The lineup for Sónar 2019 continues to grow, with the addition of some of the biggest artists in the world right now, along with those musicians continuing to push things forward. Puerto Rican sensation BAD BUNNY will take to the stage at SonarClub, while digital art maven DAITO MANABE brings a new techn show, the return of the legendary Japanese producer DJ KRUSH, a new live show by the Parisian duo ACID ARAB and next-gen techno and electronic shows from NEON CHAMBERS (KANGDING RAY + SIGHA), QUIET ENSEMBLE, HAMILL INDUSTRIES & SHELLY, LOS VOLUBLE or SEBASTIAN.
Also appearing will be the most outstanding artists of the national scene of the moment, such as TERRITOIRE, BERLINIST, DIEGO NAVARRO, LIL MOSS, TUTU, FAKE GUIDO or the legendary MACROMASSA, and continues betting on new urban music and the most radical proposals on the SonarXS stage, such as SHIVA FESHAREKI, AFRODEUTSCHE, BILL KOULIGAS or VIRGEN MARIA.
One of the most significant moments of Sónar 2019 will arrive with the show by BAD BUNNY at SonarClub. The Puerto Rican singer and producer with millions of fans around the world has risen to the top of the global charts thanks to his indiscutable charm and charisma, and a number of hits that have propelled him to be the third most visited artist on Youtube in 2018. His fusion of trap, pop and reggaeton, as well as open-minded and inclusive outlook, has also helped to knock down the barriers between Latinx culture and the US mainstream.
His performance at Sónar builds on the festival’s historic interest in urban music from Latin America. This history can be traced back to DJ Marlboro’s set in 2004, and Diplo’s dropping of the then brand new “Gasolina” by Daddy Yankee in his 2005 set at the festival. Since then Sónar has hosted trailblazing bands such as Calle 13, Bomba Estéreo or Dengue Dengue Dengue, reaffirming its support in recent years with artists such as DJ Florentino, Rosa Pistola, Dinamarca, and Bad Gyal at the SonarXS stage, as well as this years’ set by La Diabla at SonarVillage, continuing the tradition for 2019.
Sónar 2019 will the first ever concert in Spain by LIL UZI VERT, one of the most relevant and popular figures in trap and contemporary American rap, who’s follow up to Luv is Rage 2 is rumored to be dropping soon. Since his guest spot on “the best song in the world ever” in Migo’s Bad and Bujee. Hip hop, funk, grime and groove are the building blocks of JARREAU VANDAL’S irresistible sound, as the member of California’s Soulection collective returns for a hotly anticipated set
Infectious Arabic and middle-eastern rhythms of the Parisian duo ACID ARAB, who will perform live with a high octane light display.
MATTHEW HERBERT, the English genius musician, producer and electronic figure of the last two decades, with a long relationship with Sónar, returns to the festival as the star of this year’s Closing Concert, on Sunday 21st July at the Teatre Grec, with his brilliant project, THE THE MATTHEW HERBERT BREXIT BIG BAND. The new orchestra, formed in response to the departure of the United Kingdom from the European Union, will feature more than 20 musicians on stage. In addition, and only that night, the show will feature the Cor Pilot de ESMUC, a 50 person choir. A concert with an openly critical, politically charged message, very much in line with the artist’s most celebrated and popular works.
Another great to play Sónar this year is DJ KRUSH. The highly respected Japanese beatmaker, creator of a universe of his own that influenced hip hop in the late 90s, returns to Sónar to offer a performance that promises to stop time with its deep, hypnotic beats.