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. Taking place throughout four stages of the unique Harpa Concert Hall, located by the charismatic old harbor area right in the heart of the Icelandic capital, with a total capacity of only 3.500 guests.
Beside the two main stages, SonarClub and SonarHall, Harpa's underground carpark is transformed to the SonarLab nightclub where the line-up, co-curated by Resident Advisor, consitsts of international and local DJs. At the the harbor facing scenic part of the concert house the seated SonarComplex stage is presented by Red Bull Music Academy.
During Sónar Reykjavik the joy of music and Olafur Eliasson's magnificent glass facadé of Harpa play a stark contrast against the Icelandic winter, surrounding mountains and the arctic darkness outside. Sónar Reykjavik takes place during Iceland's Northern Lights season, so you might just spot the aurora borealis on you way to or from the venue, or simply by looking up through Harpa's glass structure.
Artists who've performed at Sónar Reykjavík include: Major Lazer, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, James Blake, Jamie xx, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto, De La Soul, Paul Kalkbrenner, Moderat, Squarepusher, Diplo, Nina Kraviz, Hudson Mohawke, Ben Klock, LFO, Boys Noize, John Talabot, Jon Hopkins, SBTRKT, Bonobo, Tale Of Us, Trentemøller, !!! (chk-chk-chk), Sleigh Bells, Annie Mac, Rødhåd, Ben UFO, Giggs, Todd Terje, James Holden, Modeselektor, Ellen Allien, Simian Mobile Disco, Evian Christ, Daniel Miller, Blawan, Pachanga Boys, Daphni, SOPHIE, Recondite, Randomer, Kölsch, Yung Lean, Tommy Genesis, Floating Points, Koreless, Ryan Hemsworth, Holly Herndon, Helena Hauff, Oneothrix Point Never, Elliphant, FM Belfast, Exos, Mugison, Sin Fang, Samaris, Bjarki, GusGus, Kiasmos, Ólafur Arnalds and many, many more.