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
Franco Battiato is coming to Madrid with something a bit different from what he's been doing on stages in recent months during his European tour. The one-of-a-kind Sicilian-Italian musician has been showing off an electronic side, to go along with his latest album with Pino Pischetola, 'Joe Patti's Experimental Group' (2014), whereas in Madrid he'll be giving a more conventional concert, featuring his big hits. Expect it to be conventional but not as traditional as you might expect because the charismatic singer does everything his own way and is one of the most original personalities of the past decades in Italian music.
The band to look to in Spanish indie rock is on an extensive tour to present their new album ‘La Deriva’, (2014), the third of their career following ‘Un día en el mundo’ (2008) and ‘Mapas’ (2011). Pucho (Juan Pedro Martín), David 'el Indio', Álvaro B. Baglietto, Jorge González, Guillermo Galván and Juanma Latorre make up this perfectly oiled group that has managed to find the formula for success with their own style and singular lyrics. Their albums have reached number one in sales in Spain and have remained there for weeks, and their concert tickets sell out within days of going on sale. ‘La Deriva’ shows this Madrid band staying true to themselves, and includes protest songs like ‘Golpe maestro’, one of the album's singles.
Devendra Banhart + Andy Cavic
Creator of a unique style, Devendra Banhart lands in the Spanish capital with a different kind of musical and visual experience. An unusual live show in which the Houston-born artist takes his songs somewhere between indie-folk and psychedelic pop, accompanied by Andy Cavic, leader and songwriter for Vetiver. The Teatro Lara plays host to this concert that should feature plenty of tunes from 'Mala', Banhart's eighth album, which isn't a reference to the Spanish word for 'bad', but a Serbian term that refers to 'small', an allusion to the intimate nature of the album.
It's been nearly two decades since Brian Molko, Stefan Olsdal and company published their eponymous debut album, 'Placebo' (1996), giving them a big reason to celebrate on stage with a two-year tour in which they'll look back at the best of their discography and will bring them back to Madrid one year after their last concert in the city. El Palacio Vistalegre hosts this celebration that the British group will carry on with a day later in Málaga, and afterwards in Morocco, Switzerland, Denmark and Croatia, among other stops.
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.
They say bad news is usually accompanied by more bad news, but this time, the bad news of cancelling Día de la Música this year is followed by the good news that part of the team that organised the now-defunct festival is helping put on Mulafest. For four days, concerts, tattoos, urban sports, street food and much more invade the IFEMA venue. This festival of urban trends is a must on the year's festival dates in Madrid, and this year the line-up includes Is Tropical, Hudson Mohawke, 2manydjs, Mount Kimbie, Rhye and more.
The second edition of this young festival of electronic music is changing location. June 27, lovers of dub, house and deep will dance around to 18 hours of uninterrputed music by more than 40 artists in the new venue, The Music Park, which has four different areas, a zone for camping, attractions and much more in a green space that's over 60,000 square metres. Óscar Mulero, Tataka, The Prophet, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike and Ben Sims have already confirmed they'll be there.
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.