Sónar in Hong Kong, Istanbul and Reykjavík – 25,000 people

April 5, 2017  19:31  |  M.I.C. News

Casey Anderson - Sónar Hong Kong

Photo by Chris Lusher

On the 14, 15, 16 and 17 June, Sónar Barcelona will celebrate its 24th edition in Barcelona, and later this year it will continue the Latin America leg of its international tour in Buenos Aires, Bogotá and Santiago de Chile.

1st edition Sónar Hong Kong

Sónar Hong Kong successfully held its first festival on Saturday, 1 April, with 5,000 people attending. The festival was spread across 6 stages at the Hong Kong Science Park and offered more than 30 live shows and outdoor dj sets, indoor performances and immersive audiovisual shows.

Sónar Hong Kong’s musical program included live concerts and dj sets ranging from dance music to experimental electronica. A combination of established artists such as DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson and Dave Clarke, emerging talent like Lady Leshurr, Kingdom and Evian Christ, alongside Chinese artists including Fragrant Harbor & Ouissam, Ocean Lam and Choi Sai Ho.

Asia’s first edition of Sónar+D took place at the singular Charles K. Kao Auditorium building at the Hong Kong Science Park. The program included forward-thinking workshops, talks and interactive activities designed to explore the relationship between creativity, technology, innovation and business. The Dirty Electronics workshop and audiovisual performance presented their latest collection of art modular synths, Polytik.

Clark - Sónar Hong Kong

Photo by Kitmin Lee

Eleen Allien - Sónar Hong Kong

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Sónar Hong Kong - SwO magazine

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Blood Wine - Sónar Hong Kong

Photo by Lawrence Garwood

1st edition Sónar Istanbul

The 24 and 25 March also marked the inaugural Sónar Istanbul, with 9,000 people attending. The festival was held across 4 stages at the Zorlu Performing Arts Centre, a venue renowned for having some of the best acoustics in the world.

Sónar Istanbul featured performances by Moderat, the project from Modeselektor and Apparat; global techno ambassador Nina Kraviz; Floating Points, Kode9, Prins Thomas, Clark, Nosaj Thing, Matias Aguayo, HONNE, HVOB and Cola & Jimmu.

Moderat - Sónar Istanbul

Photo by Cem Gultepe

Moderat - Sónar Istanbul

Photo by Cem Gultepe

Sónar+D Istanbul conference dedicated to creative technologies, included an extensive program of more than 30 activities, with workshops, talks, interactive VR experiences and new media art installations. Among this year highlights: outstanding composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda bringing his minimalist aesthetics to Sónar+D Istambul with live audiovisual show Supercodex, visual artist Ali M. Demirel presenting The Pier, a film on abandoned architectural structures featuring an original soundtrack by Biosphere.

Kode9 - Sónar Istanbul

Photo by Murat Derin

MD0 - Sónar Istanbul

Photo – Sónar (C)

Roisin Murphy - Sónar Istanbul

Photo by Cem Gultepe

Roisin Murphy - Sónar Istanbul

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Weval - Sónar Istanbul

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5th edition Sónar Reykjavík

On the 16, 17 and 18 February the 5th Sónar Reykjavík was successfully staged to vast public acclaim, repeating the successes of previous editions with a recurring attendance of 11,000 people at Harpa auditorium. There were 4 stages: SonarClub, SonarHall, SonarComplex – in the auditorium – and SonarLab.

The program included more than 60 performances from exceptional artists like Fatboy Slim, Moderat, who presented their latest work; hip-hop legends De La Soul; award-winning British rap and grime artist Giggs; Berlin producer Blawan, who teamed up with Iceland’s Exos –for a two-hour set-; and Ben Klock, Forest Swords, Helena Hauff and Sleigh Bells, among many others.

Blawan b2b Exos - SwO magazine

Photo by Berglaug Petra

Fat Boy Slim - Sónar Reykjavík

Photo by Lilja Draumland

GusGus - Sónar Reykjavík

Photo by Aníta Björk

Sónar Reykjavík - Moderat

Photo by Ásgeir Helgi