If you thought the line-up for Sónar 2011 was complete with this batch of names, think again. Two months before its celebration, Sónar announces another group of 22 artists for Sónar Barcelona. In this new batch, some names that stand out are James Murphy (still recovering from LCD Soundsystem’s goodbye gig, the DFA boss will be doing a DJ set full of disco, funk and house in Barcelona and Galicia), Four Tet (also present in A Coruña), Ghostpoet (a breath of fresh air for UK hip-hop), Dizzee Rascal (now one of the big stars of British urban music), vertiginous rhymer Yelawolf (a North American white MC supported by Eminem) and the champion of witch disco listening to the unpronounceable name of oOoOO (with a set to listen to horizontally, halfway between a live and a DJ set).
The international part of the Barcelona festival is completed with Tiga (closing SonarLab on Firday night), Canadian Marc Messer’s Sewing Machine Orchestra (a peculiar orchestra formed by amplified sewing machines, of which the signal is processed by software) and a showcase of Italian label Stroboscopic Artefacts (with Lucy and Dadub as masters of ceremony of the dark IDM show). The Spanish part of the line-up is completed with Stendhal Syndrome (darkwave from Barcelona, featuring visuals by Alba G. Corral), Shelby Grey (Barcelonese Vicknoise’s new project), Aster (with a DJ set representing the Hivern label), the always unpredictable Chelis (one of the most creative and versatile DJs in Spain) and a Natura Sonoris showcase featuring Henry Saiz and Sistema.
Sónar Galicia 2011, in turn, completes its line-up with five top names. Apart from aforementioned James Murphy and Four Tet, the Galician leg of Sónar has added Martyn, Radio Slave and a back-to-back DJ set by DJ Mehdi and Brodinski.