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This month's live music in Madrid

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for the best gigs and concerts in Madrid this month

© Gregory R. Cristman
Nick Lowe

Madrid is a city brimming with music. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for each month's top concert picks.

Crystal Castles

Canadian band Crystal Castles, a project of Ethan Kath's that brings together electro no-wave and acid punk, which Kath formed with Alice Glass in 2003, are in Madrid with their fourth album, 'Amnesty (I)', the first the band has released with new singer Edith Frances following the departure of Glass from the band in 2014. 

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TClub Barceló , Malasaña Friday December 9 2016


American band Clutch started out in Maryland in the '90s, and have released ten studio albums and various live albums since their beginnings. Their style was formed in heavy metal and hardcore, though they evolved more into hard rock, even incorprating influences from blues and funk. If you're a rocker at heart, don't miss this show.

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La Riviera , Imperial Saturday December 10 2016

Aurora & the Betrayers

Aurora García is one of the most singular voices on the Spanish scene today, and she and her band the Betrayers give highly energetic concerts. The songs are new as well as vintage and very catchy, with beats that get your whole body moving. They present 'Vudú', their second album, only proving their staying power.

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Sala But , Malasaña Saturday December 10 2016

Crystal Fighters

British band Crystal Fighters come to Madrid to present their third album, 'Everything Is My Family' (2016), the follow-up to 2013's 'Cave Rave', which raised them to the altars of the pop macrofest, after the more tribal sounds of their debut 'Star of Love' (2010). Their concerts are real blasts of adrenaline.

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TClub Barceló , Malasaña Sunday December 11 2016

Nick Lowe

Nick Lowe, elegant crooner of British pop, brings his hits 'Cruel to Be Kind' and 'I Love the Sound of Breaking Glass' plus loads more of his pub rock, power pop and new wave sounds to the stage in Madrid, which he shares with band Los Straitjackets, a machine of instrumental surf and rockabilly from Nashville.

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Joy Eslava , Sol Tuesday December 13 2016

Glenn Hughes

Member of the legendary rock band Deep Purple, with which he earned public and critical respect, bassist and writer Glenn Hughes left the group in 1976, and set out on a solo career. On his own, Hughes has enjoyed hits and been able to experiment with different musical genres such as funk, soul, jazz and pop. His most recent album is 2012's 'Love at Wolverhampton'. 

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Palacio Vistalegre Arena , Vista Alegre Wednesday December 14 2016

Mad Cool Festival 2017

Following the success of the first year, the Mad Cool music festival is making plans to come back to Madrid in summer 2017 with a line-up that promises to be as spectacular as in 2016. The big macrofestival that Madrid needed is set for July 6 to 8, in the same venue as 2016, the Caja Mágica, where more than 100,000 music fans made the pilgrimage to see live performances by The Who, Neil Young, Vetusta Morla, Garbage, Biffy Clyro, and Capital Cities, among many others. In addition, there were (and surely will be again) exhibitions, a design market, food trucks... For 2017 confirmed acts (as of December 2016) are none other than American rock bands Foo Fighters and Green Day. Get your multi-day passes as soon as you can before prices go up!

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Caja Mágica , San Fermín Thursday July 6 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017