The Chemical Brothers to headline Spain's Sónar Festival

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English electronic duo The Chemical Brothers is set to perform at the 2010 Sónar International Festival of Advanced Music and Multimedia Art in Barcelona, Spain. Reduced-price tickets for the festival, which is scheduled for June 17-19, are available until February 16.

An annual event since 1994, the Sónar Festival attracts nearly 80,000 participants for three days and nights of music and art events, with a special focus on electronic music. "By Day" events - including concerts, art shows, fairs, and demos for both professionals and the general public - take place at Barcelona's Center of Contemporary Culture and Museum of Contemporary Art. "By Night," the festivities move to the large Gran Vía M2 venue, with shuttles taking festivalgoers to and from the site.

A family component was added to the program in 2009. New in 2010, a second festival, called Sónar Galicia, will take place simultaneously in the city of A Coruña and will share many of the same events and performers.

The Chemical Brothers first achieved mainstream popularity with their 1995 debut album Exit Planet Dust. Known for their large-scale live performances, they have previously performed at festivals including Glastonbury and Reading and Leeds.

Other confirmed artists for Sónar 2010 include UK hip-hop artist Dizzee Rascal, LCD Soundsystem, and Air.

Tickets are €130 through February 26, then go up to €155. Tips for finding local accomodations can be found at the Sónar website.