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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

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.

Patti Smith

The US singer and poet comes to Madrid to perform at the 'Las Noches del Botánico' festival, and at the same time celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 'Horses' album, paying homage to this work that proved key in the development of music in her home country. 'Horses' is the album that really launched Patti Smith, back in 1975, and it won much praise for its feminist, critical outlook. What's more, it converted Smith into one of the most influential artists in the world.

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Until Fri Jul 8


Enjoy an unforgettable Sunday night with a concert by M83, aka Anthony Gonzalez,. He presents 'Junk', the follow-up to his much-praised, Grammy-nominated album, 'Hurry Up, We're Dreaming', which included the hit single 'Midnight City'. With this new release, the artist has moved towards a sound reminiscent of film soundtracks from the '60s, radio hits of the 70s and similar - and in so doing, has created the perfect musical backdrop for the summer of 2016.

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Until Sun Jul 10

Benjamin Clementine

Benjamin Clementine is special. A man who touches those who see and hear him; who takes his audiences to new musical heights with his singular hypnotic voice and piano skill. Clementine, who won the 2015 Mercury Prize for his debut album 'At Least For Now', is a British poet and musician, and his consistency and ability have turned him into a cult figure. From the metro of Paris, where he busked for several years as a young man, he's worked hard to find himself now acclaimed by critics and public alike.

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Until Mon Jul 11


There are nights, and there are nights, and this promises to be a real night. After four decades making music, Marillion is still recognised as one of the must successful bands to come out of the '80s prog rock boom in the UK. With such hits as 'Lavender', 'Cover My Eyes' and 'Kayleigh behind them' (and these iconic songs will be played during the concert), this performance is long-awaited by fans.

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Until Tue Jul 12

Damien Jurado

US singer Damien Jurado, known for his connection to the music coming out of the city of Seattle, is one of the key urban singer-songwriters from the north-east of the United States and a player on the indie-folk-rock scene, even though he himself defines his sounds as 'experimental orchestral pop'. After several popular but similar-sounding records, this year he's published 'Visions of Us on the Land'.

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21 Jul 2016


In November last year, Seal released his ninth album, '7', with his old partner, the producer Trevor Horn. Seal has won three Brit Awards, four Grammys and two Ivor Novellos from the British Academy. All that silverware bears testament to his undeniable talent for singing and composing. This is a magical chance to enjoy a live performance by one of the greats of R&B and indeed music in general.

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Until Fri Jul 22

Gloria Gaynor

Gloria Gaynor started her musical carrer at 19 and it was in 1978 that she recorded 'I Will Survive', which became a disco anthem and hymn to social change. Nowadays, Gaynor is as active as ever; as well as singing, she gives motivational talks, works with NGOs and has published her autobiography.

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Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII , Ciudad Universitaria Friday July 29 2016

Noches del Botánico

Summer nights in botanic gardens under the Madrid sky. Could there be a better setting for a music festival? From July 27 to 29 Noches del Botánico brings in am amazing line-up, especially when you consider it's the festival's inaugural year. Confirmed acts include Wilco, M83, The Lumineers, Benjamin Clementine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, Molotov + Jorge Drexler, and Seal. It's an eclectic collection of Spanish and international artists who encompass jazz, rock, pop, Latin music, flamenco and electronica, with the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Gardens as the backdrop. Each concert ticket is sold separately, and as the dates near the full line-up and prices will be announced.

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Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII , Ciudad Universitaria Tuesday July 26 2016 - Friday July 29 2016

GetMAD! Festival

Despite having music as its main focus, GetMAD! isn't your typical music festival – it's a revolutionary and surprising year-long event that's on in Madrid for the first time in 2016. As for the concerts and musical activities, we find out more as the weeks go by. However, the organisers assure us that the festival is 'a tornado of garage, punk-rock and hard-rock concerts … with artists from around the world who will play in various venues and spaces around Madrid'. And there's more on than just concerts as well.

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Various venues , Madrid Friday July 29 2016 - Saturday December 31 2016