As many of you know we are just in the thick of things of one of the biggest weeks of the electronic music calendar. This June the 23rd edition of Sonar festival will be taking place, however, we have decided to cast our curious eye on the ever expanding OFF Parties that seem to get bigger and better every year. Starting on Monday the 13th running through till the 20th, there will be an unbelievable series of day and night time parties to feast your mind, body and soul on.
Hosted by all kinds of brands, artists, labels, & promoters it really is the who’s who of the dance music industry, and what better backdrop could you ask for than the beautiful surroundings of Barcelona. Scattered across the scenic city you will be able to find parties, on rooftops, on the beach, round a pool, outside museums and squares in the heart of the city. There is even an extremely picturesque abandoned monastery playing host to several parties across the week. What more could you ask for?
Although this proved very hard to whittle it down to our top ten picks (as there are so many incredible parties on offer), here they are:
Melisma X Pressure Traxx in Collaboration with MEOKO
When?16th June, 00:00-6:30
Who’s Playing? Einzelkind, Giuliano Lomonte, Dani Casarano, Felipe Valenzuela, Phillipe Liard
Yes you did read that correctly. We are teaming up with two of the biggest names of the underground scene, for a showcase of their finest talent. Swiss Based Melisma and the famous Pressure Traxx are both renowned for pushing boundaries, and this night will be no different when we unite to take over the 24 year old Sala Plataforma, a household name of the Barcelona night life.
An exclusive pre-party will be held at a secret private club from 17.00 till 22.00, Limited tickets available at the venue.
Where?Poble Espanyol Picnic Area
When? 16th June, 14:00-01:00
Who’s Playing? Rhadoo, Petre Inspirescu, Raresh, Cezar, Dubtil
A magical journey in the sunshine at one of the most enchanting settings of the city, that sounds great to us. The picnic area creates an atmosphere like no other. Many are familiar with the Arpiar boys, but without fail they supply you with a unique experience only they can provide. Joined by the talented Cezar and Dubtil, this really will be a Romanian masterclass not to be missed. We can not wait for that Arpiar sunset.
Hosted by local heavyweight promoters Loud-Contact and 0300F.
Toi.Toi. Musik. 6 Years Birthday
Where?Input High Fidelity Dance Club
When? 16th June 21:00-06:30
Who’s Playing? SECRET GUEST (UK), Ion Ludwig (Live), Hello?Repeat Soundsystem (Jan Krueger & Daze Maxim), Steve O’Sullivan (Live as Bluetrain), Audio Werner, Losoul, Voigtmann, Lamache, Dafoe
6 magical years have flown by with the Toi.Toi. family, spreading love and happiness wherever they go. And what better way to celebrate their birthday than in the heart of Barcelona, with as always, a careful selection of artists they adore, and that are loved by so many. Over the years we have seen them go from strength to strength, from a night, to a record label, and an agency, and they are not showing any signs of slowing down. Fantastic artists, and run by fantastic people. There is always such a unique atmosphere when Toi.Toi. are in town and we cannot wait to see what they bring to the table for their birthday bash.
Where?Poble Espanyol Picnic Area
When? 17th June, 14:00-01:00
Who’s Playing? Zip, Markus Nikolai (Live), Maayan Nidam, Fumiya Tanaka, Sammy Dee.
Usually tucked away in the dark depths of Panorama Bar, we had to include this day party, as it is a rare occasion to see the Perlon crew surrounded by mother nature, in such a fantastic location. Founders Zip & Nikolai will head proceedings, and are joined by some label regulars, so you can guarantee they will give you a day for the history books. As the day turns in to night, the magic will really start to happen.
IR Presents People like Us
Who’s Playing? Kink (Live), Guti (Live), Schwarzman (Henrik Schwarz + Ame, Live), Premiesku (Live), Job Jose, Moreon + Baffa.
Remember that picturesque abandoned monastery we were talking about, well this is it. What better way to celebrate having such a lovely backdrop and panoramic views of the city than having 5+ hours of live music. You can’t argue with that. Germany based, People Like Us and local promoters IR BCN have teamed up to take over this dynamic space, bringing something very special to the table. Expect to be moved.
Lola Ed Vs Half Baked
Where?Fact Music Pool
When? 18th June, 13:00-23:00
Lola Ed Vs Half Baked: Apollonia (3 Hours), Premiesku, Le Loup, Molly, Julietta, John Dimas, Greg Brockmann.
Checkpoint Stage: Nicolas Lutz, SIT (Live), S.A.M, Baraso, Rainer, Rick Maia, Sampol, Sonodab.
The Fact Music Pool Series has become a firm fixture during OFF week, and a favourite to many. A fantastic spread of parties during the course, however, this hands down caught our eye the most. First of all the Lola Ed crew & Half Baked teamed up to curate a day of pure grooves, spearheaded by the French maestros Apollonia. Stage 2 is hosted by local club Checkpoint, offering a feast of sounds. We are especially looking forward to SIT (Cristi Cons & Vlad Caia) delivering their poolside live set, definitely a journey not to be missed.
IR Presents: FRRC By Ricardo Villalobos
When? 18th June, 16:00-01:00
Who’s Playing: Ricardo Villalobos (Exclusive Show), Cobblestone Jazz (Live), Sonja Moonear, DeWalta & Shannon (Live), Craig Richards, Mirus.
The largest out of all of the venues over the week, holding around 5000 people, Placa Mayor plays host to a very special event, headlined by an exclusive set from Ricardo Villalobos. Whilst taking in the culture & architecture in the heart of the city you will experience a live performance of DeWalta & Shannons latest LP on Indigo Raw that we covered last month, and they are joined by famous trio Cobblestone Jazz. Huge favourite of ours Sonja Moonear will also be taking the reins in what is set to be a beautiful Saturday in the city.
Elrow Off Week Special
When? 19th June, 09:00-22:00
Elrow seems to be appearing more and more frequently, spreading further afield than its Barcelona home at an extremely fast rate. We had to include this in our top ten because where else can you get a better Elrow experience than its original birth place. A day time fiesta beginning early in the day rolling through till late at night at Row14. A fun filled party full of fancy dress, confetti, and inflatables, providing an exciting atmosphere like no other.
Where?ZT Hotel Villa Olympica
When? 19th June, 14:00-23:00
Who’s Playing? DeWalta, Valentino Kanzyani, Barac, Gianni Callipari, Sandro Kuhne.
If inflatable flamingos, and ice blasts of confetti are really not your thing, Switzerland based Sunday Breakfast have crafted a great day of music for you. Wizards Valentino Kanzyani, and Barac are joined by the groove master DeWalta for a perfect balance to your Sunday soundtrack. Oh, did we mention it’s a rooftop party, fantastic.
Where?INPUT High Fidelity Dance Club
When? 19th June, 23:00-06:00
Who’s Playing? Livio & Roby, Molly, Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NXT, Rossko, Archie Hamilton, Dan Farserelli
Far, far away from the grey skies of London, the Fuse boys have decided to spread their wings to one of the latest reformed clubs in Barcelona, INPUT. It’s always nice to catch their unbelievable sound outside of the hustle and bustle of the city they call home. Joined by the usual suspects Moscow Records owner Archie Hamilton and regular face Dan Farserelli, we are especially looking forward to seeing what Rex Club resident Molly has on offer.
So there you have it, our top picks of OFF week 2016. See you all in Barcelona, for what is shaping up to be an amazing week.