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DJ Shadow, Dave Clarke, Kode9 for first Sónar HK

The Barcelona electronic music festival will touch down in Hong Kong and Istanbul this spring, its first festivals in Asia since 2013's Sónar Tokyo

By IQ on 07 Feb 2017

DJ Shadow, Sónar Hong Kong

Sónar Hong Kong DJ Shadow

Sónar, the globe-trotting Barcelona-based electronic music and tech event, will this spring return to Asia for the first time since 2013 with two new festivals.

Sónar Istanbul will run from 24 to 25 March at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre, while single-day event Sónar Hong Kong is scheduled for 1 April at the Hong Kong Science Park. (No joke.)

The line-up for the Hong Kong event, announced today, includes DJs Kode9, DJ Shadow, Dave Clark, Gilles Peterson and Evian Christ, rapper Lady Leshurr and production duo Gorgon City, plus several Hongkongese acts, including Ocean Lam and Ouissam/Fragrant Harbour Soundsystem.

Since 2002 Sónar has hosted 23 festivals Barcelona and a further 55 in 27 cities worldwide

Kode9 will also appear in Istanbul, along with artists including Róisín Murphy, Nina Kraviz and Floating Points.

The Hong Kong programme additionally includes Sónar+D, the ‘International Congress for Digital Culture and Creative Technologies’, with workshops and panels “showcasing the latest trends in VR [virtual reality] and digital art”.

Since 2002 the festival promoted by Barcelona-based Advanced Music, has hosted 23 events in its hometown and a further 55 in 27 cities worldwide, including Reykjavik (2013–2017), Stockholm (2014–2016), Sao Paulo (2004, 2012–13, 2015), Tokyo (2002, 2004, 2006, 2011–13), Bogota (2015–2016), London (2002–05, 2009–11) and Cape Town (2012 and 2014).


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