Music & Nightlife

Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Madrid

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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

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Where to go for live jazz

Madrid's best bars, cafés and concert venues to catch a great live jazz concert

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Top live music venues

Concert halls, bars, cafés and other venues where you can see bands and hear live music in Madrid

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Nightlife

The best clubs in Madrid

These are the best clubs in Madrid for exploring the city's incredible nightlife

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This week and beyond

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Soundays 2015: Felix Kubin

From Hamburg to Barcelona, it's Felix Kubin, a highly respected musician who's singular on the current electronic scene in that he's created an entire personal universe in the form of pop and science fiction. He promotes animated films, radio programmes and all sorts of audiovisual research from his own label Gagarin Records, founded in 1998 and used as a way to get his electro-acoustic and Martian electronic pop experiments out there. Musically, Kubin comes up with a mixed bag of electronic rhythms, and sci-fi pop sounds and melodies combining past and modern technology. It's retrofuturism gone mad yet at the same time intelligent, and he's released about ten albums including collaborations with other musicians, singles and EPs, some as remarkable as 'Filmmusik' (1998), 'Jet-Lag Disco' (2000) and the more recent 'Zemsta Plutona' (2013).

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Freedom

Jeff Espinoza and Francisco Simón are two powerful players on the current jazz and soul scenes, and they're in town with a new project called Freedom. Performing along with them are incredible singers Velma Powell, her daughter Ciara Thornton and pianist Gonzalo Peñalosa. Their style could be defined as a fusion between traditional folk-spiritual music and the sounds of songs that were important in the US civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

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Pritt & Simón: All Blues

What better way to say farewell to August and welcome in September than with a good session of blues with the duo of Andreas Prittwitz and Paco Simón. Prittwitz also plays as a classical music soloist, and he performs with big stars on the pop, rock and jazz scene; Simón is the guitarist of Red House, a pure bluesman and one of the best guitar players in Spain. Together they perform an open and eclectic repertoire of all styles of blues from all eras.

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Jorge Pardo

Awarded Best European Jazz Musician by the French Jazz Academy in 2013, Jorge Pardo is one of Spain's biggest international jazz superstars. He's got a fantastic reputation in his native country in jazz-flamenco fusion, and is in town to get everyone grooving to the shounds of his sax and flute. This concert is a great way to start off the month and the Martes Flamencos cycle at El Junco.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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. 

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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.’ 

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Dance clubs

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.

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Shôko

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.

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Joy Eslava

Unusual in that it retains some original trappings of its former incarnation as a 19th-century theatre, in every other respect this is an ordinary high-street club. The vast crammed dancefloor runs the gamut from teenage tribes through to housewives, enjoying staple disco house. One of the classic venues in Madrid where you’re likely to see some famous faces, Joy Eslava also hosts live performances that range from concerts to monologues.

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Siroco

The musical programming here features reggae on Thursdays, hip hop and R&B music sessions on Fridays, and features plenty of local and Spanish soul singers and bands. Siroco has two very different environments at weekends: more relaxed on the upper level and more intense, dance-oriented electronic sessions below.

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Delirio

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Ohm

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Club 33

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Fulanita de Tal

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Lakama

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Music festivals

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Dcode Festival

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.

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Madrid Live!

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.

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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.

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