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All-time high attendance for Sónar 24

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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DJ Shadow, Dave Clarke, Kode9 for first Sónar HK

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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