Festival Line-Up 2020
16th to 20th of August - Pag Island, Croatia
First Line-Up Release
From A to Z:
The Italian duo known as 999999999 has recently stolen the spotlight in the techno scene. Receiving much praise for their fast and powerful sets, these two are constantly surrounded by hardware with which they create a squelching acid sound which is reminiscent of the earliest days of old school raves. Spontaneous yet closely calculated techno - get ready for 999999999’s Sonus debut!
Both living in Zurich, each regularly performing as DJ's, and both named Adrian S. - perhaps it was destiny that Adrian Shala and Adrian Schweizer would meet in 2008 and form a near instant friendship. The two men carved out a career as one of the most consistently delivering DJ/producer duos in the house and techno scene: Adriatique.
Adriatique’s DJ performances are long, meditative, relentlessly building affairs, ever challenging the listener with subtle twists interrupting their hypnotic groove. What better place to enjoy their unique sound than at the dreamy setting of Sonus Festival on the shores of Pag Island?
The two Germans Kristian Beyer & Frank Wiedemann are well known as Âme. Kristian will be joining us for a DJ set at Sonus this year! Get ready to enjoy Detroit-influenced deep house combined with soul influences from legends like Stevie Wonder. What does that sound like you might ask? It sounds like Âme.
Amelie LensView Artist
Techno phenomenon Amelie Lens is back to unleash her all-enveloping sound with the skill and sheer emotional engagement of someone who lives and breathes techno. Last year saw Amelie manifesting her stellar career, with a massive tour schedule and some successful releases on her own label LENSKE. This year, she’s bringing her fierce, acid-leaning techno back to Pag Island. In the unlikely event you haven’t already experienced one of her sets, make sure she’s at the top of your to-see list for Sonus 2020!
The party-proven duo andhim are making their way to Zrce Beach with their “Super House” in tow! Their self-defined genre has a unique groove which soothes the dance floor with a nostalgic feeling filled with uplifting memories. Get ready for these two to transform one of our open air clubs into an extended sphere of music, providing the perfect laid-back house feeling in the Croatian heat.
Andrea OlivaView Artist
Andrea Oliva’s current status as an established international headline act is the result of an entirely organic journey. With his status in his home country growing, Andrea teamed up with local club kid and friend Agi Isaku, and the duo were soon throwing sold out ‘Banditz’ parties across Switzerland. This home-based collaboration continues through to this day with Andrea playing regular sets at his beloved Nordstern. Needless to say, Andrea ́s dedication to the underground scene has garnered him widespread support and his music is appreciated by a range of dance music luminaries. We’re excited to welcome him back once again at Sonus Festival 2020!
Growing up in Brazil and discovering her passion for techno in São Paulo’s electronic music scene, ANNA’s sets in her home country are part of local clubbing folklore. Having risen to international fame, in 2020 she is known for her highly successful original productions, bringing a Brazilian whirlwind of grooves to each of her energetic performances. ANNA is coming to Sonus to show why she is now at the forefront of dance music.
Ben KlockView Artist
Berghain resident since 2005, "Klockwork" label owner and an ever-present symbol of Berlin’s vast musical landscape: Ben Klock has established himself at the forefront of the international techno scene. To this day those who witness him perform not only praise the diversity in his track selection, but also his ability to create a room rather than just play to it. Though intense and powerful, his DJ output reflects a certain kind of fervour, capturing an artistry and emotion that can often appear absent from the Techno genre. We are very much looking forward to having Ben Klock back at Sonus!
Boris BrejchaView Artist
Germany's electronic music powerhouse Boris Brejcha is bringing back his High Tech Minimal to Zrce Beach. Over the last few years, his pure, unadulterated groove has swept through clubs and festivals across the world, picking up armies of fans along the way. Boris will once again be part of our week-long spectacular in the beautiful surroundings on Pag Island – do not miss out on this one and let your ears feast on a spectacle of dark and heavy beats.
