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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).
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Find full details of upcoming events, searchable by city, at sofarsounds.com, 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.