Sonar Barcelona 2012 Announces New Additions

Flying Lotus (with 2 shows), Simian Mobile Disco, Mostly Robot, Trust and Nina Kraviz, among over 30 new artists added to Sonar 2012

Sónar 2012 adds today more than 30 new artists to its line-up, including USA’s Flying Lotus (who will be giving us 2 shows), Britain’s Simian Mobile Disco (presenting a new album), the dark synthpop duo from Canada Trust, and the Russian techno dj and producer Nina Kraviz.

Among the new additions are the world premiere of Mostly Robot at Sónar by Day, conceived by Native Instruments. Mostly Robot is a band featuring Jamie Lidell, Tim Exile, Jeremy Ellis, DJ Shiftee and Mister Jimmy all playing a live “technological jam” together with audio visual collective Pfadfinderei.

The festival presents the complete schedule for the SonarDôme stage, curated by Red Bull Music Academy; the BBC Radio 1 showcase, headed by Annie Mac and Simian Mobile Disco; and adds up to 17 new names to the long list of Spanish artists featured at this year’s event.


Check the Sónar 2012 line-up as it stands today click here

New Order, one of the most influential British bands in the history of music, will be headlining Sónar by Night on Saturday 16 June.  New Order is undoubtedly one of the key names in the history of music and one of the most influential bands of recent decades. The Manchester outfit pioneered the use and assimilation of the language of electronic dance music in a pop context after the end of Joy Division, and succeeded in creating a style all their own. Innovative and highly respected by the critics, as well as being massively successful, New Order have been responsible for an extensive catalogue of hits as timeless as “Blue Monday”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “True Faith”, “The Perfect Kiss,” “Regret” and “Fine Time,” among many others.


South Africa’s Die Antwoord has been also added to Sonar 2012, returning to the festival after their triumphant concert last year to present the excellent new “Ten$ion”. Other additions include the wisdom of James Murphy (LCD Soundsystem) on the decks on Friday the 15th at Sonar by Night; danceable electronica with a pop sensitivity from Britain’s Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs; The 2 Bears, the new house project by Joe Goddard (Hot Chip) and Raf Lundell; the highly respected dj Untold, a mainstay of British bass music; the session by Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute and a living legend of new wave; the up and coming Barcelona kraut-pop duo Pegasvs; and the colourful show of mirrors by the American beatmaker Daedelus.


Besides those mentioned above, the festival will also feature Cornelius presenting the band salyu x salyu, the Brazilian experimentalist Ricardo Donoso, the Canadian remixers Keys N Krates, unusual musical-scientific ideas from Japan’s Masaki Batoh, the mysterious 5-piece band performing under the Mostly Robot monicker (in a show conceived by Native Instruments), and some of the most interesting outfits currently working in Spain, such as Lenticular Clouds, Lolo & Sosaku, D.Forma and Esperit!, among many others.