Sónar announce first wave of artist for 2014 festivities


Sónar outline the first set of headlining acts to play the Barcelona festival in June next year will be spearheaded by the return of Massive Attack and Plastikman.

The 21st edition of Sónar Barcelona ​​has revealed that after a decade of absence from the Spanish festival’s line-ups, they’ve invited dub heavy trip hop duo Massive Attack to present a ‘new show’ which builds on the groups “ongoing audio visual exploration of agitation propaganda and technology”. Richie Hawtin will also return as Plastikman for Sónar By Day, providing new recordings and live show, Objekt, which he debuted at the Guggenheim in New York last month, while also playing the closing set as Richie Hawtin in Sónar By Night’s main hall. Other notable headliners include Four Tet, James Holden, Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, Moderat, Caribou, and Bonobo presenting their recently released Ninja Tune album The North Borders. Emerging and lesser known artists sharing Sónar’s center-stage in 2014 include Hyperdub’s Ontario-based producer and vocalist Jessy Lanza, Turbo recruit Gesaffelstein, and Tri Angle’s man of downtempo leftfield electronics Evian Christ.

Among the other names to be included in the first announcement are ‘synthetic kraut group’ Downliners Sekt, Hype Williams’ Alina Astrova with her solo project Inga Copeland, the I Am Legion collaboration of British hip hop group Foreign Beggars and Dutch dubstep trio Noisia, and Japanese and Californian groups Nisennenmondai and Woodkid, two trios known for their ‘instrumental power’ and ‘rap noise’. The festival has also detailed in a press release their international agenda for 2014 will open in February with two simultaneous festivals to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland, and Stockholm, Sweden, before closing in December 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa.

Sónar Barcelona 2014 will takes place on the 12th, 13th and 14th of June, while The Nordic Sónar weekend is happening February 13th, 14th and 15th in Reykjavík and on the 14th and 15th of February in Stockholm. For more information and tickets visit the Sónar website.