When: 18th-20th June
Tickets: €180 (+ bf) for a full SonarPass, reduced price until 6th May
Sónar Festival has maintained its game for the past 22 years, hosting events of the most advanced music and new media art for three days in Barcelona since 1994. With its cutting edge combination of ‘a playful nature, the avant-garde, experimentation and electronic dance music’s newest trends’, it’s no wonder that Sónar is the go-to festival for so many people – industry and fans alike. Not to mention that it’s set in the breathtaking city of Barcelona during the scorching month of June. What’s not to love really?
This year, Sónar bring the heat with a stellar lineup of musical acts and art collectives. The cultural hub is constantly buzzing between Sónar by Day located in Fira Montjuïc, and Sónar by Night in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet. Exciting new lineup additions were announced yesterday, including J.E.T.S (Jimmy Edgar and Machinedrum), Skepta, electroacoustic pianist and producer Francesco Tristano.
Also on the bill thus far are Squarepusher, Young Turks poster girl FKA Twigs, The Chemical Brothers, the one and only Flying Lotus, Jamie xx, A$AP Rocky, Mute Records signee Arca, Phantasy boss Erol Alkan, Seth Troxler, IDM legends Autechre, Daniel Avery, Kiasmos of the Erased Tapes family, South African wildchilds Die Antwoord, Evian Christ, Ten Walls, Tri Angle Recs mascot Vessel, Cashmere Cat, Ninja Tune’s The Bug, new-era electronic pioneer Holly Herndon, BADBADNOTGOOD, and plenty more. In fact, we don’t even feel we’ve scratched the surface yet!
Aside from the plethora of fantastic music is Sónar+D, a program which was born to form a cohesive relationship between creativity, technology, mobility, innovation and business. Created in 2013, Sónar+D expresses a concrete commitment to Sónar’s professional activity, linking creative and technology companies of all kinds.
With other announcements on the horizon between now and July, it’s undeniable that Sónar has maintained its unfaltered reputation. With its finger firmly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape from across the world for over two decades now, there is no better team that you can trust more than the party-makers, key thinkers and creative souls of Sónar.