Sónar Festival - Barcelona

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Country and Region SpainCatalonia
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
Festival Contact Information

Sonar Festival
Advanced Music SL
P. O. Box 21.109
08080 Barcelona
Email: sonar@sonar.es

Festival Description

Sonar began in 1994 as the creation of Sergio Caballero, Enric Palau and Ricard Robles. Palau and Caballero were experienced music makers, constructing soundtracks and original compositions while Ricard Robles was a professional journalist. It may have been the attributes of the individuals themselves, or the wide spectrum of art and music afforded by the vibrant backdrop of their local Barcelona, or even the transitions in technology that characterised the later stages of the 1990’s that enabled Sonar to develop into a truly original festival concept. In reality it was probably a combination of all of the above. This is the biggest and most important Spanish manifestation in the electronic music.

Festival Dates June 13 - 15, 2013
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Kraftwerk (3D show)
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • Skrillex
  • Paul Kalkbrenner
  • Richie Hawtin presents ENTER.
  • Ed Banger 10
  • Jurassic 5
  • Two Door Cinema Club
  • Soulwax
  • Major Lazer
  • Hot Natured
  • Laurent Garnier
  • Luciano
  • Bat For Lashes
  • Seth Troxler
  • Diplo
  • Nicolas Jaar
  • Liars
  • Skream
  • Lindstrøm & Todd Terje
  • Karl Hyde
  • AlunaGeorge
  • Sherwood & Pinch
  • Maceo Plex
  • Jamie Lidell
  • Modeselektor DJ set
  • Richie Hawtin
  • Maya Jane Coles
  • Paco Osuna
  • C2C
  • Justice DJ set
  • Busy P (ed banger megamix)
  • Breakbot
  • Gold Panda
  • Baauer
  • Matthew Herbert DJ set
  • Mary Anne Hobbs
  • Plus… Derrick May, Darkstar, Raime, Diamond Version, Vatican Shadow, Delorean, Foreign Beggars, Mykki Blanco, Angel Molina, Francesco Tristano: Piano 2.0, Dinos Chapman, Ólafur Arnalds Trio, Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team, Karenn, Alvin Risk, Anstam, Phon.o, Benjamin Damage, Bambounou, Eats Everything, Melé, Coyu, Edu Imbernón, Pascal Comelade + Richard Pinhas, Oneman, George Fitzgerald, Objekt , Fatima Al Qadiri, Nehuen b2b Cardopusher, Clockwork feat. Avatism, Antal, San Proper, Matthias Zimmermann, Vaal, Krystal Klear, bRUNA, Nacho Marco, La Bien Querida, Bradien + Eduard Escoffet, Samaris, Gluteus Maximus, César de Melero, Zero, Fantastic Mr Fox, CHRISTEENE, Le K, Anenon, UMA, Panoram, Mr. Beatnick, Ulf Eriksson, Baris K, BeGun, Alizzz, Kimberly i Clark, JJ Doom, Thug Ladies… and more


Other Sources:

  • The Barcelona City Council awarded the 2009 ‘Ciutat de Barcelona’ prize in the category ‘International Projection’ to Sónar, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. Sónar is considered one of Barcelona’s highest profile cutting edge cultural symbols, with extensive recognition in Spain and internationally. After 17 years, Sónar is a cultural reference point that is recognised all over the world. Since 1994, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art has been an urban event that defines and establishes new models and formats for cultural and creative output, and has been a platform for new talent and a showcase for innovative projects. Sónar by Day presents a multidisciplinary, participatory and unique programme in the cultural nerve centre of Barcelona, while Sónar by Night programmes major shows and artists of the highest level. On June 17, 18 and 19, 2010, the XVII Sónar will be held simultaneously in Barcelona and A Coruña.
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