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Music festivals

Dcode Festival

Madrid's top music festival is shaping up to be even better than last year's edition. It's on in the Complejo Deportivo Cantarranas at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and is a huge hit among the locals, and indeed indie and rock music fans who travel from all over to attend. Dcode used to take place over two days, but since 2013, it's all packed into one Saturday in September when the weather's still nice in the capital and perfect for beers and chatting on the lawn between concerts – not to mention the incredible line-up. Artists confirmed this year include Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Russian Red, Vetusta Morla and Anna Calvi.

  1. Universidad Complutense de Madrid Av. Séneca, 2, 28040
  2. Sat Sep 13
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VillaManuela Festival

How does a music festival that takes over an entire neighbourhood grab you? If you're groaning, you likely live in the Malasaña and hate music. But if you're jumping for joy, you'll be at VillaManuela, a festival that's music and a lot more. Practically the whole of the Malasaña barrio opens its doors to the public so everyone can get to know what the area has to offer in the way of art, shops and gastronomy. In addition to the abundance of concerts at venues around the area, festival organisers want to promote the personality and lifestyle of this central Madrid neighbourhood. Exhibitions, tours of the best tapas and, of course, live music will be spread throughout during this three-day festival for all ages.

  1. Malasaña
  2. Thu Oct 2 - Sat Oct 4
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