Off Week, Sonar Barcelona 2013 - Our Picks

Words by: Tom Jones
Posted: 29/5/13 13

Off Week , Sonar Barcelona 2013 - Our PicksA firm favourite in the clubbing calendar, Sonar is busy gearing up for its 20th anniversary in Barcelona this June. But just as the official event’s popularity is seemingly forever on the rise, so too is the interest in the surrounding, unofficial party calendar, better known as Off Sonar.

Beginning a few days before the start of Sonar itself and carrying on after the action at Fira Gran Via L'Hospitalet draws to a close, Off Sonar sees a plethora of the most respected promoters, labels and venues coming together to host their own parties across the city.

The ever-increasing standard of programming at these parties has meant that year on year, more and more people now travel to Barcelona without even attending the main festival and instead opt for a selection of the one-off club events.

Held in a host of varying and often rarely used venues and spaces, many of the parties typically take place on rooftops, beach clubs, monasteries and pool areas in addition to your more traditional club spaces.

It’s a format that offers a festival experience but in a more refreshing and unique environment. With such a wide variety of events on offer, I Voice has picked out our suggestions for each day of what promises to be the best Off Sonar yet.
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Off Week , Sonar Barcelona 2013 - Our PicksWednesday
Mexican imprint Akbal Music & Digital Delight will be opening Off Week with a joint showcase at Parc Del Forum’s open-air space. Running from midday through till midnight, the 12-hour session will present the sound of both labels in an amazing outdoor space with access to its own pool. From what we’ve seen at Akbal events from BPM in Mexico and at last year’s Off Sonar, the party is expected to be in full swing right from when the doors open. For the night, head to City Hall for Tronic’s showcase starting at 11pm. Christian Smith’s techno focused label will be bringing a stellar cast of DJ’s to take you right through to 5am.

Thursday
Things start to heat up even more on Thursday with the parties coming thick and fast. London party starters Half Baked will be hosting a 12 hour, pirate inspired event at the wonderful La Terrrazza from 5pm until 5am. Starting a little later in the evening, at 6pm, but also going on until 5 the next morning, Life and Death will be bringing The Ultimate Legal Entertainment Experience to Esferic. Joining forces with Magda, Marc Houle and Troy Pierce’s Items & Things, this party promises plenty of wild and care free revelry. Culprit and Leftroom will continue their long-standing trans-Atlantic love affair with their third annual Off Sonar bash. Once again working with La Funny Vie En Rouge but this time housed at the Up and Down Club, these guys have got both a daytime terrace and night time indoor partying space all ready and raring to go. Going right the way through, Heidi’s Jackathon comes together with WIP Vs Waze & Odyssey for a party of their own from midnight to 7am at Bloc.

Friday
Things kick off on Friday with a sun drenched party at the Auditorium Open Air at Parc Del Forum as Wolf + Lamb’s new Crew Love project takes over from midday until 1am. Featuring all their usual cohorts going head to head with each other, this is likely to be lively affair full of good time summer vibes. There’s also a cracker of an afternoon session over at the Mac Arena Mar Beach Club. The mega outdoor soundsystem will be hosting a monumental 12-hour battle between two of the most cutting edge DJ collectives as Apollonia take on Visionquest until 3am. If you can’t surface in time for a day party on Friday, then our pick of the bunch for the night event sees Hypercolour come together with Needwant for a forward thinking celebration of modern electronic music through till 7am.

Saturday
Saturday will see Circo Loco bring their party mayhem to the massive Las Arenas. Bringing a selection of their big guns to man the decks, this can only be the kind of wild event that follows this brand around the world. From 4pm until midnight IR June 2013 presents Open Air Barcelona with Loco Dice and Jamie Jones at Poble Espanyol open air. Another standout show for Saturday is the La Vie En Rose Vs Overall Music showcase at Carpe Diem. Both label’s come armed with their best talent and there’s also some special guests in toe too.

Sunday
There is no shortage of inspiring parties to choose from on the final day before Sonar calls it a day for another year. London’s Secretsundaze will once again be at La Terrrazza for a huge 13-hour party with a fine selection of agency artists and frequent guests. Flying Circus Barcelona join up with FACT’s pool party series for a special extended all day and night party that runs from 3.30pm to 5am. For a strictly night event, Art Department’s No.19 imprint presents Social Experiment at Bloc. A perfect way to end an incredible Off Sonar, this will draw the entire event to a close at 7am on Monday.
Don’t miss your flight home!!

Off Week - Our Picks

Wednesday 12th
12:00 PM - 23:59 PM
Akbal Music & Digital Delight Showcase
Open Air at Parc Del Forum
Akbal Music & Digital Delight Showcase
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Wednesday 12th
23:00 PM - 05:00 AM
Tronic Showcase

City Hall
Tronic Showcase at City Hall
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Thursday 13th
17:00 PM - 05:00 AM
Half Baked Label Showcase

La Terrrazza
Half Baked Label Showcase
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Thursday 13th
17:00 PM - 06:00 AM
Culprit & Leftroom presented by La Funny Vie En Rouge
Up & Down Barcelona
Culprit & Leftroom presented by La Funny Vie En Rouge
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Thursday 13th
18:00 PM - 05:00 AM
Life and Death: The Ultimate Legal Entertainment Experience
Esferic Bcn
Life and Death: The Ultimate Legal Entertainment Experience
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Thursday 13th
23:59 PM - 07:00 AM
The Jackathon + WIP vs. W&O Street Tracks

Bloc
The Jackathon + WIP vs. W&O Street Tracks at Bloc
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Friday 14th
14:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Apollonia vs Visionquest


Mac Arena Mar Beach Club
Apollonia vs Visionquest at Mac Arena Beach at Mac Arena Mar Beach Club
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Friday 14th
23:00 PM - 01:00 AM
Crew Love presents Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap & More

Open Air at Parc Del Forum
Crew Love presents Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap & More
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Friday 14th
23:59 PM - 07:00 AM
Hypercolour + Needwant

Bloc
Hypercolour + Needwant at Bloc
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Saturday 15th
15:00 PM - 03:00 AM
Circoloco

Cúpula Las Arenas
Circoloco at Cúpula Las Arenas
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Saturday 15th
23:59 PM - 06:00 AM
La Vie En Rose vs Overall Music
Carpe Diem - Cdlc Barcelona
La Vie En Rose vs Overall Music
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Saturday 15th
18:00 PM - 23:59 PM
Open Air Barcelona with Loco Dice & Jamie Jones
Poble Espanyol Open Air
Open Air Barcelona with Loco Dice & Jamie Jones
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Sunday 16th
14:00 PM - 23:59 PM
El Row Town

Poble Espanyol Open Air
El Row: Drumcode & El Monasterio
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Sunday 16th
15:30 PM - 05:00 AM
Flying Circus Barcelona
All Day & Night at Fact Music Pool Series
Flying Circus Barcelona
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Sunday 16th
16:00 PM - 05:00 AM
secretsundaze Off Sonar

La Terrrazza
secretsundaze Off Sonar
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Sunday 16th
23:59 PM - 07:00 AM
No.19 presents Social Experiment Barcelona
Bloc
No.19 presents Social Experiment Barcelona at Bloc
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 Off Week Parties @ Sonar,  Barcelona 2013

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