Electronic music and creative technology festival Sónar has unveiled the line-up for its third Hong Kong edition, which takes place at Hong Kong Science Park on April 13.
Danish electropop act MØ, award-winning multi-genre-instrumentalist Thundercat, UK triphop legend Bonobo and celebrated Spanish house DJ John Talabot are among the 35 acts and 15 hours of diverse programming.
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International superstars Thundercat top the bill at SonarVillage, the festival’s largest outdoor stage. Serving up a diverse array of live acts and DJ performances all day long, SonarVillage also welcomes London-based future-pop duo AlunaGeorge, South Korean house and techno DJ 박혜진park hye jin, and Hong Kong-based DJs JayMe, Sam Giles and Ivan Sit.
Keeping the crowds dancing from 3pm to 3am, the festival’s largest indoor venue SonarClub will see Bonobo and John Talabot headlining a top-quality lineup of DJs from around the world. Also playing SonarClub are Canadian electronic maverick Art Department, Berlin’s Sous Music label head Anja Schneider, UK techno innovator Benjamin Damage, London-based Chinese beatmaker Object Blue and local favourites Miss Yellow and Finsent C.
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Championing rising talents in electronica and underground music, SonarLab will host critically acclaimed Canadian Hip-hop producer Ryan Hemsworth ft. Yurufuwa Gang and South London experimental R&B act Gaika, alongside Shanghai club hero Hyph11E, ethereal Taiwanese songstress Scintii and Hong Kong hellraisers Mean Gurls Club.
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Hong Kong Science Park’s most iconic feature – the futuristic ‘egg’ auditorium – will once again host SonarComplex, an all-seated stage showcasing the best local and international audio-visual artists. Among the acts performing at SonarComplex are Ghostly Park, Taiwanese producer Sonia Calico, Hong Kong multidisciplinary creative collaboration Nerve x pink;money, Taiwanese experimental artist Meuko! Meuko! featuring NAXS Corp., Hong Kong DJ and sound artist Alexmalism, Fuzhou-born multi-media artist Hong Qile, British sonic artist Mileece and UK based multi-media artists CLON x NWRMNTC.
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The intimate SonarDôme stage will be on hand to build good vibes all day long. With its stunning location overlooking Tolo Harbour, this stage features heavyweights of the local and regional scenes including Marco Yu, Zuckermann, Rewind, Visaal, Youry, Fergus Heathcote, Yiannis, Club Kowloon and DJ Mengzy, playing everything from house and techno to funk, Hip-hop and much more.
…Alongside the music, festival goers will find an intriguing programme of creative technology experiences in the Sónar+D section, which is fun and inspirational, these include hands-on workshops hosted by leading creative pioneers; thought-provoking talks by tech-industry trailblazers; spectacular audio-visual performances and new media arts featuring AR, VR, AI and more; and MarketLab, where visitors can try out new products and prototypes from around the world, from the latest apps and devices to digital innovations and musical instruments.
Since its launch in Barcelona in 1994, Sónar festival has established itself at the cutting edge of the global electronic music landscape and gained respect among fans and critics worldwide for its eclectic lineups, high-quality production and unwavering support for electronic artists both new and established. Beyond the music, Sónar plays a vital role in promoting creative technology via the Sónar+D programme, providing a unique platform for exchanging ideas and exploring the spaces where creativity and technology meet in a fun and inspirational environment.
- SónarPass (HK$580) provides entrance to Sónar Hong Kong and access to all outdoor activities from 12pm until 10:45pm, and all indoor activities from 12pm until 10:15pm.
- SónarPass + Late Night Pass (HK$780) provides admission from 12pm until 3am.
Sónar Hong Kong 2019 full lineup:
Alexmalism, AlunaGeorge, Anja Schneider, Art Department, Benjamin Damage, Bonobo (DJ set), CLON x NWRMNTC, Club Kowloon, DJ Mengzy, Fergus Heathcote, Finsent C, Gaika, Ghostly Park, Hong Qile, Hyph11E, Ivan Sit, JayMe, John Talabot, Marco Yu, Mean Gurls Club, Meuko! Meuko! featuring NAXS Corp., Mileece, Miss Yellow, MØ, Nerve x pink;money, Object Blue, 박혜진park hye jin, Rewind, Ryan Hemsworth ft. Yurufuwa Gang, Sam Giles, Scintii, Sonia Calico, Thundercat, Visaal, Yiannis, Youry, Zuckermann