On June 18th, Sónar Barcelona will enter its 22nd year by opening the gates at Fira Montjuïc and Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, ushering in thousands of attendees for the three-day festival. As the year winds to a close, the festival’s promoters have shared a short preview of the lineup, which so far includes The Chemical Brothers, Daniel Avery, Kiasmos, and British slam-poet, Kate Tempest, amongst others.
As is usually the case, the festival’s promoters have tried to one-up themselves this year, and brought in filmmaker Adam Smith who will be collaborating with The Chemical Brothers to bring viewers a performance that promises to be an excellent visual and audible experience.
In recent years, a number of high calibre artists have performed on Sonar’s stage such as Kraftwerk, Massive Attack, Royskopp and Daft Punk, but the announcement of Autechre‘s return makes this year’s lineup equally as impressive.
Sonar’s “New Benchmarks” series will present performances from Vessel and Evian Christ—two of today’s most exciting, young beatmakers. These two will also be joined by Hamburg native Helena Hauff, Ten Walls and Sophie, who allegedly collaborated with Diplo on a track featuring Madonna and Nicki Minaj.
New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop will be throwing down some groovy, reggae beats; pop-funk maestro Kindness will be showcasing his brilliant new record, Otherness; and Tourist who will be giving a tantalizing audiovisual show with his piano centre-staged.
Apart from Barcelona, Sonar will also be held in eight other cities around the world including Cape Town, Reykjavik, Stockholm, Tokyo, and recent additions, Santiago, Bogota and Copenhagen. Watch and listen to Richie Hawtin‘s 2012 Sonar set below.