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Set against the backdrop of Barcelona, Sónar festival is a celebration of cutting edge electronic music and multimedia art. Famous for curating and experimenting with electronic dance music's newest trends, the music festival showcases top headliners and international line ups to cosmopolitan crowds. Dominating the city for over three days, Sonar is one of the most unique, pioneering and well established major electronic music festivals in Europe.

Split into day and night activities, the Sónar music event takes place over two locations across Barcelona. Sónar by Day is located in Fira Montjuïc and hosts electronic music concerts and DJs with a focus on discovering new talent. The Sonar by Day venue is also home to the new Sónar+D, an innovative and novel concept combining music, creativity and technology. The larger shows, incorporating major acts in the current international music scene, are staged at Sónar by Night which is located across the city in Fira Gran Via de L'Hospitalet.

As well as the main Barcelona festival, Sónar organizes international music festivals in different cities every year. Past Sonar locations include: Reykjavik, Buenos Aires, New York, London, Frankfurt, Seoul, Lisboa, Lyon, Hamburg, Toronto and many more.


Sonar festival features a line-up of electronic music, including artists like Gorillaz, Thoma Yorke and LCD Soundsystem.


The combination of the festival’s playful nature, culture and experimentation attracts a cosmopolitan crowd of beautiful people and independent spirits. Dedicated to discovering the latest trends in dance music, this avant-garde music community is made up of diverse nationalities all sharing a love of electronic music. Sónar's ethos of linking creativity and technology cultivates a global meeting point for creative people from both public and industry sectors and from a variation of disciplines and communities.

Stages and other entertainment

Sonar by Day

Sonar by Day takes place in Fira Montjuic, a grand urban event space and venue situated in Montjuic park and surrounded by pleasant green zones. Inside the venue music concerts and electronic DJ performances are showcased in areas such as the Sonar Dome, Sonar Village, Sonar Complex, Sonar Hall, Sonar Planta and Despacio. Fira Montuic is also home to the new Sónar+D area, an international conference and celebration of the relationship between creativity and technology. Performance activities include music, visuals, interactive content and transmedia platforms.

Sonar by Night

Sonar by Night hosts the larger shows and headline acts of the electronic music festival. Taking place at the eye-catching Fira Gran Via de L'Hospitalet, areas include the Sonar Pub, Sonar Lab, Sonar Club and Sonar Car.

Additional to the music festival, off Sonar parties take place all over Barcelona, from beaches, bars, terraces, rooftops, clubs and galleries.

Off Sonar Parties


  • SonarPass Earlybird Tickets. Pass includes access to Sónar Day, Sónar by Night and a selection of activities at Sónar+D
  • SonarPass Ticket. Pass includes access to Sónar Day, Sónar by Night and a selection of activities at Sónar+D
  • 2-Night Ticket.
  • Sónar by Day. Includes 1 Day entrance to Sónar by Day activities at Fira Montjuïc. Times: Thursday from 12 noon to 11pm. Friday and Saturday from 12 noon to 11pm
  • Sónar by Night Ticket. Includes 1 night entrance to Sónar by Night concerts at Fira Gran Via L'Hospitalet. Times: Doors at 9pm, concerts start at 9:30pm
  • Premium Day Pass Ticket. Includes access to Sonar Day, Sonar+D and VIP bar/areas and more
  • Premium Day & Night Pass Ticket. Includes access to Sonar by Day & Night, VIP bar/areas, free bus, exclusive access to the Estrella Damm inaugural concert and exclusive access to the Área Pro in the SonarClub stage and more.
  • Sonar Pack Ticket. Includes Sonar Pass and Sonar VIP.

Tickets can be purchased from Sonar Tickets, Ticketmaster, Ticketweb, FNAC France, FNAC Switzerland and FNAC Belgium. Single Day/Night tickets can only be bought from Sonar Tickets and Ticketmaster. Premium Passes can only be bought from Sonar Tickets.


The Sonar Pack VIP tickets have sold out, however separate premium tickets which include access to the Sonar shows, Sonar+D and exclusive VIP benefits are still available.

Premium Day Accreditation Ticket includes:

  • Access to activities exclusive to Sónar+D
  • Access to concerts at Sónar by Day
  • Online check-in system to avoid long lines
  • Exclusive access to move comfortably throughout the venue, Fira Montjuïc
  • Exclusive access to VIP area/VIP bar
  • Access to networking events with profiled businesses, developing projects and participating companies
  • Free Wifi
  • Free coat check service
  • Sónar 2015 Edition Adidas Bag

Premium Day & Night Accreditation Ticket offers all the advantages of the Accreditation by Day in addition to:

  • Access to concerts at Sónar by Night
  • Access to the Estrella Damm inagural concert on Thursday, June 18th at Sónar by Night
  • Exclusive access to the free bus to Sónar by Night
  • Exclusive access to Área Pro in the SonarClub stage at Sónar by Night with an insider view of the shows, plus a walkway linking the Pro de SonarClub and SonarPub areas
  • Premium Day & Night Accreditation tickets are €280 until 5th June, going up to €310 from 6th June


Sonar Festival isn’t specifically family friendly with electronic music acts and performances mainly suited towards adults. However children are allowed access to Sonar by Day provided they are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian and have completed a ‘letter of authorization and liability for admittance of minors' found on Sonar's website. Children under 7 can be admitted to Sonar by Day for free. 16-17 Year olds are allowed access to Sonar by Night, but are prohibited from consuming alcohol and tobacco.

