crackin Moog Club.

Sunday isn't so much the day of rest as the last chance to party. Leading industry ladies Patci Wilde and Tania Cappelluti host their now annual Playkula & Wilde Boat Excursion with pretty much both their respective rosters, which includes most of the Get Physical crew. Ghoa also hosts a daytime party with Mathias Kaden and Daniel Stefanik, which eventually turns into a Cécille Records Showcase with Nick Curly, Ray Okpara, Johnny D, Markus Fix and Alex Celler......tasty! At these gatherings, we're always on the look-out for less obvious options to try and ensure we can at least get to the bar to have a drink and the like, well how's this to wrap things up, though it doesn't need a genius to spot it it's still obscure enough and late on the schedule to make it just right......Andrew Weatherall, Ewan Pearson and Tim Green are your farewell educators at Moog Club.

Off Sonar - Event Calendar 2010

Warehoused Opening Party featuring Konrad Black & Octopus Records Label Showcase @ Mephisto
Who Is In Who Is Out - Off Sonar Party @ Mon Key Club
Galaktika Meets 8 Bit @ Macarena Club
Hi Five Mobilee @ City Hall
TAPE vs SOWETO @ Mondo
Ovum & 4line Records Showcase @ Boulevard Barcelona
Soundworks presenta Upon You Night @ BeCool

RA by day @ Hotel Diagonal
Sonar Week@club4 -Plus 8 Night & Goa Ultrabeat @ City Hall
Hi Five Mobilee Boat @ Exclusive Boat
Claque Musique Aperitivo @ Club Mix
CATZ N' DOGZ, JESSE ROSE @ Macarena Club
Desolat @ Raum
Musicmonsta Offsònar Party @ Casa Vicens
Plat Du Jour & Kode9 present... Hyperdub 2010 Off-Sonar @ Mondo
Polopo 4.5: Special Sónar Week @ Isladencanta
Freak Nchic, Blabla & All Inn Showcase @ Boulevard Barcelona
Robert Hood’s ‘Omega’ Launch Party & Detroit Grand Pubahs ‘Numb Deaf and Dumb’ Release Party @ Nitsa
Soma / Darkroom Dubs Sonar Showcase @ La Terrrazza
Sub Club Showcase Ft Steve Bug, Milton Jackson, Harri & Domenic, Sensu @ BeCool
bcn216 + Cristian Vogel @ L'Auditori
Tresor Party @ Moog Club

Mobilee Meets Diynamic @ Hotel Diagonal
WetYourSelf Sonar Boat Party 2010 @ Exclusive Boat
Watergate and Beatport present : The Secret Villa @ TBA - Barcelona
The Boat Party with D'Julz, Alex Picone, Andre Buljat, Mirus & Negro @ The Port At Colon Mare Magnum
audioFAMILIES Sonar special w/ Bass Culture, Safari Electronique & Rex Club @ Boulevard Barcelona
Bpitch Control Beach Party @ Playa de El Prat
Bar25 On The Beach @ TBA - Barcelona
Digital Delight presents: Le Loup (Wolf + Lamb) (Get The Curse) @ Shôko
Soñar/sonar Off presents Dame Music Label Showcase with Bloody Mary and Arado @ Clàssic Gòtic
KOMPAKT Showcase @ Nitsa
Regular vs Harry Klein @ Mondo
2020 Vision Sonar Party @ City Hall
Radar'10 - Get Physical present @ BeCool
Sonar @ Row 14

Miss Kittin Factor City & Friends at Baila La Playa Beach Party @ Chiringuito Calamar
Mobilee Meets Supplement Facts @ Hotel Diagonal
Sonar Weekend with Vakant @ The Basement
Cadenza Beach Party: Off Sonar @ Kanna Beach Club
Tecnove Records Showcase @ Beach TBA
Soñar/sonar Off presents Alejandro Vivanco @ Clàssic Gòtic
Cynosure vs Wagon Repair Night @ Moog Club
Nitsa - Bpitch Showcase / Sonar @ Nitsa
Vakant off sonar party 2010! @ The Basement
Oslo, Jetaime & Indigo Raw Showcase @ Boulevard Barcelona
RA by night @ BeCool

secretsundaze and The Secret Agency presents...secretsundaze Sonar Party 2010 @ La Terrrazza
Playkula & Wilde Sonar 2010 Boat Party @ Exclusive Boat
Your Only Friend, Lost My Dog Records & Vizual Records present Sonar Off @ Mondo
Spun Out! Party @ Moog Club
Sportclub Night @ Ryans Beach


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