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Sónar Barcelona 2017: ‘The’ Music Festival

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June is the time to visit Barcelona, including SEEN’s favourite place, the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion (where a sound installation will be on show) for the celebration of the 24th edition of Sónar, Barcelona’s pioneering event and international dance and electronic music festival. It will be taking place for a whole week, from the 12th to the 18th of June.

Unlike other music events, Sónar is a city festival that takes place in two different venues: one for Sónar by Day at Fira Monjuic, in the city centre, and another site, located further out of town, where Sónar by Night is celebrated. This is a huge building with an interesting modern design on the way towards Barcelona Airport.

In existence since 1994, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Congress of Technology and Creativity – better known as the Sónar Music Festival or Sónar Barcelona, will host the latest electronic music by both established artists and emerging talent in all areas of musical and audiovisual productions, for three days.

Over 150 performances across nine stages will take place, including Justice, Arca & Jesse Kanda, Soulwax, DJ Shadow, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Eric Prydz, De La Soul, Anderson, .Paak, Vitalic, Nina Kraviz, Nosaj Thing & Daito Manabe. Thundercat, DAWN, Joe Goddard, Dellafuente + Maka, Andy Stott, Jlin, Matmos, Elysia Crampton, C. Tangana and Princess Nokia will also be participating in Sónar Barcelona 2017. Worth mentioning is the special show at Sónar by Night by legendary French musician Cerrone, a regular at New York’s Studio 54 and creator of disco hits like “Supernature” and “Love In C Minor”, with projections, live vocalists and all the hits from his celebrated career.

Arca
Arca
Justice
Justice
DAWN
DAWN
Nina Kraviz
Nina Kraviz
Elysia Crampton
Elysia Crampton

A brand new stage, Sónar XS – its ninth – will showcase new talent and underground sounds at close quarters, focusing on the new evolutions in rap, and will include artists such as Kiddy Smile, Total Freedom, Deena Abdelwahed and DJ Florentino.

The SónarDôme stage program, curated by Red Bull Music Academy and Sónar, is completed with the incorporation of several well-known artists and numerous young talents and projects emerging from the classrooms of RBMA. Established names of note include Thundercat, experimental American duo Matmos, the extraordinary young MC Earl Sweatshirt, a key member of the Odd Future collective; the world premiere of the “Floorplan Live” show by Detroit techno master Robert Hood, together with his daughter Lyric; and C. Tangana, perhaps the most popular and relevant name in today’s national rap scene are among the artists confirmed today. Tech shows also take a leading role in the programme, with the addition of performances by Nonotak – one of the most cutting-edge artists in the contemporary scene when it comes to their use of technology and staging, and Boris Chimp – with a narrative audiovisual show focused around the journey of the first chimpanzee sent to the moon in 1969.

A wide range of cultural activities and events will also take place throughout the city for the entire week of Sonar, between Monday 12th and Sunday 18th of June, creating a veritable Sonar Week which includes the festival, exhibitions, concerts and installations.

The festival’s music program adds the Opening Night Björk DJ Set and the Closing Concert at the l’Auditori on Wednesday June 14th and Sunday June 18th respectively. The latter will feature Nico Muhly on piano and Stargaze performing the piece “Death Speaks” by David Lang. The sound installation “Wave Shift” by Mark Bain is also added to the programme and will occupy the Pabellón Mies van der Rohe; and experimental dance show “Épica”, by Aimar Pérez Galí, will take place in the Mercat de les Flors.

© Santiago Felipe
© Santiago Felipe

Sónar+D opens a full day early with the addition of a Networking Day on Wednesday, June 13th, a day of exchange, learning and debate exclusively for professionals. It expands its program with the inclusion of Maker Faire Barcelona, a special event geared towards families, taking place at the Fira Montjuïc Pabellón Italiano on Saturday June 17th and Sunday June 18th. Entrance will be free.

The IGL 2017 Global Conference, an annual conference that highlights the latest trends in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policies, will take place at CosmoCaixa on Tuesday June 13th and Wednesday, June 14th. It will bring together policy makers, professionals and researchers from all over the world, who will join Sónar+D on Wednesday, June 14th, to learn first-hand about the most innovative projects and the talent that develops them.

The festival program will host four wide-ranging exhibitions, two of them coming from London: the virtual reality exhibition “Björk Digital” which was premiered at Somerset House will be at the CCCB; “David Bowie Is”, the anthology produced by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, which has received more than one million visitors in London, Berlin, Paris and Chicago. will be displayed at the Barcelona Design Museum; “Lightforms / Soundforms”; plus the most complete exhibition to date on the work of Brian Eno, at Arts Santa Mònica; and “Blackout”, dedicated to the recently deceased Catalan artist Tres, at La Virreina Centre de la Imatge.

SEEN invites you to listen to the official Sónar 2017 playlists, here:

All information and ticket options: Passes, VIP Passes, Day Passes and Night Passes for both Sónar and Sónar+D are available at www.sonar.es

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