For electronic music and audiovisual productions’ lovers: Sonar Festival is the place to be. Located in Barcelona, in the middle of June, this music festival will have you jumping right in the heart of summer.
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Located in the city centre of Barcelona during June 16th-17th-18th, Sonar Festival is one of the biggest electronic music city festival in Europe. Started in 1994 by music journalist Ricard Robles and musicians and visual artists Enric Palau and Sergio Caballero. Every year Sonar collects the performances of big artists: such as The Chemical Brothers, Massive Attack, Skrillex, Die Antwoord, A$AP Rocky, FKA Twigs. This year the festival is going to organize its 23rd edition. Combining established artists with emerging talents in the field of electronic music, creativity and technology.
It will take place in two locations, as the festival is divided into two main sections: Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night. Besides live music, conferences and meetings about technology, music and creativity will get to the stage. And, although technology is a big component of the festival, professional cameras and video recording cameras are not allowed in. Keeping this way an allure of mystery around the festival. Which can be reveal only throughout the photos of professional press accreditation holder. Or by Instagram accounts, of course.
The festival is easily livable thanks to the SónarCashless, a wristband given at the check-in point which allows you to pay everything without using any cash but only topping up it, at any cashless point, of the amount of money you need.
Tickets are available via the official ticket outlets, which are listed on the official website of Sónar Festival, or at the ticket offices at the festival where, of course, the prices are more expensive. There are different types of tickets: SonarPass Vip tickets (295€), 2-Night Ticket VIP (180€), tickets for the 3 days of Sonar by Day (195€), tickets only for Sonar by Night (125€), tickets for only one day entrance at Sonar by day (54€) or by night (72€).
SONAR BY DAY
Located in Fira Montjuïc, it gathers concerts, showcases and Sonar+D. It is open from 1pm to 11pm (last entrance at 10:30 pm) and it is accessible by everyone, also by kids under the age of sixteen accompanied by an adult. It is obligatory, in this case, to fill in a specific document (available on the website) and keep it during the festival.
During the 3 days of live music and dj’s sets, many musicians are going to be playing here: Anohni, Fatboy Slim, Bob Moses, Young Lean, Boys Noize, Cyclo, Santigold, James Blake, Richie Hawtin. And that’s just the start.
The same location will also host Sonar+D. It is an international conglomerate of conferences, talks, workshop, exhibitions about the what makes creativity and technology come together in our age of digital transformation. It involves technicians, entrepreneurs, artists, companies and researchers from all over the world to present ideas that are able to better influence the creativity in the areas of music, visuals, interactive content and transmedia platforms.
SONAR BY NIGHT
Located at the Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet, Sónar by Night hosts live shows and dj sets from the biggest names in international music such as: New Order, Anohni, Fatboy Slim, Boys Noiz, Flume, James Blake, Richie Hawtin, Jean-Michel Jarre.
It opens at 9 pm until morning (last entrance at 6 am) and kids under the age of 16 year-old are not allowed in.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK AT SONAR FESTIVAL
Sonar by Day and Sonar by Night will be enriched by delicious food trucks offering a wide selection of snacks for every taste, even for vegetarians and people who suffer from celiac disease. Nevertheless, the really unmissable opportunity is the chance to taste the cuisine of three of the best chefs of Barcelona, who will feed and charm people with their incredible talents.
Where to eat at Sonar by Day
June 16th, Thursday
Albert Ventura of Restaurant Coure: signature cuisine based on the Catalan tradition.
June 17th, Friday
Rafa Peña of Restaurant Gresca: creative and signature cuisine with European and Catalan inspirations.
June 18th, Saturday
Max and Stefano Colombo of Restaurant Xemei: Italian restaurant lead by two Venetian chefs who reproduce the Italian gastronomy, with fish playing an important role.
from 1 pm to 11 pm at the SonarVillage VIP area kitchen
Where to eat at Sonar by Night
La Catusa Van: food truck whose specialities consist of meatball sandwiches and Kakigori ice cream
El Tarantino: food truck specialized in gourmet hot dogs
from 9 pm to 6 am
WHERE TO SLEEP AT SONAR FESTIVAL
As Sonar is a city festival, it doesn’t offer any space for camping. So, if you’re looking for an accommodation, you need to book an hotel or apartment as soon as you can, as during the weekend of Sonar it’s really difficult to find an available room. The festival has conventions with some hotels and flats near the interested area, such as:
Room Mate Emma: boutique hotel located 2.43 km away from Sonar. It is the perfect union of Spanish attitude and design and colorful vision by the interior designer Tomás Alia. (from 189 per night). Carrer Rosselló 205, 08008 Barcelona
W Hotel: the paradise of luxury hotels with the perfect panoramic view over Barcelona. It has a SPA, a panoramic swimming pool and everything you don’t know you need yet. (from 865 per night). Plaça de la Rosa dels Vents, 1 Barcellona, 08039
Bed and Bike Barcelona Hostel: for those who plan to spend the most of the time dancing at Sónar and need a place to rest just before the collapse, this hostel is a cheaper solution. It’s common area is the perfect meeting point for young travelers and it offers both shared and private rooms. Carrer Diputació 360, Barcelona
HOW TO GET TO SONAR FESTIVAL
Sonar by Day
Fira Fira Montjuïc Avinguda Rius i Taulet, s/n 08004 Barcelona
Plaça d’Espanya station (only 6 minutes walking away):
- metro line L1, L3, L8
- train line R5, R6, R50, R60, S4, S8, S33.
Sonar by Night
Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet, Av. Joan Carles I (corner of Botánica), 08908 L’Hospitalet de Llobregat
From Sonar by Day: Sonar bus (price 2.50€)
Europa Fira (5 minutes walking away):
- metro line L8, L9S
- train line R5, R6, R50, R60, S4, S8, S33.
Taxi. Taxi drivers, because of the high demand, could ask for an expensive rate to reach Sonar by Night, even around 60€. The best thing to do is not to get a taxi in the city centre but look for it in the bordering area.