Given the massive line-up, Sónar Reykjavík 2019 would have been just as great a treat as it has for the past six years. My condolences to all party people, dancers, musicians and, not least, the Sónar production crew—who I bet are just-about ready to move on, dig in and make next year’s edition a blast. Never fear, dismayed party people, as a much-needed coping-mechanism, here are three events to seek out in lieu of Sónar in the next couple of weeks.
April 13th: Plútó DJ crew at Bravó
Local DJ crew Plútó’s events have slowly but surely become mainstays in Reykjavík’s party scene. The group has performed their refined and bassy b2b2b2b2b2b sets in most popular bars and clubs in the city, and, on April 13th, their course is set for Bravó on Laugavegur 22. In a statement, the collective said this will be their first party there and that adjustments are being made to Bravó’s sound system.
April 24th: DJ Dominatricks at Kaffibarinn
DJ Dominatricks are a breath of fresh air in the local dance-music scene, and have made their mark with their unique take on live performance with their bass-heavy and pumped music selection and ever-evolving, delightfully frightful live-visuals. Their next set is at Kaffibarinn on April 24th, which also happens to be the eve of the first Day of Summer —a national holiday in Iceland. As a result, Kaffibarinn will have extended opening-hours, and you can sleep-in care-free.
April 27th: Bjarki at Bíó Paradís
A week after Sónar Reykjavík was cancelled, Bjarki announced he would be performing at local arthouse cinema Bíó Paradís on April 27th. Bjarki just released his deeply personal album ‘Happy Earthday’—Earth Day happens to be on April 22nd—and has a terrific track-record of audio-visual events like the parties held in collaboration with трип/Trip records around the Icelandic countryside. He closed last year’s Sónar Festival with a bang (and lots of cucumbers).
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