Sonar 2013 Details

The 20th anniversary of Sonar will be a global celebrationwhich begins in Reykjavik in February and culminates inBarcelona in June, passing through Africa, Asia and Latin America. In total, within the next six months, Sonar will be programming around 300 shows spread across 21 stages 
at its 5 festivals.

In 2013, the Icelandic capital, one of the world's most musically fertile cities, joins the four destinations of 2012. Sonar celebrates 20 years as one of the most internationally renowned and solid cultural brands.

Today, the festival introduces the first artists for the celebrations atSonar Barcelona, which include Kraftwerk and Pet Shop Boys, two classic names in full force and with an transgenerational influence on the popular music of recent decades, from purist electronica, to dance music and pop.

The Sonar 2013 campaign kicks off at with the first video of a series that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

SonarKids also returns to Barcelona this Christmas, on the22nd and 23rd of December, with a programme for children and parents featuring interactive sound sculptures on the big spiral ramp at CosmoCaixa.


June the 13th, 14th and 15th, 2013

Line-up Preview:
Kraftwerk – 3D show (DE)
Pet Shop Boys (UK)
Two Door Cinema Club (UK)
Hot Natured (UK)
Lindstrøm & Todd Terje (NO)
Vatican Shadow (US)
Bradien + Eduard Escoffet (ES)
Fantastic Mr Fox (DE)

The 20th anniversary of Sonar Barcelona will take place on the13th, 14th and 15th June 2013.

The stand-out feature of the line-up preview is the extraordinary 
new show in 3D by Kraftwerk. The prestigious German group was founded in 1970 and has been one of the most influential outfits in the music of the last 40 years, in electronica and in popular music in general. Their eight studio albums are more than classics – they are true anthems in recent music history. For their performance at Sonar 2013, Kraftwerk will be reviewing their hits with a unique and updated sound at SonarClub, the festival's main stage. Their new show adapts 3D technology to their own language and gives body and volume to the powerful imagery that has accompanied them throughout their career. The show can be enjoyed with standard 3D glasses.

Another unquestionable benchmark – in this case in the field of electronic pop – is the British duo Pet Shop Boys. After the recent release of their latest album "Elysium”, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, who began working together in the early ‘80s, will be presenting a new show featuring visuals and technological content atSonar Barcelona. The creators of countless legendary songs of our era, including “West End Girls”, “Domino Dancing”, “It's A Sin”, “Always On My Mind”, “Go West”, “Being Boring”, “Domino Dancing”, “Flamboyant” and “New York City Boy”, Pet Shop Boys have always been a step ahead of their peers, shrewdly navigating the currents of electronic pop and dance music, while maintaining an admirable and carefully balanced critical and commercial success. 

The Northern Ireland trio Two Door Cinema Club is another of the great attractions in the line-up of Sonar 2013. During their live show, the band will be reviewing their two albums released to date, which have made them one of today's most powerful and vigorous producers of electropop hits, with tracks like “What you know”, “Undercover Martyn” and “Something Good Can Work”. 
Within Sonar's 100% dance territory, this year's highlights include the live show from Hot Natured, the energetic collective of DJs and producers led by the already essential Jamie Jones, the new king Midas of underground house, and the special collaboration betweenLindstrom & Todd Terje, Norwegian producers who combine luminous electronica and nu-disco. Another name on the up,Fantastic Mr Fox, will be deploying his unique vision of R&B on an abstract and at the same time danceable tip.
Among the sonic explorers, the festival presents Vatican Shadow, the project who rediscovers industrial techno by the American producer Dominick Fernow.

In the Spanish artists section, we have a couple of very special guests, Bradien + Eduard Escoffet, the combination of the Barcelona-based instrumental group and the poet Eduard Escoffet presenting their new album 'Pols' live.

