Sónar Barcelona 2023
Taking place in multiple European locations throughout the year, Sónar is an annual music festival known for crafting an eclectic lineup of the most advanced, experimental, and forward-thinking artists in the global electronic landscape. 2023 marks the 30th year of Sónar, celebrating the everchanging intersection of art, technology, and culture with some of the best lineups yet. The Barcelona flagship event has occurred on the cusp of summer annually since 1994; the 2023 edition of Sónar Barcelona is June 15-17. Additionally, since its inception, Sónar has thrown another 74 festivals across dozens of cities globally, like Lisboa and Istanbul.
The three-day festival is broken up into two parts, Sónar by Day at Fira Montjuïc in the city center and Sónar by Night at Fira Gran Via, a quick train ride away. Across the two venues, there are ten stages with non-stop music all weekend. Alongside the day festival is Sónar’s own tech conference, Sónar+D, as well as the week-long OFFSónar events across the city.
Though the Barcelona festival has an electronic focus, Sónar also features a splash of hip-hop, rock, and genre-bending sounds, hosting emerging artists and industry-leading names alike. The festival has helped launch the careers of many now-famous musicians and continues to be a platform for creative experimentation and boundary-pushing, helping to define the global music landscape year after year. Past notable performers include Björk, Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, LCD Soundsystem, Gorillaz, Bonobo, Four Tet, Carl Cox, and Arca, amongst dozens of other exciting names.
In addition to the multiple days and nights of music, the whole Sónar experience includes much more. The full scope of Sónar includes SónarCinema, a film festival featuring on-theme content; SónarPlanta, an immersive audio-visual art installation; SónarXS, a space for emerging talent; SónarComplex, an interactive installation that explores the relationship between music, technology, and the human body; Sónar360, an immersive 360-degree experience that uses cutting-edge technology to create a fully immersive audio-visual environment; MarketLab, a marketplace featuring products like records, clothing, and music gear.
Sónar Barcelona Festival 2023 lineup
Sónar Barcelona 2023 sees the return of many past performers like Aphex Twin, Black Coffee, Richie Hawtin, DJ Holographic, and Eric Prydz. Alongside the many Sónar veterans are other notable names like BICEP, DJ Holographic b2b DJ Minx, Little Simz, Peggy Gou, Tiga b2b Coro Novoa, Amelie Lens, DJ EZ, and Honey Dijon. Up-and-coming and underground names to look out for at this year’s Sónar include Mochakk, 700 Bliss, Erika De Casier, Kyne, MikeQ, Bad Gyal, and much more.
This year’s stages include: SonarCar by TOUS, an intimate club within the festival with a circular dance floor; SonarClub, the largest stage at the festival; SonarHall, the largest indoor stage with grand red curtains along the walls; SonarLab by Resident Advisor, featuring a diverse range of sounds; SonarPark by DICE, an audio playground; SonarPub by Thunder Bitch, featuring music across all genres; SonarVillage by EstrellaDamm, Sonar’s most iconic stage; Complex+D, a space for the most experimental performances; and Stage+D by MEDIAPRO, a home for multidisciplinary performances.
Other spaces include: Lounge+D, a social and networking area; Project Area, an interactive exhibit of creative and technological works; and Room+D, a space for workshops, panels, masterclasses, and more; SonarAgora, a debate and discussion area.
Sónar Barcelona 2023
Experience Spain’s most exciting week in electronic music at Sónar Barcelona. Tickets are on sale now.
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