Rounding off the bill will be one of the most progressive forces in artful, left-field R&B, DAWN and winner of this year’s BBC Sound Poll and British rapper of the moment Octavian. GAS, the ambient and atmospheric techno project from Germany’s Wolfgang Voigt will perform a special opening concert on Thursday 25th April. As one of the techno’s most prolific, influential and revered figures, it’s Voigt’s GAS moniker that’s earned him the greatest plaudits across his career.
No Sónar Reykjavík would be complete without an all-star cast of the most exciting homegrown artists, and this year proves to be no exception. Confirmed for 2019 are Iceland’s current biggest musical export, dream dance pop trio Vök; Biggi Veira, one half of the highly sought after Icelandic electronic acts, GusGus; the number one hip-hop sensation Flóni, along with fellow hip-hop stars Logi Pedro and Huginn.
One half of Kiasmos, Janus Rasmussen, will perform new solo material alongside, the latest protege of Icelandic techno hero Bjarki and bbbbbb labelmate, Kuldaboli, will perform a live set in the carpark; múm's frontman, Örvar Smárason, joins Sónar Reykjavík again with his beautiful solo stuff, and ex-gusgus member, President Bongo, brings his new Quadrantes project with composer Óttar Sæmundsson.
Other artists now added to the bill include noise experimentalist, Kjartan Holm; drum 'n bass outfit, Hausar; party extraordinaire, Hermigervill; nu-dance future star, ROKKY; visual electronica mood master, Good Moon Deer; latest techno sensation, Dynkur; and Danish DIY composer of atmospheric industrial electronica, IDK IDA.
Sόnar Reykjavik will once again be located at the city’s internationally renowned cultural hub Harpa. Just minutes away from the city centre, the striking, acoustically-optimised concert hall hosts the festival across four spaces - the SónarComplex stage, which will present some of today’s most innovative A/V experimentation, the Harpa basement carpark (hosted in partnership with Resident Advisor) and the SonarHall stage (in partnership with Red Bull Music).