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Sónar continues its international journey to Japan, and for the first time expands its scope to two cities: Tokyo and Osaka


Actress, Sherwood & Pinch, Nicolas Jaar, Darkstar, Karl Hyde, LFO, Boys Noize, John Talabot, Shiro Takatani and xxxy are among the first confirmed artists.

For the first time, the Asian version of Sónar will feature an appetizer to the festival in Osaka, , the country’s second largest city. The event is called "A Taste of Sónar Osaka" and will present some of the artists who will be performing at SonarSound Tokyo over two nights in two different venues.

SONARSOUND TOKYO 2013: 2 nights, 4 stages and over 40 artists

The 6th SonarSound Tokyo, Sónar's Japanese festival, will take place on 6 and 7 April in the Japanese capital, at the venue ageHa Studio Coast. In anticipation of upcoming additions, SonarSound Tokyo has now confirmed more than 20 artists. The line-up - as usual at Sónar festivals around the world - presents major figures in today's international arena and some of the most exciting artists from the local scene, as well as the SonarDôme stage, curated by Red Bull Music Academy.

Luminaries of international electronica

The international names include the English artist Actress, one of the most respected musicians in the world right now; the duo consisting of Sherwood & Pinch, a combination of British dub’s history and its cutting edge; the new artistic solo project by Karl Hyde (Underworld); the emotional and refined live show by the prodigious Nicolas Jaar; Mark Bell and his legendary project LFO live; Barcelona's John Talabot, who continues touring with Sónar after the international success of "fIN"; the English dream pop trio Darkstar; and the set by the German dj Boys Noize, one of the best possible masters of ceremonies for the dancefloor.

The best of today's Japanese scene

The line-up of SonarSound Tokyo brings together some of the most interesting musicians and producers operating on the Japanese scene. The director and video artist Shiro Takatani, a collaborator with Ryuichi Sakamoto, premieres CHROMA, a large format visual show with several musicians playing live at SonarSound Tokyo. Playing just after his show is Toe, the high-flying math-post-rock band, which has a broad fan base in Japan.

Submerse was born in England but has been living in Tokyo for several years, and is one of the most active agents on the Japanese electronic scene, with a very personal sonic style, which has been described as J-garage. The combination of beatmakers Budamunk and Mabanua makes up Green Butter, a project in which they unleash their passion for slow-burning grooves. The young Sapphire Slow, a recent signing to the Los Angeles label Not Not Fun, engages in an experimental ambient style that brings her warm voice to the fore. At SonarSound Tokyo you can also enjoy the rhythms and remixes from the up and coming tofubeats, which are increasingly popular thanks to their countless tracks distributed over the Internet.

SonarDôme Stage by Red Bull Music Academy

Red Bull Music Academy presents a meticulously prepared line-up on the SonarDôme stage, which includes the presence of the great xxxy (house, garage), Britain's Om Unit and Illum Sphere (juke, beats & bass) and the most important Japanese participants who have passed through the Academy's classrooms in its 15-year history: Yosi Horikawa (who stunned everyone at Sónar 2012 with his impossible rhythms), sauce81 (synthetic funk and slow soul), Akiko Kiyama (painstaking techno), Hiroaki OBA (house and dance music) and Kidsuke (a beats and electronica project consisting of Daisuke Tanabe and Kidkanevil).


The first "A Taste Of Sónar Osaka" features some of the artists that are part of the line-up of SonarSound Tokyo over two nights, bringing the philosophy and experience of Sónar to Japan's second city, one of its most dynamic as regards its cultural fabric. The first of the two nights (Friday 5 April) will include the now confirmed performances by Actress, Nicolas Jaar and Sherwood & Pinch, and will be held in the venue Univers; the second night (Monday 8 April) presents shows by Karl Hyde, Darkstar and Japan's Altz, who will be performing in the Umeda Club Quattro.

More information and tickets at



  • Sala Univers Osaka

    Sala Univers Osaka

  • Actress


  • Sherwood & Pinch

    Sherwood & Pinch

  • Nicolas Jaar

    Nicolas Jaar

  • Darkstar


  • Karl Hyde

    Karl Hyde

  • LFO


  • Boys Noize

    Boys Noize

  • John Talabot

    John Talabot

  • Shiro Takatani

    Shiro Takatani

  • Toe


  • Submerse


  • Tofubeats


  • Green Butter

    Green Butter

  • Akiko Kiyama

    Akiko Kiyama

  • Hiroaki OBA

    Hiroaki OBA

  • Illum Sphere

    Illum Sphere

  • Kidsuke


  • Om Unit

    Om Unit

  • sauce81


  • xxxy


  • Yosi Horikawa

    Yosi Horikawa