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Music festivals in Madrid

Your guide to the biggest music festivals in Madrid, including Dcode, Mad Cool, Mulafest and more huge concerts with local and international acts you won't want to miss.

©Christian Bertrand

Who said Madrid doesn't have music festivals? Dcode, Mad Cool, Madrid Popfest, Villamanuela, Utopía... big gatherings of musicians spanning genres and eras perform all around the region throughout the year. From the WiZink Center to the Caja Mágica and local favourite Matadero Madrid, the venues are as varied as the musical styles. Take note of these top music festivals in Madrid so you're not caught with nothing to talk about the Monday after.

Sound Isidro

The Sound Isidro Festival fills Madrid with live music presented by some stellar bands from the worlds of national and international rock and indie rock. At venues including El Sol, Costello, Moby Dick, La Riviera and Teatro Barceló, you can check out Saint Etienne, Pablo und Destruktion, Siniestro Total, Hollywood Sinners, Zelators, Hyperpotamus, Abdullah Miniawy, Nueva Vulcano, Mishima, and more to be confirmed.

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Until Sat Sep 30

GetMAD! Festival

Despite having music as its main focus, GetMAD! isn't your typical music festival – it's a revolutionary and surprising year-long event that was on in Madrid for the first time in 2016. May 26 and 27 are the biggies, with various venues around Madrid (Tabóo, Maravillas, But, Changó) hosting performances by artists that span genres from garage and punk to pscyhedelia, electronica and hard rock. There will also be parallel concerts on in shops and bars around town, just like last year. Among the confirmed acts are The Zombies, Kadavar, Horisont, King Dude, Oathbreaker, Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind, Froth, Emma Ruth Rundle, Morgan Delt, Adrift, Tall Juan, The Baudelaires, Go!Zilla, Dyr Faser and more.

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Various venues , Madrid Until Saturday May 27 2017

Mulafest

This year the festival of urban trends is held from June 23 to 25, and in addition to the great line-up of concerts, tattoos, urban sports, street food and much more will take over IFEMA, the city's most famous fair and festival venue. Mulafest has become a hot date on the calendar for music fans. Though the 2017 line-up and prices have yet to be confirmed, last year the bill featured acts such as BTRKT, Odesza, Sleaford Mods, Gramatik, The Orb, Troyboi, Kelela, Matthew Herbert DJ, Beardyman, Pional, C. Tangana and Monsieur Adi.

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IFEMA - Feria de Madrid , Campo de las Naciones Fri Jun 23 - Sun Jul 2
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Utopía

Madrid's enjoying a boon in music festivals, and electronic music is represented with Utopía. June 4 and 5 are the dates for the second year of the festival, with big names from the world of electronica including Martin Solveig, David Guetta, Maceo Plex, Heidi, Anna Tur, Carlos Jean, Diplo, Rudimental and more. The days are full, with performances starting at noon and going on into the wee hours.

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Universidad Complutense de Madrid , Ciudad Universitaria Saturday June 3 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Mad Music City

This festival, which was originally called Mat Mad, is back in the same place and same time of year as 2016. In the words of the organisers, 'Mat Mad has evolved and broadened. Mad Music City will still carry Matadero Madrid in its heart, and project that energy to the various spaces and places involved to make this Madrid's newest and most unique multidisciplinary festival with five days of events and activities related to music'. Last year's acts included Parov Stelar, Imelda May, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Molotov Jukebox and Soleá Morente. This year's are still to be confirmed.

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Matadero Madrid , Legazpi Tuesday June 20 2017 - Sunday June 25 2017

Festival Cultura Inquieta

You get more than two weeks in summer to enjoy a festival that has managed to establish itself as one of the musts in Madrid and surrounds. Once again in Getafe (just 13km from Madrid's city centre), from June 22 to July 8, the festival this year boasts two stages. At the moment confirmed acts for this year include Leiva, Ara Malikian, Rosendo, Burning and Los Zigarros.

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Polideportivo Municipal San Isidro de Getafe , Madrid Saturday June 24 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
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Leganés Blues Festival South Side

Madrid give you two days of national and international blues. Leganés hosts the third edition of South Side, a big celebration for fans of all types of blues music. The open-air theatre Egaleo is where you can see groups such as Mr. Sipp, Víctor Puertas & The Mellow Tones, Los Mambo Jambo and Travellin’ Brothers, with more to be confirmed.

