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An el­e­ment of mys­tery runs through ev­ery one of So­far Sounds’ gigs. Now in its tenth year, the pro­ject is about to add its 400th par­tic­i­pat­ing city, but the con­cept has re­mained as low-key as when it started in a Lon­don flat. Ticket-hold­ers of­ten find out the ex­act venue just the day be­fore the event, while the artist lineup is only re­vealed right at the be­gin­ning of the show. While there’s noth­ing new about bands play­ing in undis­closed lo­ca­tions, So­far Sounds steers away from ware­houses and the like, in favour of a more in­ti­mate at­mos­phere: many events take place in pri­vate homes. Other non-tra­di­tional venues have in­cluded boats and brew­eries; one Barcelona au­di­ence last year found it­self on the roof of the whim­si­cal, Gaudí-de­signed Casa Batlló (pic­tured).


Find full de­tails of up­com­ing events, search­able by city, at so­far­, along with ex­pla­na­tions of how to book. You ap­ply in a ticket lot­tery up to five days be­fore an event, un­less it’s al­ready sold out. Ticket prices de­pend on the city and are some­times by do­na­tion rather than a fixed amount. Ex­am­ples are £9 in Spain, £10 in smaller Bri­tish cities, £15 in big US cities, £18 in Lon­don and £19 in Nor­way. Nine cities are ‘full-time’ par­tic­i­pants: Chicago, Dal­las/Fort Worth, Lon­don, Los Angeles, Madrid, New York, Oslo, San Fran­cisco and Wash­ing­ton, DC. Other cities have events on a less reg­u­lar ba­sis.

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