Sónar — Spain’s most prestigious International Festival of Advanced Music and New Media Art — is about to kick off in Barcelona. Taking place from 12-13 June, 2014’s line-up promises to live up to its ‘first class reputation as a leading reference for international festivals.’ Massive Attack, Caribou, Woodkid, Lykke Li, MØ as well as SA names such as Spoek Mathambo and Sibot will be entertaining some 121.000-odd festival goers. But better still, Seed Experiences is bringing Sónar to South Africa at the end of the year. More info below!

Sonar 2014 - Image: mixtopia.ro

Sonar 2014 – Image: mixtopia.ro

Sónar Barcelona

Constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape, the festival offers a wide variety of balanced cultural entertainment and is thus divided into two main locations: the recently premiered Sónar by Day, located in Fira Montjuïc with concerts, DJs and showcases. The recently added Sónar+D area — which is about discovering and tracking new talent and enhancing professional activities — will also be part of Sónar by Day. And, of course, there’s Sónar by Night in Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet where the main action will go down with some of the biggest names known to the international music scene. Click here to view the full line-up.

New: Sónar+D

Launched in 2013, Sónar+D aims to unite creativity, technology, mobility, innovation and business in a transparent and accessible manner. Through bringing together experts from all over the world, the event’s goal is to shape future creative experiences (technologists, entrepreneurs, artists, companies and researchers) in the area of music, image, interactive content, and transmedia platforms. There will be conferences, workshops, an exhibition featuring 80 projects in the MarketLab and AppCafé areas including demos and product presentations, a networking area as well as Sónar Cinema designed for performances.

Among the 100 companies present will be Kickstarter (USA), Fabrica (IT), the Design Fictions group from the prestigious MIT Media Lab (USA), Universal Everything (UK), Sedition (UK), CANADA (BCN) and littleBits (USA). But most importantly, Sónar+D exclusively presents the European premiere of ‘CLOUDS’ an interactive documentary that predicts the future of cinema for Oculus Rift, as well as the world premiere of cult instrument and music controller Oval, a digital alternative to Hang. Click here for more info on Sónar+D.

New: Sónar Cape Town

As Cape Town has recently acquired World Design Capital 2014 status, it seems suitable for the city to host their own version of Spain’s most prestigious arts and culture festival. Award-winning agency Seed Experiences will bring the festival to South Africa annually, with the inaugural event planned for 16 December 2014 at the iconic Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. With top electronic local acts and two international big names as headliners, the SA installment promises to be on par with its international counterparts in Barcelona, Tokyo, Reykjavik and Mexico. Follow Sónar Cape Town on Facebook for further updates.

Lykke-Li - Image: billboard.com

Lykke-Li – Image: billboard.com

Massive Attack - Image: oncetv-ipn.net

Massive Attack – Image: oncetv-ipn.net

Woodkid - Image: purplesneakers.com.au

Woodkid – Image: purplesneakers.com.au

Spoek Mathambo - Image: thestarvedblog.co.za

Spoek Mathambo – Image: thestarvedblog.co.za