Sónar Barcelona: a festival of electronic music and digital art

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Sónar festival takes place from the 14th-16th of June 2018, with a programme of parties, music, and high voltage digital art. Interested?


Since 1994, Sónar Festival has been one of the biggest music festivals in Europe, not to mention it’s the only one of its kind. Here the key words are art, experimentation, avant-garde, music and festival. The scene is set!

What is Sónar?

Sónar Festival is a meeting place for different creative communities and emerging and established artists.

See the video presentation of the festival to get an idea.

Electronic and experimental music

The best known aspect of Sónar is obviously the music. In 2018 the line up includes artists such as Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem, Diplo, Richie Hawtin CLOSE, Bonobo, Laurent Garnier, Wiley, Black Coffee, Bicep live and many more! Check out all the artists at this year’s festival on the official Sónar website.

The Sónar festival is divided into two parts: the day line-up and the night line-up. What’s the difference? The venue and the atmosphere at night are much wilder!

You can also participate in workshops or discover interactive and avant garde exhibitions of digital art.

Digital art

As well as the exhibition areas dedicated to multimedia arts there is also a sort of festival within the festival: Sónar+D. Dedicated to original digital art it promotes the relationship between creativity, technology, mobility, innovation and business. It is particularly aimed at designers, to encourage the digital avant garde and creative industries.

Barcelona bubbling over

Throughout the Sónar festival, Barcelona is abuzz. Many evening events are organised all over the city and the party is in full swing! Last year the Mobilee party took place on the roof of Silken Diagonal, a festive and stylish 4 star hotel.

Buying tickets to Sónar

How much do Sónar tickets cost?

Depending on what you are looking for, your tastes and your budget, you can choose the best pass for you:

  • Ticket for the entire Sónar festival: 180 euros.
  • Ticket for 2 nights: 135 euros.
  • 1 day pass: 58 euros online.
  • 1 night pass: 79 euros online.

How to get to Sónar

Sónar by day

The daytime concerts take place at Fira Montjuïc, just beside the Plaça Espanya. Here is a map which will help you find your way:

sonar by day post

Access is easy, as the Plaça Espanya is very well served by public transport.

Metro: Espanya (L1, L3)
Bus: 9, 13, 23, 27, 37, 46, 50, 65, 79, 85, 91,100, 109, 150, D20, H12, L70, L72, L80,L81, L86, L87, L94, L95, V7

Sónar by night

The night time Sónar space is a little trickier to access as it’s located outside Barcelona at the Fira Gran Via de l’Hospitalet de Llobregat.

sonar de noche

By bus

Sónar by night is a little further out, but don’t panic! The festival organisers have thought of everything. A special bus service is laid on during the entire festival, called SonarBus. The bus has 2 lines and the journey costs 2.50 euros.

  • Line 1: links daytime Sónar and nighttime Sónar on Thursday and Friday nights at 9pm and 11pm.
  • Line 2: links the Plaça de les Drassanes (towards the bottom of the Ramblas) and nighttime Sónar. This line operates Friday and Saturday from 8:30pm to 8am.

Many public buses also go by Fira Gran Vía l’Hospitalet. They are numbers 9, 37, 46, 65, 72, 79, 109, 125, H12, L70, L72, L80, L81, L86, L87, L94, LH1, LH2, N1, N15, N16 et N17.

By train

The nighttime Sónar space is located just beside the Europa | Fira train station. It is served by the lines L8, S33, S4, S8, R5, R50, R6 and R60. The last train is at 2am, the first at 5:54 and you can use a metro ticket for this journey.

By car

Find the nearest car park to Sónar at a reduced price with Parclick.

Now you know everything there’s nothing to do but plan your party holiday in Barcelona!

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?