The festival begins on Wednesday, June 14 with Björk’s opening hat trick (an exclusive 4-hour Dj set, a talk at Sónar+D and an immersive exhibition at the CCCB, Barcelona Centre of Contemporary Culture) and closes on Sunday, June 18 with Stargaze and Nico Muhly performing a piano piece from David Lang’s “Death Speaks”, at the L’Auditori. Tickets for the Björk Dj set are now sold out. Sónar Pass and Accreditation Pass holders will receive a 50% discount for the concert at L’Auditori.
The audio impact and stage design of shows from Justice, Moderat, Soulwax and Eric Prydz will star at this year’s Sónar. Urban music is deployed in numerous forms by legends including De La Soul and Dj Shadow and new references such as Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals or Thundercat, as well as the post trap sounds of Nadia Rose and AJ Tracey; dance and experimentation, noise and excitement will be celebrated in equal measure by acts ranging from Masters At Work to Nicolas Jaar, The Black Madonna to Arca & Jesse Kanda, and from DAWN to Clams Casino.
The festival also features the European premiere of Carl Craig’s new project with Francesco Tristano and the world premiere of “Floorplan Live” from Robert Hood and his daughter Lyric; new live shows from Evian Christ, Andy Stott, Clark, Vitalic-ODC live and Little Dragon; world class sets from selectors such as Daphni & Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Nina Kravitz, The Black Madonna, Optimo, Prins Thomas and Seth Troxler & Tiga, and Masters At Work, who will offer a 6 hour night-time set at the circular SonarCar stage; as well as prodigious composer and pianist Nico Muhly, part of the Icelandic label Bedroom Community, who celebrate their 10th anniversary with a showcase.
Sónar extends the opening hours of its main daytime stage, SonarVillage by Estrella Damm, until midnight on Thursday, June 15, and until 11pm on Friday 16 and Saturday 17. This year it will also premiere its ninth stage: SonarXS. Located at Sónar by Day, the new stage will be committed to emerging talent, where you will be able to experience, up close and personal, the most innovative, irreverent and extreme electronic street sounds: digital reggaeton, noise collage, dancehall and new trap mutations. Acts of note will include Kiddy Smile, Total Freedom, Yves Tumor, Deena Abdelwahed and DJ Florentino.
Red Bull Music Academy and Sónar co-curate the SonarDôme stage with several well-known names, as well as numerous young artists and new projects. Highlights will include Californian producer Thundercat, modular synth pioneer Suzanne Ciani, experimental American duo Matmos and the world premiere of Detroit techno master Robert Hood’s show “Floorplan Live”, alongside his daughter Lyric; And C. Tangana, perhaps the Spanish rap scene’s most popular and important name at the moment.
Other key artists from the national scene such as LCCBFlechaDellafuente + Maka, Bad Gyal, BSN Posse, Anímic, Aitor Etxebarria, Bejo, Playback Maracas, and legendary DJ Fran Lenaers will be playing Sónar 2017.
Sónar, in collaboration with the French national television cultural platform Culturebox, will video stream live of more than 45 live shows and DJ set via including Justice, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Moderat, Cerrone and The Black Madonna.
Live audio streaming broadcasts will also be provided in collaboration with for more than 25 concerts and sessions, both at Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, including the exclusive live stream of three hours of the SonarCar sets from Masters At Work and Seth Troxler & Tiga, as well as DAWN, Roosevelt, Joe Goddard, Damian Lazarus, HVOB, Little Dragon and Princess NokiaRed Bull Radio will also audio stream all 25 performances live from the SonarDôme stage.
Resident Advisor will also be broadcasting a selection of sets from the co-curated SonarLab stage on Saturday 17 June through Facebook Live and the Resident Advisor YouTube channel.
Moreover, Sónar’s social networks (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

will provide live festival updates daily.
SÓNAR+D 2017
Sónar+D, the Congress for Creativity and Technology, opens its doors one day earlier, on Wednesday, June 14, for an exclusive professionals day focused on this year’s central themes: new Virtual Reality narratives and the influence of Artificial Intelligence on the arts.
The 5th edition of  Sónar+D will offer more than 200 activities comprised of conferences, workshops, demos and different projects that will be presented in the MarketLab, Startup Garden and Realities+D areas and will debut the new 360º fulldome experience Sonar360º by Movistar+.
In total, the congress will gather 180 speakers for more than 60 conferences and presentations, and more than 5,000 accredited professionals from 2,100 companies and 60 countries.

