This week and beyond
Londoner and pianist James Rhodes, at just 40 years old, is one of the best promoters of today's classical music. Brilliant and unorthodox in concert, and known for introducing and contextualizing – at times with humour – the pieces he plays, he brings back the transformative value of classical music and rebels against the excessive formality that often goes along with it. This is a don't-miss recital by the composer of one of the greatest literary hits of the year, 'Instrumental'.
After performing for the first time at the Mad Cool Festival in 2016, Scottish trio Biffy Clyro are back in Madrid to present in full their new album, 'Ellipsis'. This seventh studio album from Simon Neil and the Johnston brothers has been one of the best releases in recent years, hitting No 1 in UK sales with 40,000 copies sold in its first week. Pure unedited rock which will fit in with their greatest hits such as 'Many of Horror', 'Bubbles' and 'Black Chandelier'.
La Oreja de Van Gogh
This wildly popular Spanish pop band are quite mainstream now but have never lost their indie spirit. Their new album, 'El planeta imaginario' (2016), takes them to the stages once again to delight fans with their live show. The tour kicks off in Madrid with two nights, and a hashtag (#vuelvelaoreja) that's already batting around the social media after their first single 'Verano' started burning up the charts.
'Reggae Ambassador' (2014) is Morodo's fourth studio album and one true to his style that blends rap, reggae and dancehall. Madrid's own Rubén David Morodo Ruiz, a big name on Spain's reggae scene, will be joined onstage by his band Okoumé Lions. It's been a while now since he released his first LP, 'OMZLStyle' in 2001, which was a huge hit thanks to its combination of various musical influences. In 2004 he brought us 'Cosas que contarte' and six years later Morodo established himself as one of the best working reggae artists with 'Rebel Action'.
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.
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.
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.