Sónar is a three-day electronic and advanced music festival. It was founded in Barcelona in 1994 by journalist Ricard Robles and musicians Enric Palau, and Sergi Caballero. This first event was attended by nearly 6,000 people, but this numbered tripled in only two years, reaching 18.000 in 1996. Sonar assistants number has allways kept growing until the early 2010’s, when Sónar size stabilized at around 80.000 visitors / year.
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The festival has been divided into two parts since its inception: Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night. Sonar by Night offer large format concerts with an extensive audiovisual display. The main stage, SonarClub, has a capacity for more than 15,000 people. Together with SonarClub, all the stages at Sónar by Night (SonarLab, SonarPub, SonarCar, SonarPark, and Bumper Cars) have witnessed shows by many artists and DJs such as M.I.A, De La Soul, Boys Noize, The Roots, Justice, Hot Chip, Ricardo Villalobos, Kode9, The Sugarhill Gang or Flying Lotus. Sónar by Day is not only based on music. SonarPro is a huge technology and record fair for art and music professionals and lovers. SonarCinema offers a programme featuring 18 screenings including short films, documentaries, video art projections and selections of clips. SonarMática focuses on highlighting what was happening at the time in digital art in Barcelona, and includes installations, exhibitions, demos, performances, conferences, music a la carte and online content. There is also an exhibition area, Sonarama, which focuses on sound and audiovisual creation, with works that were displayed for several festivals at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica. In 2012, SonarPro recorded the highest number of professionals and participating companies in its history, with more than 2,500 accreditation holders from 51 countries. In 2013 edition, the festival created Sónar+D, the next step in the evolution of what was known as SonarPro.
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During all these years, the festival has also collaborated with various institutions, spaces, and centres such as the GREC festival, the Centre d’Arts Santa Mónica, the Mies Van Der Rohe Foundation, CosmoCaixa, and L’Auditori
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Video: Sonar+D 2015
Sonar by day | Fira Montjuic (Avinguda Rius i Taulet, s/n 08004 Barcelona)
Sonar by night | Fira Gran Via l’Hospitalet (Av. Joan Carles I (corner of Botánica), 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat)
How to go
Sonar by day | Metro line 1 and 3 to Plaza Espanya
Sonar by night | Bus H12, V3, 37, 46, 65, 79, 109, 125, N1, N15,N16 and N17 or Sonar bus