Thousands of fans descended upon Hong Kong Science Park on Saturday March 17 as Sónar, the legendary Barcelona-based electronic music festival, returned to Hong Kong for the second time.

The Black Madonna. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.

Picking up where it left off last year, the festival delighted the crowds with 14 hours of diverse and daring performances across five unique indoor and outdoor stages, creating an irresistible day-into-night party vibe and setting a new standard for electronic music festivals in Hong Kong.

Squarepusher. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.

Among the highlights of this year’s event were visionary UK breakbeat pioneer Squarepusher, who wowed fans with an electrifying audiovisual performance under the stars on the outdoor SonarVillage stage; US tech-house sensation The Black Madonna, who demonstrated why she was named Mixmag’s DJ of the Year in 2016 with a blistering high-energy show; and French electronic godfather Laurent Garnier, who brought the curtain down on the festival with a masterful three-hour set behind the decks at the SonarClub stage.

Sevdaliza. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.

Highlighting the diversity of electronic music, the festival also featured a supremely eclectic lineup of acts that spanned the entire spectrum of the genre, including red-hot London grime MC Ms BanksCanadian electronic hip-hop trio Keys N Krates, jazzy Japanese post-rockers Mouse on the Keys, and the cerebral compositions of DJ/producer/neuroscientist Floating Points. 

In total, the festival featured more than 40 international, regional and local DJs and live acts – including 11 making their HK debut – as Sónar once again confirmed its reputation as the world’s best electronic music festival.

Ms Banks. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
PUSH. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Keys N Krates. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Fotan Laiki. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Deer MX. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Cocoonics. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.
Squarepusher. Photo: Sonar Hong Kong.

Sonar will return next year to Hong Kong – stay tuned.


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