Sónar+D 2017, the Congress of Digital Culture and Creative Technologies, extends its timetable with an exclusive day for professionals on Wednesday, June 14, a day before the main festival begins.
The 24th Sónar Barcelona (15, 16 and 17 June 2017) will be held at the Sónar by Day (Fira Montjuïc) and Sónar by Night (Fira Gran Via) venues, and will host more than 150 concerts. First confirmed artists are: Justice, Nicolas Jaar, Moderat, Eric Prydz, De La Soul, Nosaj Thing + Daito Manabe, Nina Kraviz, Clams Casino, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Black Madonna, Amnesia Scanner, Cashmere Cat, Damian Lazarus, Forest Swords, GAIKA, Kinder Malo & Pimp Flaco, LCC, Nadia Rose, Soulection, Stööki Sound and Tommy Cash, as well as a special concert at the Auditori of David Lang’s “Death Speaks”, performed by Stargaze on Sunday, June 18.
Sónar by Night will feature the new show from French duo Justice, presenting their newly released album “Woman” in a strikingly visual, onstage spectacular. DJ and producer Nicolas Jaar will return to Sónar this time headlining SonarPub to present his excellent new work “Sirens” in a new live format. Moderat are back with a powerful audiovisual show, consolidating the German trio as the most acclaimed projects in contemporary electronica, and Sweden’s Eric Prydz, a bonafide star in dance music, and one of the worlds most sought after DJ’s will perform at SonarClub.
Legendary hip hop group De La Soul will present their first album in ten years, live at Sónar; New Zealand’s Fat Freddy’s Drop will return to Sónar with a double helping – Friday at SonarVillage and on Saturday at SonarPub – mixing dub, funk and soul and a lick of uplifting house. The festival will also feature two of the world’s leading DJ’s: Russia’s new queen of techno Nina Kraviz, whose fans around the world count in their thousands; and The Black Madonna, the politically engaged American house and disco DJ who will this year perform at Sónar by Night, following her success at last year’s Sónar by Day.
Three other names of note, each with their own unmistakable sound are: Clams Casino, with one of his rare futuristic hip-hop sets; the young Norwegian producer, coveted for his production skills by pops stars around the world Cashmere Cat will present his new album; we’ll also be treated to an immaculate selection by the vastly experienced British dj Damian Lazarus.
Sónar by Day will also present several shows with a high level of artistic content: the innovative technological and audiovisual show from North American producer Nosaj Thing alongside Japanese technologist Daito Manabe, (who will also star at one Sónar+D’s main conferences); the live premiere of the new album by Spain’s exceptional experimentalists LCC; the immersive show by Amnesia Scanner; Tri Angle’s Forest Swords presenting his long awaited new album at SonarHall; and an highly visual show from the charismatic emerging artist GAIKA, a much lauded name on London’s underground scene.
The latest trends in hip hop, trap and bass music will have a strong presence throughout the festival, with performances from the UK urban scene’s latest sensations – Stööki Sound and BBC Sound of 2017 Longlist’s Nadia Rose; Los Angeles’ collective Soulection; the explosive and controversial MC Tommy Cash, currently causing a great stir with his videos, as well as Spanish trap from rising stars Kinder Malo Up & Pimp Flaco.
For the 13th edition in a row, Red Bull Music Academy will curate the SonarDôme stage at Sónar by Day. After last year’s success, the SonarLab stage will again be hosted on Saturday by Resident Advisor, the world’s most influential electronic music platform.
Sónar 2017 will add another chapter to its long collaboration with Barcelona’s Auditori with the Spanish premiere of “Death Speaks”, the work by prestigious American composer David Lang. Unanimously praised by critics and based on some of Franz Schubert’s lieder, “Death Speaks” is an album comprising of five compositions of extraordinary beauty that lend a voice to death and will be interpreted by Berlin’s pioneering instrumental collective Stargaze. The concert will be held on Sunday June 18 at the Auditori. Tickets are now on sale