Disability Access

Disability access is available at the Sonar Festival entrances and throughout the venues of both Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. However there are no suitable areas directly next to the stage. The Sonar website suggests contacting them on email if you have any specific needs or need more information.


Barcelona enjoys pleasant weather throughout the summer months. With an average temperature of 25oC / 77F, the city offers the ideal sunny setting for an International music festival. Boasting a warm climate perfect for outdoor festivities and benefiting from 9.5 hours of sunshine daily, you can pack plenty of sunbathing, festival revelling and rooftop drinking into a Barcelona day. Rainfall is unlikely, however anything from a light rain shower to a thunderstorm can hit the city, but will most certainly clear up quickly.


Barcelona is on the North Eastern coast of Spain. The Sonar music festival is divided over two locations across the city. The first music event, Sonar by Day, takes place inner city at the Fira’s Montjuic. Sitting in the green zone of Montjuic park, the building is a unique space that regularly hosts international social and cultural events. Centrally located in the city, the venue is easily accessible from the airport and is well connected to the public transport network.

The Sonar by Night music festival takes place across Barcelona at the stunning Gran Via de L'Hospitalet venue, located on the outskirts of the city centre. This grand piece of architecture is one of the largest and most modern venues in Europe, designed by the Japanese architect Toyo Ito, winner of the Pritzker prize.

Local Information

Barcelona is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city dotted with colourful buildings and packed full of urban culture. Gaudi’s iconic architecture, including the Sagrada Familia Basilica and Casa Battlo, are must sees, or for a spot of shopping hit La Rambla for high-street stores and Passeig de Gràcia for designer boutiques. Barceloneta beach is about 20 minutes’ walk from La Rambla and is beautifully scattered with random pieces of art and sculpture glistening in the Spanish sun. Tuck into tapas al fresco in the traditional and casual Gothic Quarter and then hit the city’s many bars and clubs - popular nightlife districts include the sophisticated El Born, trendy Ravel and up-market Port Olympic, to name a few.

Barcelona basics

Barcelona is the capital of Catalunya therefore Catalan is the main language, however most of the city’s inhabitants speak Spanish and English. The currency is Euro and electricity supply is 220 volts with 2 pin wall sockets. Barcelona is generally a safe city however, as with most large cities, beware of pickpocketing and bag snatching in overly crowded, tourist areas.



  • By Plane: Barcelona Airport (BCN) for international and domestic flights, is very close to both of Sonar’s locations Montjuic and Gran Via. Both venues are easily accessible from the airport with taxi and shuttle links.

  • Taxis: Uber is available in Barcelona although waiting times can vary. There are far fewer Uber cars in Barcelona than cities like London or New York. Another option in Barcelona is Cabify, a similar service to Uber but cheaper and quicker.

Travelling to Sonar By Day

Sonar by Day is in a central location of the city and is easily accessible by all transport routes.

  • Airport bus: Direct connection to the venue (15km distance)
  • Metro: Destination stop: Espanya – take the Green (L3) or Red (L1) lines
  • Train: Destination stop: Espanya - Line L8 (Molí Nou-Ciutat Coorperativa), Line S33 (Can Ros), Line S4 (Olesa de Montserrat), Line S8 (Martorell), Line R5, R50 (Manresa), Line R6, R60 (Igualada)
  • Bus: TMB Lines: D20, H12, V7, 9, 13, 27, 37, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165
  • Car: Connected by roads: AP-7, AP-2, A-2, C-16, C-58, C-31, C-32, C-33 Parking is available at: Avinguda Mistral 99, Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina 16, C/ Entença 61, Avinguda Rius i Taulet, 4-12
  • Taxi: Taxi firms include: Book Taxi BCN: (+34) 936 936 936 & Join Up Taxi: (+34) 932 250 000

More detailed information on all transport options and routes to the festival can be found on Sonar's website.

