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Sónar 2018 adds more than 50 new artists to its special 25th anniversary program, packed with exclusive shows and premieres

New names added to Sónar 2018 Barcelona as of today:

Thom Yorke,  Diplo presents: Distruction Boyz,  Mr Eazi,  Kampire & Diplo,  Modeselektor dj set,  Laurent plays Garnier,  GoldLink,  Bonobo dj set,  Agoria live,  Ben Klock & Dj Nobu,  Yung Lean,  A-Trak,  Rosalía,  Cornelius,  Charlotte de Witte,  Laurel Halo,  Alva Noto,  Fatima Al Qadiri live,  Niño de Elche & Israel Galván,  Motor City Drum Ensemble & Jeremy Underground,  Octo Octa,  Errorsmith,  Chino Amobi,  Little Simz,  Henry Saiz & band,  Lanark Artefax,  Rosa Pistola,  Amp Fiddler x Tony Allen,  Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones,  DJ Earl x Nick Hook Live AV,  Nathy Peluso, Oscar Mulero – Monochrome AV,  Oddisee & Good Compny,  KOKOKO!,  DECISIVE PINK,  Claude Speeed,  Refree,  Rozzma,  Putochinomaricón,  MOW,  Dre Skull,  Joe Kay-Soulection,  Benjamin Damage,  Die Angel: Ilpo Väisänen + Schneider TM,  Second Woman,  Territroy Live,  King Doudou,  Russell Haswell feat. Sue Tompkins,  Emma-Jean Thackray’s WALRUS,  JASSS,  Preditah.

Thom Yorke, Radiohead frontman and one of the most essential musicians of our time, joins the Sónar anniversary with a special concert on Saturday night,June 16. He will revisit songs from his impressive career in a live mix with producer Nigel Godrich and multidisciplinary artist Tarik Barri, who will provide the stunning visual aspect of the show.

Two extraordinary djs performing at Sónar by Night will also present very individual sets at Sónar by Day:
Laurent Garnier will provide a retrospective of his career to date, with a special session entitled Laurent plays Garnier, in which he will only play music from his own extensive repertoire of original compositions and remixes (Thursday, June 14); meanwhile, Diplo will deliver a unique format for Sónar by Day entitled Diplo presents, in which he will bring together his favourite emerging African artists –Distruction Boyz (South Africa), Mr EAZI(Nigeria) and Kampire (Uganda)- in a showcase that he will close with a DJ set (Friday, June 15).

This year cutting edge urban music takes on special importance with the inclusion of GoldLink, Yung Lean, Oddisee & Good Compny, Dre Skull, King DoudouPreditahJoe Kay del sello Soulection, andLittle Simz, presenting revitalizing styles and sounds including slow rap, dancehall, activist hip hop, new funk, the latest in British grime and African influenced trap.

Sónar 2018 will premiere new live shows from five of today’s most important national artists: Rosalía, with a new live format, album and sound that will surprise her fans and confirm her star status beyond flamenco; Niño de Elche, presenting an exclusive show for Sónar, together with the most unconventional dancer imaginable, Israel Galván; Refree, will perform his own never before heard experiments with electronica in a unique audiovisual show with director Isaki Lacuesta;Henry Saiz, accompanied by a live band presenting “Human”, the album recorded in different locations around the world; and Oscar Mulero with his live projectMonochrome AV, providing an outlet for his more introspective and experimental side.

Sónar continues its strong commitment to the most underground, extreme and unclassifiable sounds on theSonarXS stage, with new additions including disparate and stimulating artists such as the American artist Chino Amobi (global noise and hardcore); Latin America’s Rosa Pistola (reggaeton and new Latin rhythms); Nathy Peluso (trap and contemporary soul); Russell Haswell(experimentation and noise in a duo with Sue Tompkins); Egypt’s Rozzma (Arabic beats); Madrilenian of Taiwanese heritage Putochinomaricón (new lo-fi trap); and the Spanish revelation MOW –the alias of Gabriela Casero- (dream-pop) who, accompanied by her band, will present songs from her debut album, ‘Wom’.

Sónar together with the world’s leading eletronic music site Resident Advisor presents the SonarLab stage on Saturday night 16 of June. The stage contains some of the most exhilarating live acts in electronic music. Lanark Artefax will bring his dazzling live show, as willErrorsmith, the producer behind the album Superlative Fatigue. Octo Octa, who performed one of last year’s standout RA Sessions, will bring groovy, improvised house before Fatima Al Qadiri premieres her brand new live show for the first time in Europe. Jasss will open SonarLab with a DJ set. Closing the stage are two formidable back-to-back pairings: techno titans Ben Klock and DJ Nobu, sharing the decks for the very first time, and Motor City Drum Ensemble and Jeremy Underground, whose chemistry behind the decks was enshrined in a legendary RA podcast.

Red Bull Music Academy continues in its role as a global talent scout for emerging new artists and will once again return to Sónar by Day. The all-star line-up of Academy friends and alumni adds to the previously announced artists the world premiere of legendary drummer Tony Allen performing with musical polyglotAmp Fiddler. Additional world premieres announced today include a DECISIVE PINK, a project betweenAngel Deradoorian of Dirty Projectors with Kate NV; Teklife titan DJ Earl and producer Nick Hook; and a brand-new project by Larry Gus and Mr. Statik: Territroylive. Claude Speeed and the four-piece ensemble,Emma Jean Thackray’s WALRUS also join the new additions. As in previous years, Red Bull Radio will be broadcasting live on site throughout the festival.

Sónar by Night also fills out its program with live performances and heavyweight sets from the likes ofModeselektor dj set, A-Trak, Benjamin Damage, rising star Charlotte de Witte, and Bonobo with a special dj set designed for dancing into the early hours; and concerts from avant-garde artists at Sónar by Day, including Cornelius and Alva Noto (both presenting new albums); Laurel Halo; Agoria (presenting his first live show) and three high-octane duos: Sinjin Hawke & Zora Jones, Ilpo Väisänen & Schneider TM (under the aliasDie Angel), and the Americans Second Woman.

Tickets for Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night go on sale today, joining all Sónar 2018 tickets already available atwww.sonar.esFull Pass and VIP Pass, 2 Night Ticket and VIP 2 Night Ticket, Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night Tickets and the Sónar+D Delegate Pass.

After recently holding festivals in Buenos Aires andBogotá (in November and December 2017 respectively), Sónar continues its international tour in 2018 in the following cities: Sónar Reykjavík (March 16 and 17),Sónar Hong Kong (March 17) and Sónar Istambul (April 6 and 7).

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