With electronic and dance music on the rise, it is no surprise that Sonar Festival in Barcelona is becoming one of the most well-known festivals around. First established in 1994, Sonar is the International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art and happens over a three day period in June – this year from the 12th-14th. Sonar prides itself for its unique set up and consistently strong line up of artists and DJs, with the likes of Kraftwerk, Justice, The Chemical Brothers, Beastie Boys, Skrillex, Fatboy Slim, and Pet Shop Boys previously playing headline slots over the last 10 years. This year the festival celebrates its 21st anniversary, with acts announced such as Massive Attack, Richie Hawtin, Plastikman, Chic feat. Nile Rogers, Rudimental, Boys Noize, 2manydjs, Flux Pavilion and many more.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-EWZSE_ih0&w=560&h=315]
Sonar has a reputation for showcasing some of the newest and freshest talent in dance, electronic and house music, and also gives aspiring, up-coming artists a chance to branch out and play at the festival across various stages. It does not tend to shy away from its creative, avant-garde nature, offering an extremely wide variety of cultural activities, uniting the spirited day time atmosphere at the festival with the experimentation of dance music’s current movements and developments, as well as the visual and cinematic experience when night falls.
This year the festival celebrates its 10th anniversary for the collaboration with Red Bull Music Academy. Following the partnership being established in 2004, both organisations have similar beliefs and proximities, in terms of standards and quality of the music they produce, the belief that emerging artists need to be offered opportunities, concerts and sets to get themselves more likely to be heard. The Red Bull Music Academy puts on a showcase at the SonarDome, in which some of the freshest and current artists go to will play.
In 2002 Sonar began putting together over 50 different events in various parts of the world, focussing on the homegrown talent from the particular city in which it was produced, putting the unique Sonar stamp on its venues and environments. Not only the festival itself held in Barcelona, but Sonar also puts together other smaller festivals in cities all over the world, for example in earlier years Sonar travelled to New York, London, Toronto, Montreal, Tokyo, Hamburg, Buenos Aires etc.
“Music festivals: how it should be done (…) Sonar festival of ‘advanced music and multimedia art’ is built on a virtually faultless formula of sunny, never ending days and classy network of slickly run venues, snugly housed within Barcelona historic and stylish landscape. It sets a standard that Sonar’s peers find near impossible to follow.” – Jamie Hodgson, The Guardian.
EarPeace will be heading out to Barcelona soon and we can’t wait to see what Sonar festival has to offer! To find out more about the festival head to their official website at http://sonar.es/en/2014/, or to purchase tickets click here.
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