Sónar Barcelona 2016 is arguably electronic music’s most important event of the year, but its Off Week Series, with smaller events in underground venues, is a major part of what makes it so special. One of those events, who together play an instrumental part in attracting countless tourists and lovers of dance music to Barcelona, is A Week Called Techno, which takes place this June on the week of 14 to 19 at downtown club Bloc.
Bloc Barcelona is a nightclub that features two dance floors and one secret room. Yes, a secret room – that makes us very curious and now we really need to find out what’s behind that door. If you go there (and you definitely should), please leave us a comment below and for the love of all that is sacred TELL US WHAT’S IN THE SECRET ROOM!
Alright, we went a bit off the rails there. Back to what matters – the owners of Bloc are strong believers in strong advanced music, in pioneering artists who carefully select and craft sounds before they ever get in touch with your ears. With that belief strongly in mind, they assembled a fantastic lineup for you to dance-your-socks-off to for an entire week.
Tuesday, June 14 – To start things up with a blast, Slovenian promoters 1605 promise to cure all your ills with dance. Featuring Umek, Pig & Dan, Raul Mezcolanza and Rafa Barrios.
Wednesday, June 15 – Berlin-based record label Suol takes the reigns on this second night, which will feature Fritz Kalkbrenner, Chopstick & Johnjon and other artists dedicated to creating “deep, grounded and organic music” with “great emotion and sophistication”.
Thursday, June 16 – Renowned Dutch label Electric Deluxe didn’t want to miss out on all the buzz surrounding Barcelona during Off Week 2016. They bring you Speedy J, Oscar Mulero, Gary Beck, Dax J, AnD, Clouds and Reeko.
Friday, June 17 – Collective creative Creaductions is looking to make a lasting impression on Friday, when the likes of Cleric, Ian Pooley, Jeron Search, Len Faki and Roman Poncet take over the turntables.
Saturday, June 18 – Berliners BPitch Records want to make you Boogie in the Dark. We say that’s a good thing, so go and follow the hypnotic commands of Ellen Allien, Blawan, Joel Mull, Kim Ann Foxman, Kiki, Garry Todd, DJ Red – if you’re into having fun, that is.
Sunday, June 19 – It’s Detroit vs. Perugia when Planet E and Memento Club battle it out on the dance floors of Bloc Barcelona to end A Week Called Techno with a big bang. The birthplace of techno mixes it up with the best of European digitalia in what’s sure to be a night to remember.
Tickets – Entrances cost 10€, except for Sunday when they will be free. You can buy them online easily.
How to get there – Bloc Barcelona is located at Ronda de Sant Pere 19-21. You can get there easily using public transportation. Here’s a quick guide:
Metro BCN – L1, L3 and L4 . Exit at the Urquinaona or Plaza Catalunya stops.
Train – Exit at Plaza Catalunya or Arc de Triomf.
That’s pretty much it. Call your friends, get your dancing shoes on and go have fun!