LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy and 2manydjs also bring their Despacio soundsystem to the event in Barcelona
Chic and Massive Attack played the headline slots on the final night of this year’s Sónar festival in Barcelona yesterday (June 14).
Massive Attack unveiled a new visual show based on themes explored in last year’s collaboration with film-maker Adam Curtis. Huge LED screens beamed out messages in Spanish to a packed main arena, set in a cavernous concrete hanger. It has been 10 years since the Bristol band last played Sónar.
However, the night belonged to Chic, who played in the main outdoor space. Over the course of 90 minutes Nile Rodgers a host of hits, including a medley of ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘My Forbidden Lover’ and ‘I Want Your Love’, plus versions of ‘Like A Virgin’ by Madonna and ‘Let’s Dance’ by David Bowie – Rodgers played guitar on both. The biggest cheer of the night went to ‘Get Lucky’, his collaboration with Daft Punk, which Rodgers introduced as “the second most important record in my career”. Rodger’s set closed with a stage invasion during ‘Good Times’, complete with Rodgers rapping a section from ‘Rappers Delight’ by The Sugarhill Gang.
Earlier in the day, Los Angeles hip hop producer Dâm Funk brought his Funkmosphere club night to the Red Bull Music Academy stage. He played extended synth guitar solos over tracks including ‘(Not Just) Knee Deep’ by Funkadelic, pausing only to berate the sound man for the lack of volume and make obscene hand gestures during a sex rap cut-up by Snoop Dogg.
Former LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy and 2manydjs David and Stephen Dewaele installed their Despacio sound system in a disused carpark in the Fira Montjuïc centre. It proved to be one of the most popular attractions of the daytime schedule, with people queuing to get in on a one-in-one-out basis. Inside Murphy and the Dewaeles put the enormous audiophile standard rig through its paces with a set that climaxed with the acid house classic ‘Lack Of Love’ by Charles B & Adonis going into 10CC’s 1975 hit ‘I’m Not In Love’.
The daytime bill closed with a sundown set from DJ legend Harvey. His set ended with a mass sing-along of Dan Hartman’s 1979 disco classic ‘Relight My Fire’, as covered by Take That.
The attendance at this year’s Sónar topped 100,000 people.