Travelling to Sonar By Night

It is slightly trickier to get to the Sonar by Night location, please follow the below advice on the best transport routes:

  • SonarBus: The Sonarbus line 1 is a shuttle bus that takes you from Sónar by Day (Av. Rius i Taulet) to Sónar by Night, running Friday and Saturday from 8.30pm to 11pm. Line 2 is an uninterrupted bus service from Plaça de les Drassanes in the city centre and runs Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm to 8am.
  • Train: Destination stop: Europa/Fira. Can be reached via all trains leaving the FGC station located at the Espanya metro station. Journey time is only 5 minutes and trains run four times an hour. Last train from Espanya station is 2.00am and first train from Europa/Fira is 5.54am.
  • Day & Night Bus: H12, V3, 9, 37, 46, 65, 79, 109, 125, N1, N15, N16 and N17
  • Car: The Gran Via venue is located in a new business development area, connected to the main motorways and roads to Barcelona: AP-7, AP-2, A-2, C-16, C-58, C-31, C-32, C-33. Please note parking is not available at the Sonar by Night venue.
  • Taxi: 15-20 Minute journey from the city centre. Taxis will be in high demand over the festival period, especially at night, after midnight fares can soar to €60. Only use taxis as a last resort. Taxi firms include: Book Taxi BCN: (+34) 936 936 936 & Join Up Taxi: (+34) 932 250 000

More detailed information on all transport options and routes to the festival can be found on Sonar's website.

Local Accommodation

Sonar festival is located in Barcelona and consequently surrounded by a wide range of accommodation to suit all kinds of budget. Aparthotels are ideal for large groups of friends and hostels offer great value for money. Over the festival period accommodation gets booked up fast, ensure you have somewhere to stay before you arrive to avoid disappointment. Suggested accommodation can be found on Sonar's website.

What to wear

Encapsulating the festival’s cutting edge and forward thinking ethos, the style at Sonar is cool, edgy and modern. Arguably the best dressed European festival, Sonar girls choose hip topknot hair styles over loose boho waves and tend to wear graphic tees, denim shorts, round shades and ankle boots. Sonar guys sport hipster beards, panama hats, dark denim and indie style skinny long shorts or jeans, finished off with a pair of Converse. Unlike field/camping based music festivals, Sonar’s attendees are lucky enough to have a shower and electricity to return to each night, resulting in a more trend-led, urban look compared to the usual hippy, carefree festival style.

The music event is centrally located in Barcelona and Sonar’s party people are likely to hit the city’s beaches, bars, terraces, art spaces and clubs in-between festival activities. Consequently all these varied urban hot-spots need to be considered when planning your outfit. Stash a cardigan or loose shirt to throw over your outfit when heading into the city for off Sonar activities; as with most major cities, it’s not considered appropriate to walk around flaunting bikini straps or super short skirts. Ankle boots or Converse are functional and fashionable footwear options, however keep a pair of flip-flops handy in your bag in case you spontaneously hit a beach after-party.


No camping is available at Sonar Festival, however there are many hostels in Barcelona that offer cheap accommodation.

Site Information

Sonar by Day (Montjuic)

  • ATMs are available
  • Cards are accepted behind the bar
  • Food & drink are available to buy (bringing your own is prohibited)
  • Tobacco is NOT available to purchase, bring your own
  • Free WIFI at the SonarVillage area
  • Smoking is allowed in uncovered areas but not indoors
  • Enter and leave the festival as many times as you wish
  • Parking is available

Sonar by Night (Gran Via)

  • ATMs NOT available
  • Cards are accepted behind the bar
  • Food & drink are available to buy (bringing your own is prohibited)
  • Tobacco is NOT available to purchase, bring your own
  • Smoking is allowed in uncovered areas but not indoors
  • One-time entry allowed only, you cannot leave the festival if you want to return
  • No Parking

Food and drink


Food and drink are available at the Barcelona festival, however for a wider range of options simply jump on the metro to La Ramblas - the street and its surrounded areas are packed full of cafes and tapas bars. The Sonar by Day venue is within easy access of the city’s countless eateries and you can exit and return to the festival site as often as you like. However the Sonar by Night venue does not allow re-entry, it’s probably advisable to eat before you head towards the night-time festival.

Perform at the festival

You must be an electronic act to perform at Sonar Festival. Contact Sonar on email between October and February with demos to be considered.

Drugs and security

On Sonar’s official website it states that any person attending, including after entry to the festival areas, may be ejected without any entitlement to a refund, in the event of carrying or consuming drugs.

In reality drugs are very available at the festival and many festival goers are high, most commonly smoking cannabis, taking cocaine, ecstasy pills or MDMA. People wander through the crowds selling drugs which vary in quality.


Annually the music festival attracts around 80,000 visitors, both local and international. In 2014 125 international speakers from the creative and technology industries performed at the new Sonar+D event.

Past lineups

2018 + Barcelona: Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Thom Yorke.




2014 + Barcelona: Massive Attack, Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers, Rudimental. +Reykjavik: Skrillex, Jamie XX, SBTRKT and many more +Cape Town: Pet Shop Boys, Too Many DJs, The Bloody Beetroots.

2013 + Barcelona: Kraftwerk (3D show), Pet Shop Boys, Skrillex. +São Paulo: Cancelled +Reykjavik: James Blake, Simian Mobile Disco, Trentemoller. +Tokyo-Osaka: Karl Hyde, LFO, Alec Empire and many more


  • 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.


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.