As the sun set on the Parque Eduardo VII, the echoes of the final beats marked the end of an electrifying weekend. Sónar Lisboa, in its third edition, has once again proven to be a pulsating heart of electronic music, drawing in a crowd as diverse as the performances it hosted.

From March 22 to March 24, the Pavilhão Carlos Lopes became a global stage, presenting 54 musical acts from 16 different countries. The festival was a vibrant display of sounds, with each performance weaving a unique thread into the cultural fabric of Lisbon. It wasn’t just a festival; it was a showcase of Lisbon’s best to the world and, in return, bringing the world’s trendsetting sounds to the city’s core.

The festival’s impact was palpable, with 19,500 attendees from over 50 countries converging in Lisbon. The city transformed into a mecca for music enthusiasts from Portugal, Spain, the UK, France, Italy, and Germany, among others.

The lineup featured artists who will grace the stages of Sónar Barcelona later this year. Paul Kalkbrenner enthralled audiences with his audiovisual live show. Sevdaliza gave a glimpse into her AI-driven creative process, a teaser for her upcoming performance in the AI & Music program. Marie Davidson’s post-techno narratives, TOMMY CASH’s hyperpop-trap fusions, DJ Gigola’s next-generation rave anthems, and Eliza Rose’s transatlantic garage beats all ensured that the festival was a non-stop celebration of innovation and sound.

As Sónar Lisboa wraps up, the anticipation for its return in 2025 is already building. With pre-registration for advance ticket sales opening tomorrow, the countdown begins for yet another unforgettable edition.

Next stops for Sónar in 2024: Istanbul in April and Barcelona in June!