Around the same time that Ibiza kicks off its summer season, another part of Spain will also be invaded by party people – Barcelona plays host to its annual Sonar festival in the middle of June. But, while the official festival goes on, there are plenty of “Off Sonar” parties going during a week of festivities in the Catalan city. Off Sonar parties are basically events that take place in clubs across the city away from the actual festival site - promoters and labels use the festival as an excuse to organise their own shindigs and showcases in locations ranging from 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 recommend of what promises to be the best Off Sonar yet.
Off Week Sonar 2016 - Our Picks Part Two
One trip around the sun sees All Day I Dream return to Barcelona for our third year with Lee Burridge, Matthew Dekay and Oona Dahl.
For the 4th year in a row, Crew Love extravaganza is back in Barcelona with Crew members Wolf + Lamb and Soul Clap and live performances from PillowTalk, No Regular Play, Nick Monaco, David Marston and Tony Allen (live band) at Parc Del Forum.
Moon Harbour presents Matthias Tanzmann, Andrea Oliva, DJ T., Karotte, Luna City Express, Daniel Stefanik, Detlef, Sable Sheep, Jey Kurmis, Sven Tasnadi, Zohki, Dan Drastic and Raw District at Pacha Barcelona.
This year the open-air day Secretsundaze party brings Marcellus Pittman, Hunee, Midland, Nick Höppner, Beautiful Swimmers, Palms Trax and Shanti Celeste at Parc Del Forum.
This year BPitch Control brings a solid Techno night with Ellen Allien, Blawan, Joel Mull, DJ Red, Kim Ann Foxmann, Kiki and Garry Todd on a second House Floor at Bloc.
Ricardo Villalobos (Exclusive Off Sonar Show) will present his FRRC at Plaza Mayor de El Poble Espanyol with Cobblestone Jazz (live), Sonja Moonear, DeWalta & Mike Shannon (live), Craig Richards and Mirus.
Lola ED, Half Baked and checkpoint return to the FACT Music Pool Series with Apollonia (3 hour set), Premiesku (live), Le Loup, Molly, John Dimas, Julietta and Greg Brockmann,
Stage 2 hosted by checkpoint with Nicolas Lutz, SIT (Cristi Cons + Vlad Caia live), S.A.M., Baraso, Rainer, Rick Maia, Javi Sampol and Sonodab.
It's time for the third edition of Loveland Live, a live artist-only event with performance from Audion, dOP, Egbert, Gabriel Ananda, Gaiser, Henrik Schwarz, Julian Jeweil, KiNK, Matador, Redshape, Rodriguez Jr., Secret Cinema, Skudge, Stephan Bodzin, Surgeon, Vince Watson and Wareika.
A double celebration at this year's Sonar Off Week with Planet E Communications 25th years & Memento 10th anniversary featuring Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Mark Fanciulli, Echonomist (live), Eduardo de la Calle, Mirko Loko and The Analogue Cops b2b Idriss D at Bloc Barcelona.
FUSE returns with their second Off Sonar featuring Livio & Roby, Molly, Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NxT, Rossko, Archie Hamilton and Dan Farserell at Input Club - Poble Espanyol.