The quissential winter festival.
Stars of electronica, hip hop and advanced music come together under the Northern Lights in the world's northernmost capital, Reykjavik, Iceland.
Sónar Reykjavik is an intimate experience, taking place throughout four indoor stages at one of Europe's unique concert venues; Harpa - with a total festival capacity of only 3.500 guests per night.
Nature is never far off, with many of Iceland's wonders located just outside of Reykjavik's city limits - while the adventures and whales of Faxaflói Bay lie just outside the festival venue in the old harbour area.
The joy of music and Olafur Eliasson's fantastic glass facadé of Harpa play a stark contrast to the surrounding mountains and arctic darkness during Sónar Reykjavik. As the festival takes place during Northern Lights season in Iceland, you might spot the aurora borealis on your way to or from the venue - or simply by looking up, through Harpa's glass structure at the festival.
Along with welcoming leading talent from around the world, the Sónar Reykjavik line-up puts the spotlight on the vibrant music scene in Iceland, both established and up-and-coming artists, some who gained their first taste of international recognition at the festival, others playing their debut show, giving the festival its' distinctive character.
While the SonarClub and SonarHall stages host the festival headline shows, Sónar Reykjavik joins forces with the Red Bull Music Academy to present exciting new international and local talent at the seated SonarComplex stage. Located at the scening harbour facing part of the concert house.
During the festival Harpa's underground carpark is transformed into the SonarLab nightclub - traditionally the festival’s stronghold for heads-down, no frills sets, by international and local DJs with the programming co-curated by Resident Advisor.
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.
The Sónar Reykjavik music festival has taken place annually in the Icelandic capital since 2013.
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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.