Charlotte de WitteView Artist
Charlotte de Witte
If there’s one DJ who has taken the world by storm, it’s Charlotte de Witte. Despite being considered relatively fresh on the scene, the Belgian DJ and producer has been scorching through a myriad of uncompromising techno sets all around the globe. Championing her own style of relentless and headstrong techno with an uncanny composure and expertise, few DJs belong to the group that can work on that level - from the biggest stages to the sweatiest basement raves. We are more than excited for her return to Sonus!
Chris LiebingView Artist
No doubt – Chris Liebing is one of the reasons why heavy techno is as successful as it is today. Chris always stood and still stands for solid Techno on the deeper side of the musical spectrum while his DJ sets continue at full tilt - sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream. His sets move the crowd through tension and release, telling a captivating story through his track selection and the contrasts between the sounds. A long-time friend and musical companion, we’re excited to once again dance to Chris Liebing’s eclectic and atmospheric compositions underneath the stars at Sonus Festival.
Dax JView Artist
Dax J runs his own studio in Berlin as a prolific producer and successful record label boss – all the while remained purposefully rooted in the underground. A quintessential DJ in every sense of the word, through the years he has carved out and established his own unique sound. With his two albums, Dax J finally settled his trademark sound, firmly placing him at the forefront of a global DJ scene with his own individual style of raw and uncompromising Techno. With a constant supply of music set to be released and a tour schedule fully booked up a year in advance around the globe, we are excited to welcome Dax J back to Croatia!
Innervisions label boss Dixon will be making his way back to Sonus in 2020. Stylistic versatility and technical skills support his colorful and emotional track selection - Dixon has spent countless nights honing ways to direct a loyal crowd on the dance floor at will. Get ready for him to use his experience to leave a lasting impression on the Sonus crowd!
Enrico SangiulianoView Artist
Starting out as a sound engineer and honing his skills in the Italian underground rave scene, Enrico shows no signs of stopping his continuous string of smash hits, and sharing his passion for everything music. His "Moon Rocks EP" on Drumcode was Enrico's standout release and could be heard at Sonus Festival multiple times. Enrico’s deep, hypnotic and rhythmic techno productions are loved by fans and luminaries of the scene alike. We can't wait for the man himself to make his return to Sonus in 2020!
Part-time surfer, full-time DJ - Paul Fisher has made giant waves over the last two years with his groove-drenched tracks. His punchy, good-mood music has earned him a Grammy nomination in the past, and regularly drives crowds wild in clubs around the world. Whether you’re a tech-house aficionado or not, you would not want to miss when Fisher makes a splash at his Sonus Festival debut.
Giorgia AngiuliLiveView Artist
Giorgia Angiuli is a classically trained musician, composter, and multi-instrumentalist, and this shows in her live performances. She moves between house, techno, and pop using analogue instruments, her voice, and even children’s toys. The dance floor thus turns into her own dreamy dimension, the crowd transformed by the unique vintage sound she produces. Together with the sun and sea of Zrce Beach, this will result in the perfect magic combination. Welcome to Sonus Giorgia!
Hot Since 82View Artist
Hot Since 82
They say if you love something, you should set it free. This is exactly what Daley Padley did with his career, taking a break from DJing and producing house music. Almost 10 years ago, this break finally ended and the man behind some of the biggest, most energetic house anthems made his comeback, making an even bigger splash than before. With his smooth and energetic tracks, Daley will show the crowd on Pag Island that he has been Hot Since 82 his entire life.
I Hate ModelsView Artist
I Hate Models
I Hate Models, the Parisian techno phenomenon, is returning to Sonus Festival in 2020 after a mind-blowing debut in 2019. With an incomparable openness to all music genres, finding inspiration in synthwave and ambient styles, I Hate Models’ sounds often spills into a myriad of electronic genres. This unpredictability has helped him attract a legion of fans around the globe, all hailing his prolific sound – poising between rave, industrial, electro, post-punk and wave. We cannot wait to experience his unique blend of styles in the idyllic setting that is Pag Island.
