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
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
Where to go for live jazz
Madrid's best bars, cafés and concert venues to catch a great live jazz concert
This week and beyond
Marlango return to Madrid to captivate us once more with a live show that is part of the Veranos de la Villa festival. Don't miss this concert that will feature Leonor Watling's sensual murmuring in some songs and voice-belting in others. The Spanish-British singer will be joined by pianist Alejandro Pelayo and a group of other musicians who will play diverse tunes from boleros to blues and jazz on which Watling's voice and its incredible range will float.
It's difficult to forget the soundtracks for Jane Campion's film 'The Piano' and the one for 'The Draughtsman's Contract' from director Peter Greenaway. Both were created by Michael Nyman, one of the most innovative and renowned British composers, who this month is in Madrid to play a live concert in the Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII, as part of the Festival Madgarden. An evening in which this author of operas and pieces for string quartets and orchestras will, of course, be accompanied by his piano.
One of the most influential singer-songwriters in the history of popular music, creator of classics that have impacted several generations, is, at age 74, still in top form, as evidenced by his latest (and 36th) album, 'Shadows in the Night' (2015), which features versions of ballads popularised by Frank Sinatra. Dylan's also got the 2014-released 'The Bootleg Series Vol. 11: The Basement Tapes Complete' out, which is a compilation of previously unreleased recordings he made with The Band in 1967.
Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
It's been eight years since they were last on stage, but this summer sees their very welcome return. Ben Harper and his innocent chums have reunited for a world tour, which includes two stops in Spain. The first of these is here at La Riviera, and the next is part of the Festival Bilbao BBK. Two dates in a series of concerts that has delighted fans of the original Criminal line-up – guitarist Michael Ward, Juan Nelson (bass), Leon Mobley (percussion), Oliver Charles (drums) and Jason Yates (keyboards) – and these aficionados also have the promise of a bonus prize: the future release of an album that the group has been recording in a studio in Los Angeles.
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.
This 'gourmet festival' was born in 2014 as a two-day music and gastronomy festival at the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela, though in the end it took place in just one day. Though it was only the first edition, the festival had a good turnout, and a select variety of indie, pop, rock and electronica acts. For this year the organisers have come up with a series of concerts they're calling Tomavistas Ciudad, which will follow along the same line of the festival. The live performances and DJ sets are a good way to liven up the wait for confirmation of the 2015 festival.
Twister Open Air Festival
This festival that was born in 2014 did so well that it's back for more. It's a gift for fans of heavy metal and hard rock after the cancellation of Sonisphere last year and doubts about its coming back in 2015. The venue is the same, as last year, in the Egaleo in Leganés, and the exact date is yet to be confirmed, although it looks like it will take place in mid-July. The line-up in 2014 included groups like Sober, Hamlet and Adrift. What will be on tap this year we'll soon find out.
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.