Still going strong after 22 years, Sónar’s cerebral approach to partying has been a hit with the countercultural masses since the early days when it held court at the CCCB and Apolo. Over the years the event has moved venues on several occasions, before settling down in its current home shared between the Firas of Montjuïc and Gran Via.
Split between the family-friendly Sónar by Day and the not-so-family-friendly Sónar by Night, the gathering has made its name by showcasing boundary-pushing artists from the worlds of dance, electronic music and digital culture, with its creative and sensory series of activities appealing to an intellectual crowd as well as glassy-eyed party people. From dance to disco and electro to pop, this year the festival’s roll call flits between the emerging and the established, with the likes of Jean-Michel Jarre, New Order, Fatboy Slim, John Grant, Anohni and Santigold all making the cut.
Our tip: Off-week events run alongside the festival, so if you don’t fancy parting with too much cash, you can still dip into the Sónar party atmosphere.
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