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Teatro Egaleo , Off Madrid Friday June 9 2017 - Saturday June 10 2017

Black Is Back Weekend

It's a weekend for soul, funk, blues, groove, and memories of Otis Redding, James Brown and that Motown sound. The Centro Cultural Conde Duque hosts this festival of black power in the centre of Madrid, where you're invited to enjoy, dance and let it all hang out over two full days. Though the line-up for 2017 is still to be confirmed, last year's bill included Blueperro, The Groovin' Flamingos, The Raspberry Beret Band, James Taylor Quartet, Escort, TT Syndicate, Sister Cookie, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, The James Hunger Six, and Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires.

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Centro Cultural Conde Duque , Conde Duque Sat Jun 24 - Sun Jun 18

Noches del Botánico

Summer nights in botanic gardens under the Madrid sky. Could there be a better setting for a music festival? From late June and throughout the month of July, Noches del Botánico is preparing its second edition. Though the acts for 2017 are yet to be announced, last year's inaugural festival included the likes of Wilco, M83, The Lumineers, Benjamin Clementine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and Patti Smith, among others. It's an eclectic collection of Spanish and international artists who encompass jazz, rock, pop, Latin music, flamenco and electronica, with the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Gardens as the backdrop.

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Real Jardín Botánico Alfonso XIII , Ciudad Universitaria Thu Jun 29 - Sat Jul 29
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Download Festival

The Download Festival has been around in the UK for 13 years, and now for the first time there's a Spanish version in the nation's capital of this rock and heavy metal fest that knows no borders. From June 22 to 24, Caja Mágica welcomes some of the most powerful groups of the genre, including System of a Down, Linkin Park, Prophets of Rage, NOFX, The Cult, Apocalyptica, Ministry and more.

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Caja Mágica , San Fermín Thursday June 22 2017 - Saturday June 24 2017

Mad Cool Festival

Following the success of the first year, the Mad Cool music festival is making plans to come back to Madrid in summer 2017 with a line-up that promises to be as spectacular as in 2016. The big macrofestival that Madrid needed is set for July 6 to 8, in the same venue as 2016, the Caja Mágica, where more than 100,000 music fans made the pilgrimage to see live performances by The Who, Neil Young, Vetusta Morla, Garbage, Biffy Clyro, and Capital Cities, among many others. For 2017 confirmed acts include Foo Fighters, Green Day, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Alt-J, Belle and Sebastian, Wolf Alice, Foster The People, Spoon, Deap Vally, Dinosaur Jr., Machinedrum, Foals, Savages, Cage the Elephant, Fuel Fandango, Quique González and more. Get your multi-day passes as soon as you can before prices go up! New this year is the distribution of the stages for a total of five – all outdoor – and the timetable will work with the metro hours so you're not stuck for a lift back. In addition, there are exhibitions, a design market, food trucks... Get your multi-day passes as soon as you can before prices go up!

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Caja Mágica , San Fermín Thursday July 6 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017

Dcode

More and more music festivals are coming to Madrid, but Dcode was one of the first and is still the champ in the city for now. This year they celebrate their seventh edition with their usual three stages where the cream of the crop of Spanish and international pop and rock groups have played, including The Killers, Suede, Izal, Franz Ferdinand and The Vaccines, just to name a few. The 2017 line-up includes Interpol, Band of Horses, The Kooks, Milky Chance and Carlos Sadness, among others.

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Universidad Complutense de Madrid , Ciudad Universitaria Saturday September 9 2017
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Enofestival

A music festival that pays tribute to wine culture? Where do we sign up? The EnoFestival is one of the biggest draws on Madrid's calendar this autumn. After four years at the Circulo de Bellas Artes, the festival moved last year to the Teatro Goya, a multipurpose space that leaves room for new surprises. You'll find wine tastings, workshops, live music, food trucks and loads more. It's a festival for the senses. This year's line-up of musical acts is yet to be announced.

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Saturday October 7 2017

Villamanuela

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. Some of last year's featured artists included Andy Stott, Anna Meredith, Bo Ningen, Craig Leon, Damian Schwartz, Death in Vegas, Naked, Group A, Don't DJ... This year's line-up is yet to be announced.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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Malasaña neighbourhood , Malasaña Friday October 6 2017 - Saturday October 7 2017

Madrid Live!

After selling out the first year, and then again last year, the city's autumn music festival, Madrid Live!, is back for its third edition. The one-day festival is on once again in the massive WiZink Center (formerly the Barclaycard Center and before that the Palacio de Deportes de la Comunidad de Madrid). Last year The Chemical Brothers were the big headliners, with 2manydjs and Erol Alkan as special guests. The 2017 line-up has yet to be announced.

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