Sonar 2016’s tag line was ‘Music, Creativity and Technology’, and there were plenty of all three on offer for this Barcelona based conference/festival through June 16-18.

Set in two different massive complex’s across the city, firstly a vast array of daytime talks, activities and music at Sonar By Day at Fira Montjuic, followed by parties at Sonar By Night at Fira Gran Via.

On the Friday, we collected our passes, complete with limited edition Sonar Adidas rucksack full of goodies, before proceeding to the Sonar Village where at 6pm the sun was out and people were enjoying the music and vibe as DJ Danny Harle was playing a mixture of vocal dance tracks including his single Ashes Of Love. Jacob Korn meanwhile was in the inside Red Bull dome playing some brilliant electronic music.

On the Saturday evening we headed to Sonar By Night, which comprised of 2 big outdoor stages and 2 inside warehouse type rooms, each with brilliant and different music.

Coyu was in the Sonar Club playing techno complete with some great visuals and massive speakers – it was a complete visual and audio experience. Elsewhere, Laurent Garnier was smashing it in Sonar Car, delivering a 7 hour set! Back in Sonar Club Bookashade were providing a live set on electronics and live drums with their track In White Rooms drawing the biggest reaction from the massive crowd. In the outside Sonar Lab, UK rap sensation Stormzy was delivering an energetic first ever Spanish mainland performance to an engaging crowd.

Next up was Sonar joint headliner Fatboy Slim live – his silhouette against the impressive cinematic backdrop complete with balloons, lights, lasers and colours, this was a house party atmosphere. Fatboy always creates that party vibe with loads of vocals, edits and acapelas to keep things interesting. We’ve seen some dj sets in our time but this one was up there with the very best of them at one of the most important dates on the dance music calendar.

Sonar 2016, set in one of the best cities in the world was a great weekend of sunshine, brilliant music and energetic crowds. A completely unique festival, the location and set up were completely spot on, a festival that needs to be seen to be believed. Bring on Sonar 2017!

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