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Sonar Day 1

Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 23:18 UK time, Thursday, 15 June 2006

Touchdown in Barcelona, Catalunya after an incredibly early flight and head on over to Las Ramblas, the bustling street where street entertainers, breakdancers, tourists and vendors hang out. Sonar is just off the street, and this is its 13th year. Me, Louise the producer and Paul from the One World show, who's Djd at the festival in the past, cue up for about an hour to get our passes for the weekend, before realising we're in the wrong cue....

Beatmaster G from Spain is ontsage, doing his beatboxing thing in the glorious heat, and gets a good reaction. The cue for Sweden's The Knife is crazy, with both entrances to the Escenario Hall heaving. I heard a bit of them through the walls though, their cold, rhythmic, strange beats sounding ace...

The Sonar Complex, a big tent with a long bar next to it, played host to Marina Yanagisawa and Kanta Horio from Japan, each making long, droney music that freaked us all out a bit, while Tunng brought the extended folkey good vibes to the festival with songs about woodcats and hens and swings...

Sonar is ace... and we ain't seen nothing yet!

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