The Chemical Brothers to Bring New Music, Live Show to Sónar 2015

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The Chemical Brothers, Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons, Brighton, 8th May 2007.

First artists for Barcelona electronic festival announced; 7 international editions planned within next year.

The Chemical Brothers are promising “an intense ride” at Barcelona’s Sónar 2015.

“We hope to amaze ourselves,” the duo's Tom Rowlands said in an announcement listing the first artists for next year's edition of the iconic festival, now in its 22nd year.

“We hope for finding a new way to make you feel,” Rowlands said, referring to the album he and longtime collaborator Ed Simons are preparing for release in 2015 -- and from which they are expected to debut new music at Sónar. 

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Autechre, Lee Gamble, Evian Christ, Kiasmos, Kindness, Kate Tempest, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Tourist, Daniel Avery, Ten Walls, Sophie, PXXR VNG, Holly Herndon, Vessel, Nino, Mans O and Helena Hauff are also confirmed for Sonar 2015’s characteristically eclectic electronic-based lineup. The festival takes place June 18-20 and will feature over 150 performances.

“Sónar 2015 will present core trends from the history of dance music and experimental electronica in their classical guises but, above all, in their interpretations and contemporary explorations,” Sonar organizers said after the first artists were announced on Monday (Dec. 1), via a video featuring sets of twins and ventriloquist dummies.

Sónar will also include the third annual Sónar +D, a “congress of digital culture and creative technologies.” Topics are to include presentations about the "Internet of Things", the new generation of wearable technology, and the emergence of "makers" in the field of education.

The Barcelona-based festival has been ambitiously expanding the Sónar franchise. Upcoming events are set for Johannesburg (Dec. 12), Cape Town (Dec. 15-16), Reykjavik (Feb. 12-14), Stockholm (Feb. 13-14), and Copenhagen (March 13-14). Sónar also hits South America with editions in Santiago, Chile and Bogota, Colombia in Dec. 2015.


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