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All-time high attendance for Sónar 24

Sónar promoter Advanced Music is celebrating the Barcelona event's best-ever year, with 61,000 attendees for the day programme and 62,000 at night

By IQ on 20 Jun 2017

Bjork, Sonar 2017, Barcelona, Santiago Felipe

Björk speaks at Sónar+D 2017

image © Santiago Felipe

More than 123,000 people attended the 24th Sónar – the most successful year in the Barcelona festival’s history.

Some 61,000 attended Sónar 2017’s daytime programme (Sónar by Day), which featured music over five stages as part of the festival proper – and 157 panels, demonstrations and installations for tech conference Sónar+D – at the the Fira Montjuïc exhibition centre in Barcelona city centre.

A thousand more, meanwhile, attended Sónar by Night – held at on 16 and 17 June at Fira Gran Via, just outside central Barcelona – to see performances by DJ Shadow, Justice, Soulwax, Moderat, Anderson .Paak and other heavy hitters from the electronic music world.

Attendees for both were divided almost equally between Spaniards and foreigners, with 48% domestic festivalgoers and 52% international.

The next Sónar events are Buenos Aires (26 November), Bogota (2 December), Reykjavik (16–17 March), Hong Kong (17 March) and Istanbul (30–31 March). Sigur Rós will headline both the Buenos Aires and Bogota events.


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