Madrid is a city brimming with music. Concert halls, bars, and big clubs invite all kinds of acts to their stages, from freshly pressed indie bands to globally famous international superstars. To make sure you don't miss any of your favourites, including major festivals, check here for each month's top concert picks.
The biggest flamenco festival of all those currently on in Madrid is celebrating its 12th edition with quite the attractive line-up. Highlights from the music side include Argentina, David de Jacoba, Dorantes, Duquende, Capullo de Jerez, El Negri, Rocío Márquez, and Arcangel. There will be magical nights that reunite the best of flamenco, you can discover emerging talents and wow at fusions as well as the jazzy side of flamenco. Tradition is honoured with the concert in recognition of Juan Habichuela, from the Carmona-Habichuela family. And that's just a taste of what you'll get during this flamenco festival.
Every Sunday from June 4 to July 16, starting from 1pm, you can join in on the party in the Enrique Tierno Galván park with the best local and international electronic music. In addition to the stellar sessions, you can also grab something to eat in the food truck zone (so it lives up to the 'brunch' in its name), check out the stalls in the little design market, and even take the kids to the Petit Brunch area, with things to do, workshops, and plenty of fun on trampolines, with face painting, playing table football, doing yoga for kids and more! See the 'Dates and Times' tab for who's on the bill for each Sunday.
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.
Ever-changing but always elegant, Miguel Bosé reinvents himself once again for his 'Estaré' tour that takes him not only around Spain, but also to the Americas, with a spectacular and innovative show. He'll also be performing his greatest hits and the concept of his latest album, 'MTV Unplugged', an audiovisual documentary that shows Bosé as you've never seen or heard him before on stage. The album was recorded in 2016 in Mexico City and featured the collaboration of Pablo Alborán, Juanes, Álex González and Sergio Vallín of Maná, Natalia Lafourcade, and Fonseca. It includes two previously unreleased tracks, one penned by Juan Luis Guerra ('Dime qué diré'), and another composed by Bosé himself ('Estaré').
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.
After the confirmation that Deep Purple would play at Rock Fest Barcelona, it was such great news to hear they'd also be coming to Madrid on their 'inFinite the long goodbye Tour'. Now's your chance to catch Deep Purple, one of the most iconic bands of all time, as they present their new studio album, 'inFinite', which earMusic will release early this year. Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Steve Morse and Don Airey still run the gamut of hard rock, the textures and touches of their recent works are much less repetitive. In the last year, Deep Purple has moved progressively toward new areas, garnering new fans who weren't even born when the powerful Purple machine started out in the world of music.
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.