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Barcelona’s Sónar electronic music festival opens its doors

The Catalan capital is these days the electronic music world’s capital city. The 18th edition of the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art Sónar kicks off in Barcelona. It the annual meeting place for electronic music fans and will take place from June 16th to 18th. This year it will have a parallel festival happening in A Coruña, Sónar Galicia. Barcelona’s Sónar Festival will also have a twin festival in Sao Paulo. Sónar Barcelona has also a programme for children called Sónar Kids and for professional called Sónar Pro.

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17 June 2011 02:17 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- Sónar 2011 opened its doors today in Barcelona\u2019s Centre of Contemporary Culture (CCCB) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA), the music festival\u2019s traditional venues. It is considered one of electronic music\u2019s most important events at world level and takes place every year in Barcelona in mid-June. It is a completely consolidated festival and half of the audience comes from outside Spain. Furthermore, Sánar, officially called The International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art, has sisters events throughout the year in cities such as Tokyo, Chicago, and London, and in 2012 it will also have a parallel event in Brazil\u2019s Sao Paulo. This year\u2019s 18th edition has a parallel festival taking place at the same time called Sónar Galicia, which will take place in A Coruña on June 17th and 18th. Sónar Barcelona, the original festival and the largest and most complete edition kicked off this Thursday June 16th and will close its doors on Saturday June 18th, with DJ sessions that will last until the early hours of Sunday. Three days of advanced music with more than 175 performances on 8 stages. Nicolas Jarr and Little Dragon were some of the first artists to display their music. M.I.A., Underworld, Aphex Twin, Magnetic Man, Janelle Monáe, The Human League, Chris Cunningham, Four Tet, or Hyoe Williams are some of the artists invited in this year\u2019s edition. Tickets are completely sold for Saturday and organisers expect to sell all of them and a similar amount of attendees than in previous years. Sónar Barcelona has also a programme for children called Sónar Kids and for professional called Sónar Pro.


The festival will have different venues across Barcelona, apart from the CCCB and the MACBA. L\u2019Auditori Concert Hall will host Steve Reich\u2019s performance this Thursday night. The CosmoCaixa science museum is organising an exhibition on bird sounds.

The festival wants to continue with its spirit of discovery: bringing international artists not so well known in Spain and being a platform for local artists to be discovered abroad. The festival\u2019s good vibes, small performances, discovering new bands or enjoying good weather are some of the reasons why some of the foreigners present are attending the festival, who mainly come for the entire three days. Catalan attendees are split and many only come for just one day, to listen to specific groups or to discover new talents.

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  • Minutes after opening its doors, some people were already enjoying the sun and music (by M. Armengual)

  • Students from the Catolonia's High School of Music (ESMUC) showing their performances in a space for new talents at the Sónar

  • Minutes after opening its doors, some people were already enjoying the sun and music (by M. Armengual)
  • Students from the Catolonia's High School of Music (ESMUC) showing their performances in a space for new talents at the Sónar