The last day of Sónar

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If Sónar were a film, it would be rated suitable for all audiences. This is what the festival demonstrated yesterday on its last day of advanced music and media art. The main proof was the New Order performance which had an audience of all ages come together. Furthermore, the organization openly declared the total crowd number, a record breaking 98.000+ at Sónar 2012.

The night started with the mythical New Order on the SonarClub stage which was as crowded as the Lana Del Rey performance. After some awesome sound and light effects, the British singer, Bernard Sumner, opened the concert with his characteristic friendliness. “Hello Sónar, for those who don’t know it, we are New Order, Sumner said and the audience laughed and shout out loudly. This was their second performance and they seemed to be a bit exhausted because there was less energy than the opening concert. Nonetheless, the audience danced and jumped with every beat during the 50 minute show and they played their most famous songs Blue Monday, True faith and Bizarre love triangle.

At the same time, The Roots were confirming on the SonarPub stage that their live performance was the best. Questlove, one of the most important drum players around the world, opened the concert while the singer, Black Thought, was introducing the group. No one could resist dancing and The Roots made it easy. They gave us songs such as Next movement, The fire or You got me, proving that their hip hop and flow touch on perfection.

One of the biggest surprises of the night was Die Antwoord who brought the South-African savoir-faire on stage. They knew what to do to make the audience jump and shout out of control. Other important bands of the night were Azari & III who filled the SonarLab up. Reckless (with your love) was the most awaited song and during the performance the group offered little pieces of their most popular song, but they finally sang it before the end.

Finally, at 3 am the electro music began. Deadmau5 had a surprise in the SonarClub, he was on his big cube with squared structures around him. The Light effects were perfectly synchronized with every electro beat and the crowd could not stop dancing. The best word to describe this performance: amazing. Sónar 2012 closed its doors at 6 am and there was only one thing left to say… this was the best Sónar we have ever experienced!

Víctor Cardona

photo: Emanuele D’Angelo – Livincool

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