Sónar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and Congress of Technology and Creativity, celebrated during three days every June in Barcelona.
Created in 1994, Sónar is a pioneering cultural event with a unique format and content. It's first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is thanks to it's attention in curation, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with newest trends in dance and electronic music.
Positioned at the cutting edge of the electronic music landscape and it's interactions with digital culture, Sónar is able to unite established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production.
Sónar's founding values have defined the festival since its inception: the link between creativity and technology, its commitment to being a global event and a meeting point for creative people from different disciplines and communities.
Sónar Barcelona's activities are divided into two main locations: Sónar by Day, located in Fira Montjuïc, concerts and dj's, showcases and Sónar+D; the international congress focused on the digital creative industries and dedicated to creating professional, business and networking opportunities.
Sónar by Night is located at the Fira Gran Via de L'Hospitalet, and hosts live shows and dj sets from the biggest names in international music.
Sónar+D presents a series of activities designed to be of use to the various creative communities, providing development sessions, opportunities to exchange ideas and tools, as well as opportunities to secure financing. Sónar+D follows all of the stages of the creative process with one goal: To facilitate and improve relationship between creativity, technology, innovation and business in an organic setting geared towards new creative and professional profiles.
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. As well as the event in Barcelona, Sónar organizes festivals every year in other cities. In previous years, it has travelled to Reykjavik, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Buenos Aires, New York, London, Cape Town, Frankfurt, Seoul, Lisboa, Lyon, Hamburg, Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Oakland, Los Ángeles, Tokyo and Osaka, among other destinations around the world.
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It'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 five 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 along with a seated hall with capacity of 199 guests.
The line up will include balanced mix of both international artists and the most current ones from Iceland´s thriving music scene.