Sónar 2014 (KH)

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Following in the footsteps of the famous Sónar Barcelona, the International Festival of Advanced Music is hitting Reykjavík again for the second time.

Next week (February 13 - 15 ) Iceland’s capital will be rocked by a bunch of international artists as well as by the finest Icelandic electronic (or rather advanced) musicians.

During three days 67 artists will perform on five stages at Reykjavík’s landmark concert hall Harpa, one of the stages being located in its underground car park.

Really, Harpa again? Don’t get me wrong, Harpa is a beautiful and interesting building and concert venue, but it is also hosting another huge music festival later this year, Iceland Airwaves that is, and therefore I find it a bit boring to host Sónar there as well. But then, where else should Sónar (or any other music festival for that matter) take place? All of the other slightly smaller music venues such as Faktorý or NASA used to be great, intimate venues for all kinds of musical happenings but since had to make way for yet another hotel.

Last year, Sónar’s debut in Iceland scored mixed reviews, therefore I am very curious to see how this year`s edition will turn out.

The line-up at least is promising: Iceland Sónar attendees will be dancing to the sounds of Major Lazer (US), Paul Kalkbrenner (DE), Bonobo (UK), Daphni (CA), Trentemøller (DK), Kölsch (DK), Diplo (US), Jon Hopkins (UK), James Holden (UK), Ryuichi Sakamoto & Taylor Deupree (JP/US) and many more.

Personally, I would love to see Bonobo, Daphni, Trentemøller, Hermigervill and GusGus,  a very obvious choice, I know, but hey, whatever floats your boat, right?

As for the Icelandic line-up, it consists of the usual suspects such as GusGus, FM Belfast, Hjaltalín, Gluteus Maximus, Moses Hightower, Kiriyama Family, Hermigervill and many more.

Also, Sónar is supposed to be about electronic music or advanced music (whatever that is supposed to mean) but some of the local artists don’t really fit in, in my opinion. I mean, they are all great and enjoyable to see perform, no doubt about that, but should they really be part of Sónar?

The three day pass for the entire festival can be purchased online here and costs ISK 17,900 (EUR 109). 

Katharina Hauptmann – katha.hauptmann@gmail.com

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