Kenric McDowell, who currently leads the Artists + Machine Intelligence program at Google AMI; Freya Murray, programming director at Google Arts & Culture Lab; influential European digital artists such as Memo Akten and Darius Kazemi; or Edu Pou, executive creative director of the multi-award-winning US Virtual Reality studio Here Be Dragons, are just some of the experts who will participate during the 4 day congress. Check the entire program at

SonarPLANTA will host the most ambitious immersive installation ever attempted at Sónar: a special work from Daito Manabe, a key figure in digital art. Sónar and the Fundació Sorigué present the augmented immersive experience “phosphere” (sphere of light). A monumental hybrid robotic architecture within which synchronised mirrors, smoke machines, spotlights and up to 25 video projectors combine to build a space with 3 dimensional elements that change according to the position of the audience, allowing them to interact with and influence the sonic and visual elements of the piece.
Among this year’s new activities, Sonar360º by Movistar+ is born, a new curated space in collaboration with Montréal’s SAT (Societé des Arts Technologiques), dedicated to the projections and workshops of “fulldome” immersive audiovisual pieces.
The unique transmedia show about the origin and end of the Universe “Entropy”, lead by astronomer Dida Markovic and featuring live music from Dopplereffekt and visuals from Antivj will also be presented. Conceived as an immersive experience somewhere between a conference, audiovisual concert and live documentary, “Entropy” will take place in the SónarComplex auditorium on Thursday, June 15, and is open to all Sónar by Day festivalgoers.
Sónar+D is a forum to build and imagine not only future culture, but also that of its industries. Startup Garden powered by MIGRATION will provide the large showcase for new business models, new products and services: just 30 startups specialized in the creative industries selected for the innovation of their proposals will participate in Startup Garden powered by MIGRATION and its associated competition. Startups will come from 10 different countries and this year’s guest country is South Korea.
Sónar+D also aims to appeal to a family audience and specifically to the maker world with the incorporation of Maker Faire Barcelona to its program of activities on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June. The Maker Faire event will bring together technology enthusiasts, artisans, educators, creatives, engineers, scientific communities, writers, artists, students and commercial exhibitors, to share the experiences and processes around the maker universe and bring the latest technologies, and those that make them possible, closer to the general public. Maker Faire will include booths, demonstrations and conferences and will be held at the Fira Montjuïc’s Italian Pavilion and in CaixaForum. Entry will be free at both venues.

Some of this year’s Sónar+D conferences can also be followed via video streaming at

The Sónar Week
The festival further spreads its wings during the week with associated activities such as David Bowie’s extraordinary exhibition “David Bowie Is” at the Design Museum, and Brian Eno “Lightforms / Soundforms” at the Centre d’Art Santa Mònica that, like the Björk exhibition “Björk Digital”, will remain in the city throughout the summer.  Also on the program during the Sónar Week is the retrospective exhibition “Blackout” compiling the work of the late artist Tres at the Virreina Centre de la Image, as well as the exhibition  “Musica experimental y arte sonoro 1950-2017 [Experimental music and sound art 1950 – 2017]” at the Galeria Juan Naranjo.
These exhibitions are joined by the contemporary dance show “Èpica” by Aimar Pérez Galí at the Mercat de les Flors and by SonarMies, the sound installation “Wave Shift” by Mark Bain, which will occupy the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.
The Sónar Week culminates with Maker Faire, a playful and participatory gathering around maker creation and creative technologies aimed at the whole family, which will be held at the Fira Montjuïc’s Italian Pavilion on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June, as an extension of Sónar+D, where entrance will also be free.

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