This young, fast-rising techno producer is shaping the next generation of electronic music. Imogen’s darker, spectral-sounding techno needs to be heard to be understood, but one thing is clear: this young talent captures an audience and builds a unique narrative. We are happy to be bringing IMOGEN to Zrce Beach for the first time to Sonus!
Jamie JonesView Artist
As the Co-Founder of Hot Creations, Jamie Jones became a leader in the field of super-hot and sexy house grooves. His deeply melodic sets paved the way for a warmer, more groovy and deeper side of electronic music to emerge. After a massive back2back with The Martinez Brothers in 2019, Jamie Jones is set to return to Sonus 2020 – bringing his own distinct sound along the way. Get ready to dance the night away underneath the Croatian stars!
Joseph CapriatiView Artist
Eight years of Sonus Festival – eight years of unforgettable sets with Joseph Capriati. Capriati's brand of slick and emotive techno, delivered with precision, flair and infectious energy, has become a staple highlight of Sonus Festival. With his powerful sets he has become a fan favorite and an ever-captivating performer, ready to bring the crowd onto the next level. Now over a decade into his career as a globally touring DJ and revered producer, Joseph Capriati remains amongst the most in-demand, well-respected and exciting artists in dance music.
To break through internationally as a DJ, it helps being a fantastic producer as well. Joyhauser is a prime example of a mastery of both skills - both behind the decks and in the studio. This Belgian duo has perfected an instantly recognizable “Joyhauser” sound: hard-hitting beats combined with contagious, melancholic rhythms. Their signature sound captivates techno lovers across the globe, including Zrce Beach in 2020 for the very first time!
The Bulgarian artist known as KiNK has many titles: talented dj, innovative producer and experimental performer. Fact is: the man has incredible knowledge how to create enjoyable, unique sounds - even on the fly during a live performance. Using analogue machines KiNK spontaneously manages to produce groovy house jams as well as futuristic techno tracks. We are looking forward to his first Sonus performance!
Berghain resident Kobosil, born and raised in Berlin, stands for the dark and powerful side of techno, combining new music with genre classics in his straightforward sets. For the second time in Sonus history, Kobosil brings his subtly hypnotic synth sounds, monochromatic textures and ambient excursions to the shores of Pag Island. His sets see him skillfully combine new techno records with timeless classics of the genre, acid, indie and industrial tracks, while adding pressure to his expressive and emotive track selection at the same time.
Rune Reilly Kölsch is a phenomenon: Well known for his productions, he has sold millions of records all over the world under his many different monikers and production work. With his natural flair for making music that makes people move, deeply rooted in the inspiring Chicago and Detroit scenes, Kölsch offered his exemplary remix abilities to London Grammar‘s 2017 hit ‘Hell To The Liars’, turning it into an emotive masterpiece. After a fantastic return to Sonus in 2019, the Dane will bring back his beats to the dreamy shores of Pag Island in 2020.
Loco DiceView Artist
Loco Dice, DJ, producer and Desolat record label co-founder, is up for his next Sonus appearance. Whether you’re a dreamer or a 9-to-5er who just wants to lose everything in a moment of abandon on the dancefloor, you will click to Loco Dice. One of electronic music’s most enduring and respected artists, he’s always shown an uncanny ability to read the crowd and take them in an unexpected direction. His delicate sense for sounds and reflective atmospheres, underpinned with solid, physical grooves inspired by the hip hop that was his early sonic stomping ground in the mid- to late ‘90s, will have you lose control in no time.
