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Sonorama Ribera Festival
GenreIndie pop, indie rock, electronic music
Datesmid-August (4 days)
Location(s)Aranda de Duero, Castile and León, Spain
Years active14 (since 1998)
Ok Go, The New York City band performed at the Sonorama Festival in 2006.

The Sonorama Festival (since 2008 Sonorama-Ribera) is an annual music festival which takes place in the village of Aranda de Duero, in Castile and León (Spain), since 1998. It is organized by the cultural association, and non-profit, "Art de Troya", in mid-August each year. The line up mainly consists of indie pop, indie rock, and electronic music.

With a progressive growth, has become one of the biggest summer festivals in Spain, and it is broadcast live on Spanish National Radio: Radio 3.[1] In 2010, it was awarded as the 3rd best Spanish festival by the readers of the magazine Rockdelux, as 4th best Spanish festival by magazine Mondosonoro.[2] Also, it has been nominated for the Independent Music Awards, organized by the Unión Fonográfica Independiente, in the category of "Best Music Festival in Spain" in 2010 and in 2012.[3]

The festival is also composed of other activities:

During all its 14 editions, the festival has always had an international character, but mainly it is focused in the Spanish music scene. In its last edition, in 2011, more than 40,000 people attended during the 4 days long festival.[4]

Sonorama´s influence on the Spanish music scene[edit]

Ocean Colour Scene, The Birmingham band performed at the Sonorama Festival in 2005.

Over the years the Festival Sonorama has become a tipping point for Spanish indie pop groups. Although its stages have been played by nearly all the big bands in the indie scene since it began, it has now chosen to opt for new names and emerging bands. Just remember that in 2000 it already had names like Los Planetas and Digital 21. In 2001 and 2002 Deluxe and Ellos played. In 2003 Second and in 2005 The Sunday Drivers.

In 2007 concerts began in the historic centre of the city during the morning and since then the Plaza del Trigo stage has become, year after year, an emblematic scenario and unexpected witness to the confirmation of a group as an "indie" national band. This also happened in 2008 with Vetusta Morla, and most recently in 2010 with Supersubmarina.

But the festival is not only important as a driver for new talent, it is also known as a farewell venue for national groups. In 2005, the Catalan band Mercromina said goodbye at the Festival. On that occasion each national band that performed at the festival paid tribute to the band by playing at least one of their songs.

The festival does not only cater to indie rock and pop, sometimes accompanied by controversy, Sonorama has managed to diversify into other styles and musical environments. From the singer-songwriter Bebe to the hip hop of La Mala Rodriguez to the electropop/hard rock of Dover. Even in 2007 Nacha Pop launched their comeback with a performance at Sonorama.

Bands who have played the festival in the past[edit]

During its 20 years worldwide famous bands have performed there, such as Mogwai, !!!, Ocean Colour Scene, OK Go, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rentals, Asian Dub Foundation, Ash, Gogol Bordello, Nada Surf, Amy Macdonald, James, The Sounds, The Ettes, Brett Anderson, Molotov, Ecologist, Rinôçérôse, The Hidden Cameras, Los Campesinos!, Shout Out Louds, Teenage Fanclub, The Raveonettes, The Dandy Warhols, Kakkmaddafakka, The Primitives, Travis, Belle and Sebastian, Cut Copy, Mando Diao or The Hives.


2008 Festival[edit]

Headliners Bands:

Eugene Hütz, lead singer of New York City Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello, just before his performance in Sonorama 2008.

2009 Festival[edit]

Headliners Bands:

2010 Festival[edit]

Headliners Bands:

The Sounds in its performance in Sonorama 2010.

2011 Festival[edit]

During the 2011 edition, more than 100 bands performed and 40,000 people attended during the 4 days long festival, also a new activity just for children, "Sonorama Kids", was set up.[4][5]

Headliners Bands:

2012 Festival[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: 9, 10, 11, 12 August.

Headliners Bands:[6]

Amaral in its performance in Sonorama 2011.

Sonorama 2013[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: 14, 15, 16, 17 August.

Headliners Bands:[6]

Supersubmarina in its performance in Sonorama 2011.

Sonorama 2014[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: 13, 14, 15 & 16 August.

Headliners Bands:[7]

Cut Copy in its performance in Sonorama 2014.

Sonorama 2015[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: mid-August (4 days)

Headliners Bands:[8]

Supersubmarina in its performance in Sonorama 2013.

Sonorama 2016[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: 10–14 August (5 days)

Headliners Bands:[9]

News conference from Love of Lesbian during Sonorama 2016.
Cycle (band) in its performance in Sonorama 2016.

Sonorama 2019[edit]

Headliners Bands:

  • Dates: 7–11 August (5 days)

Headliners Bands:[10]

News conference from Love of Lesbian during Sonorama 2016.


  1. ^ "RTVE Festivales de Verano Sonorama" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  2. ^ "Sonorama, uno de los mejores festivales de música de nuestro país" (in Spanish). Alba Saiz. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  3. ^ "Sonorama, candidato a los premios de la Música Independiente" (in Spanish). Begoña Cisneros. Retrieved 2011-07-26.
  4. ^ a b "Amaral sacan su lado salvaje en la clausura de un Sonorama por el que han pasado 40.000 personas" (in Spanish). PAULA QUINTANA / RODRIGO SIMÓN. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  5. ^ "Guía para un cartel inabarcable: Sonorama 2011" (in Spanish). JOSÉ MANUEL SEBASTIÁN. Retrieved 2011-08-23.
  6. ^ a b "El Sonorama confirma más de treinta bandas para su próxima edición" (in Spanish). Juan Rebenaque. 2012. Retrieved 2012-02-20.
  7. ^ "Sonorama supera los 45.000 asistentes en su edición más multitudinaria" (in Spanish). Susana Gutierrez. 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-09.
  8. ^ "SONORAMA RIBERA 2015: Últimas Confirmaciones" (in Spanish). Salima Sanchez Muñoz. 2014. Archived from the original on 2015-02-14. Retrieved 2015-02-14.
  9. ^ "Sonorama 2016, guía práctica del festival" (in Spanish). 2016. Retrieved 2017-0-23. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  10. ^ "Love of Lesbian, Carlos Sadness y Zahara estarán en el Sonorama Ribera 2019" (in Spanish). 2019. Retrieved 2019-01-218. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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Coordinates: 41°40′04″N 3°42′01″W / 41.6679°N 3.7004°W / 41.6679; -3.7004