Sonar 2014 Preview: Lykke Li, Royksopp & Robyn and More

Robyn and Royksopp
Brinson + Banks

Royksopp's Berge and Brundtland and Robyn photographed May 8, 2014 at Club De Periodistas in Mexico City. 

Sonar 2014 kicks off today (June 12) in Barcelona, offering attendees an awe-inspiring collection of artist talent and Sonar+D industry and technology panels. CODE takes a look at some of the concert and event highlights that the three-day Spanish festival has to offer this year.

Thursday, June 12

Sonar By Day Highlight: Plastikman (9:50 pm at SonarVillage)

No question about this one. The latest minimal masterpiece by Richie Hawtin’s enigmatic electronica alias ranks as one of the festival’s most highly anticipated events. Plastikman will return to Sonar to emulate the evolving ‘Objekt’ live concept he unveiled in his lauded performance at New York’s Guggenheim last year, which was recorded for the artist’s recent “Ex” live album release.

Sonar+D Highlight: Women Hackers (4:45 pm at Stage+D 1 (P5 Flr. 0))

Cyberfeminism and hacktivism unite in this intriguing panel event presented by G. Hack, an all-female research collective within the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.

Friday, June 13

Sonar By Day Highlight: Jon Hopkins (8:30 pm at SonarHall)

After lending his production talents to the likes of Coldplay and Brian Eno, British producer Jon Hopkins has finally come into his own as a solo artist. His genre-bending live set will be supported by synchronized visuals, joining shows by Simian Mobile Disco and Bonobo among Friday’s can’t miss Sonar By Day concerts.

Sonar By Night Highlight: Röyksopp & Robyn (10:30 pm at SonarClub)

Royksopp & Robyn's 'Again,' Idina Menzel's Remixed 'Go' Crown Dance Charts

Robyn and Röyksopp's 'Accidental Pop' Gem: Inside The Making of 'Do It Again'

The Norwegian duo and Swedish singer will kick off their “Röyksopp & Robyn Do It Again Tour 2014” with a Friday night performance, reprising a fruitful collaboration that has seen the complementary talents team up for mini-album “Do It Again” and share such noteworthy stages as the Hollywood Bowl.

Sonar+D Highlight: The Revolution in South African Music Consumption (4:00 pm at Sala 4 (P5 Flr. 2))

A recent International Music Summit report found that South Africa has emerged as the world’s largest consumer of electronic music. Hosted by Valentino Barrioseta, the co-founder of music nonprofit Bridges for Music, this roundtable will examine this phenomenon through the eyes of featured panelists Spoek Mathambo, Sibot and Jade Adami.

Saturday, June 14

Lykke Li

Sonar by Day Highlight: Audion (6:45 pm at SonarHall)

Matthew Dear’s shape shifting techno alias scored a significant club hit in last year’s “Let’s Go Dancing” collaboration with Montreal’s Tiga, and the ambidextrous artist will likely include no shortage of new material from his forthcoming album in Saturday evening’s live set.

Sonar by Night Highlight: Lykke Li (11:15 pm at SonarPub)

The Swedish crooner and composer will make her Sonar debut riding a fresh wave of momentum following the release of her third studio full length “I Never Learn.” Her Sonar By Night performance promises to be one of the crown jewels in a rich Friday night lineup that also features the likes of Massive Attack and Nile Rodgers’ CHIC.

Sonar +D Highlight: Berkless Music Technology Innovation Showcase (1:00 pm at Stage+D 2 (P5 Flr. 1))

The Berklee College of Music’s two fascinating projects at Saturday’s showcase will include “Orbit Suit,” an innovative wearable wireless controller outfit seeking to free artists from their laptops, and a virtual orchestral conducting system dubbed “Robaton.”