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126,000 people celebrate Sónar’s 25th anniversary

Sónar 2018 celebrated a quarter of a century this weekend with a record-breaking number of attendees from across the world

By Molly Long on 18 Jun 2018

Sónar by Day 2018

Guests at Sonar by Day 2018

image © Sónar

There were celebrations in Barcelona over the weekend as Sónar 2018 celebrated the festival’s 25th anniversary with its biggest, most international event to date. Over 126,000 guests were welcomed to the event over the weekend, with nearly half of those being international visitors.

Split into Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, guests were treated to performances from acts such as Thom Yorke, LCD Soundsystem and Gorillaz, who played their first ever performance at the festival. Also appearing in the line-up alongside the more high-profile performers were a number of emerging local and national acts. Altogether, 150 acts performed over 10 stages during the three day event.

Organisers were planning for an impressive weekend to mark 25 years in the business. In the run up to the festival, Sónar released a series of playlists and mixes to celebrate its birthday.

“Over 126,000 guests were welcomed to the event over the weekend, with nearly half of those being international visitors.”

Outside of the musical success, the Sónar+D congress for creativity and technology also celebrated its most accomplished year ever. Almost 6,000 professionals from 3,300 companies took to the event to watch the 27 conferences and 21 workshops scheduled for the weekend. One of the topics touched on over the weekend included the use of artificial intelligence and wearable technology and how it can enhance a listener’s musical experience.

Sónar 2018, promoted by Advanced Music, was a far reaching event. Beyond the stages and the conferences, festival-goers could experience the exhibition “NO Flyers NO Posters” – a celebration of their 25-year history. Additional to this, the Maker Faire event showcased the activities of both Sónar and Sónar+D to the general public.

Following the huge successes of 2018, organisers are already planning next year’s event, though with a slight, one-off change of scheduling. Next years Sónar will take place one month later than usual and tickets are on sale today.


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