Foregoing the more obvious and cheesy 'superstar DJ' names (Tiesto I'm looking at you), Sonar prefers to showcase more artistic, experimental and underground sounds. This year's line-up includes electro-pop band Goldfrapp, French electro producers Justice, elektroklash pioneer Miss Kitten, all-but forgotten 80s synth pop band Yazoo, less-forgotten 80s ska-pop band Madness, ex-Moloko electronica/dance diva Roisin Murphy, minimal techno don Richie Hawtin and even highly old-school house pioneer Frankie Knuckles. Disapointingly, electro-influenced female UK rapper MIA cancelled her entire European tour and so couldn't make her headlining Sonar gig.
Apart from the more famous names, Sonar also showcases some of the world's best underground talent, and while the night time line-up is generally reserved for the big players, Sonar by day allows festival goers an opportunity to expose themselves to a long list of lesser known players in the global electronic music scene. For a couple of innocent Joburgers like Chris and Daniel, Sonar is an overwhelming experience. Check out a taste of the festivities below.
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Daniel Friedman is an arts and entertainment writer who has contributed to many of South Africa's leading publications, including FHM, The Mail & Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Business Day Weekender, SL Magazine and JHBLive.com. He has spoken to and written about a diverse array of artists including Ben Harper, Hot Chip, Maximo Park, Hard Fi, Mr Scruff, Simian Mobile Disco, Marc Ronson, K-Os and The Stereophonics. He has also written features on a wide range of topics, including pieces on politics, travel, humour and sex.
Chris Saunders is an acclaimed South African photographer who has done assignments on subjects as prestigious as Nelson Mandela, Lucas Radebe and Hugh Masekela. His work has been included in a long list of publications including FHM, SL Magazine, Design Indaba, Business Day Wanted Magazine magazine, Shots Magazine (UK), Glamour and True Love Babe. His body of work is expanding rapidly - his main aim being to communicate details often overlooked by others through his work.