This month's concert highlights in Madrid
Fans of the Uruguayan artist get to see him in a very different format to that of his previous tour this time around. 'Silente', which is the name of his latest show, gives Jorge Drexler room to reinterpret his biggest hits with only the company of his voice and one guitar. It's always such a treat to hear him unplugged.
Madrid's festival of black music par excellence celebrates its ninth edition this year in top form. As with every year, the goal is still to promote the emerging music scene in Madrid with Afro-American roots and show off quality acts with concerts, DJ sessions, radio programmes, parties, activities for kids and much more.
Swedish artist Kristian Matsson (aka The Tallest Man on Earth) has won the hearts of thousands of fans with his natural manner as his main weapon and a catalogue of highly emotional and melodic songs with echos of Bob Dylan. He's back in Madrid with his inseparable guitar to dazzle fans with both familiar songs and new stuff he's released with his 2018 album, 'When the Bird Sees the Solid Ground'.
British band Bastille haven't even been together ten years and they've already rubbed shoulders with the biggest names in huge festivals around the world. Now they're headliners at their own concert and presenting their third LP, 'Doom Days', which at the time of this writing is set for release in the first part of 2019.
Jess Glynne's voice is one to talk about. It was hers you heard on the Clean Bandit hit 'Rather Be', and she's since proven that she can shine in her own light. After her performance in the Arenal Sound festival, she's making her solo debut in a Madrid concert hall. We're definitely looking forward to a live concert from the woman who's got more number ones than any other female artist in the UK.
Plus... Upcoming concerts in Madrid
Englishwomen Florence Welch and Isabella Summers and company play the WiZink Center for the second time. In the last decade, Welch's has become one of the biggest and most powerful female voices in pop. Florence + The Machine touch down in Madrid as part of their current tour to present their latest LP to date, 'High as Hope'.
Since their debut album hit in 2012, Danish band Lukas Graham have been rolling along picking up rave reviews and masses of fans. Somewhere between pop and soul, their songs are the sort that bring a huge grin to your face, and even more so when you see them live, when they're so full of energy and clearly having the time of their lives. They present ‘3 (The Purple Album)’, which was released last October.
At age 69, there's no stopping former Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler. The Scottish guitarist rarely misses a chance to play Spain when he's on tour, and his current 'Down the Road Wherever' tour is no exception. In addition to his most recent rock tunes, he's also sure to make fans happy with tracks from his exhaustive catalog.
Metal fans in Madrid, you're in luck! Well, if you've already got your tickets to see Metallica, that is – last year's February shows at WiZink Center sold out faster than Kirk Hammett's hand would bleed if it weren't for all that tape. The band led by founding members James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, along with Hammett and Roberto Trujillo, present their tenth and most recent studio album, 2016's 'Hardwired... to Self-Destruct'.
It doesn't matter that you no longer have your bedroom wallpapered in their posters. Backstreet Boys are back, and after hearing the first advance singles from their latest album, 'DNA' – 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' and 'Chances' – we can tell you that they're sounding better than ever. One of the biggest boy bands in the '90s still have a lot to say. And even better if you hear them doing it from a big stage.
English artist Ed Sheeran takes on his first Spanish stadium this summer, and though it remains to be seen if a venue of the magnitude of Wanda Metropolitano suits him or if it's just a bit too big (other than himself and his guitar, he's not one to fill the stage with loads of dancers and accountrements), we're ready to receive him with open arms. We can't wait to hear 'Shape of You' live.
Sir Elton John lands in Madrid in June for what looks to be his last-ever concert in Madrid as part of his 'Farewell Yellow Brick Road' tour, putting an end to his nearly 50-year music career and a start to his retirement from the road. If you can get tickets, you won't want to miss this moment in music history from one of the artists who helped make it.
Hard rock fans, you've got a date to add to your 2019 calendar with this festival. The line-up, while still not complete of course, already looks incredible. With huge bands like Scorpions and Slipknot, along with Tool, Sum 41, Sabaton, Stone Temple Pilots, and so many more, you can rock out for three days and three nights at the Caja Mágica.
Bon Jovi are back in Spain, and as they usually have when they come to Madrid, they're set to fill up a stadium. What else can you expect from the band behind huge stadium-worthy hits like ‘It’s My Life’ and ‘Livin’ on a Prayer’? So far they haven't announced a new album (the most recent is 2016's ‘This House Is Not for Sale’), but we wouldn't be surprised if they've worked up new material to play by the time they take the stage at the Wanda Metropolitano.
It's no doubt that the Mad Cool music festival is one of the biggest in Spain. Last year's line-up was jaw-dropping, and this year looks like it's shaping up to be just as glorious. Bon Iver, The National, the return of The Smashing Pumpkins, Vampire Weekend, Vetusta Morla, The 1975, Jorja Smith and a long list of others are ready to go already.
Maybe they're not as explosive as they once were and things have been sweetened by more synthesizers and fewer guitars, but one thing's for sure about Muse, they know how to put on a great big show. The English outfit are back with their eighth studio album, 'Simulation Theory' (2018) their big anthems they've wowed us with over the last two decades.
After taking a break to spend time caring for his son, Michael Bublé returned in 2018 with his tenth studio album, 'Love'. The Canadian artist, whose style reminds so many of Frank Sinatra, is back in Spain to present tracks off the new effort and of course make us fall in love all over again with his voice and crooner style.