During the 18th, 19th and 20th of July, the city of Barcelona will once again find itself at the epicenter of the electronic music scene, with the 27th edition of a hometown festival that has now spilled over to the entire world. No matter how big its name becomes or how many stamps on its passport, every June it returns home and totally transforms the atmosphere of the city, giving it a new beat that attracts countless tourists. ShBarcelona tells you more about Sónar.
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Created in 1994 with the intent of highlighting electronic and advanced music, Sónar continues to be at the cutting edge of the digital music culture, uniting established artists with emerging talent, not only in musical but also in audiovisual production. The rise from an underground idea into an international household name didn’t change the festival’s core values: providing the connection between creativity and technology and a meeting point for digital creators. Its activities will, as it happens every year, be divided into two locations: Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night.
Sónar by Day
Sónar de Dia or Sónar by Day, as the name indicates, is the part of the festival that will happen during the daytime. The activities that take place during the day will happen at Fira de Montjuïc, the main location for the city’s congresses and fairs, which happen in a number of large pavilions located next to each other. Sónar by Day’s programming will include concerts, DJ’s, showcases, and activities by Sónar+D, an international congress for professionals in digital creative industries. Fira de Monjtuïc is located at Avinguda Rius i Taulet, s/n, right next to Plaza Espanya, in the district of Sants-Montjuïc. It is easily accessible by metro using the green (L3) or red line (L1) of the subway, exiting at Espanya, and a variety of buses. The activities taking place at the Fira will happen between 1 pm and 12 am on Thursday, and from 1 pm to 11 pm on Friday and Saturday.
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Sónar by Night
Sónar de Noche or Sónar by Night will encompass all the nocturnal activities the festival has to offer, with live shows and DJ sets from the biggest names in the music world. Sónar by Night will happen in a different location, removed from central Barcelona, at Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, another venue that hosts a variety of national and international events all year long. Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet is located at Av. Joan Carles I, 64, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, which is located about half an hour away from Barcelona. It can be accessed used the orange line of the subway (9S), exiting at Europa Fira, or by taking a variety of buses, depending on where you will be leaving from. Sónar also offers a bus service of its own called SonarBus, for nightly activities, which costs 2,5€ per trip, leaving from two different locations. For more information about the means of transportation available to get to the festival, click here.
Lineup and ticket prices
There are so many incredible artists scheduled for Sónar Barcelona, that its difficult to know which names to highlight. Some of the most popular ones you will find in this year’s lineup include Acid Arab Live, Afrodeutsche, Aleesha, Amelie Lens, Anger, Arca, Artwork, Bad Bunny, Branko, Body & Soul, Brat Star, Catnapp, Cascales, Diego Navarro, Dixon, Floating Points and Katranada. You can check the full lineup here. There are 9 different tickets you can buy for Sónar, and if you buy them online, prices start at 58€. The most expensive ticket online is 315€, which is a VIP ticket to both Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night for all three days.
Will you got to Sónar this year?