Virtual reality technology will also be a major focus of next year’s event.

Sónar has unveiled 22 shows for 2017, with Justice, Nicolas Jaar, De La Soul, Moderat, Eric Prydz and Daito Manabe among some of the first headliners to be announced for Sónar by Night.

Clams Casino, Cashmere Cat and Damian Lazarus will also perform nightime sets, while the innovatively-minded Sónar by Day event, taking place at the Fira Montjuïc venue, will see Forest Swords present his long-awaited new album at SonarHall as well as a performance from GAIKA, among other shows.

Sónar 2017 continues its long-time collaboration with Barcelona’s Auditori concert hall that this year will host the Spanish premiere of Death Speaks by US composer David Lang. An album comprising five compositions that lend a voice to death, it will be interpreted by Berlin’s pioneering instrumental collective Stargaze and held on Sunday June 18.

VR will take on a central role at Sonar+D 2017, the International Congress on Technology and Creativity, which will offer an exclusive day for professionals on Wednesday June 14, a day before the main festival begins. 2017 will present an expanded program of activities offering more workshops, round tables and exhibition areas. Google’s principal VR filmmaker Jessica Brillhart and United Nations VR lab, represented by Gabo Arora, will both make an appearance, alongside Ayah Bdeir, founder of the open source hardware platform littleBits, and the directors of Japanese interactive design studio Rhizomatiks.

Taking place across the city of Barcelona on June 14-17, tickets are available from the festival website.

See next: The story of Sónar 2016 in 45 photos: Skepta, Four Tet, James Blake and more



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