Getting to Barcelona
Sónar by day
Sonar by Night
Prices in the table are quoted in EUR
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
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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 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.
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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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.
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 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
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:
Datesstart 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
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.