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

This month's concert guide
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This month's concert guide

Your guide to what's on, who's playing and where to go for Madrid's best gigs and concerts this month

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

This week and beyond

Mulafest
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Mulafest

This year the festival of urban trends is held from April 26 to 28, and in addition to the great line-up of concerts, the stages welcome diverse disciplines such as circus, voguing and breakdancing. Plus, you've got tattoos, urban art, street food and much more taking over IFEMA, Madrid's most famous fair and festival venue. Mulafest has become a hot date on the calendar for music fans. For 2019, the eclectic bill features Mägo de Oz, Sôber, Arizona Baby, La Fuga, The Lizards, The Professionals, and plenty more for all tastes.

Mark Knopfler
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Mark Knopfler

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.

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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

Mulafest
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Mulafest

This year the festival of urban trends is held from April 26 to 28, and in addition to the great line-up of concerts, the stages welcome diverse disciplines such as circus, voguing and breakdancing. Plus, you've got tattoos, urban art, street food and much more taking over IFEMA, Madrid's most famous fair and festival venue. Mulafest has become a hot date on the calendar for music fans. For 2019, the eclectic bill features Mägo de Oz, Sôber, Arizona Baby, La Fuga, The Lizards, The Professionals, and plenty more for all tastes.

Kristonfest
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Kristonfest

Over two nights and two venues, the eighth edition of the Kristonfest is here, providing a space for lovers of rock, stoner rock, and doom metal. Swedish outfit The Hellacopters headline the bill, after having got the band back together in 2016. Also on the line-up along with them are Kadavar from Berlin, Americans Mondo Generator, and British act Turbowolf. Rounding things out are Earthless, Dozer, Church of the Cosmic Skull and Arabrot.

South Side
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South Side

For the fifth year in a row, the South Side festival is back to make a name for itself as the top black music festival in Madrid, offering a weekend full of soul, R&B, funk and blues in the heart of Leganés. The main draws are The Silverbacks; blues from Cedric Burside; J.P. Bimeni accompanied by the incredible Black Belts; the sextet from Seville that is O Sister!; and a tribute to the late, great Aretha Franklin from Aretha Soul Divas.

Tomavistas
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Tomavistas

Since 2014 the Tomavistas festival has brought a party to Madrid every spring. The line-ups have only got better and better with each passing year, and 2019 is no exception. Headliners this year are American dream pop outfit Beach House and British space rock band Spiritualized, who present their latest album, 'And Nothing Hurt' (2018). In addition to other international bands like Cigarettes After Sex, Toro y Moi, Deerhunter, and Friendly Fires, this is also a good opportunity to check out more local talents such as Joe Crepúsculo, Carolina Durante, Triángulo de Amor Bizarro, Enric Montefusco, and Soleá Morente + Napoleón Solo.

Paraíso
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Paraíso

For the second year in a row, Madrid goes electronic with a festival that has filled a space empty for too long. Big draws are king of disco music Cerrone; pop with a soul from Bob Moses; Scottish synth pop from Chvrches; and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the multi-talented daughter of Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg. You also get to see biggies like Laurent Gernier, Jacques Greene, Mount Kimbie, Nicola Cruz, Pional, John Talabot and Solomun. Dance! Dance! Dance!

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