It’s on! The entire European electronic music community is in Barcelona. While the festival itself has reached tipping point according to some, forsaking its cutting-edge reputation for a bigger capacity and acts with a broader appeal, the independent Off Sonar movement is going from strength to strength, attracting more international labels and artists each year. The sheer number of events springing up around the city would leave anyone bewildered, so we have taken it upon ourselves to separate the wheat from the chaff and come up with a shortlist of the parties you don’t want to miss.

The best thing about the off-sonar experience is the chance to pick the kind of vibe you want. Outdoor daytime sets allow for broader, more unpredictable selections than you usually hear in a club. Combine this with extraordinary venues, cloudless blue skies and an engaged, appreciative crowd and you’ll undertand why Off Sonar has been in the ascent over the last few years. As day turns to night, however, things take the obvious turn. The nighttime parties we have selected are all guaranteed to be full-throttle, shirt-swinging, sweaty belters.
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Wednesday – 11.6.14

Day: Maeve Rave at El Monasterio: The unmissable Tale of Us and Mano le Tough.
Night: Electric_minds with moveD and Bicep at the top of a massive bill. Night of the week!


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Thursday – 12.6.14

Day: Sonar by Day starts in Fira de Monjuic today but you should be heading right on up the hill for the RA presents daytime party at el Monasterio. Expect straight-up feel-good house with the likes of MCDE and Barcelona’s favourite son John Talabot at the top of a long list of big names.

Night: Thursday night is the annual Numbers Party at Apolo featuring Jackmaster, Space Dimension Controller, Hudson Mohawke, and more. A full-on, shirt-swinging sweat party. NEWS JUST IN: DIXON TO THROW DOWN WITH THE NUMBERS CREW!

Hessle Audio return to Be Cool with Ben UFO, Pangaea and Pearson Sound playing the muscular, percussive house that the label is known for.


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Friday – 13.06.14

Day: Dixon, Ame and Henrik Schwarz are back to El Monasterio, this will be their third year running up there. Dixon and Ame are two of the most universally respected DJs out there, and Schwarz’s legendary live show is a perfect fit with the spectacular surroundings.

Night: Barcelona-based promoters Loud, who have been making killer bookings at Macarena all year present Sven Vath and a Special Guest at the One Club on Friday night. A night of Detroit sounds with special guest appearances from two French House superstars Pepe Bradock and Jeff K.

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Saturday – 14.6.14

Day: Pampa Records Showcase at El Monasterio. DJ Koze and his crew always make for an interesting party!


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Sunday – 15.6.14

Day: 8am breakfast special with Prins Thomas and Space Dimension Controller at Parc del Fòrum. Cosmic disco sounds to soothe your frayed edges.

[divider] [space height=”20″] All tickets available via Resident Advisor.