Lisbon Sónar Festival 2022

Lisbon Sónar Festival 2022

By Sabine Spethling


Between the dates 8th and 10th of April 2022, Lisbon will host its first Sonar festival. The program of the festival with the origin in Barcelona will take place at five different venues across the city of Lisbon.

The line-up of the Lisbon Sónar Festival edition April 2022

Sónar Lisboa created an event over three days and nights and presented the following line-up: Bicep, Charlotte de Witte, Dixon, DJ Nigga Fox, Honey Dijon, Nicola Cruz, Nídia, Richie Hawtin, Rui Vargas, Switchdance and many more.


What happens at Sónar Festival Lisbon 2022?

The festival’s focus lies on international and local performances, which are showcased on various stages & spaces throughout the center of the city – all connected by metro and train.

For three days, at Sonar Lisboa 2022 the audience will dance and circulate through Lisbon; Taking place during the day, Sonar+D will present a full programme of content commissioned with sustainability as an underlying principle. Complementing a night programme with dance, concerts, and audio-visual experiences. And this is only the inception of this experimentation.


Lisbon – where arts and culture grows rapidly

Lisbon is a rapidly evolving city where acts from all over the planet gather and get inspired by the rich culture and the openness of the people. This culture is expanding in all directions, thanks to a solid base of institutions and artists who have created a breeding ground for the current evolution, which is drawing in new influences and styles.

 So it’s without any doubt why Sonar has added Lisbon to their portfolio.

Lisbon T[rave]l Guide

As an answer to this indescribable power of the scene and destination, we created the Lisbon T[rave]l Guide. It features exclusive recommendations from iconic local electronic music artists. Discover the thriving city of Lisbon with its rich culture and proximity to the ocean, combined with an up-and-coming scene.

Experience the city through the eyes of its artists

For the Lisbon T[rave]l Guide, iconic local acts reveal their favorite spots, their top places for hanging out with friends, and their must-see locations. Luna Semara, Moullinex, Rafael Da Cruz, Steffi & Virginia, Stephan Bodzin, Switchdance, Xinobi, and Yen Sung present their very own picture of Lisbon. Let them convince you of the city’s versatility.

9 artists – 138 tips

This edition is the third in a series of T[rave]l Guides on electronic music metropolises: guide books that give locals and visitors the opportunity to get to know the city and its neighborhoods through the eyes of its artists, beyond typical tourist locations.
 Explore the city and create your own Lisbon experience!


Sónar Lisboa will be celebrated in various venues

Sónar By Day will take place in the Sónar Village venue, a new purpose-built space in the Cais do Sodré area, next to the Tejo River and Factory Lisbon.

Sónar Lisboa 2022 connects Portugal with national and international audiences

Sound has been the starting point of Sónar since its foundation, and Sónar Lisboa 2022 will be no exception. The programme embraces fresh and well-known acts, both from the national and international scenes.

The festival will welcome up to 25,000 people

Sónar Lisboa aims to stand at the forefront of culture and build bridges between artists, citizens, and the creative business.

 Sónar is among the most popular international festivals and features three days and nights of exploration with over 70 shows.


Line up and program

The day and night program of Sonar festival Lisbon.

Sónar by Day – Friday 8th

Sónar by Day activities will kick off on Friday 8 April at the Hub Criativo do Beato venue as soon as guests arrive for the first day. A full programme of talks, workshops, debates, demos, immersive experiences and exhibitions will take place there, as well as meetings between professionals and the general public. The conferences will explore intersections between art and creativity, between technology and research, and between music and science.

Sónar by Day – Saturday 9th

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April, the musical programme of Sónar by Day will take over the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes. On Saturday, the French-touch house sound of The Blaze (DJ); Honey Dijon’s buoyant yet potent mix of disco, house and techno; and a live performance by Nicola Cruz taking in sounds from across the planet, will take centre stage.

Sónar by Day – Sunday 10th

On Sunday, Sónar Lisboa will dance to the rhythm of 90s-style breaks – with a hint of UK garage – during Overmono’s DJ sets, and groove to Jayda G’s fusion of Chicago-house and lo-fi glamour, plus a hotly anticipated set of pop-scented sampletronica from duo Polo & Pan from France.

Sónar night events, Friday 8th

The night of Friday will feature high quality live performances,including the revolutionary Venezuelan artist Arca, making her debut in Lisboa to present her highly acclaimed quartet of recently released albums, cult Detroit producer Stingray 313 or Los Angelese multi-instrumentalist Thundercat. Top flight club music will be represented by a host of undisputed modern icons, such as Charlotte de Witte and Dixon, as well as legends of the scene who continue to break new ground today, like Richie Hawtin.

Sónar by night, Saturday 9th

Eclecticism takes over Sónar Lisboa on Saturday 9th April. Northern Ireland’s Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson will present their latest album Isles live, showing why Bicep are one of the biggest names in contemporary electronic music. Some of the highlights: an acid techno recital from Nina Kraviz; Enchufada Na Zona showcasing Lisboa’s unique cultural mix, a ground-breaking new live set from Leon Vynehall; two masterclasses in dancefloor demolition from Berlin, with FJAAK live and Ellen Allien b2b Dr. Rubinstein; and wild, borderless revelry of rRoxymore.


Where the Sónar Festival story began: Barcelona, Spain

Sonar Festival – with its origin in the centre of Barcelona has been taking place since 1994 and has held more than 70 festivals, in 36 different cities and thus is a real name in our industry and worth a visit. Sónar was founded in Barcelona in 1994 as the “Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art” by Ricard Robles. 2001 the festival moved to a larger site; the Fira Gran Via area in Barcelona.

Previous line ups include acts like Kraftwerk and Chemical Brothers

This unique format and music festival from Barcelona showcases day as well as night events. Artists that have been on a previous lineup include Björk, Duran Duran, Kraftwerk, Aphex Twin, Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin and Laurent Garnier.

From Barcelona to the world: Sónar Istanbul and other destinations

Next to the flagship event in June in Barcelona Spain, Sónar hosts events in almost every big city in Europe and the world, e.g. Sonar Buenos Aires, Sonar Hong Kong, Sonar Istanbul, Sonar New York, Sonar Reykjavik, Sonar São Paulo, Sonar UK and Sonar Tokyo. Check our page for free access to previous Sonar event reviews.

The success story of Sonar festival continues

The first release of Early Bird tickets for Sónar Lisboa 2022 sold out in less than 48 hours. The tickets sale of festivals, events and concerts also have a positive impact on a local venue and destination. Thus collaboration with the local companies, production as well as accessible train and public transport are some of the key tools which make this festival an outstanding one.

One of the most sucessful international festivals

With an estimated amount of 25,000 guests, presentations, companies and the venue are dedicated to make this festival a safer experience. So most people already log in the date for the next edition in 2023.

Event tickets

Festival tickets for the complete programme across the full three days, can be purchased via the official website and via browser and the usual ticket outlets in London, UK, France, Belgium and Switzerland.

The next Sonar music festival in Barcelona, Spain will take place 16-18 June 2022 at the Fira Gran and at different venues throughout the city. Artists and concerts on the line up for June 2022, Barcelona: Chemical Brothers, Moderat, POLO & PAN from France, The Blaze and more. Buy tickets, check the dates, review and the whole program here.


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