Review – 2011 Sonar Festival – Barcelona Spain – 06/17/11

Poppinoff Jun 22nd, 2011 | By
Category: Barcalona, Sonar Festival, Steve Aoki, Written Reviews

Here is another review from Shant Kevonian of Barcelona Spain, this time he shares the experience he had at the Sonar Festival. After reading this review I have to say the Sonar Festival sounds like an amazing experience and cant even begin to imagine what it must have been like to have been there. – lorn

Sonar Festival – Barcelona Spain Concert Review

Sonar Festival is one of the biggest Electronica festivals in Spain apart from Monegros. Even though I was only able to attend 1 of 3 days it was a breathtaking experience and this time around! There were a total of 9 stages (4 of which were only accessible during the night).

Sonar Festival

When I arrived I went straight to  the Sonar  Club, the biggest of the indoor stages.  M.I.A was playing some very melodic beats and the singer in an attempt to get the party started asked for the members of the audience to come up on stage. Needless to say she did so with great ease, 200+ members went up on stage to sing and dance. This helped set the mood for the rest of the night.

We walked around for a while then headed to the SonarCar stage. The stage was a pavilion of the Barcelona fair and inside of this pavilion, a portion of the dance floor was “occupied” by car crashes (it was part of the decoration). Now I put occupied in quotations because you were allowed to hop on the cars and dance on top of them, which anyone who was still able to stand on their feet did. Next to these cars there was an attraction for little kids where the carts go around in circles and in the middle of the attraction is where the DJ was playing. However this was the smallest stage so it wasn’t as packed as one might have expected.

I had a lot of fun up until now but it was nothing compared to what was about to happen. We headed to the biggest of the exterior stages the Sonar Pub . Dizzee Rascal was wrapping up his set, and the crowd  was waiting for Steve Aoki. Steve Aoki came out onto stage with Michael Buffer’s catchphrase “LET’S GET READY TO RUMBLEEE!”  The music was very calm but within about 5 seconds it all of a sudden changed. The bass  penetrated your temples and made you feel like your heart was going to explode at any given moment.

Steve Aoki could have very easily  just left a play list on because he spent more time entertaining the crowd than DJing. He would grab bottles of cava and squirt it all over the crowd, grab cakes and deserts that he had stored under his DJ table and toss it at people. He managed to take it even a step further when he grabbed an inflatable boat, threw it at the audience and had a girl jump on it.

Sonar Festival

After Steve Aoki’s set, we went to watch Aphex Twins who were playing in SonarClub. The dance floor was PACKED and the whole room covered in lasers and colors of all sorts during the whole performance. There was TVs located throughout the stage, that the crew used to focus on member’s of the audience and then overlay deformed face’s on them. It had the crowd roaring in laughter especially when you would see extremely attractive women in bikinis with a deformed face. The reactions were priceless.

I could go on for hours talking about the whole night but I think this short summary should give a good enough impression to make anyone want to attend the Sonar Festival next year – Shant

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