After last year’s Electric Zoo festival was overshadowed by drug overdoses, which led organizers to cancel the final day of the Randall’s Island electronic-music event, music festivals are amping up drug-screening procedures this summer.
On Saturday (June 14), Sonar’s 2014 edition finished strong with another exceptional assortment of diverse talents, including a signature performance by Massive Attack, Lykke Li’s emotional stage show and energetic DJ sets by Brodinski and Boys Noize.
Sonar’s second day on June 13 boasted a staggering array of talent at both its By Day and By Night editions, including Röyksopp & Robyn’s electro-pop tour de force, a career performance by Jon Hopkins and stellar showings from German supergroup Moderat and French artist Gesaffelstein. Here are 15 highlights.
On Thursday (June 12), Sonar kicked off the first of its three full days of special artist showcases and cutting edge music technology events with Nils Frahm, Machinedrum, Trentemøller’s and a spellbinding festival-closing live performance from Plastikman.