This month's concert guide
Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for Madrid's best gigs and concerts this month
Where to go for live jazz
Madrid's best bars, cafés and concert venues to catch a great live jazz concert
Top live music venues
Concert halls, bars, cafés and other venues where you can see bands and hear live music in Madrid
The best clubs in Madrid
These are the best clubs in Madrid for exploring the city's incredible nightlife
Music festivals in Madrid
Your guide to the biggest music festivals in Madrid, including Dcode, Madrid Live! and more
This week and beyond
Orquestra de Cadaqués
Cadaqués isn't just one of the top destinations on the Mediterranean coast, including where the likes of Marcel Duchamp, Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró had summer homes; it's also where this orchestra first got together in 1988. The group are in town to bring alive the work of contemporary composers under the baton of Christian Zacharias. You'll enjoy works by Baguer, Mozart and Haydn.
Pedro Iturralde Cuarteto
An essential figure in the world of Spanish jazz, Pedro Iturralde, along with his band, plays at Café Central, where he'll remind us why he's among jazz royalty, something proven in all the tributes and awards the celebrated saxophonist from Navarro has received in recent years. Among them is one from RTVE-Música, which has just publisehd a double album with some of his iconic recordings. An honour that he can add to that of the Premio a Toda una Vida, awarded to him by the Academia de la Música.
Cantos de Amor Ars Atlántica
Mezzo-soprano Marta Infante and Manuel Vilas with his Baroque harp await you in an unconventional event which will revisit the music of Spain and Italy in the 17th century. It's a very special evening where you can enjoy a musical past bursting with emotions where you'll also discover the distinguished voice of Marta Infante, who's also known internationally.
Louisiana, Chicago and Texas sounds come together in the music of this singer-songwriter originally from Vermont who takes the stage at the Clamores jazz club on this hot August night. Izor is a disciple of the great masters of blues and the living legends he crossed paths with in 2006 when he relocated to Austin. It was in this city where he played in clubs like the famouse Antone's and Continental, giving powerful and skillful live shows, just like we're expecting to see in Madrid.
Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid
Feel the feverish heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a flamenco show at one of the country’s most prestigious ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Choose the show time that best suits your schedule, then make your own way into the heart of Madrid Old Town to enjoy a night of passionate flamenco.
Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid
Enjoy a night of opera music and fine food at La Castafiore restaurant in Madrid! Popular for its opera-singing waiting staff, the traditional restaurant has gained a cult following in the city from locals and visitors alike.
Flamenco Lesson and Show at Tablao with Drink or Dinner
Feel the heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a 3-hour flamenco lesson and show at one of Madrid’s top ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready to stamp and clap along as you are taught how to flamenco by some of the city’s top dancers during a 1-hour class.
Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus
Seek serenity at Madrid’s Arabian baths, Hamman Al Ándalus, and spend 1.5 hours relaxing body, soul and mind! The zen-like oasis with candle-lit walkways boasts three thermal plunge pools and a steam room – all decorated in resplendent Arabian décor.
Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour
Sample Spanish nightlife and Madrid's tasty tapas on an evening walking tour that will tantalize your taste buds! Led by an entertaining foodie guide, this walking tour is the best introduction to the laid back Madrileno lifestyle.
Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid
Leave Madrid and head to the hills to learn about Spanish wine on this full-day tour! With an expert guide at your side, visit the Vinos de Madrid winemaking region and tour three esteemed wine estates in the area, known as ‘bodegas.’
Ocho y Medio
Ocho y Medio is the perfect stop on your hedonistic tour of the town if you're looking for an alcohol-fuelled mass of party energy. DJ Smart makes it all sound very '80s and '90s, thrashing out an eclectic mix of indie, electro-clash, electro-pop, new wave and New York rock. It takes a master to meld Blur and Depeche Mode. On arriving here you’ll be met by a sea of flannel shirts and horn-rimmed glasses since this is Madrid’s hipster haven. You’ll also find interesting concerts by local and international bands like La Habitación Roja.
This club in La Latina that has everything that nocturnal fun seekers need. Commercial music to dance to and the occasional live performance make for a mix that attracts scores of young people every weekend. Miniskirts, tight dresses and polo shirts move around the dancefloor here, changing colour along with the LED lights. The clientele, which is around 20 years old, obviously spends some time at the gym and applying make-up in front of the mirror. On Thursdays, there’s a ‘kisses’ session and an open bar with the ‘Kiss Kiss Bang, Bang’ session, while Sundays are given over to hotter beats like urban, latin and reggaeton.
Madrid's top music festival celebrates its fifth edition after a notably improved fourth time around in 2014, as far as organisation goes as well as the line-up itself, with names such as Beck, Chvrches, Jake Bugg, Bombay Bicycle Club, Russian Red, and Royal Blood in attendance. So far not many details have been released, except that it's on in the Complejo Deportivo Cantarranas at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, and it looks like September 12 is the date to save. As far as who will be taking the stage, it's all still a mystery, though if last year is anything to go by, you'll want to mark that date on your calendar in red ink.
After completely selling out the first edition in 2014, Madrid Live!, the city's big autumn festival, is back. So far all we know is the name of the headliner: Las Vegas's own Imagine Dragons. This one-day festival will be on October 30 in the same venue as last year, the Barclaycard Center (Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid). The hugely popular American band will wow the crowd with their new album 'Smoke + Mirrors' as well as other fan faves.
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.