Screw Miami. This year I'm saving my money (and brain cells) and crossing the Atlantic for Barcelona's Sonar Festival, which will be celebrating its eleventh installment this summer.
Perhaps it's unfair to compare the two. The former is a bunch of haphazardly put together parties, the other is a set of carefully curated electronic music and multimedia showcases which, in 2007, hosted everyone from Justice to Devo, along with master classes from the Red Bull Music Academy and an unlikely appearance by the Beastie Boys.
The artist and showcase lineup has yet to be announced, but Sonar officially unveiled the dates for the 2008 edition this morning. Festivities go down June 19, 20, and 21. Stay tuned for a more detailed preview of the different programs.
Photo of Digitalism (playing at Sonar 2007) by Advanced Music S.L.