Luigi MadonnaView Artist
A prominent DJ worldwide with releases on some of the leading labels in techno, Luigi Madonna has absorbed the influence of his native Italy and those who have gone before him to create a modern, ever-evolving sound of his own. As Madonna began to develop his style and seeking a sound to reflect his soul, the rise of minimal techno arrived at the perfect time, leading him to further delve into the realms of production. He plays with infectious energy, commanding the booth with a strong-yet-graceful presence and mixing with real flair. After three consecutive years at Sonus, he is back yet again for another round at Sonus Festival 2020.
Maceo PlexView Artist
Maceo Plex's unstoppable, genre-spanning sets always revolve around his dedication to crafting sounds that continue to devastate dance floors around the world. The DJ Award winner and label boss of Ellum Audio graced the Sonus Festival booth in 2018, leaving the crowd astonished with an impromptu back2back session with Chris Liebing. After another great performance in our 2019 edition, we’re nothing but excited to celebrate his deep and dark flavours against the perfect backdrop that is Pag Island.
Michael BibiView Artist
Head honcho of SolidGrooves Michael Bibi will be making his way to Sonus for the first time this year to demonstrate why he is Ibiza DJ awards’ Tech House DJ of 2019. Sporting Chunky house and fresh tech house, Michael almost exclusively selects music where he has discussed the vibe personally with the producer beforehand, giving him the perfect understanding of when to drop which track. Many of his tracks even include his own vocals - get ready for some fresh musical flavors!
Monika KruseView Artist
Monika Kruse's talent and dedication has made her one of the world's most highly-respected DJs and producers. In 2015 her Terminal M label celebrated its 15th anniversary with a string of sold-out parties including a massive show at the Amsterdam Dance Event. It continued its fantastic run with numerous Beatport top 10 tracks from Monika, ANNA and Methodi Hristov among others. Monika's DJ appearances span the globe, including South America, UK, USA and Canada - and now Croatia.
Pan-Pot's uncompromisingly pumping techno opens awe-inspiring acoustic spaces, fuelled by rocking sequences, darkly euphoric synths and cascades of white noise. Unconstrained by boundaries, they traverse techno, house and everything in between with a master’s touch. Sonus family members and companions from day one, they are ready to twist our festival crowd into rapturous fits with their colossal, haunting techno. Each year we see Pan-Pot touching the writhing, euphoric, dancing seas of bodies at Sonus Festival – if you have not had the pleasure of experiencing them yet, put them on the top of your to-see list for Sonus 2020.
Patrick ToppingView Artist
Following a string of sold out shows all around the globe we’re proud to welcome the U.K. powerhouse that is Patrick Topping back to Sonus Festival. He has evolved from underground stars to playing a major part in the British house music’s recent renaissance, and that’s why his mutual appearance at Sonus is guaranteed to be a defining moment of the entire festival.
Paula TempleView Artist
A self-confessed noisician, Paula Temple’s style of overwhelming, phantasmagoric techno makes every break, each brief moment of silence, seem deafening. Her experience in developing live performance equipment has resulted in a unique style of hybrid live/dj performances, which make her high voltage sets really stand out. Now one of the most in-demand techno artists, Paula is making her way to Zrce Beach for a long-awaited Sonus debut!
Reinier ZonneveldLiveView Artist
Previously composing classical music pieces and subsequently teaching himself his electronic production skills, Reinier Zonneveld is an outstanding talent who, despite his young age, is one of the most supported techno producers at the moment. His newest hits become instant classics, being played at raves across the world. Pounding techno conducted by the director himself - we are pumped for Reinier's return to Sonus!
Ricardo Villalobos b2b ZipView Artist
Ricardo Villalobos b2b Zip
Chile & Germany
With over 25 years of experience, Ricardo Villalobos is one of the most beloved DJs in the industry with regular appearance at the most revered clubs and festivals worldwide. Whether it’s at a night time set or one of our legendary after hours, Ricardo’s love for music can be felt in every note he plays. Joining him is another minimal master: Perlon co-founder Zip! Equally experienced, these two legends complement each other perfectly, and are returning to Sonus for yet another b2b session on the shores of Zrce Beach.
