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Sónar Barcelona, Spain - 15 June 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
Barcelona Sants Bus Station (Estació Sants)

shuttle bus:
Barcelona Airport / Fira Montjuïc / Fira Gran Via

nearest airport:
Barcelona-El Prat (BCN)

nearest train station:
Barcelona-Sants Train Station (Estació de Barcelona-Sants)

Port de Barcelona / Port Vell / Port Olímpic

Getting to Barcelona

  • It’s easy to get to Barcelona from anywhere in the world.
  • It’s Spain’s 2nd largest city with:
  • El Prat International Airport
  • Renfe & Inter-European high-speed trains
  • International buses
  • Port with 4 international cruise ship terminals.

By Air

  • El Prat Airport is about 15 km from Sónar Gran Via venues.
  • There are airport shuttle services by train and bus.
  • Airport shuttle bus takes about 35 minutes to Plaza Catalunya.
  • Airport shuttle train takes about 25 minutes to Passeig de Grácia.
  • There are shuttles from the airport to Fira Montjuïc and Fira Gran Via.

By Train

  • Barcelona-Sants Train Station (Estació de Barcelona-Sants) at Plaça dels Països Catalans.
  • França Station (Estacio França)
  • Passeig de Gràcia Station

By Bus

  • Barcelona Sants Bus Station (Estació Sants) on Carrer de Viriat.
  • Barcelona North Station (Estacio Nord).

Two Sonars

  • Sónar festival is divided into day and night events.
  • Each takes place at separate FIRA venues.
  • The venues are about 3 km apart connected by train.

Sónar by day 

  • Sonar by Day is at Fira Montjuïc between Avinguda Reina Maria Cristina and Avinguda de Rius i Taulet.
  • The nearest Metro / FGC station is Espanya.
  • Montjuïc is a lush park area on a mountain in the heart of the city with a fountain, palace and fortress.
  • Fira Montjuïc was the original site of the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.

Sonar by Night

  • Sonar by Night is at Fira Gran Via between Carrer de la Botànica and Avenida Joan Carles I, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat.
  • The nearest Metro FGC station nearest is Europa/Fira.
  • Fira Gran Via is an ultra-modern convention centre – a massive complex with a capacity for up to 12,000.
  • L’Hospitalet de Llobregat is a suburb of Barcelona.

By Metro

  • It’s 3 stops from Espanya station to Europa/Fira station via the Barcelona FCG Train.



VIP options
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Prices in the table are quoted in EUR
3-day pass195Standard Sonar Ticket. Adult or Youth 16+. Earlybird tickets may be around €150.
Adult165Sónar +D. Professional Day and night pass.
Child0Children 0-7 may only attend daytime events.
Sónar Tickets
  • 16+ may attend day and night events at both locations without an adult.
  • 16+ pay full ticket price. 
  • Children under 16 may only attend day events with parent/guardian.
  • Choose regular Sónar tickets or Sónar+D - a conference for professionals.
  • Earybird tickets are available almost a year in advance.




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Barcelona, Spain

Fira, Av. Reina Maria Cristina
type of festival
electronic, pop, rock, world, indie & underground, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, techno / house / garage, ambient & downtempo, avant-garde & experimental, trance & psychedelic, hip-hop & rap, reggae & dub
other events
art: visual arts & installations, multimedia
start Thu, 15 June 2017
end Sat, 17 June 2017

Sónar: Avant-garde Electro Trends

For three days in June, Barcelona pulses with a digital heartbeat that pumps sonic juice through the world’s electronic music veins. It’s Sónar. And it beats to the rhythm of avant-garde experimental-electro-techno, underground-house, trance-dance-pop, hip-hop-dubstep, grime-breakbeat and high-tech multimedia as the global showground for the latest electronic music producers, DJs & audiovisual designers to present genre-bending creations to over 120,000 fans and industry pros. Sonar Music Festival of Advanced Music & New Media Art is where innovators become trendsetters during Sonar by Day at Fira Montjuïc, and where digital masters like Massive Attack, Noisia, Bonobo & Ricardo Villalobos shake the stages of Fira Gran Via at Sonar by Night.


