One of the best summer music festivals doesn't involve outdoor camping or slogging through the mud. In fact, Barcelona's SONAR ( June 19, 20 & 21) is held at the city's Museum of Contemporary Art during the day and at night in a gigantic convention center with five stages, an indoor carnival, numerous bars and clean bathrooms. Now in it's 15th year, SONAR is more about artists and music that you've probably never heard of rather than headliners and superstars, yet it still draws over 70,000 people every year. Yes, you can see Justice, the reunited Yazoo, M.I.A. and Richie Hawtin but you'll also find hundreds of new acts and DJs like The Dukos, Neon Neon, XX Teens, Doozer, The Field, etc. And New Yorkers have an extra incentive to attend this year: American Airlines has started direct flights from JFK to BCN. See you there.
Each year, Sonar has a visual theme. Check out this year's, pictured above.