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The heat wave cannot harmonize with the desire to party at Sónar

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Several people dance in the sonar.David Zorrakino (European press)

Perhaps Sónar Día’s most impressive moment today amid a heat wave was when artist LSDXOXO (it’s hard to tell if the Brooklyn rave scene from which he emerged is aware of the name’s disturbing ambiguity) donned a long fur coat ! with which he fell. It was five o’clock in the afternoon in Sonar Hall and a spectator could be heard sighing as sweat fell in great beads to the defibrillating beat of the wild set by the American, who describes the dance floor as a black space, queer and revolutionary but not cool.

LSDXOXO, adopting some poses like an electrified Freddie Mercury, left a DJ on stage playing behind a mask halfway between that of Decathlon and that of the leper king. Given the temperature, it didn’t seem the most appropriate either.

Also in the key of what makes the Heat to me, energetic singer-dancer from Soweto, Kamo Mphela, representative of Amapiano, the South African house, performed in full sun on the village stage and wore hairy breaks, those of the dance floor were worthy of Baqueira! It is true that the rest of the clothing was more concise. His was one of those shows that literally put the audience in a state of boiling, and more so, combined with the more than 40º drumming on the sunny part of the artificial turf. When she and her five dancers began performing Zulu-style dances — nothing so lively since the Johnny Clegg and Savuka shows — it was clear how Chaka managed to conquer his kingdom with the heat it does to expand southern Africa there, and by the way why the British won at Islandlwana. At least that passed for some toasted heads. To increase the heating effect, the screens show flames for a while.

In the early afternoon, you stayed under the sun for a while, reading the information tower listing concerts by room, and soon the letters were blurring and you were shaking. The one who didn’t wear a coat or fur break, and in fact wore practically nothing for a while, who was in the press room after her performance was singer/performer Samantha Hudson.

The heat was fought at Sónar by stripping down to party like her, ice cream (there’s a stand) and liquids. The latter both internally and externally, as it always happened when the most conspicuous dancing spectators threw their beer over the neighbors. Even the brightest were placed in the curtain of chilled air that sprouted at the entrance to the pavilion that houses the sonar hall.

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The victims’ reports in the hottest hours were brief: they had not registered any fainting or heat strokes at the first-aid station; Most incidents were due to people asking for band-aids due to friction and blisters caused by shoes. What is surprising about this Sónar is the clothing of those present, which is characterized by the highest degree of unclassifiability. She dresses staff as she pleases, and that includes breaking all traditional gender norms. Many men—or at least those with beards—wear clothing commonly associated with women, such as skirts (not belonging to the MacLeod clan) or bras. In fact, you can stand next to a person who has all the looks of an All Blacks scrum half, wearing earrings, an eye patch, a bag, a skirt and a corset. Intriguingly, given the phenomenon, some of the festival’s bathrooms that were mixed on day one have now been segregated by gender.

The technological aspect of Sónar seems a bit withered from the happy reunion with the festival this year, or at least it’s further removed from the concerts and dance. There are some surprising experiences, however, not the least of which is the device that takes a picture of you and creates a made-up Wikipedia entry for you based on the profession you entered. You can be the best tiramisu maker in Barcelona or a fencing master, to whom the program ascribes a famous and eventful life.

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