Electronic music icons wow crowds as the legendary festival Sónar launches its latest Asia expansion in sunny-style at the Hong Kong Science Park.

The Barcelona-based electronic music festival made a triumphant debut in Hong Kong on Saturday, April 1, as thousands of locals and expats flocked to Hong Kong Science Park for fourteen hours of cutting-edge performances from a lineup of world-class acts. With rising stars like Evian Christ and Lady Leshurr and legends like DJ Shadow, Gilles Peterson and Dave Clarke gracing SónarVillage, SónarLab and SónarClub stages, the inaugural Sónar Hong Kong delivered the most diverse showcase of electronic music the city has ever seen, delighting the discerning crowd.

The festival also featured Sónar +D, a trailblazing programme of creative technology activities, including talks, workshops, Virtual Reality (VR) experiences and electrifying audiovisual. Highlights of the Sónar +D programme included the pioneering Virtual Reality showcase; state-of-the-art audiovisual works by tech-savvy music innovators Dirty Electronics and Myriam Bleau; and a keynote speech and performance from influential Japanese new media artist and designer Daito Manabe.

Sónar Hong Kong will be back in 2018 but for now, here’s a peep at what went down over the weekend.

©Sónar Hong Kong/Lawrence Garwood
©Sónar Hong Kong/Lawrence Garwood
©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
MarketLab showcase cutting edge prototypes, products and ideas ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
DJ Shadow ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
DJ Shadow at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
DJ Shadow at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
DJ Shadow at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
DJ Shadow at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Lawrence Garwood
DJ Shadow at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Lawrence Garwood
Ellen Allien at Club Sónar ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Ellen Allien at SónarClub ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Ellen Allien at Club Sónar ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Ellen Allien at SónarClub ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Ellen Allien at Club Sónar ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Ellen Allien at SónarClub ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Gilles Peterson at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
Gilles Peterson at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
Evian Christ at SónarLab ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Evian Christ at SónarLab ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Lady Leshurr at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Lady Leshurr at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Lady Leshurr at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Lady Leshurr at SónarVillage ©Sónar Hong Kong/Kitmin Lee
Nosaj Thing Daito Manabe at SónarClub ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
Nosaj Thing Daito Manabe at SónarClub ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
Keynote talk and performance by Hong Kong new media art collective XCEED at SonarComplex ©Sónar Hong Kong/Chris Lusher
Keynote talk and performance by new media art collective XCEED at SónarComplex ©Sónar Hong Kong/Chris Lusher
SonarComplex ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
SonarComplex ©Sónar Hong Kong/Derry Ainsworth
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