Sonar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art taking place in Barcelona for three days every June.Created in 1994, Sonar is a pioneering festival with a unique format and content. It’s first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals is by virtue of a carefully balanced cultural offering, combining a playful nature, the avant-garde, and experimentation with electronic dance music’s newest trends.
Sonar is constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape. Its interactions and hybridizations with digital creation and new media, unites established artists with emerging talent, in all areas of musical and audiovisual production.
Sonar Barcelona’s activities are divided into two main locations: Sónar by Day, in Fira Montjuïc, with concerts, showcases and an area for professionals, the essence of which is discovering and tracking new talent; and the larger shows at Sónar by Night, in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, which stage the leading names in the current international music scene.
Each year Sonar is host to more than 80,000 people from more than 90 countries around the world as well as bringing together 3.500 professionals and 1.000 accredited journalists.
Sonar is also a meeting point for professionals from various creative industry sectors (artists, promoters, software / hardware developers, app makers, digital designers, hackers, creative new media), who all find Sónar+D the ideal place to do business, exchange ideas and network.
Sónar+D presents a set of activities with a common goal: to make the relationship between creativity, technology, mobility, innovation and business more transparent and accessible.
Since 2002 Sonar has organized more than 40 festivals in many different parts of the world, incorporating Barcelona’s festival philosophy of spaces and unique environments while showcasing the most interesting international talent from the music scene of each country where Sonar is held. Aside from the annual Barcelona date, Sonar festival is currently held in Tokyo, Osaka and Reykjavik.
Sónar around the world