Since teasing with a very brief announcement late last year we've only gotten a very small bit of information surrounding the first-ever
Sónar to happen in Asia. After months of impatiently waiting ourselves, today we finally got the bulk of it.
True to the Barcelona-based festival's eclectic programming style, the Asian line-up features a mix of well-established artists including DJ Shadow, who will bring with him a full visual show, Gilles Peterson, Ellen Allien, DJ Tennis, Mind Against and Dave Clarke, and also emerging talents like Lady Leshurr, Kingdom and Evian Christ. Artists will play on a total of 6 stages including SonarClub, SonarVillage and SonarLab, altogether offering a diverse range of live experiences from large-scale outdoor spectacles to intimate indoor performances and immersive audio-visual shows. Find the full first phase A-Z music line-up below.
Tickets go on sale today (February 7th) and will start at HKD180 up to HKD780 for full access. The festival will run on April 1st from 11am to 3am at the Hong Kong Science Park in Pak Shek Kok, New Territories and shuttle busses will operate from the park to convenient locations spread across the city. For further information on the music line-up, Sónar+D (its creative technology programme), ticket types and prices and more, visit the website here.
Stepping away from the music stages, Sónar+D will feature a series of creative tech-centred activities including workshops, talks and an expo, plus interactive virtual reality and new media arts installations and performances.
The first phase line-up for the first-ever Sonar in Hong Kong is as follows (A-Z):
Basic Soul Unit
Bass Music China
Blood Wine or Honey
Choi Sai Ho
Clark, Club Cheval (DJ set)
Danny L Harle
Dragontown Trap House
Evian Christ (DJ set)
Fragrant Harbour Soundsystem & Ouissam
Heavy Hong Kong ft. Mousefx & MC R-Vee
Jeremy Cheung b2b Fresh Funky S
Jo.D b2b Darka
MIIIA b2b Stranger In The Night
Nosaj Thing x Daito Manabe
Ocean Lam, Powell
Sol Passion Music
Founded in Barcelona in 1994, the festival is now in its 24th year and has travelled the world with iterations in New York, Seoul, Chicago, Hamburg, Buenos Aires and São Paulo. It is well known and respected all over the world for its high-quality production and powerful line-ups that link music, creativity and technology. The event sees over 80,000 attendees every year with an extra 10,000 coming for its satellite events. Knowing what we know about Off Sónar events in Spain, here's to hoping we see some of the same in Hong Kong.
See photos of the site here.