Sónar Festival Barcelona 2017 PREVIEW Andrew Darwin 25/04/2017 Features Sónar Festival in Barcelona will take place June 14-17 and will feature more than 140 performances across 9 stages, including brand new shows from Justice, Arca (live) & Jesse Kanda (av), Soulwax, DJ Shadow, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Eric Prydz, De La Soul, Anderson. Paak & The Free Nationals, Vitalic, Nina Kraviz, Nosaj Thing + Daito Manabe, Vitalic-ODC Live, DAWN, Thundercat, Jon Hopkins and The Black Madonna. The fifth edition of Sónar+D 2017, Sónar’s Conference of Creative Technologies will take place in Barcelona on 14, 15, 16 and 17 June, bringing together more than 100 activities, 180 speakers and around 5,000 accredited professionals from 2,100 companies and 60 countries. Key projects and names that are shaping the future of design, music and creative technologies will meet in Barcelona for four days. For the first time Sónar+D will open its doors on Wednesday 14 June, one day before the main festival begins. The Networking Day for accredited attendees only, will be dedicated to professionals, creators, companies and entities, and will include longer duration conference and workshop blocks specifically conceived to deepen debate and promote the exchange of knowledge. All ticket types – Full Pass, VIP Pass, Professional Accreditation, Day and Night tickets – for both Sónar and Sónar+D are available at www.sonar.es LINE-UP SÓNAR 2017 aethereal arthropod, aitor etxebarria, aj tracey, amnesia scanner, anderson .paak & the free nationals, andy stott, anímic, arca (live) & jesse kanda (av), avalon emerson & courtesy, bad gyal, bawrut, beautiful swimmers, bejo, benji b, bflecha, boris chimp 504, bsn posse, c. tangana, carl craig’s versus synthesizer ensemble, cashmere cat, cerrone, ches, christian tiger school, clams casino, clara 3000, clark, connectome, conor thomas, craig richards, crystal / sparrows, DAWN, damian lazarus, daniel brandt & eternal something, daphni & hunee, david lang: “death speaks” performed by stargaze, de la soul, deena abdelwahed, dellafuente y maka, denis sulta, derrick carter, diego armando, dj bus replacement service, dj florentino, dj shadow, dubfire, earl sweatshirt, elysia crampton, entropy, eric prydz, etyen, evian christ, fat freddy’s drop, floorplan live (robert hood & lyric hood), fira fem, forest swords, fran lenaers, fuego squad: dj2d2 & will blake, gaika, ghostly enemies, giggs, heidi, huma, hvob, jacques, jacques greene, jlin, joe goddard (live), jon hopkins (dj), juan ingaramo, juana molina, judah, julián mayorga, justice, kablam, keys n krates, kiddy smile, kinder malo & pimp flaco, lamusa, lanoche, lcc, lena willikens, little dragon, lunice, marcel dettmann & dr rubinstein, marco carola, marie davidson, mario nieto, masters at work (6h set), matmos, miiin, moderat, nadia rose, nick hook, nico muhly, nicolas jaar, nina kraviz, nonotak, nosaj thing + daito manabe, oblique & carlos bayona, optimo, overmono, pan daijing, pauk, playback maracas, princess nokia, prins thomas, rayray, river tiber, roosevelt, rp boo, rumore, sandro jeeawock, seth troxler & tiga (6h set), sofie winterson, sohn, soulection, soulwax, star eyes b2b jubilee, stööki sound, sturla atlas, suicideyear, suzanne ciani, t q d, tarik barri ft. lea fabrikant, telmo trenor, the black madonna, thundercat, tommy cash,total freedom, toxe, tutu, valgeir sigurdsson,veronica vasicka, vitalic – odc live, ylia, yung beef, yves tumor, zutzut & imaabs A great line up at @SonarFestival this year… Who's attending? pic.twitter.com/Tkknk5RE5l — Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) April 25, 2017 A great line up at @SonarFestival this year… Who's attending? pic.twitter.com/Tkknk5RE5l — Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) April 25, 2017 Sónar 2017 will transform Barcelona into the global epicentre of electronic music and digital culture The festival will present the European premiere of the new project from Carl Craig; the prodigious composer Nico Muhly as part of the 10th anniversary showcase for Icelandic label Bedroom