Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art created in 1994, which is held in Barcelona for three days every June.The festival has regularly travelled beyond Spain's frontiers since 2002, with more than 30 events in different places around 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. As well as the event in Barcelona, Sónar organizes festivals every year in other cities. In previous years, it has travelled to Buenos Aires, New York, London, Frankfurt, Seoul, Lisboa, Lyon, Hamburg, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Oakland, Los Ángeles, Tokyo and Osaka, among many other destinations around the world.
Sónar is a pioneering festival that is unique in terms of its format and content: it is an international benchmark of the first order thanks to an outstanding cultural range that combines entertainment, artistry, the cutting edge and experimentation with new musical trends that set the international agenda. At all its events, Sónar sounds out the current landscape of electronic music and its interactions and hybridization with other artistic disciplines, bringing together established artists and the emerging talent that renews and innovates in all areas of musical and audiovisual creation.
The Sónar Barcelona artistic programme is divided between the activities at Sónar by Day (concerts, showcases, professional zone, exhibition area), the keynote of which is the search for new talent, and the large format shows at Sónar by Night, which feature more well-known leading names on the international music landscape.
Visitors from over 90 countries attend Sónar each year to enjoy an impeccable line-up featuring hundreds of artists from all over the world. Sónar is also a meeting point for professionals from various sectors in the creative industries, who find SonarPro an ideal place to do business, exchange ideas and network.
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What is Sónar ReykjavikIt’s intimate. The festival is going to portray how a prestige brand can redefine itself in smaller locations and venues. The new concert house, Harpa and the joy of music will be a stark contrast against the Icelandic winter and the arctic darkness outside. Sónar Reykjavik is also an experiment in how music can reach those who truly seek it by those performing it and seeing that it´s not always the largest stage and the biggest crowd that matters but also about the unique relationship that forms and the memories for all involved. Trying to follow in the footsteps of the pioneering Sónar Barcelona festival is hard but hosting a Sónar Reykjavik festival which strives to deliver the experience and artists line up Sónar Barcelona would be proud of is something we truly believe is possible.
Sónar Reykjavik will take place on four stages with a total capacity of 3500 guests. Beside the two main stages a part of the concert halls underground parking will be changed in to a nightclub were local and international DJ´s will perform during the festival. A scenic part of the concert house will also be changed into a stage.
The line-up will include around 15 international acts including DJ´s and some 30 Icelandic bands and DJ´s. Tickets are on sale November 12th at www.harpa.is and www.midi.is.