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 city of Madrid organises its 11th edition of this flamenco festival with a line-up full of big names like Estrella Morente, Carmen Linares, Dorantes, Marina Heredia, Farruquito, Jorge Pardo, Maite Martín and Vicente Amigo. With the Teatros del Canal as its espicentre, performances will be on in various venues around the city, including Casa Museo Lope de Vega, the Museo del Traje, the Museo Lázaro Galdiano, Coliseo Carlos III de El Escorial, Berlanga and Teatro Real, with loads of activities on in addition to the concerts.Read more
The MatMad festival has changed its name, but is back in the same venue and more or less over the same dates as last year. In the words of the organisers, 'MatMad is back, bigger and better. Mad Music City will continue with its heart in Matadero Madrid, and from there project its energy to a multitude of spaces to make it the new and only leading multidisciplinary festival in the capital, with five days of activities related to music.' In addition to the shows for kids, cinema, performances by bands of under-18s, videogames and more, the big concerts will be on June 25, and confirmed acts include Soleá Morente, Parov Stelar, Imelda May, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Molotov Jukebox.Read more
The Black is Back Weekend is a two-day festival dedicated rhythm and soul, funk, blues and groove. A weekend to remember Otis Redding, James Brown and the Motown sound. From the uncontainable energy of Charles Bradley to the vigorous revisionism of The James Hunter Six, along with the funk-rock cocktail of JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound and knockout new acts like London vocalist Sister Cookie, this is a major event in the Madrid festival season for true music gourmets.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more