The 3rd edition of Sónar Lisboa, taking place in the heart of the Portuguese capital on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th March, brings the diverse sounds of contemporary electronic music from around the world together in one venue. In total Sónar Lisboa will host more than 55 local, international, emerging and established artists at the heart of Lisbon, in Pavilhão Carlos Lopes.
This year Sónar continues to reinforce its relationship with the city, which is now firmly established as part of the festival’s annual calendar.

Sónar Lisboa shows the best of Lisbon to the world, reaffirming Sónar’s worldwide reputation as a unique platform for the best in local and international electronic music and culture. From Enchufada label boss and Buraka Som Sistema founder BRANKO, and live modular synth pop from Moullinex △ GPU Panic, through to the artists defining the contemporary sound of Lisbon. Vanyfox’s blistering batida meets Yen Sung and Photonz’sclassic house music, as fourth world soundscapes fromPríncipe signee XEXA sit shoulder-to-shoulder with DJ Lynce’s live set of breakbeat, rave and jungle, and much more. 

Sónar by Night kicks off on Friday 22nd of March with an innovative, captivating show from Sevdaliza, whose recent work uses AI to challenge preconceptions of gender and identity. Another highly anticipated live set comes from Tiga & Hudson Mohawke, presenting their critically acclaimed album L’Ecstasy – a joyride through house and techno history by two masters of the form. A who’s who of local and international DJs will keep things going until dawn, with Lisbon’s best-kept secret Chima Isaaro providing a black dance music masterclass; pop-tinged trance and hardcore by Berlin’s party starter du jour DJ Gigola, bubbling house and techno from Jennifer Loveless and a b2b from the uncompromisingly creative Helena Hauff and UK techno maven IMOGEN.

Saturday 23rd of March sees experimentation bleed into dance floor fervour across all three stages as Sónar by Day kicks into gear. No stranger to Sónar, hyper-talented producer Oneohtrix Point Never squares the circle between innovation and nostalgia, while TOMMY CASH provokes and entertains in equal measure with his trap-hyperpop mashups. A love of brooding modular synths and mutating arpeggios links Perel and Wata Igarashi with Dresden (Paris legend Ivan Smagghe and Estonia’s Manfredas), setting the scene perfectly for euphoric techno’s most loved live act – Paul Kalkbrenner. 

The second instalment of Sónar by Night threads together the sounds of Lisbon, Detroit, Montreal, Paris and London, for a tour through house, techno, electro, drum’n’bass and jungle. The hardest working woman in electro Marie Davidson presents her new live set, blending post-punk, analogue techno and machine funk, while DJ Minx b2b DJ Holographic represent the evolving sound of Detroit house and techno. Dewaele brothers, aka 2manydjs invite an old friend and a new one, Erol Alkan and Éclair Fifi, for a special guest session, and, for those who need Jungle, Nia Archives brings the goods (but drum’n’bass will also be accepted).

On Sunday 24th of March, the ravers will re-convene for the second and final round of Sónar by Day. With a line-up co-curated by hometown legend BRANKO’s Enchufadalabel, Sunday promises to be an unparalleled celebration of contemporary dance music styles from around the world. Following on from her recent EP of the same name, pop icon Shygirl presents her new dancefloor-focused ‘Club Shy’ live show. Australian born, Lisbon based CC:DISCO will dig deep in her bag of  funky house weapons, and Grammy-nominated atmospheric dance legend Bonobo takes us on a trip around the world with a rare DJ set. Having set UK and international dance floors alight in recent years, the Baddest Of Them All Eliza Rose brings her pop-tinged take on UK and US garage to Lisbon, ahead of her b2b with Dan Shake and Sally C at Sónar 2024. Elsewhere, Florentino represents the diverse sounds of latin club music, with Brazil’s VHOOR doing the same for baile funk, and Vanyfox shows us the future of Portuguese batida, the sound that’s currently shaking up dancefloors around the world. Of course, Sunday wouldn’t be complete without a special show from BRANKO, who’ll play his forthcoming album ‘Soma’ live for the very first time. 

Next to the sonic programme, Sónar+D presents an immersive installation at Estufa Fria by multidisciplinary art collective Zabra. Open from 9am to 10pm on all 3 days of the festival, the specially commissioned installation titled ‘LIMBIC LANDMARKS’ evokes not only physical geography but also the emotional landmarks that shape our understanding of the world.

Sónar Lisboa is also collaborating with the Future Days conference, who will host a programme of talks, workshops and conferences, including Domestic Data Streamer’s Pau Garcia and futurologist Monica Bielskyte.