For its 31st edition the festival doubles down on its reputation for identifying and amplifying the best music from around the world; bringing emerging talent and radical performance aesthetics to Barcelona next June.

The first lineup announcement includes 70 activities and shows, featuring leading names from dance music and beyond such as Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Ben Böhmer, Floating Points, Charlotte de Witte presents ‘Overdrive’, Vince Staples, and Folamour.

Sónar+D, the festival’s meeting of digital culture, will explore the interplay between technology and nature, and delve into the practical applications of artificial intelligence in sound, stage design, gaming, alternative realities, music, cinema, and the arts. Amongst the first participants announced today are renowned artists Tomás Saraceno and Nicole L’Huillier.

In addition to live shows and DJ sets, Sónar 2024 will include masterclasses, debate forums, professional meetings, and an exhibition of creative-technological projects. Artists and scientists will host multi-screen audiovisual conferences that explore innovative and practical applications of AI in fields like music, sound, film, stage design, video games, and alternative realities. In addition, and across the festival’s stages, there’ll be a strong emphasis on performance and dance.

In musical terms, Sónar 2024 will cover the entire spectrum of contemporary electronic music, featuring artists, DJs, and performers from a wide range of genres. This first lineup announcement is headlined by leading artists from dance music and beyond such as Kaytranada, Jessie Ware, Ben Böhmer live, Floating Points, Charlotte de Witte presenting ‘Overdrive’, Vince Staples, Casisdead, Folamour A/V, Toya Delazy, Kerri Chandler, The Martinez Brothers, Reinier Zonneveld live, Olof Dreijer, Marie Davidson, Surgeon & Speedy J, and TOMMY CASH.

On the 13th, 14th, and 15th of June 2024, Sónar will once again transform Barcelona into the global capital for electronic music and digital culture, hosting groundbreaking performances from both established stars and emerging talent.

As part of this edition’s focus on dance there’ll be a series of performances featuring radical choreography and innovative scenography. UK artist and choreographer Blackhaine’s mix of noise and drill is joined by Lee Gamble’s new project ‘Models’, featuring choreography by leading Spanish performance artist Candela Capitán; Gabber Eleganza’s ‘The Hakke Show’ will feature high speed ‘hakke’ dancing at over 180 bpm. Virtual performance studio Team Rolfes will bring their ‘321Rule’ VR-augmented ‘club-theatre’ show (starring Lil Mariko) to Barcelona, and ASIANDOPEBOYS present ‘PHYSIS’, a six-hour multidisciplinary spectacle with a rotating cast of artists and performers, featuring stunning visual effects and innovative choreography.

Sónar+D is also looking for projects, prototypes, ideas and products to be exhibited in the Project Area, an exhibition space at the heart of Sónar by Day. It’s where creative technology and innovative art meet eye-opening research, AI-generated visuals, and experimental video games. A space for ideas and projects under development covering sound, film, AI, the metaverse, alternative realities, artistic gaming, and blockchain experiments, all themes which extend throughout the festival. An Open Call for submissions was published last week, and applications are being accepted via this form until Friday 22nd December. 

This year, Sónar 2024 will start on Tuesday 11th June and Wednesday 12th June with the 2nd edition of the +RAIN Film Festival organised in collaboration with the UPF. An international film festival dedicated to cinema made using AI, it will explore how this new technology is combining with current narratives in cinema. After two days at the UPF Poblenou Campus, the festival will close at Sónar+D, where the winning films will be screened. The call for entries will open next Monday, December 4th.

Sónar+D will also, as always, be a multidisciplinary affair. Today’s announcement includes audiovisual conferences on the interplay between nature and technology by artist and architect Tomás Saraceno and marine biologist David Gruber. The first of various forums and summits from the programme has also been announced today: the AI & Blockchain Creative Summit, organised in collaboration with UPF Ventures. The full programme, featuring masterclasses, workshops, and professional meetings will be announced at a later date.

Sónar+D is also looking for projects, prototypes, ideas and products to be exhibited in the Project Area, an exhibition space at the heart of Sónar by Day. It’s where creative technology and innovative art meet eye-opening research, AI-generated visuals, and experimental video games. A space for ideas and projects under development covering sound, film, AI, the metaverse, alternative realities, artistic gaming, and blockchain experiments, all themes which extend throughout the festival. An Open Call for submissions was published last week, and applications are being accepted via this form until Friday 22nd December.

Tickets for Sónar 2024 are already available at sonar.es. As is the case every year, young people can get discounted tickets with their European Youth Card (Carné Joven in Spain and Carnet Jove in Catalonia).