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
Mon Apr 28 2014
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.
The Drums present their new album in Spain as part of a tour to present 'Encyclopedia' (2014). This third album from the New Yorkers has released its first single 'Magic Mountain', which promises to be as much of a hit as the band's earlier records. In 2009, The Drums started to make a dent in the American indie scene with their first EP, 'Summertime!', and 'Let's Go Surfing' was their biggest single released from that record. Since then, their popularity has only grown and they've managed to fill venues wherever they go.
Ed Sheeran's live has changed quite a lot since he slept on his mates' sofa and walked around the streets with his rucksack selling his own CDs. In 2011 he did 300 small-venue concerts, and just a few years later he's selling out wherever he goes to perform. The English singer-songwriter's first album (called '+', 2011) has sold 2 million copies and went straight to No 1 on the English charts. A US tour, a collaboration with Taylor Swift and a new album (called 'x', 2014) later, Sheeran is welcomed to Madrid through a wide-open door.
Dee Dee Bridgewater recorded her first album, 'Afro Blue', in 1973 when she was in the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and just one year later she was called to act and sing on Broadway in 'The Wiz'. From that moment on she broke records in versatility, recording by herself, performing alongside Sonny Rollins, Max Roach and Dizzy Gillespie, and playing a variety of characters in musicals, including Billie Holiday, whom she played in Paris in 1986 and 1987.
Somehow the indie scene has brought 'the nightingale of Linares' back to the forefront of the music scene, now he's become the new idol of young hipsters, and after his stint in the Sonorama festival. Raphael will have his big night over the course of a few days at the Teatro Compac Gran Vía when he presents his new album, 'De amor y desamor', made up of new versions of the greatest hits from his extensive career.