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.
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.
They've been working together as a group for more than 30 years, and Rudi Protudi and gang are still at it with their primitive and genuine acid garage rock, though Protudi is the only original member in the current line-up, with his recognizable guitar and cavernous voice, dark glasses and eyebrow-grazing fringe. The Fuzztones are huge fans of playing live, much more than being in the studio, though their first album, 'Lysergic Emanations' (1985) established them in the USA and in the UK as kings of pscyho-garage. Don't miss them in Madrid as part of the FestiMad programme!
The kings of shoegaze and post-punk in the '80s, and possibly one of the best Scottish bands ever, The Jesus and Mary Chain kicked off their career in 1984 and broke up at the end of the '90s, though they enjoyed a brief moment of glory in 2003 when their song 'Just Like Honey' was included in the soundtrack for 'Lost in Translation'. Following a few solo disappointments, the Reid brothers got the band back together with Phil King, Brian Young and Mark Crozer to do the festival circuit, including Coachella, Primavera Sound and BBK Live. Their new album, 'Damage and Joy' was released in March, and they're in Madrid to show it off barely a month afterwards.
The Scottish band Simple Minds, featuring Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill, Mel Gaynor, Andy Gillespie and Ged Grimes, are in town to present one of their riskier albums – not for the content but the format: 'Simple Minds Acoustic'. Their 2017 tour sees them accompanied by Scottish artist KT Tunstall. The authors of songs like 'Don't You (Forget About Me)', 'She's a River', 'Belfast Child,' 'Alive and Kicking', 'Promised You a Miracle' and 'Mandela Day' have been making music in various formations since 1977 and form a big part in the history of British pop.
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.