Sónar brought together 122,000 people for a 29th edition marked by cultural diversity, local talent, and female artists
The 29th edition of Sónar Barcelona brought hundreds of musicians and speakers across three days of Sónar by Day and Sónar+D and two days of Sónar by Night. In total, over 180 activities were held for an audience of 122,000 who came from 122 countries. 43,000 people came to Sónar by Day (including the SonarExtra activities that took place across Barcelona) and 79,000 to Sónar by Night.
Sónar 2022 saw a return to the stage for some of the biggest names in contemporary electronic music, with The Blaze, Moderat, and The Chemical Brothers, whose show was undoubtedly one of the most spectacular of this year’s festival.
They were joined by two of the biggest names in Hispanic popular music, with C. Tangana’s sublimely staged show and a powerful performance from Nathy Peluso. Plus a host of shows prepared especially for the festival authored by Arca, Niño de Elche + Ylia + Banda "La Valenciana", Maria Arnal i Marcel Bagés, Samantha Hudson, Tarta Relena, Rojuu, Polo & Pan, Nu Genea Live Band, and 'Uncompressed', presented by Patreon. They were all among the highlights of this year’s festival.
The biggest dancefloor in the world once again trembled to the sound of the heroes of club music, with names including Charlotte de Witte, The Blessed Madonna, Eric Prydz, Richie Hawtin, Helena Hauff, ANNA & Maotik, Reinier Zonneveld, Jennifer Cardini b2b Perel, Jayda G, Folamour, Anfisa Letyago and Octo Octa b2b Eris Drew.
The festival also affirmed its intergenerational nature, with the sound of the increasingly near future of Spanish and Hispanic music: Morad, Ms Nina, Simona, Juicy Bae, Yugen Kala, Chico Blanco, GAZZI, Depresión Sonora, mori + rusowsky and El Bobe.
A revitalised Sónar+D, integrated into Sónar by Day and open to the general public
This year, Sónar+D was opened to all Sónar by Day ticket holders allowing new spaces the general public invited to discover new venues: SonarMàtica by Tezos, SonarÀgora, and Stage+D. The latter venue hosted a spectacular series of events part way between lecture and performance, including ‘Planet City and the Return of Global Wilderness’ by Liam Young; ‘S.A.N.D. (Somatic Acoustic Neolithic Dust)’ by Monira Al Qadiri & Raed Yassin; 'A World of Service' by JASSS & Ben Kreukniet; and 5uuoPRPPW%A%, a series of visual works by local artists DOES, gtxdlr & Laura Rigau and ¥€$Si PERSE.
The Sónar+D programme was a conversation between over 60 speakers, centred around four main themes: the new ecosystems being created under Web3; the creative, industrial, political and ethical challenges of Artificial Intelligence (AI); studies and advances in Acoustic Ecology; and the ongoing work on Ecology and Fiction.
In addition, SonarExtra offered a tour through the heart of Barcelona throughout the week. The public were invited to immerse themselves in 'Hyperorgan', a ‘sound experience’ created by Sónar, master organ builder Albert Blancafort, technologist Santi Vilanova from Playmodes, and Berlin composers gamut inc, at Palau Güell. They could also visit Sondearand 'Museo del Sonido' by Mika Vainio at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies; and 'Transient' by Quayola, presented by ME by Meliá at the Hotel ME Barcelona.
Sónar’s 30th anniversary is already in sight
Sónar Barcelona is already on the road to its 30th anniversary, which will take place on the 15th, 16th and 17th June 2023.