It’s first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals. It is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. Sónar is combining a playful nature and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends. Sónar’s founding values have defined the festival: creativity and technology from different disciplines and communities.
In contrast to many summer festivals, Sónar does not take place in a field, with people camping. It is a city festival, so accommodation must be found in and around Barcelona. It is nearly impossible to find accommodation in Barcelona in the week of the event so do not arrive without having booked somewhere first. Sónar Barcelona’s activities are divided into two main locations: the recently premiered Sónar by Day, located in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts and dj’s, showcases as well as the new Sónar area, the essence of which is discovering and tracking new talent and enhance professional activities; and the larger shows at Sónar by Night, in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, where the leading names in the current international music scene are staged. You will see hoards of party people around the city struggling to catch taxis and buses to the out of town location.
Sónar Barcelona draws huge amounts of people to the city and inevitably this has a huge impact on the clubs and nightlife outside of the festival itself.
Sónar is constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape. Its interactions and hybridizations with digital creation and new media, unites established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production. Some of the best artist of the electronic music are coming to Sonar: Massive Attack, Plastikman, Richie Hawtin, Four Tet, James Holden, Jon Hopkins, Oneohtrix Point Never, Evain Christ, Caribou, Matmos, Gesaffelstein, Downliners Sekt, Jessy Lanza, Nisennenmondai, Woodkid, Bonobo, Moderat, I am legion… and more.
On the other hand Sónar+D is the international conference for creativity and technology, designed to promote talent and business opportunities in the digital culture environment. Organically integrates to Sónar, and contributes in positioning the festival as an active catalyst in the creative technologies sector. It brings together experts from around the world to present and transmit initiatives and tools that will help to shape future creative experiences in the areas of music, image, interactive content, and transmedia platforms.
Since 2002 Sónar has organized more than 50 events in many different parts of the world, adapting the Sónar philosophy to unique venues and environments, and highlighting the most interesting homegrown talent and the scene in the city where it takes place.
Sources| Sonar, Barcelona Tourist Guide