This week and beyond
This autumn Madrid welcomes the annual JazzMadrid festival, which makes jazz for a happy November for jazz fans indeed. As usual, the main venue is the Conde Duque, with the Fernán Gómez cultural centre taking part again as well, among other spaces. In addition to all the jazz, this year there's a solid blues programme, and you'll meet some young jazz artists as well as more women in the genre. With more than six hours of jazz daily, this fourth edition features a hundred concerts, as well as a bunch of related activities: talks, conferences, films, exhibitions, and more.
Basque artist Asier Etxeandía and Italian multi-instrumentalist Enrico Barbaro lead this group that takes us on a journey through synthetic landscapes, dank dance environments, rock, flavours of soul and epic kinetics. They present 'Anatomía de un éxodo', the three-track trilogy that has been much anticipated and talked about in the music press.
The Inspector Cluzo
The blue-rocks duo made up of Laurent Lacrouts on the guitar, and Mathieu Jourdain on the drums have just published a biography as well as their sixth studio album, ‘We the People of the Soil’, recorded in Nashville by Grammy Award winner Vance Powell. White Stripes fans will want to check them out!
The Cat Empire
Whenever The Cat Empire are in town, they sell out. And we understand why. The Australian band has an army of fans who are well aware of the fact that their concerts are an incredible blend of ska, funk, rock and jazz, all in one place. They're not promoting a new album this time (you'll have to wait until next year), but you might get a sneak peek at one of their new tracks, and you're sure to devour your favourite hits.
Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid
Feel the feverish heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a flamenco show at one of the country’s most prestigious ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Choose the show time that best suits your schedule, then make your own way into the heart of Madrid Old Town to enjoy a night of passionate flamenco.
Flamenco Lesson and Show at Tablao with Drink or Dinner
Feel the heat of Spain’s traditional dance with a 3-hour flamenco lesson and show at one of Madrid’s top ‘tablaos’ (flamenco venues). Leave your inhibitions at the door and get ready to stamp and clap along as you are taught how to flamenco by some of the city’s top dancers during a 1-hour class.
Arabian Baths Experience at Madrid's Hammam Al Ándalus
Seek serenity at Madrid’s Arabian baths, Hamman Al Ándalus, and spend 1.5 hours relaxing body, soul and mind! The zen-like oasis with candle-lit walkways boasts three thermal plunge pools and a steam room – all decorated in resplendent Arabian décor.
Ocho y Medio
Ocho y Medio is the perfect stop on your hedonistic tour of the town if you're looking for an alcohol-fuelled mass of party energy. DJ Smart makes it all sound very '80s and '90s, thrashing out an eclectic mix of indie, electro-clash, electro-pop, new wave and New York rock. It takes a master to meld Blur and Depeche Mode. On arriving here you’ll be met by a sea of flannel shirts and horn-rimmed glasses since this is Madrid’s hipster haven. You’ll also find interesting concerts by local and international bands like La Habitación Roja.
This club in La Latina that has everything that nocturnal fun seekers need. Commercial music to dance to and the occasional live performance make for a mix that attracts scores of young people every weekend. Miniskirts, tight dresses and polo shirts move around the dancefloor here, changing colour along with the LED lights. The clientele, which is around 20 years old, obviously spends some time at the gym and applying make-up in front of the mirror. On Thursdays, there’s a ‘kisses’ session and an open bar with the ‘Kiss Kiss Bang, Bang’ session, while Sundays are given over to hotter beats like urban, latin and reggaeton.