Sónar: Avant-garde Electro Trends

Sonar’s stages were christened in the mid 90s with electro-vibes by genre-bending musicians like Holger Czukay and his anarcho-punk, krautrock, ambient-electro-pop-world-music, as well as vinyl-turntablist DJ/producer Sven Väth with his trance-techno-ambient-house mixes, and drone-house-techno-chill-arctic-sounds by Geir Jenssen – Biosphere. With these, and hundreds of other ground-breaking music pioneers (like the new-wave-synth-pop duo Pet Shop Boys, electro-dance-techno-micro-house producer Ricardo Villalobos & jazz-rap-alternative-hip-hop trio De La Soul), the scene was set for Sonar to be one of the most important electronic music festivals in the world. And it is. Over two decades of cutting-edge music, visual arts and music industry conferences, has sealed its reputation as a trendsetting avant-garde festival, and the reason 120,000 fans & pros flock to Barcelona each June.

Montjuïc, Gran Via, Sónar+D & Sonar World

Sonar Barcelona unfolds at the two Fira centres in the heart of the city: Sonar by Day at Fira Montjuïc showcasing emerging talent (plus Sónar+D where creators & industry experts network), as well as concert extravaganzas by the world’s greatest DJs & producers at Sonar by Night in the Fira Gran Via complex.

Sonar Global

Sonar Music Festival has gone global with events in Reykjavik, Stockholm, Mexico City, Cape Town, Tokyo and other international centres that change annually. 

Sonar Music Festival - one of the world’s top avant-garde electronic music events!

contributor: Festinga
published: 20 June 2015
updated: 11 October 2016
Age: 16+, an adult oriented event, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian
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General: award-winning, biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: indoor, urban
Features: djs & sound systems, self-expression, partying, relaxing, self-discovery, live music & shows, talks & debates, ideas & technology

8 Sonar Stages – 4 by Day + 4 by Night

Sónar Festival Internacional de Música Avanzada y New Media Art de Barcelona, which is the event’s official name, but most commonly known as Sonar Barcelona, is divided into two distinct events: Sonar by Day at Fira Montjuïc in the Plaça d’Espanya where there are 4 stages: SonarVillage, SonarHall, SonarDôme, SonarComplex, and ten minutes away, the site of Sonar by Night at Fira Gran Via in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat where electronic music masters let loose sonic & visual orgasms on 4 stages: SonarClub, SonarLab, SonarPub, SonarCar.

Sonar By Day

Sonar by Day incorporates visual arts and film exhibits, music conferences, labs, indie-pro networking meetings at Sónar+D, and a mix of experimental music presentations as well as a featured daytime Sonar line up. Day guests have included electro-pop pioneers Kraftwerk and their 3D show, the synthpop-alternative-new-wave-dance-house duo Pet Shop Boys, and electro-reggae-fusion music guru Major Lazer. The diurnal Sonar line up also embraces less-known talents such as Alizzz, Arnau Obiols, Kidsuke, and the Mallorcan danceable-electronic group Jansky that add a delicate touch to their work through Catalan vocal sounds by Laia MaLo, plus the atypical orchestral performances by sound researchers known as the Barcelona Laptop Orchestra who, as you might expect, instead of playing instruments, use laptops.

Sonar By Night

Sonar by Night is where the world’s most outstanding electronic music creators blast-off on the main SonarClub stage and on three other stages (which have evolved over the years and are today giant sonic and visual platforms) called SonarLab, SonarPub and SonarCar.

It unfolds at the Fira Gran Via complex, which is one of the largest convention centres in Europe with 8 gigantic pavilions, 45 restaurants and over 200,000 square meters of indoor and outdoor space connected by giant walkways. Since alcoholic beverages and a variety of food choices are available at the Sonar by Night venue, bringing your own food or alcohol onto the Sonar Music Festival grounds is strictly prohibited. Note: There are no on-site cash machines at the night venue so come prepared.

What is Sonar Culture?

Sónar International Festival of Advanced Music & New Media Art is the most renowned music festival in Spain, an import cutting-edge electronic music event in Europe, and one of the top trendsetting, genre-bending sound & visual arts conferences in the world with 3 days of mind-bending concerts, multimedia arts exhibits & music industry meetings. The core culture of Sónar revolves around electronic music and creative multimedia arts. Over the course of more than twenty years, Sonar has been responsible for discovering some of the best electronic talent on the planet. Today, Sonar Barcelona continues to uncover the most innovative, experimental, avant-garde and ground-breaking electronic music and visual arts creators and presents electro-dance-pop extravaganzas in a dual event comprised of Sonar by Day at Fira Montjuïc, with music and visual arts on the verge of trending, and Sonar by Night with massive concerts featuring performances by the worlds greatest DJs, sound/film producers & electronic dance music creators at gigantic parties that shake the foundations of the Fira Gran Via complex.


