This small-format festival is celebrating its fourth edition at CCCB by showcasing up-and-coming artists who are opening up new directions in avant-garde music
The Lapsus Festival has sometimes been described as the Sónar Festival’s younger relation. It began at CCCB, just when the Sónar was transferred to the Fira de Barcelona complex in search of larger, more flexible spaces, with the idea of showcasing cutting edge talent on the electronic music scene. That means that CCCB is still a platform for innovative music and that the Barcelona public still has the chance to discover artists and sounds that larger festivals, like Primavera Sound, Mira and Sónar, are unable to include in their programmes.
Nowadays, Lapsus has carved out a place for its particular format as a day-long festival held in the intimate setting of the CCCB Theatre, without the pressure of needing well-known headliners in order to hang a sign saying “sold out”. All of that means that the festival is free to invite artists who are breaking new ground in contemporary electronic music: dub, lo-fi, acid, braindance, ambient synth, analogue technology, IDM, vaporwave... It’s a gourmet platter of sounds that may appeal mainly to minority tastes buy with a guaranteed level of quality: Russian DJ Machine Woman, synth wizard Steve Hauschildt, poetic explorations by SKY H1, local artists Airaboi and Clip, and MNLTH, the master of twisted rhythms.
Lapsus is a window on the future that only opens once a year. Tickets are now on sale at this link.
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