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Sónar Music Festival to be hosted in London and Tokyo after Chicago success

The Sónar Music Festival of advanced music and multimedia art wrapped up its Chicago edition this weekend, filling the famous Millennium Park with concerts, projections and art. Festival organisers are very satisfied with the outcome in Chicago and are now planning editions in cities like London and Tokyo.


15 September 2010 12:05 AM


ACN / Isaac Salvatierra

Chicago (ACN).- Organisers of the Sónar Music Festival in Chicago have called its first edition a \u201Csuccess\u201D. The festival that began last Thursday in the windy city brought in some 8,000 people for over 30 events including concerts, conferences and projections. Organisers are very satisfied with the festival\u2019s outcome. They are happy with both \u201Cthe public response and the excellent artistic performances\u201D. The Chicago edition has been loyal to Sónar\u2019s spirit, surprising the audience and having many venues full of people. This success has spurred the Sónar crew to begin planning more editions in places like London and Tokyo for as early as 2011.

The most attended concerts at Sónar Chicago were performances by the Californian band The Slew with Kid Koala, Australian Ben Frost, New Yorker Lesley Flanigan, Detroit electronic post-funk artist Jimmy Edgar, Canadian project La Chambre des Machines and the final session of Dutch DJ and producer Martyn. The acts converted the lawn of Chicago\u2019s famous Millennium Park into a huge dance floor. Catalans were also present in Chicago and they received excellent reviews. The band Bradien was applauded for its easy-going electro-pop, but the audience was specially captivated by the poetry of bRUNA (Carles Guajardo), with his emotional music, experimental sounds and audiovisual performances.

Sónar Chicago was the 26th edition of the festival that has taken place all over the world. Previous editions have been hosted in cities like Lisbon (2002), Neuchâtel (2002), Hamburg (2002-2006), Tokyo (2002/2004/2006), London (2002-2005, 2009 and 2010), Rome (2003), Sao Paulo (2004), Lyon (2004), Guadalajara (2004), Buenos Aires (2006), Seoul (2006), Frankfurt (2007), Washington, D.C. (2009) and New York (2009).


  • Ben Frost's performance in Sónar Chicago (by Sónar)

  • Ben Frost's performance in Sónar Chicago (by Sónar)