By Matthew Duffield
Music festivals have been particularly hard hit during the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s an important step forward that the annual Sónar+D international congress will be holding an extraordinary edition at CCCB. Taking place on Friday and Saturday, September 18th and 19th in a hybrid virtual and physical format, the program features 140 artists and speakers involved in over 70 activities including live music and audiovisual shows, DJ sets, debates, workshops, exhibitions and more.
Sónar+D is where creativity meets new technology meets future thinking. Most of the events will take place through two live streaming channels, while there’s a wide range of conferences, workshops and art installations available at the CCCB complex using a system of pre-reservation and allocated time slots. A snapshot of highlights online includes Laurel Halo live, a video performance from Niño de Elche, and a discussion with Richie Hawtin on the future of club culture on Friday, while on Saturday there are DJ/audiovisual sets from John Talabot and Max Cooper, and the premiere of the documentary The Catalan Electronic Music Scene.
This is just a small selection, of course, and there’ll also be DJ sets broadcast from Torre d’Alta Mar, a selection of events shown on the betevé television channel, and a full live audio stream on Mixcloud as well as a program of online content on the Sónar+D website. What’s more, both the physical and online events are all free, but with limited attendance, so pre-registration is mandatory direct from Sónar+D.
Update: all in-person activities at the CCCB are fully booked, but registration is open online for access to live content