Our lowdown on the best parties taking place in Barcelona over the next five days.
The festival proper might not kick off until the Thursday, but that's no reason not to get stuck in early. Move D and Prosumer headline Radar '13, a collaboration between Electric Minds and Mono Cult at BeCool. Meanwhile, KiNK and Jay Shepheard join Catz 'N Dogz for a Pets Recordings rooftop party at Hotel Silken Rambla, while Josh Wink and Technasia spin at an Ovum showcase at Boulevard Culture Club.
The sheer volume of events from Thursday onwards can be overwhelming, but a trip to the Hotel Silken Diagonal for RA by day featuring Bicep, Scuba and a secret guest is a good a place to start. Joy Orbison will join the Hessle Audio boys for a UK-centric party at Be Cool, while Mobilee host the first of four Fact Music Pool events, with Anja Schneider and Sebo K the main attractions. If techno is what you're after, then you can choose between Moritz von Oswald and Octave One at the Tresor showcase at Almogavers 86 or Juan Atkins and Nathan Fake for R&S's 30th anniversary at Parc Del Forum.
For those without a ticket to see Kraftwerk at Sónar, the Return party with Ricardo Villalobos, Zip and Thomas Melchior at Up and Down should offer some consolation. Elsewhere, the Innervisions crew take over El Monasterio in El Poble Espanyol, Carl Craig and Davide Squillace team up for a Planet E meets This and That event at Esferic BCN, Ben Klock and DVS1 head up a Klockworks party at Almogavers 86 and Michael Mayer and Matias Aguayo join forces for Kompakt Loves Cómeme at Nitsa, where Aguayo will debut his new live show.
The apex of the week arrives with a flurry of unmissable parties. At El Poble Espanyol, DJ Koze and Matthew Dear turn out for Pampa at El Monasterio, while Dixon joins Jamie Jones and Loco Dice in the main square. At Parc Del Forum The Monkey Bar, 33/45 and Proyectual welcome Andrés, Steffi and Fred P, with Kerri Chandler and The Martinez Brothers turning out for renowned party planners Circo Loco at Cúpula Las Arenas. It's also the return of RA VS at Be Cool, where Donato Dozzy and Prins Thomas will play an exclusive back-to-back set.
However bleary-eyed you may be come Sunday, there's no excuse not get yourself down to secretsundaze for their annual shindig at La Terrrazza. Chez Damier, Anthony Naples and Amir Alexander headline. Over at Jardins de Joan Brossa, dOP, Nôze and Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts will all perform as part of a Circus Company live showcase at Piknic Electronik, while David James AKA Trus'me invites Space Dimension Controller and Trevino for a 16-hour party at Parc Del Forum. The all-Canadian team of Mathew Jonson, The Mole and Hrdvision will then wrap up the Indigo Raw series at El Poble Espanyol with performances at IR Club BCN (formerly The One).
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Jun 12 Radar '13: Electric Minds & Mono Cult Party, BeCool Jun 12 Underline and Elite Music Management present Ovum Reco.. Jun 12 Pets Recordings Rooftop, Hotel Silken Rambla Jun 13 Save The Day 5th Edition - R&S 30th Anniversary x One.. Jun 13 Mobilee Pool Session, Fact Music Pool Series Jun 13 Hessle Audio - Barcelona, BeCool Jun 13 Tresor Berlin Showcase - Moritz Von Oswald, Octave One.. Jun 13 RA by day, Hotel Diagonal Barcelona Jun 13 Sonar by day - Thursday, Fira Barcelona Jun 14 Sonar by night - Friday, Fira Gran Via Jun 14 Crew Love presents Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Parc Del Fo.. Jun 14 Return, Up and Down Jun 14 Lost In A Moment, El Monasterio of El Poble Espanyol Jun 14 Planet E meets This and That, Esferic Bcn Jun 14 Klockworks Showcase: Ben Klock & Dvs1 with Visuals by.. Jun 14 Versus // Kompakt Loves Cómeme, Nitsa Jun 14 Sonar by day - Friday, Fira Barcelona Jun 15 Sonar by night - Saturday, Fira Gran Via Jun 15 RA VS - Donato Dozzy & Prins Thomas, BeCool Jun 15 IR presents: Open Air Barcelona with Loco Dice & Jamie.. Jun 15 Circoloco, Cúpula Las Arenas Jun 15 The Monkey Bar, 33/45 & Proyectual present, Parc Del F.. Jun 15 IR presents: Pampa Records, El Monasterio of El Poble.. Jun 15 Sonar by day - Saturday, Fira Barcelona Jun 16 Secretsundaze with Chez Damier, Delano Smith, Amir Ale.. Jun 16 1redlight 8am Sunrise Party, Parc Del Forum Jun 16 IR presents: Indigo Raw Night with Mathew Jonson vs De.. Jun 16 Sonar by night - Sunday, CCCB