Reykjavik (ICELAND)
February the 15th and 16th, 2013

Line-up Preview:

James Blake – LIVE (UK)
James Blake – DJ (UK)
Squarepusher (UK)
Modeselektor (DE)
Simian Mobile Disco – DJ (UK)
Diamond Version (Alva Noto + Byetone) (DE)
Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto (DE/JP)
GusGus (IS)
Thugfucker (US-IS)
Tale of Us (US-CA)
Retro Stefson (IS)
Ólafur Arnalds (IS)
Gluteus Maximus (IS)

The festival is travelling to Iceland for the first time for Sonar Reykjavik, which will take place on 15 and 16 February at Harpa, the city's brand new concert and conference centre, located by the sea, near the port.

For its first Nordic trip, Sonar will be adopting a small-scale and intimate format, as an example of how a renowned brand can redefine itself in smaller locations and venues. The event begins at 6pm and continues until 3am on each day. The line-up will include around 15 international artists and 30 from Iceland, who will be playing on 4 stages with capacities ranging between 200 and 1,600 spectators each.

The building that will host the first Sonar Reykjavik is the home of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and The Icelandic Opera, and was designed by Henning Larsen Architects in collaboration with the renowned artist Olafur Eliasson.

March the 1st and the 2nd, 2013

Line-Up Preview SOON

Sonar returns to Africa in 2013. Sonar @ Design Indaba in Cape Town (South Africa) takes place on the 1st and 2nd of March at the City Hall. This second time around, the festival expands from one to two nights and presents more than 30 artists, including international figures and some of the most prominent names on the emerging South African electronic scene.

Sonar is once again working with Design Indaba, the major multidisciplinary platform that transforms the South African city into the world's capital of creativity and innovation. Every year, the event features the presence of the world's most important entrepreneurs and speakers, who present projects in the fields of architecture, design, film and music, among others.

April the 7th and 8th, 2013

Line-Up Preview SOON

The 6th SonarSound Tokyo will take place on 6 and 7 April. The Asian version of Sonar will have a highly experimental line-up that combines major international artists and the most outstanding representatives of the Japanese electronic scene. As in previous years, more than 30 shows at SonarSound Tokyo will be distributed over two days between the four stages at ageHa Studio Coast, a complex located in the restored industrial district of eastern Tokyo, in the Kōtō neighbourhood.

24th & 25th MAY

Line-up Preview by the 11th of December

The second Sonar São Paulo, the festival's Latin American experience and the largest of all the events organized by Sonar outside Barcelona, takes place on 24 and 25 May 2013, featuring a line-up of more than 30 artists, which will be announced in early 2013.

Sonar São Paulo includes all the ingredients that have made Sonar international benchmark: a broad-based musical and audiovisual programme of high quality that mixes entertainment and the cutting edge in leading urban venues.

The festival will take place in the iconic Parque Anhembi from 8pm to 6:30am. As at its Barcelona prototype, performances by new talents will dovetail with large-format shows and audiovisual productions by key names on the international electronic scene, on 3 stages with uninterrupted programming.

Björk cancelled for this years Sonar São Paulo

BjorkAfter medical studies performed, Bjork's specialist doctor advised her immediate rest of her voice due to an  inflamed nodule. Following Björk having to cancel two shows in Argentina when this condition emerged, it is on doctors advice, too soon to try and sing again, as this could bring a permanent damage to her voice. Even though Björk wants to perform, she won't be able to continue with the show.

We wish Björk a quick and full recovery to continue enjoying her talent soon.

Chromeo, Cee Lo Green and more for Sónar Sao Paulo 2012

Cee Lo GreenSonar São Paulo incorporates into its music program the Canadian DJ and producer duo Chromeo, well known for leading the renovation of disco; Cee Lo Green, star of new black music and who no other meets his match on stage; Skream, pioneer of the dub step sound and responsible for taking it to the charts, who will be accompanied by Mc Sgt. Pokes; the Project KTL, formed by Stephen O’Malley of Sunn O)))- & Peter Rehberg (Pita), two of the most important sound experimenters of today; the Dutch DJ and moombathon king Munchi; the Argentine digital cumbia duo Super Guachin; and the Brazilian Nedu Lopes –renowned DJ on the country’s electronic circuit– and Criolo –influent beat maker and hip hop renovator– and the partnership of Muti Randolph & Clara Sverner, with a classical piano show with interactive visuals.