Community; new live shows from Evian Christ, Clark, Vitalic and Little Dragon; and world class sets from selectors including Daphni & Hunee, Jon Hopkins, Prins Thomas and Seth Troxler & Tiga, who on Saturday will offer a joint 6-hour set in the circular sound stage of SonarCar. This year Sónar will debut SonarXS, its ninth stage, located at Sónar by Day, where you will be able to intimately enjoy the freshest, most irreverent and extreme electronic music and street sounds: digital reggaeton, noise collage, dancehall and new mutations of trap. Highlights to include Kiddy Smile, Total Freedom, Deena Abdelwahed and DJ Florentino, among others. Be sure to check out the Sonar Village if you're heading to @SonarFestival this year in Barcelona. pic.twitter.com/9KO5YVvraA — Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) April 25, 2017 The legendary French musician Cerrone, a disco master and a regular at New York’s Studio 54 with songs like “Supernature” or “Love In C Minor”, will present a special show at Sónar by Night together with live vocalists and all the hits from his fabulous career. Red Bull Music Academy and Sónar curate the SonarDôme stage, which will feature several established names as well as numerous young artists and new projects. Highlights include Californian producer Thundercat; American experimental duo Matmos; the world premiere of Detroit techno master Robert Hood’s show “Floorplanlive”, alongside his daughter Lyric; And C. Tangana, perhaps today’s most critically and commercially successful name in the national rap scene. Sónar+D will bring to Barcelona the latest advance in Artficial Intellingence and Virtual Reality applied to the arts from Google’s research & development teams. Kenric McDowell, curator of ‘Machine Intelligence’ at Google AMI (Artists+Machine Intelligence); Freya Murray, program director at Google Arts & Culture Lab; Europe’s leading digital artists including Memo Akten and Darius Kazemi; and Edu Pou, executive creative director of the multi-award-winning US Virtual Reality studio Here Be Dragons, are just some of the experts who will participate at the 4 day congress. The business area Startup Garden powered by MIGRATION specializes in and fosters 30 startups focused on selected creative industries around the world. Mentors such as Joyce Lu, ex memeber of the MacBook Air design team; Jon Eades, head of the startup incubator for the legendary Abbey Road recording studio; and investment funds such as Edge Fund, one of the UK’s key cultural and entertainment funds; and Entrée Capital, which includes Snapchat among its successes. Sónar+D will host the international Open Music Initiative meeting. Open Music Initiative is an ambitious project led by the Berklee Music College, the MIT Medialab research centre and the IDEO consultancy. The initiative aims to create new standardised practices to unify digital music distribution and will bring together dozens of industry experts from companies including YouTube, Spotify and Universal. Sonar by night is simply incredible! @SonarFestival pic.twitter.com/Cu5EdJ7idN — Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) April 25, 2017 In addition there will be amazing technological shows from Nonotak – one of today’s most globally important creative projects in the application of new technologies onstage – and Boris Chimp, with an audiovisual performance about the first chimpanzee sent to the Moon in 1969. Among this year’s innovations will be Sonar360º by by Movistar+, a newly curated space in collaboration with Montréal’s SAT (Societé des Arts Technologiques), which will present immersive “fulldome” audiovisual pieces, projections and workshops. Also of note will be the presentation of “Entropy”; a transmedia show about the origin and end of the Universe, led by astronomer Dida Markovic, with music by Dopplereffekt and visuals from Antivj. Conceived as an immersive live show somewhere between a conference, audiovisual, and documentary experience, “Entropy” will take place in the SónarComplex auditorium on Thursday, 15 June, and is open to all Sónar by Day festivalgoers.