Sonar

Sonar is a Barcelona based festival of advanced music, and multimedia art, combining three days of top headliners, experimental line ups and massive crowds.

Sonar is one of the most respected and well established major festivals in Europe, the main event takes place in Barcelona, and then travels to various other countries, which can differ from year to year

Rumours

The following dates have been confirmed, however no rumours have surfaced as more and more acts are being confirmed.

  • Sonar Reykjavik: 15th - 16th Feb
  • Sonar Cape Town: Cancelled.
  • Sonar Tokyo: 6th-7th April
  • Sonar Sao Paulo: 24th-25th May
  • Sonar Barcelona: 13th-15th June

Lineup

The 2013 lineup is as follows:

REYKJAVIK: Simian Mobile Disco, Modeselektor, Squarepusher, James Black and many more

CAPE TOWN: To be announced.

TOKYO: To be announced.

SAO PAULO: Pet Shop Boys, The Roots, Paul Kalkbrenner and many more.

BARCELONA: Kraftwerk (3D Show), Pet Shop Boys, Two Door Cinema Club and many more.

This year sees the 20th celebration of the Spanish branch.

The fill line up can be viewed here.

Vibe

The event is self described as "'Three days and three nights in touch with the most up-to-date developments and featuring the most relevant national and international artists.'

Split into Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night, Sonar by Day takes place in the Centre for Contemporary Arts, and is a showcase of artists focusing on the search for new talent.

Sonar by Day also includes the chance for attendees to purchase a DJ pass, which allows them to get behind the decks for a 50 minute set.

On the other hand, Sonar by Night is a celebration of the major acts and head-liners, where festival goers are transported away from the city centre to the proper festival site.

The festival is noted for attracting quite an "avant-garde music community", known for breaking down any international prejudices about music from the participating countries.

Stages and other entertainment

Sonar by Day takes place across the following venues: Sonar Village, the Sonar Hall, the Sonar Dome, the Sonar Complex and the Cosmo Caixa.

Sonar by Night takes place in the main festival site, as well as the following venues: L'Auditori de Barcelona, the Sonar Pub, the Sonar Lab, the Sonar Club, the Sonar Car and the Nit Grec-Sonar,

Tickets

REYKJAVIK: €85 for a 2 day pass - Available online via Harpa and Midi, Telephone +354 528 5050

CAPE TOWN: To be announced.

TOKYO: To be announced.

SAO PAULO: To be announced.

BARCELONA: Released on December 4th, tickets will cost €150 until Jan 10th, were the tickets will then cost €175, worldwide the tickets can be purchased via SonarTickets and Ticketmaster.

VIP

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Children

This is more a festival for adults, as there doesn't seem to be a strong family presence on the website.

Disability Access

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Weather

SAO PAULO: Is known to have unpredictable weather, with locals joking about experience four seasons in one day, May temperatures can reach highs of 29C but also feel lows of 13C

Location

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Local Information

SAO PAULO: While many hotels and local tourist attractions employ English speaking staff, it's a good idea to print out key Portuguese phrases just in case.

Travel

SAO PAULO:

  • By Plane: Guarulhos International (GRU) and Viracopos (CPQ) for international and some domestic arrivals, and Congonhas (CGH) for most medium and short haul domestic flights.
  • From The Airport: Airport Shuttles area a better bet then local buses as they will not let you on with luggage that doesn't fit on your lap.

Local Accommodation

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What to wear

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Camping

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Site Information

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Food and drink

BARCELONA:

Apart from that provided on site, many enjoy visiting the local restaurants.There are many "Maoz" outlets in the area, which is known as a reliable vegetarian falafel take away, which is both cheap and fulfilling.

"Pollo Roco" chain restaurants are also close by, for those who want cheap food and something cold to drink. With plenty of areas to sit the restaurants also have a high turnover for those on the move.

Perform at the festival

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Drugs and security

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Trivia

Annually the Barcelona event attracts around 80,000 visitors, both local and international.

Past lineups

2012

  • Barcelona: The Roots, Fatboy Slim, Deadmau5, Hot Chip and many more.
  • Cape Town "A Taste Of Sonar": Modeselektor, Byetone, Brodinski and many more.
  • Tokyo: Squarepusher, The Cinematic Orhestra, Clark, Vincent Gallo and many more.
  • Sao Paulo: Bjork, Justice, Alva & Ryuichi Sakamoto, James Blake and many more.

2011

The 2011 programmes included Underworld, M.I.A., Aphex Twin, Magnetic Man, Die Antwoord, The Human League, Dizzee Rascal, Cut Copy, James Murphy, Janelle Monáe, Paul Kalkbrenner, Chris Cunningham, Boys Noize, Four Tet, Buraka Som Sistema, Katy B and Steve Aoki.