Red Bull Music Academy –one of the main musical talent searchers on the planet– presents on the SonarVillage stage artists of the caliber of Flying Lotus, Rustie, James Holden, James Pants and Tiger & Woods, all of whom are internationally recognized, as are three young and vibrant local producers who are Pazes, Mauricio Fleury and Zegon.
All of which are added to the shows already confirmed; Björk, Justice, Modeselektor, Little Dragon, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, James Blake, Four Tet, Mogwai, Seth Troxler, Austra, Za!, Squarepusher, Hudson Mohawke, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Jeff Mills, John Talabot, Emicida, The Twelves, Bruno Belluomini, Psilosamples, Dago, Gui Boratto, Dj Marky Vs Patife, M Takara x Akin, Gang Do Eletro, Silva and Ricardo Donoso, making up a first-class line-up.

Check the full program here.

During both days of the festival, SonarPro will present new projects associated to art and technology, providing live demonstrations of the latest generation of products and organizing workshops with major figures and artists who work in the new media field. SonarPro enables attendees to share ideas, make contacts, and facilitate networking between creative industry working professionals.

Within the program, SonarPro highlights the presence of American artist Scott Snibbe (creator of iPhone and iPad apps for Björk’s latest album, “Biophilia”), the Canadian studio Eski (specialists in the latest generation applications for live shows) the Brazilian Muti Randolph (operating between technological design and architectural spaces) and the Catalan Conductr (creators of surprising audio applications for iPhone) Jocabola (generative systems and data visualizing) and the Music Technology Group team from ‘Universitat Pompeu Fabra’, inventors of the popular interactive musical instrument Reactable.

Check the full program here.

SonarCinema is the area within the festival dedicated to the screening of films, documentaries and audiovisual pieces, which stand out for their quality, originality and artistic values. Amongst the screenings to be enjoyed are Finisterrae (the peculiar story of two ghosts on their journey to the end of the world), Dragonslayer (the day to day of a Californian skater) or High On Hope (the chronicle of the British rave scene during the depression of the late 80’s, early 90’s).

Sonarcinema will also include two themed menus of works selected by the Catalan festivals In-Edit (dedicated to musical documentary) and Screen From Barcelona (specializing in video-art).


Sónar announces lineup for Barcelona, Cape Town, Tokyo, & São Paulo

  • deadmau5Sónar Barcelona, which will take place on 14, 15 and June 16, presents its first confirmed artists, including The Roots, Deadmau5, Hot Chip, Modeselektor, James Blake dj, Fatboy Slim, Richie Hawtin, Amon Tobin’s ISAM, Squarepusher, Nicolas Jaar, Luciano, Azari & III, Jacques Lu Cont, Friendly Fires, Metronomy, John Talabot, Mouse On Mars, BBC Radio 1 presents Annie Mac & guests and showcases from Hyperdub, Brainfeeder and 100% Silk, among others.
  • The festival travels to Africa for the first time with "A Taste of Sónar" on March the 2nd, in Cape Town (South Africa), in collaboration with the large multidisciplinary event Design Indaba. Among those performing will be Modeselektor, Byetone, Brodinski and some of the most prominent South African artists working today.
  • Sónar returns to Japan – for the fifth time – on 21 and 22 April for SonarSound Tokyo, with a line-up combining major international artists such as Squarepusher, The Cinematic Orchestra, Vincent Gallo, Clark, Rustie and some of the most outstanding representatives of today's Japanese scene.
  • Sónar São Paulo takes place on 11 and 12 May, and will be the largest of all the events organized by Sónar outside Barcelona, featuring – among others – Mogwai, Jeff Mills, Squarepusher, Za! and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, in addition to the previously announced artists Björk, Justice, Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto, James Blake, Four Tet and Modeselektor.
  • This year for the first time, Sónar is introducing the new payment system in two instalmentsfor purchasing the 3-day pass for the festival in Barcelona, with an initial payment of 80€ when the booking is made (before 31 March) and a second payment of 75€ before 5 May. Find all information about the Sónar tickets here
  • These 3 new dates make a total of 31 events that Sónar has organized all over the world, in countries like the United States, Japan, Brazil, South Korea, Germany, Mexico, Switzerland, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Argentina, among others.