15 - 17 JUNE 2006

Three days and three nights in touch with the most up-to-date developments and featuring the most relevant national and international artists. In its 13th edition Sónar will be presenting over 300 activities Sónar presents more than 300 activities including DJ sets, concerts, titles projected at the SonarCinema and works in every multimedia format: installations, Net art, design,… Sónar is the essential meeting point for an alert public, cutting-edge artists and the most influential professionals from the sectors of music and modern arts.

The Sónar 2006 line up is heavily influenced by a tribute to black music culture , which has had such an extensive influence on the development of electronic music. Reggae, dub, hip-hop, jazz, funk and disco music will be represented on the festival’s various stages by classic acts including the Digable Planets, Linton Kwesi Johnson & the Dennis Bovell Dub Band and CHIC feat. Nile Rodgers, and current performers including Fat Freddy’s Drop, Pete Philly & Perquisite, Bus feat. MC SOOM-T, Jeff Mills, Kenny Dope, Ugly Duckling, Jake The Rapper and Gilles Peterson , to mention just a few.

Other musicians and djs will be: Satoshi Tomiie, Jimmy Edgar, Miss Kittin, Modeselektor, Dave Clark, Richie Hawtin & Ricardo Villalobos

The sounds of Japan , one of the most fertile, neglected and complex scenes in today’s electronic music, are one of this year’s reference genres. The SonarComplex stage will be almost exclusively given over to them – watch out for live performances by Yanagisawa Marina, Horio Kanta, Hawai Taeji, Doravideo, Optrum, Nobukazu Takemura and Softpad – but their extensive participation does not end with Sónar by Day and they will also be a central feature of the night-time schedules.

Nightmares on Wax will offer one of the most eagerly awaited concerts in Sónar by Night , with “In a Space Outta Sound”, their fifth LP, operating at full capacity. Other important performances at Sónar by Night will be those by Rahzel & DJ JS-One, Ryoji Ikeda, Herbert & Dani Siciliano, Infadels, Goldfrapp, Isolée, The MFA, Tiga, Superthriller, DJ Krush, Afra & The Incredible Beatbox Band, Diplo + A-Track, Sasha and DJ Vadim’s One Self .

L’Auditori de Barcelona will host an exceptional event for the fourth consecutive year. Carsten Nicolai – better known as Alva Noto – and Ryuichi Sakamoto will give a live performance of their acclaimed “Insen” , the sequel to the equally well-received “Vrioon”, in which the sensitivity of piano melodies and the abstraction of minimal electronica converge in a highly unusual way.

As it does every year, Sónar by Day will review the latest trends in electronica, advanced rock, electro, hip-hop, electronic pop, digital concretism, electronic folk and experimental jazz, with names including Liars, Shit And Shine, Seeland, Pole & Band, Eliot Lipp, Birdy Nam Nam, Phoenecia, Kimmo Pohjonen, Kapitalband, The Considerate Builders Scheme, Radicalfashion and Hifana .

Labels including Stating Caravan (US), Kindred Spirits (NL), Mosz (AT), Combination (DE), Plop (JP), Capsule (UK), Schematic (DE), Spectral Sound (US), ~Scape (DE), Hefty (US) and New Sonic Performance (JP) will take centre stage at the showcases.

Sonar by Day

Concerts, DJ sets, a professional fair, the SonarMática multimedia area, audio-visual projections in all formats, Sonarama, a mediatheque, conferences and exhibitions. Simultaneous and uninterrupted activities across a range of areas at the Raval district (CCCB, MACBA, Centre d’Art Santa Mònica). A meeting point for artists, professionals and public.

SonarVillage. SonarPro. SonarCinema, Sonarama, SonarMatica. Record Fair. Editorial Fair. Conferences and Debates. SonarComplex. SonarDome. Exhibitions

Sonar by Night

Nights at Sónar are of a distinctive nature, an enormous cosmopolitan celebration, similar to other great European events but with a Mediterranean feeling, giving it a unique festive atmosphere. Sónar by Night has 4 locations occupied by distinguished national and international names from the world of electronic music. Each night DJs, VDJs and concerts from the broadest spectrum of dance music appear simultaneously in the 4 areas. Sónar by Night occupies an area of more than 10,000 meters, divided between covered and open-air spaces.

SonarClub. SonarPub. SonarPark.. SonarLab. SonarCar.

SonarPro:: Record Fair

The SonarPro Record Fair includes more than 60 stands representing national and international electronic music and multimedia art companies (record labels, distribution companies, publishing, merchandising, festivals, promoters, record shops). The Record Fair is aimed at both the professional who wishes to contact other companies or related professionals and at the general public to give it the opportunity to discover and purchase the latest novelties on the market.


SonarMática explores the new mobile culture and location projects. After the last two years, in which the new media exhibition’s frame of the festival focused on the phenomenon of micronations and twenty-first century landscaping, SonarMática completes the trilogy of projects based around the concept of contemporary territory with a display dedicated to the most lively and significant art scene using new media – mobile culture and location projects. This year ALWAYS ON is a display dedicated to mobile culture and location projects. It is an initiative based on exhibition and participation, taking SonarMática out onto the streets for the first time.


Sonarama focuses on the latest developments in new media: installation art, audiovisual concerts, software and medialab presentations in a shared exhibition space.


A menu selection that presents a wide range of contemporary audiovisual art in all aspects linked to new technologies and electronic music.

Conferences and Panels

Round tables, forums and debates about electronic culture.