SÓNAR 2016: NOT MUCH TIME LEFT FOR THE NEW YEAR

We’re gonna try not to bother you with the pre-Sónar excitement we feel; for the moment, we’re only going to offer you a sneak peek. You well know our year begins in mid-June, specifically when we start dancing with a couple of beers already inside our hot bodies in the Sónar by day area. Well, beloved readers, the countdowns begins; the very famous electronic music festival has announced 40 more artists for this year’s edition and our eyes are already sparkling (not for the meat delights of the video). To the already confirmed Anohni, John Grant, New Order, The Black Madona and Skepta, now we got new names on the list, such as, watch out, Jean-Michel Jarre, Bob Moses, James Blake, Jamie Woon, Club Cheval, Kelela, Flume… And Four Tet and Laurent Garnier djing for the stunning amount of 7 hours. We got the shakes already.

BOMBA ESTÉREO: CUMBIA FRENZY

Even though the big shopping centres were announcing it since February, it’s now, in April and looking at allergic’s red swollen eyes when we can assure that, at last, Spring is here. Here come the “taking off your clothes baby” stage, bright patterns and the happiness when the weather forecast says that, indeed, next weekend the sun will shine and temperatures will go up. This excitement state must be celebrated and I think that’s why cities set up music festivals, to manage all this hormonal meltdown making us pass the time all together and preferably away from the city centre.

Barcelona is an expert in this sort of social control; a good example of it are the Primavera Sound, Cruilla, Mobile World Congress (same levels of cocaine and binge-everything-ing but with men in suits) and our favourite, Sonar festivals, that this year, apart from the amazing FKA Twigs, Roysin Murphy or Flying Lotus bands, they’re bringing Bomba Estéreo for their line-up. This Colombian group has managed to bring cumbia and chambeta styles back to life mixing them with electronic music and, thus, making them cool. Lliliana Saumet, their lead singer, is a total blast live and with songs like “Fuego” (“fire”) she is able to lit the dullest audience. Bomba Estéreo and hail to Spring!

LAPSUS FESTIVAL 2015: SUMMER IS OFFICIALLY HERE

I know, I’m like a pain in the neck going on and on about music, partying and shaking your booty but it’s just that the second edition of Lapsus Festival is here with a very interesting lineup (Agorazein, Moiré, Mouse On Mars, Pina…), the sun is shining (in Barcelona), people are feeling naughty and you can smell the build up in the atmosphere. Beloved readers, we understand your needs and that’s why we’ve already made the perfect Saturday plan for you: 5pm at the CCCB (as centric as it gets). The mambo-fiesta season is officially inaugurated with Lapsus Festival.

A TASTE OF SÓNAR: FELIX FAIRE

Have you ever shared some time with someone that plays any sort of percussion? No matter if they come from the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the side band for Cliff Richards or some grindcore metal group, they will all have something in common: that constant “playing” everything around, the the need to rhythmically tap the table or a leg.

Felix Faire has taken playing the environment to a whole new level. This British musician, architect and coder has created “Contact: Augmented Acoustics”, a technology project that turns any tactile surface in a music instrument. Faire is young (1991), but using microphones and knock recognition wave analysis he’s already been proclaimed one of the 7 designers of the future by Design Week. A crazy mix between Minority Report, giant piano rugs and an intergalactic musical, Augmented Acoustics looks like a key part of the future.

Felis Faire will be talking and playing his show on Thursday, 5th of March, at the Mazda Space Barcelona invited by Sónar+D by Mazda Rebels.