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Beds & Eats


Barcelona Camping 

Camping Tres Estrellas - This campsite is in Gavá, about 12 km from Barcelona city centre. Daytime bus service from Plaza Catalunya to a station 300 m from campsite. It’s a deluxe campsite with swimming pools, restaurant/bar and beach access. Telephone: +34 936 330 637 Address: Carretera C-31, km. 186,2 (Autovía de Castelldefels), Gavá, Barcelona

Camping Barcelona - This campsite is 30 min. to an hour from Barcelona centre. CB runs a free shuttle service from Plaça Catalunya to the campgrounds, and also a shuttle to the train station at Mataró, which goes to the city centre. There’s a night bus service right outside the campsite that goes into the city every hour all night long, great for festival-goers attending Sonar by Night. The campsite has a pool, restaurant, WiFi, and is near the beach. Telephone: +34 937 904 720 Address: Carretera N-II Km 650, Mataró, Barcelona

Camping Masnou - This campsite is in El Masnou, about 15 km from Barcelona city centre. Train service (06:00 - 0:00) from Plaza Catalunya to a station 300 m from campsite. It has a pool and laundry service. They don’t have a website. Telephone: +34 935 551 503 Address: Carretera. N-II km 633 Camil Fabra, 33, El Masnou, Barcelona.

Barcelona Hostels

There are hundreds of hostels in Barcelona; most in the Ciutat Vella, Eixample, El Barri Gòtic, El Ravel and down alleys off La Rambla, within walking distance of Sonar by Day events (and a short ride to Sonar by Night). Here are 3 recommended BCN hostels:

  • Barcelona Central Garden Hostel - One of the cheapest & nicest centrally located hostels in Barcelona. Telephone: +34 935 006 999 Address: Carrer Roger de Lluria 41, Barcelona
  • Casa Consell Guest House - This is a charming mid-range hostel in Barcelona city. Telephone: +34 689 585 568 Address: Consell de Cent 324 Principal 2a, Entre Paseo de Gracia y Pau Claris, Barcelona.
  • Hostel Casa Kessler - An affordable, elegant boutique-style hostel in Barcelona. Telephone: +34 935 285 742 Address: Calle Enric Granados 30 Entresol, Barcelona.
Barcelona Hotels Near Sonar Venues

Sonar Spain suggests these Barcelona hotels close to the festival venues:



Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: Wi-Fi Zone, VIP Zone
Accessibility: yes
Sonar Daytime – Fira Montjuïc

Day events unfold at Fira Montjuïc, a facility designed as an Olympic exhibition centre and adapted as a convention centre to include massive indoor and outdoor spaces totaling over a hundred and fifty thousand square meters that include six exhibition halls, conference rooms, auditoriums, and twenty onsite restaurants as well as food stalls and vending machines for daytime snacks & beverages. Bringing your own alcoholic beverages or food onto the Sonar Music Festival grounds is prohibited. Credit cards may be used and there are cash machines onsite at the daytime Fira complex (but not at the night venue).

Fira Montjuïc Parking

The Montjuïc venue has really limited parking but has excellent access to public transportation.

Additionally amenities at Fira Montjuïc:
  • Security Services
  • Lost & Found
  • Medical Services



start Thu, 15 June 2017
end Sat, 17 June 2017
Barcelona in June

Barcelona Sonar opens the summer party season each year in mid June.

Sónar Barcelona on Tour

Sonar Festival goes on tour during the year to places like Reykjavik, Stockholm, Tokyo, Mexico City and Cape Town.

Season & Weather

Season: Summer
Temperature: 18 to 25 °C

Barcelona weather is pleasantly warm in June. The city benefits from the Mediterranean climate with long sunny days, highs that seldom go above 30 °C and agreeably fresh evenings. Prepare for sun-drenched days and cool nights with sea breezes. It doesn’t rain much in June, so the open-air concerts at Parc de Montjuïc and outdoor events around the avant-garde Gran Via structures are delightful! Think Slinky & Sexy - sandals, skimpy shorts, slinky sun-dresses, bikinis on the beach, a hat and sunglasses for daytime Sonar events, and sexy clubbing attire for partying at Sonar by Night.



Tel: + 34 933 208 163
Sónar Contact


  • Advanced Music S.L.: Carrer de Zamora, 45-47, 1º A, 08005 Barcelona
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