Guide To Barcelona Sonar Festival

With a history of distinction, Barcelona is home to many important cultural events. One of these is Sonar, the International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. This is one of the most well supported events to come to the city, attracting thousands of people every year. If you are one of them and are looking for somewhere to stay, you’ll be glad to know that the city has it all when it comes to Barcelona accommodation.



The three-day Sonar festival takes place in Barcelona every June. This year the event has been scheduled for June 17-19. In recent years, more than 75,000 people have enjoyed a fine artistic programme of well-known electronic artists, emerging talent and DJs. All together these talented musicians represent the most modern music offerings in Europe today.



Since 2002, the festival has been journeying all over the globe, bringing new music to different countries. London, New York, Buenos Aires and Seoul are just some of the places it has stopped. In every one of these destinations the festival has been warmly welcomed. This is because it is truly cutting edge and brings to people music they might not have heard before.



Among the many artists scheduled to be playing are The Chemical Brothers, Roxy Music and LCD Soundsystem. These household names are bound to attract attention from music lovers from all across the globe. This means that this year’s event could be among the most well-visited in its history.



You can secure your tickets for Sonar online from a number of websites. Ticketmaster, Eventim and Fnac are where you can find tickets on sale. The charge is €165 for a three-day pass, €100 for two days and €39 for just one day. Tickets are also on sale at the box office, but this coul d mean risking them selling out before you get there.



Now you know how to get your ticket, you may be wondering where the various shows and performances actually take place. This information will probably help you to decide where to stay in the city. The festival actually takes place at four sites. The main Sonar village is situated in the square just off Barcelona’s Centre of Contemporary Culture and the Museum of Contemporary Art. This can be found on Calle de Montalegre.



This is the region of the city where the morning and afternoon performances take place. If you are a big fan hardcore dance music, however, you’ll want to visit the Carrera de la Botanic at night. This is where the biggest DJs will be performing their sets before a hard partying crowd. This is also the place that you will be able to enjoy a few drinks in the pubs and bars. Other acts will play the L’Auditori de Barcelona, near the Parc de Ciutadella.



With venues across the city, there are lots of areas that you can base yourself so as to enjoy Sonar. Sant Antoni is one of the most bohemian regions of the city, and is likely to be a favoured spot among festival goers. With lots of contemporary cafes, bars and clubs you’ll have lots of places to enjoy yourself even when the festival is over. It’s also within walking distance of the Sonar village.



If you are, perhaps, with the family, then being at the centre of the action is not a viable option. If this is your situation, then Arc de Triomf could be a better place to stay. Here you can also spend some time in the city’s parks, such as Parc Ciutadella – home of Barcelona Zoo.



Once you know where you want to stay, you have to choose what type of accommodation you would like to book. Apartments are always a good option and there are many available to rent in each of the aforementioned areas.



Hotels can sometimes be a bit stricter than apartment buildings. Often you don’t get the choice of what to eat or drink in a hotel, and you may have to go without kitchen facilities of your own. An apartment gives you the option of cooking for yourself and your group. You don’t have to turn up at a set time for a set meal either. For groups of friends, apartments could be the key to a memorable festival experience.



So, if you love modern electronic music, the Sonar festival in June this year is the place for you. Not only will you get to see some of Europe’s top music acts, you will also get the chance to experience one of the Europe’s best cities. There are lots of acts and activities day and night that you can enjoy, plus other tourist attractions to take in. Just make sure that when you’re booking your accommodation you don’t discount an apartment. They are both cost effective and will place you close to the events that you won’t want to miss.


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