Sónar +D: more than just festival fun in the sun

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For three days and two nights each June, Barcelona is all about one event – the Sónar Festival.

Operating in Spain since 1994, Sónar is one of the world’s leading music festivals, and has taken its show on the road to Cape Town, Stockholm, New York, Seoul, Tokyo and many more cities around the globe.

For the uninitiated, Sónar Barcelona is split into two formats (this year between June 18-20) – Sónar by Day, a mix of showcases and live performances from DJs and artists in the city’s Fira Montjuïc venue – and Sónar by Night, a two night, multi-arena party in the huge Fira Gran Via de L’Hospitalet exhibition centre.

The latter is seen as a benchmark for music festivals globally, with its eclectic, forward-thinking programming, leaning towards cutting edge, electronic sounds and no expense spared on production.

The 2015 lineup hosts The Chemical Brothers, Duran Duran, Flying Lotus, Die Antwoord, FKA Twigs, Hot Chip and Jamie XX, amongst many others.

Sónar takes a unique spin on the festival blueprint – certainly no Eurohike tents or muddy ravers in sight – and the day/night split allows you to enjoy Barcelona to the fullest, whether that be checking out the Catalan culture, recovering from the night before in your apartment or sorting out your suntan on the beach.

2014 welcomed a new addition to the Sónar schedule – Sónar +D. Held as part of Sónar by Day at Fira Montjuïc, organisers describe the event as an “international conference for creativity and technology, designed to promote talent and business opportunities in the digital culture environment”.

Sonar +D, Barcelona

Sonar +D, Barcelona – a creative, cultural mix

This year +D promises more of the same, bringing together the creative, technological and cultural worlds of music, art, and multimedia.

It’s an opportunity for experienced professionals and keen up-and-comers alike to interact, educate, network and discuss the relationship between their disciplines, and showcase talent and innovation from around the world.

One of the most exciting features of +D is the MarketLab, an exhibition area where designers, start-up tech companies, univerty organisations or bedroom inventors can display early-stage products or projects.

The kind people at Sónar have also teamed up with Artefact Magazine to give away two full passes to one lucky winner. Passes include…

  • Access to exclusive Sónar +D activities
  • Access to Sónar by Day shows
  • Access to Sónar Night shows
  • Check-in online system for avoiding queues at accreditation pick-up
  • Exclusive and fast entry to venues
  • Free access to VIP areas / VIP Bar
  • Networking Tool where to find profiles, development projects and participating companies
  • Free wifi
  • Free cloakroom
  • Adidas Originals x Sónar 2015 bag
  • Free shuttle bus service from Sónar Day to Sónar Night venues
  • Better access and privilege views to the shows from the Pro Area at SonarClub stage, along with a walkway connecting SonarClub and SonarPub Pro areas

To win, follow these simple instructions on Facebook….

2. ‘Like’ this image
3. Share the image amongst your Facebook friends (make sure your share settings are public!)
One winner will be picked on Friday March 13th and announced via the Artefact Facebook account, then contacted directly. Good luck!

T&C’s: Valid entrants must have completed all three steps of the Facebook competition to be entered into a draw where one name will be selected using a random name generator.

For more information on the festivals head to their websites – Sónar 2015 and Sónar +D 2015


Images courtesy of: Sonar +D, 2015

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