When I was at a very impressionable age my downward spiral away from god and into the arms of hedonism was mostly due to the devil’s music. It was a bunch of nancy-boys wearing too much make-up looking like girls, bouffant hair, tight black PVC and leather dresses and bondage gear making punk look like last year’s glamour and they sang I just can’t get enough and it was as gay as Sylvester and Divine. then the smack got too much and even later, with tattoos down to both wrists and a blacker menace, they sang I feel loved. Depeche Mode. Worth spreading your legs for.
Sonar 2005 is pretty soon, and besides some wicked stuff from Japan, a sort of documenta of the current electronic music scene from the country that brought you the wigged out Yellow Magic Orchestra and Merzbow, Depeche Mode‘s Martin Gore is turning up to make some fuckin noize.
The festival, which this year is centring its attention around the most important creative focal points of music production from the Czech Republic, will be showcasing more than 130 live acts spread out over 57 stages until this nineteenth edition closes on August 29th.
The Kampnagel, the emblem of the city of Hamburg’s thriving cultural life, will once again be hosting the SonarSound night on its three regular stages -Main Hall (K6), Lobby and Klub-, presenting a varied programme featuring DJ sets by Raf Rundell, Matthew Herbert as well as live acts by Max de Wardener, Mara Carlyle, Mugison, Jamie Lidell, Dani Siciliano and The Plastic People of the Universe. Many of these recently made an appearance at Sónar 2004 in Barcelona and went down extremely well with audiences.
SonarSound is a glossary of emerging trends and of the timeless hits of the electronic universe. An event that has travelled to London, Lisbon, Neuchatel, Hamburg and Tokyo it will shortly also be landing in Sao Paulo- and which reflects the decentralised state of electronic music.