Updated Jan 29 2022
Whether you’re a music-lover or not, there are not many people nowadays who hasn’t heard of Sónar Festival. This electronic and experimental music festival in Barcelona, known as Music Creativity & Technology Festival, started its journey with the aim of giving a space to what seemed to be a small sector in the music spectrum.
As each year of the Sónar Festival passed, it continued to grow until becoming one of the most important music events and festivals in the sector, both in Europe and worldwide.
Origin and evolution of the Sónar Festival
The parents of this ambitious project, who saw its first edition in 1994, were musicians and specialists in the visual arts, Sergio Caballero and Enric Palau and the music journalist, Ricard Robles.
With around 60,000 attendees, the first year of the Sónar festival was a real hit, and over the following years the participants and accredited national and international media coming to report the event increased significantly.
All of this meant that the venue of the first Sónar by Night (Sónar de Noche), which used to take place at the Sala Apolo in Barcelona, had to change to Poble Espanyol. On the other hand, Sónar by Day (Sónar de Día) still takes place in the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona and its surroundings, such as Plaza dels Ángels.
Today, Sónar has continued to grow and evolve, the number of scheduled activities increasing. Currently, Sónar by Night takes place at the Fira Gran Vía L’Hospitalet and Sónar by Day at Fira Montjuïc.
The Sónar Festival is held each year for a full weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) in the month of July, and is divided into what we could call two “Sónars”, called Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, which, as their names indicate, refer to the festival’s concerts, shows and activities that on one hand are held during the day and, on the other hand, during the evening.
Sónar Festival 2022
Dates: 16th, 17th and 18th June 2022.
Sónar by Day times: from 13:00h to 23:00h|0:00h.
Sónar by Night times: starting at 20:30h.
Sónar by Day Venue: Fira Montjuïc (Montjuïc Fair).
Sónar by Night Venue: Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet (Gran Via L’Hospitalet Fair).
€ Sónar by Day Price: €35 (Thursday) €48 (Friday and Saturday).
€ Sónar by Night Price: €72 (Thursday) – €125 (Friday night and Saturday night pass).
€ 3 Days Pass (Day and night): 185€ – 310€ (VIP).
Sónar 2022 – Second Line-up
Featured artists and groups at Sónar 2022
The Chemical Brothers
Both at Sónar by Day and Sónar by Night, the main food options on offer are the popular food trucks. The variety is extensive and it is possible to enjoy different sandwiches, Mexican food, Japanese food, gourmet ice creams, etc.
Also, the lucky one who have access to the VIP area can sample exclusive menus made for the event by big chefs.
To be confirmed
To be confirmed
Map and how to get to the venues for Sónar by Night and Sónar by Day
Metro: Espanya (L1 y L3)
Bus: 13, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 65, 79, 91, 109, 150, 165, D20, H12, H16 and V7
Fira Gran Via L’Hospitalet
Metro: Fira and Europa|Fira (L9 Sud)
Bus: H12 and 79
Transfer between the two venues
Bus: H12, 46, 65 and 79
SonarBus: Lines 0, 1 and 2
FGC: Espanya – Europa|Fira
By taxi (book online)