Sonar 2006 Event Coverage

Sonar began in 1994 as the creation of Sergio Caballero, Enric Palau and Ricard Robles. Palau and Caballero were experienced music makers, constructing soundtracks and original compositions while Ricard Robles was a professional journalist.

It may have been the attributes of the individuals themselves, or the wide spectrum of art and music afforded by the vibrant backdrop of their local Barcelona, or even the transitions in technology that characterised the later stages of the 1990's that enabled Sonar to develop into a truly original festival concept. In reality it was probably a combination of all of the above.

Regardless, Sonar, with the guidance of Palau and company, has evolved from humble beginnings into the premier electronic music and multimedia art showcase in the world today. This argument is supported by the increased attendance figures, with just over 5,000 in 1994 to an estimated 91,000 in 2006. At the very start of the journey, an experimental music policy was the core component of Sonar and this is a theme that has continued throughout its history. So too has been the refreshing approach of treating DJ's as performers, not just somebody who plays other people's records. This has resulted in the most diverse schedule of the festival season, with DJ's allowed the artistic freedom to perform live, or to introduce new concepts with the full support of Sonar as a platform.

Beat Factor full Sonar 2006 coverage:
Sonar 2006 Event Report - Day 1
Sonar 2006 Event Report - Day 2
Sonar 2006 Event Report - Day 3

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Sonar 2006 Event Coverage

July 12, 2006 at 12:01 AM CEST

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