Sónar: where music meets technology.


Sónar, the established advanced music festival born in Barcelona in 1994 pursues its relentless quest for the best and new in electronic music and technology and opens call for entries for beta stage ideas and apps to be presented in the coming edition.  

June is the month to take to Barcelona for Sónar, probably the best electronic music festival in the world, gathering on 90.000 people on average in each edition. For three days Barcelona is swarmed by electronic music and music fans dwelling in a relentless pace around Plaza de España and Fira de Barcelona and filling the clubs that do not wish to miss the opportunity to benefit from the thousands of punters who fill the city, thereby booking the best musicians and DJs. The major halls of the Barcelona International Trade Fair are the privileged stage for major acts at Sónar: Kraftwerk, Tiga, Pet Shop Boys, Chic or Herbert are just some of the big names who have headlined Sonar by Night, aka Sónar Club, with stunning performances, names chosen as a sort of thanksgiving for their  influential role in electronic and dance music.  Massive Attack, Pretty Lights, Woodkid or Plastikman are some of the major attractions at this year’s edition at Sónar Club, the epicentre of this festival scheduled for 12, 13 and 14 in Barcelona.


In order to fully enjoy this festival start the day by attending the shows at Sónar by Day. From 2 P.M. to 8 P.M. the halls in Plaza de España are the right place to discover new acts and names in music, one of the main reasons to take to Sónar. Walking the inner rooms and outer spaces of this venue a brave new world of new names, sounds, glitches, clicks and images opens to us, providing whole new perspectives and advanced sounds. Machinedrum, DJ Nigga Fox, Visionist or Recondit are some of the new names to look at this year in Barcelona, carefully selected by the organisation for their pioneering sounds.


Sónar is, however, much more than just a music festival. As the name states, it’s a Festival of Advance Music and Multimedia. In the last decades has always played an important role in publicising the work of professionals from DJs to music labels or experimental film makers, hosting conferences, workshops, networking events, shows, hackathons and incubating the latest in innovation and digital creativity. To that extend, and under Sónar +D, the festival’s laboratory and professional meeting point, offers this year sessions for participants interested in exhibiting development projects and apps, following the huge attendance numbers witnessed in 2013, e.g. 2,950 professionals from the creative and technological industries and 1,300 companies from 57 countries.


As of now startups, creative laboratories, developers, universities and organizations related to technology, creativity, innovation, music, and education can apply for MarketLab which is there to generate exposure and visibility for new projects, “facilitating creative networking with other participants and a global audience attuned to technological application innovation”, reads the info provided by Sónar.   AppCafé 2014 is another space for innovation at this year’s Sónar + D for the presentation the most innovative apps of 2014 in a tablet equipped AppCafé lounge. Apps for devices on any operating system are eligible, with Sónar placing a special on apps exploring sound creation, moving image, drawing and interaction or digital art, just to name a few. Call for entries for for AppCafé is also open as for now. For further information refer to http://sonarplusd.com/en/2014/.


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