Sónar brings together more than 30,000 people around in Istanbul, Hong Kong, Reykjavík, Bogotá and Buenos Aires

Sónar brings together more than 30,000 people around in Istanbul, Hong Kong, Reykjavík, Bogotá and Buenos Aires

  • Following a world tour with five international dates in recent months, Sónar will celebrate its 25th Anniversary in Barcelona on 14, 15 and 16 June.
  • In addition to holding 24 festivals in Barcelona, since 2001, Sónar has held 65 festivals in 31 cities around the world.
  • Of the international artists featured at this year’s Sónar around the world events,  the Barcelona edition this June will feature: Alva Noto, Black Coffee, Lanark Artefax, TOKiMONSTA, Kode9 x Koji Morimoto, Lorenzo Senni, Laurent Garnier and Laurel Halo.
  • The best contemporary Spanish artists were also represented at Bogotá (BFlecha), Buenos Aires (C. Tangana and AWWZ) and Reykjavík (Bad Gyal and JASSS).

The 2nd edition Sónar Istanbul

The 2nd edition of Sónar Istanbul, took place on April 6 and 7, spread over four 4 stages at the Zorlu Performing Arts Center. This venue is considered to have some of the best sound acoustics in the world and hosted performances from leading international names, as well as stand-out artists from the current Turkish scene.
Among more than 40 performances at Sónar Istanbul were superlative shows from artists includingFatboy Slim, Jon Hopkins, Alva Noto and Black Coffee. Moreover, the festival hosted a wide selection of local artists who best define today’s Turkish scene.
Concurrently to the festival Sónar+D – the congress dedicated to creative technologies – offered an extensive program consisting of more than 30 activities, including workshops, lectures, as well as interactive virtual reality activities and new media art installations.

The 2nd edition of Sónar Hong Kong

Sónar Hong Kong celebrated its second festival on Saturday, March 17. The festival, spread across 5 stages at the Hong Kong Science Park, presented 41 live performances and DJ sets, as well asSónar+D, which included a comprehensive program of special workshops, lectures, interactive virtual reality activities, new media art installations and MarketLab, a space for creators of the year’s most outstanding technology initiatives.

Sónar Hong Kong’s musical program included live shows and DJ sets ranging from dance music to experimental electronica. A mixture of established artists such as Squarepusher, Floating Points, Laurent Garnier, tech-house sensation The Black Madonna and electronic hip-hop trio Keys N Krates, as well as outstanding local artists.

The 6th edition of Sónar Reykjavík

Sónar Reykjavík took place on March 16 and 17 in the extraordinary Harpa auditorium, opposite the city’s port. The festival featured 4 stages: SonarClub, SonarHall, SonarComplex -in the Harpa auditorium- and SonarLab (located in the building’s underground car park, which was converted into a nightclub).
The program included more than 50 performances from leading artists including UnderworldBen FrostKiasmosKode9 x Koji Morimoto AV, Andartak and TOKiMONSTA, among many others. Once again, Sónar Reykjavik also presented its yearly selection of local artists that best represent today’s Icelandic scene.

The 4th edition of Sónar Buenos Aires

Sónar Buenos Aires celebrated its fourth festival on Sunday, November 26, 2017. The festival, spread across 3 stages at Tecnópolis (Bicentennial Micro-Stadium), presented 28 live performances and DJ sets, as well as a special Sónar+D program, featuring a wide-ranging series of workshops, lectures, interactive virtual reality activities and new media art installations.

The Sónar Buenos Aires musical program included a number of live performances and DJ sets from artists making their debut in Argentina. The main stage featured established artists such as Icelandic band Sigur Rós and innovative cutting edge artists like C.Tangana (Spain), Pantha Du Prince(Germany), Nosaj Thing (USA), and Alejandro Paz (Chile).
More than 60 Sónar dates around the world
In addition to holding 24 festivals Barcelona, since 2002 to date, Sónar has held 65 festivals in 31 cities around the world:

London (2002-2005 / 2009-2011) / Lisbon (2002) / Neuchatel (2002) / Hamburg (2002-2006) / Tokyo (2002, 2004, 2006, 2011-2013) / Rome (2003) / São Paulo (2004, 2012 and 2015) / Lyon (2004) / Guadalajara (2004) / Buenos Aires (2006, 2015-2017) / Seoul (2006) / Frankfurt (2007) / Washington (2009) / New York (2009 and 2012) / Copenhagen (2015) / Chicago (2010 and 2012) / Cape Town (2012 and 2014) / Toronto (2012) / Denver (2012) / Oakland (2012) / Boston (2012) / Montreal (2012) / Los Angeles (2012) / Osaka (2013) / Johannesburg (2014) / Reykjavík (2013-2018) / Stockholm (2014- 2016) / Santiago de Chile (2015) / Bogotá (2015-2017) / Istanbul (2017-2018) / Hong Kong (2017-2018).

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