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-'''Sónar''' is a annual three-day [[music festival]] held in [[Barcelona, Spain]]. It is described officially as a festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art. Music is by far the main aspect of the festival. 
-The festival runs for three days and nights, usually starting on a Thursday in the third week of June. The sixteenth edition of the Sónar festival will be held on the 18th, 19th, & 20th of [[June 2009]]. Annually there are around 80,000 visitors to the festival. 
-The official website describes the festival as 'Three days and three nights in touch with the most up-to-date developments and featuring the most relevant national and international artists.' 'Sónar is the essential meeting point for an alert public, cutting-edge artists and the most influential professionals from the sectors of music and modern arts.'+A '''music festival''' is a [[festival]] oriented towards [[music]] that is sometimes presented with a theme such as [[musical genre]], [[nationality]] or locality of musicians, or [[holiday]]. They are commonly held outdoors, and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vendors, [[performance art]], and social activities. The [[Pythian Games]] at [[Delphi]] included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known. During the [[Middle Ages]] festivals were often held as competitions.
-==Music==+
-The festival's lineups tend to favour [[Electronica]] (in the broadest sense of the term). This includes [[Techno]], [[House]], [[electro (music)|Electro]], [[intelligent dance music|IDM]], [[HipHop]] and various other [[experimental music]] and [[Avant garde music|Avant Garde types of music]].+
-The twelfth edition of Sónar ran from the 16 - 18 June in 2005. Songs of artists that played in 2005 were released on a double CD [[compilation]] titled ''Sónar 2005'' which went on sale in Spain on June 10. This covered several genres. +Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many [[rock festivals]], are held only once. Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause.
-There are many international acts, as well as a selection of Spanish artists.+Another type of music festival is the educative type, organised annually in local communities, regionally or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. While entrants perform prepared pieces in the presence of an audience which includes competitors, the essential feature of this type of festival is that each participant receives verbal and written feedback, there and then, from a highly qualified, professional adjudicator — someone who they might never meet in any other way. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many they provide a bridge between lessons & examinations and performing confidently in public.
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-Artists that have performed at Sónar within the last few years include:+
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-*[[08001]]+
-*[[Aphex Twin]]+
-*[[Beans (rapper)]]+
-*[[Beastie Boys]]+
-*[[Björk]]+
-*[[Coil (band)|Coil]]+
-*[[Cut Chemist]]+
-*[[De La Soul]]+
-*[[Diplo]]+
-*[[DJ Krush]]+
-*[[DJ Yoda]]+
-*[[Fat Freddy's Drop]]+
-*[[Hifana]]+
-*[[Hot Chip]]+
-*[[Jamie Lidell]]+
-*[[Jeff Mills]]+
-*[[The Knife]]+
-*[[Kode9]]+
-*[[Kraftwerk]]+
-*[[Laurent Garnier]]+
-*[[LCD Soundsystem]]+
-*[[Luke Vibert]]+
-*[[M.I.A. (artist)|M.I.A.]]+
-*[[Matthew Herbert]]+
-*[[Miss Kittin]]+
-*[[Pascal Kleiman]]+
-*[[Pet Shop Boys]]+
-*[[Prefuse 73]]+
-*[[Richie Hawtin]]+
-*[[Skream]]+
-*[[Soulwax]]+
-*[[The Chemical Brothers]]+
-*[[Uffie]]+
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A music festival is a festival oriented towards music that is sometimes presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality or locality of musicians, or holiday. They are commonly held outdoors, and are often inclusive of other attractions such as food and merchandise vendors, performance art, and social activities. The Pythian Games at Delphi included musical performances, and may be one of the earliest festivals known. During the Middle Ages festivals were often held as competitions.

Many festivals are annual, or repeat at some other interval. Some, including many rock festivals, are held only once. Some festivals are organized as for-profit concerts and others are benefits for a specific cause.

Another type of music festival is the educative type, organised annually in local communities, regionally or nationally, for the benefit of amateur musicians of all ages and grades of achievement. While entrants perform prepared pieces in the presence of an audience which includes competitors, the essential feature of this type of festival is that each participant receives verbal and written feedback, there and then, from a highly qualified, professional adjudicator — someone who they might never meet in any other way. They also usually receive a certificate, classified according to merit, and some may win trophies. The competitive element is often played down, however, as the important aspect is that participants can learn from one another. Such festivals aim to provide a friendly and supportive platform for musicians to share in the excitement of making music. For many they provide a bridge between lessons & examinations and performing confidently in public.




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