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.
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 including Fatboy 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.
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 as Sónar+D, which included a comprehensive program of special workshops, lectures, interactive virtual reality activities and new media art installations.
Sónar Hong Kong's musical program included 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.
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 Underworld, Ben Frost, Kiasmos, Kode9 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.
Sónar Bogotá celebrated its third festival on Saturday, December 2, 2017. The festival was distributed across 2 stages at the Multiparque (Autonorte), presenting 15 live performances and DJ sets.
Sónar Bogotá hosted prodigious artists including Sigur Rós (Iceland), Nina Kraviz (Russia), TOKiMONSTA (USA), Dubfire (Iran), Ela Minus (Colombia), Julián Mayorga (Colombia), Mateo Rivano (Colombia) and many more.
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 quotations from around the world
In addition to the 24 editions of Barcelona, these are the 65 festivals that Sónar has held in 31 cities around the world since 2002 until today:
London (2002-2005 / 2009-2011) / Lisbon (2002) / Neuchatel (2002) / Hamburg (2002-2006) / Tokyo (2002,2004,2006,2011-2013) / Rome (2003) / São Paulo (2004,2012 & 2015) / Lyon (2004) / Guadalajara (2004) / Buenos Aires (2006,2015-2017) / Seoul (2006) / Frankfurt (2007) / Washington (2009) / New York (2009 & 2012) / Copenhagen (2015) / Chicago (2010 & 2012) / Cape Town (2012 & 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).