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Your guide to the best nightclubs, live music and concerts in Madrid

The best upcoming concerts in Madrid
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The best upcoming concerts in Madrid

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for Madrid's best live music and concerts

Music festivals in Madrid
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Music festivals in Madrid

Your guide to the biggest music festivals in Madrid throughout the 2019 season

Bars with free (or nearly) live music
Bars and pubs

Bars with free (or nearly) live music

Make a note of these spots where seeing a concert will cost little to nothing

The best clubs in Madrid
Nightlife

The best clubs in Madrid

These are the best clubs in Madrid for exploring the city's incredible nightlife

Top live music venues

Top live music venues

Concert halls, bars, cafés and other venues where you can see bands and hear live music in Madrid

Tickets

Flamenco Show at Corral de la Morería in Madrid

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.

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

Zarzuela Opera and Dinner at La Castafiore Restaurant in Madrid

Enjoy a night of opera music and fine food at La Castafiore restaurant in Madrid! Popular for its opera-singing waiting staff, the traditional restaurant has gained a cult following in the city from locals and visitors alike. 

Flamenco Lesson and Show at Tablao with Drink or Dinner

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

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. 

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Madrid Tapas Night Walking Tour

Sample Spanish nightlife and Madrid's tasty tapas on an evening walking tour that will tantalize your taste buds! Led by an entertaining foodie guide, this walking tour is the best introduction to the laid back Madrileno lifestyle. 

Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid

Spanish Wine Tour from Madrid

Leave Madrid and head to the hills to learn about Spanish wine on this full-day tour! With an expert guide at your side, visit the Vinos de Madrid winemaking region and tour three esteemed wine estates in the area, known as ‘bodegas.’ 

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Dance clubs

Ocho y Medio

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.

Shôko

Shôko

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.

Joy Eslava

Joy Eslava

Unusual in that it retains some original trappings of its former incarnation as a 19th-century theatre, in every other respect this is an ordinary high-street club. The vast crammed dancefloor runs the gamut from teenage tribes through to housewives, enjoying staple disco house. One of the classic venues in Madrid where you’re likely to see some famous faces, Joy Eslava also hosts live performances that range from concerts to monologues.

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Siroco

Siroco

The musical programming here features reggae on Thursdays, hip hop and R&B music sessions on Fridays, and features plenty of local and Spanish soul singers and bands. Siroco has two very different environments at weekends: more relaxed on the upper level and more intense, dance-oriented electronic sessions below.

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3 out of 5 stars

LGBT parties

Delirio
Clubs

Delirio

Ohm
Clubs

Ohm

Club 33
Clubs

Club 33

Fulanita de Tal
Clubs

Fulanita de Tal

Truco
Clubs

Truco

Lakama
Clubs

Lakama

Music festivals

A Summer Story
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A Summer Story

If you're into house and EDM, this is your music festival. Now in its fifth year, A Summer Story has yet another stellar line-up, and we've come to expect spectacular staging from them as well. Don't miss DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Adam Beyer, Don Diablo, Nicky Romero and Oscar Mulero, among others. It's two nights of working holes through your favourite dancing shoes.

Black Is Back
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Black Is Back

The Black Is Back weekend lands once again in Madrid, bringing the best international soul and funk to the city. Thanks to this festival, Madrid spends a weekend as the European capital of soul, hosting tributes, showcases and a variety of activities for fans of the genre. More acts are to be confirmed, but for now we can tell you you'll get to see the always impressive Los Angeles–based Vintage Trouble as well as Yola, who sang with Massive Attack among others, and who has released 'Walk Through Fire' with Phantom Limb this year on Easy Eye Sound, the label owened by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys.

Noches del Botánico
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Noches del Botánico

Summer nights in botanic gardens under the Madrid sky. Could there be a better setting for a music festival? You'll want to mark your calendars now and try to go more ethan one night after seeing the line-up, which includes Woody Allen, The Roots, Ben Harper, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Jane Birkin, Salvador Sobral, Loreena McKennitt, Chick Corea and Macy Gray, among other international artists. From around Spain there are big names as well. It's an eclectic collection of artists who encompass jazz, rock, pop, Latin music, flamenco and electronica, with the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Gardens as the backdrop.

Download Festival
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Download Festival

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.

Río Babel
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Río Babel

Río Babel is back to fill IFEMA with loads of music and a good time in this second year of the fun and eclectic festival. Over the weekend of July 6 and 7 you can check out live performances by Bunbury, Crystal Fighters, The Cat Empire, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Quantic Live, Bebe, Juanito Makandé, Arco, We The Lion, Alamedadosoulna, Miranda!, Jenny and The Mexicats, Los Caligaris, Dengue Dengue Dengue, and King Coya & The Queen Cholas.

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