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.
Madrid's big music festival is on this year from April 19 to May 7 in various venues throughout the city in small and medium format. Some 70 concerts will fill over 30 venues with music. If that sounds good to you, then you'll really love the prices: some concerts will be free, and the most expensive won't cost more than €30 (except for a few more for The Jesus and Mary Chain). Other acts include The Dictators NYC, Nuria Graham, Joana Serrat, Skunk DF, The Fuzztones and Pájaro.
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. Since then it's been growing from strength to strength, and not only can you enjoy the genre-spanning live acts but there's also an area where you can relax and get some snacks while taking in some impressive views of Madrid in the background. For the 2017 edition, on from May 19 to 21, confirmed acts include Temples, The New Raemon & McEnroe, Lori Meyers, L.A., Airbag, Delorean, Los Nastys, White Bats, C. Tangana, León Benavente, Los Punsetes, Egon Soda, and more!
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.
La Riviera hosts a new edition of these festival for fans of rock in all its variations that springs from all different corners of the world. Confirmed so far are John Garcia & Band, a great in the field of stoner rock, and Crippled Black Phoenix, a very charismatic group of eight, with their new album, 'Bronze'. Other bearded rockers confirmed so far include Greenleaf, Bongzilla, Wolf People and Wovenhand. Stay tuned...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.