We hadn’t quite recovered from Primavera Sound and Sónar 2014 was already lurking. The Advanced Music Festival, with Sónar+D, its already mature twin brother now walking on its own, has left us exhausted. Too much information for our senses, but it was also amazing and highly interesting. So much that we will need a few days to process everything that happened during this 21st edition, the most grandiose of all we have attended. Here are our classic highlights and whatever else the camera recorded for the annals of history. Kudos to the innovative collective euphoria and the ?backs to the future? we are delighted with every June in Barcelona.
– The legendary RBMA barbecue on Wednesday and Marco Passarani from Tiger & Woods djing for just 10 people.
– The impeccable, magic and combative Massive Attack. They never fail us. And nobody will forget about ?Felipe VI abdicates?.
– The tropical storm that fell during the Tiga performance. Dancing in the rain and Tiga laughing his head off.
– I want to be like Neneh Cherry when I grow up. Energy and strength.
– Kid Koala’s session on Saturday. In addition to its mini messages in Catalan. He’s great!
– We want to officially propose to Nills Frahm.
– The six hours that 2manydjs and James Murphy performed in three days at Despacio, the perfect cross between Studio 54 and Paradise Garage. We want him to come back and stay.
– The legendary end at Sonar by Day on Friday with Theo Parrish and his fine black house, with a strong bass line and the reggae end. You rule, Theo!
– Another legendary end at Sonar by Day, this time on Saturday by Dj Harvey. This English guy turns into a California surfer whenever he takes to the stage. And the disco end of its performance even more!
– Chic Rodgers feat Chic because he only played the best songs of the band and the rest were festival covers. Let’s get cheesy for once in a lifetime.
– Likke Li’s sober and elegant staging. We’re in love with her style. We’ll follow here wherever she goes.
– The free beers in the press area from 8-9pm. Thanks.
– Plastikman was tedious, and we didn’t quite like his Miró-style visuals.
– James Murphy was God for one night.
– A great two-hour-long show by Royksopp & Robyn.
– Downliners Sekt amd their elegant live performance. If someone wondered why they are a cult band, they really provided the answer on that night.
– Four Tet on Friday night. After reaching to high he could go home and wish that Saturday would be as epic.
– Caribou improving his first album with a second masterpiece and a great live performance.
– Dan from Caribou in a b2b with James Holden bursting the bass lines at SónarLab. If there is someone with a piece of the soul after such a bacchanal of sound, then you are immortal.
– Moderat. Amen.
– 2manydjs’ burned speaker.
– Meeting Dengue Dengue Dengue. ¡Viva Lima!
– Sweating non-stop with Buraka Sound System. They managed to regain our passion for dancing.
– Woodkid’s epic live performance and the amazing end.
– The people, the looks, the freaks, the good vibes and the general madness.
– Everything was absolutely well organized. Watch out Primavera Sound! Sonar has improved a lot.
– The sound was very strong this year.
– Playmoss’s conference Sonar + D. It was 4pm and we were a little bit tired, but it was worth it. A resounding success.
The Worst: Sónar had no big name to close the festival. Laurent Garnier’s 20 years will be hard to beat.