After two years of pandemic delays, the fourth annual Life and Death BCN finally arrived – and it was a special one.
From Friday, June 17 – Saturday, June 18, Life and Death hosted its ten year anniversary celebration in Barcelona’s Vila Habana. To celebrate the vaunted milestone, a gauntlet of international house and techno heavy-weights — helmed by Life and Death label head DJ Tennis — united to honor twelve years of the venerable dance music imprint and its philosophical binding of soulful electronic music and post-rock.
This year’s BCN weekend featured a kaleidoscopic lineup of dance music juggernauts, including genre-fuser Carista, deep house virtuoso Sadar Bahar, Japanese cult figure DJ Nobu, soul-infused house purveyor Hunee, mixing wizard Danilo Plessow, and DJ Tennis himself. Imprint veterans like Roman Flugel, Danny Daze, Margie, and Simone De Kunovich alongside Life and Death newcomers like Lena Wilikens and Optimo also showcased the experimental, eclectic sounds that have cemented Life and Death as a curatorial force.
Vila Habana is a historic, neoclassical location that dates back to 1935, overlooking 20,000 square miles of lush gardens. Life and Death transformed the side-stage into a full-fledged production, and offered its denizens even more opportunities to indulge in the left-field soundscapes. Revelers enjoyed delicious craft cocktails, mouth watering cuisines, and a heap of on-site activities.
Between the stacked lineup, scenic vista, and experiential offerings, Life and Death BCN exemplified the label’s rich, twelve year history of championing deconstructed, experimental sounds.