Richie HawtinView Artist
Richie Hawtin is a genuine original who left an indelible mark on the global techno scene. His critical acclaim spans the realm of the fine art community to the technological vanguard. During the span of his career, Hawtin created a unique techno sound, which is regarded as synonymous with the city of Detroit. His distinctive sound, electro house, has a minimal taste but is yet highly danceable. As a long-time member of the Time Warp and Sonus family Hawtin will make his return to the Sonus Festival stage in 2020.
Richy AhmedView Artist
Richy Ahmed belongs to a new breed of British DJs who are redefining house music with influences from disco, techno, funk and hip-hop. His vibrant musical path and infectious energy result in an endless source of vivacious vibe which is transferred to the dance floor. A long-time Ibiza resident, Richy knows exactly how to get the people dancing in an open-air, summer setting - perfect for Zrce beach!
With the perfect balance of timeless techno, dub and house, Rødhåd is going to take our open-air dance floor deeper and deeper into Berlin’s urban techno mood. His distinctive style - deep, powerful and melancholic – incorporating influences from dub to techno and percussive grooves, will be the perfect soundtrack to yet another perfect Sonus Festival memory. Get ready for a whole new dimension of techno - energetic but often vague, leaving space for your imagination and frequently rattling the brain with a distinctive psychedelic edge.
Seth TroxlerView Artist
Cultural commentator, art curator, restaurateur and entrepreneur – not to mention long-time Sonus family member and exceptional DJ. Who better to paint the perfect musical backdrop to our festival at the Croatian sea than Seth Troxler? With his expert blend of early Chicago house and minimal techno through to obscure indierock and ambient psychedelia, Seth Troxler casts a spell on the crowd like no other. We cannot wait to have him back gracing our decks for our eighth edition of Sonus Festival.
SHDW & Obscure ShapeView Artist
SHDW & Obscure Shape
With their increasingly successful own label "From Another Mind", SHDW and his studio partner Obscure Shape have been causing waves in the techno scene. Since their start in 2014 the duo has been building up a large and loyal following that continuously keeps growing with each year. Their surprising and energetic sets often combine a multitude of styles, including classic Detroit techno, rave, EBM and acid.
Sonja MoonearView Artist
There aren't many artists who embody the Sonus values as much as Sonja does: She’s a passionate selector, slick behind the decks and, perhaps most importantly, has a keen eye for the dance floor. Moonear now ranks among dance music's most in-demand acts, with a versatile and rhythmic style that takes in a broad cross-section of house, techno and minimal. A Sonus companion from day one, Sonja is sure to bring back her expert blend of styles to our perfect summer rave adventure on the shores of Pag Island.
Stephan BodzinLiveView Artist
Stephan Bodzin has been a hugely influential figure within the global techno scene for years. His driving, hypnotic productions are highly authentic with a memorable sense of melody which sticks in your mind and his impressive live performances take entire dance floors on a ride through his diverse musical influences. Known for his iconic and vivid sound design, one of the modern greats will be back for another unforgettable live performance at Sonus in 2020.
Sven VäthView Artist
The legend himself, cocoon mastermind, "papa" of the global techno scene, personification of "Gude Laune" and so much more. Sven Väth is a risk-taking visionary, an instigator, an innovator and indelible part of Sonus Festival history. With an unmatched passion for his craft, Sven shaped the advance and evolution of electronic music. Those who have witnessed him play, immediately felt connected by the sheer magic of his charisma. Sven’s set is something you simply must experience if you want to comprehend where techno comes from and where it is headed. No Papa, no Party.
An integral part of Innervisions, Trikk’s delicate and harmonic mixing makes him one of the most talented selectors of intimate electronic music. His slow yet careful output of music means that every release showcases his development of an artist and which unique sounds have recently influenced him. Whether it’s playful rhythmic experimentation or crescendoing melody, Trikk’s honest style will get the emotions flowing at his Sonus debut.
...more to be announced
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