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When Thursday June 15-Saturday June 17, 2017
Time Day sessions 12-21, night sessions 22-05
Cost EUR 165-270 for full pass. Day session EUR 54. Night session EUR 72.
Where Fira Montjuïc, Plaça Espanya, 08004 Barcelona
Fira Gran Via 2, 08908 L'Hospitalet
Neighbourhood Montjuïc – Plaça Espanya, L'Hospitalet
Metro Espanya [L1, L3]
Europa | Fira [FGC]
Telephone +34 902 150 025
Website http://www.sonar.es/

Barcelona's Sònar festival, started back in 1993, when electronica was still considered a niche thing for chain smoking, French-looking hipsters, has grown into the world’s preeminent festival of “advanced music and multimedia art” and takes place every year during three days in June, with a number of spin-off events held globally.

The day sessions have moved to Fira Montjuïc, the trade fair grounds by Plaça Espanya where Bread & Butter used to take place, creating a chill out and party-in-the-sun atmosphere, while the night sessions at the massive exhibition halls of Fira Gran Via 2 is more of a multi-stage night club with live performances. Get your tickets well in advance for either.

In recent years headliners have included more commercial and internationally renowned names like Grace Jones, Orbital and Scissor Sisters – a far shout from its early days when it was merely a beach party dedicated to experimental music – but it remains a reference point for electronic culture and new media trends.

2017 celebrates Sònar's 24th anniversary. Expect another excellent line-up - check back closer to the dates for names and details of the massive programme of OFF Sònar parties that take place concurrently.


  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • June 15 - 18
  • Sònar Festival 2017
  • Hipsters and electronica – Barcelona’s three-day advanced music and multimedia art festival in June. And OFF Sònar parties.

  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • October 5 - 15
  • Sitges Film Festival 2017
  • This small but well-respected festival based in Sitges runs with an emphasis on sci-fi and the mysterious, ensuring that the German leather crowd won’t be the only trolls in town.

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