- 10 Jul 17
On June 14, I flew from Ibiza to the sweltering heat of Barcelona for my fifth visit to the Sonar festival. This time out, Sonar offered no less than 140 acts across musical performances across nine stages. For good measure, it had 157 activities and projects at Sonar+D, with more than 400 speakers and exhibitors. The festival had a 61,000-strong crowd at Sonar by Day, with a similar number heading to Sonar by Night.
We landed on an early flight and straight away I made my way to Sonar by Day, which was incredibly well organised. My accreditation was sorted very quickly and within 20 minutes of arriving, I was at my first panel.
First on the agenda was checking the Open Music Initiative, a collaborative international endeavour to find an open-source standard for music metadata, allowing for the fair distribution of music royalties and licence fees to artists and publishers. Richie Hawtin and Resonate founder Peter Harris were among the speakers. We Are Europe, meanwhile, hosted a series of informal Q&As with people like Dimitri Hegemann (founder of Tresor Berlin) and digital strategist Bas Grasmayer.