On Saturday, Alvia Islandia was the first pleasant surprise of the night. The trap star has a really strong presence on stage and knows how to display the bad bitch attitude the audience expects from her. Combining visuals with a very Japanese kawaii style while rocking an all-braided pink hair combined with a combo pattern top, the mix looked and sounded strangely good to a very passionate audience, that sang all the lyrics for songs such as Bubblegum bitch and Pornstar. The other great surprise were sxsxsx, another Icelandic trap formation; but, in this case, they played a much more electronic style with no lyrics. The visuals depicted classical artworks such as Venus de Milo and The Winged Victory of Samothrace in acid-like loops, and the dark music wrapped us in a moment we didn’t want to end.
De La Soul’s performance was another one to be excited about. They came in full of energy, and their stamina was never-ending. At one point, they made both the audience and the journalists turn their cameras off in order to make them live the experience at its full; and, oh, they did! The good vibes became contagious, and there was no one left standing still or moving slow: the best part of the night had already begun. After them, it was Fatboy Slim’s turn to make people dance till the end, which he of course made. The already legendary DJ played a set full of EDM, although he introduced some bits and pieces of songs he fancies, like Etta James’ Something’s Got A Hold On Me. Visuals included red lips singing and smoking, some faces changing their appearance, and the mantra Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat. It was a really fun, enjoyable experience in which everyone danced until the end. But there was still one hour left, in which Icelandic DJ duo Plútó played for a crowd that wanted it to continue till sunrise. Their set was explosive and perfect for a festival closing, becoming the third great surprise of the night.
When the music ended, a spectacular firework show took place outside Harpa, the building that had been delighting us with moving lights on its façade for three days. In conclusion, the experience of Sónar Reykjavik was magic, fun, unique and full of local talent to keep an eye on.