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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

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Bars with free (or nearly) live music

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

Music festivals in Madrid
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Music festivals in Madrid

Your guide to the biggest music festivals in Madrid throughout the 2017 season

The best clubs in Madrid
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The best clubs in Madrid

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

This week and beyond

Suma Flamenca
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Suma Flamenca

The biggest flamenco festival of all those currently on in Madrid is celebrating its 12th edition with quite the attractive line-up. Highlights from the music side include Argentina, David de Jacoba, Dorantes, Duquende, Capullo de Jerez, El Negri, Rocío Márquez, and Arcangel. There will be magical nights that reunite the best of flamenco, you can discover emerging talents and wow at fusions as well as the jazzy side of flamenco. Tradition is honoured with the concert in recognition of Juan Habichuela, from the Carmona-Habichuela family. And that's just a taste of what you'll get during this flamenco festival.

Brunch -In The Park
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Brunch -In The Park

Every Sunday from June 4 to July 16, starting from 1pm, you can join in on the party in the Enrique Tierno Galván park with the best local and international electronic music. In addition to the stellar sessions, you can also grab something to eat in the food truck zone (so it lives up to the 'brunch' in its name), check out the stalls in the little design market, and even take the kids to the Petit Brunch area, with things to do, workshops, and plenty of fun on trampolines, with face painting, playing table football, doing yoga for kids and more! See the 'Dates and Times' tab for who's on the bill for each Sunday.

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Download Festival
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Download Festival

The Download Festival has been around in the UK for 13 years, and now for the first time there's a Spanish version in the nation's capital of this rock and heavy metal fest that knows no borders. From June 22 to 24, Caja Mágica welcomes some of the most powerful groups of the genre, including System of a Down, Linkin Park, Prophets of Rage, NOFX, The Cult, Apocalyptica, Ministry and more.

Miguel Bosé
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Miguel Bosé

Ever-changing but always elegant, Miguel Bosé reinvents himself once again for his 'Estaré' tour that takes him not only around Spain, but also to the Americas, with a spectacular and innovative show. He'll also be performing his greatest hits and the concept of his latest album, 'MTV Unplugged', an audiovisual documentary that shows Bosé as you've never seen or heard him before on stage. The album was recorded in 2016 in Mexico City and featured the collaboration of Pablo Alborán, Juanes, Álex González and Sergio Vallín of Maná, Natalia Lafourcade, and Fonseca. It includes two previously unreleased tracks, one penned by Juan Luis Guerra ('Dime qué diré'), and another composed by Bosé himself ('Estaré').

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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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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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LGBT parties

Delirio
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Delirio

Ohm
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Ohm

Club 33
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Club 33

Fulanita de Tal
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Fulanita de Tal

Truco
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Truco

Lakama
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Lakama

Music festivals

Sound Isidro
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Sound Isidro

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.

Mulafest
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Mulafest

This year the festival of urban trends is held from June 23 to 25, and in addition to the great line-up of concerts, tattoos, urban sports, street food and much more will take over IFEMA, the city's most famous fair and festival venue. Mulafest has become a hot date on the calendar for music fans. Though the 2017 line-up and prices have yet to be confirmed, last year the bill featured acts such as BTRKT, Odesza, Sleaford Mods, Gramatik, The Orb, Troyboi, Kelela, Matthew Herbert DJ, Beardyman, Pional, C. Tangana and Monsieur Adi.

Mad Music City
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Mad Music City

This festival, which was originally called Mat Mad, is back in the same place and same time of year as 2016. In the words of the organisers, 'Mat Mad has evolved and broadened. Mad Music City will still carry Matadero Madrid in its heart, and project that energy to the various spaces and places involved to make this Madrid's newest and most unique multidisciplinary festival with five days of events and activities related to music'. Last year's acts included Parov Stelar, Imelda May, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Molotov Jukebox and Soleá Morente. This year's are still to be confirmed.

Festival Cultura Inquieta
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Festival Cultura Inquieta

You get more than two weeks in summer to enjoy a festival that has managed to establish itself as one of the musts in Madrid and surrounds. Once again in Getafe (just 13km from Madrid's city centre), from June 22 to July 8, the festival this year boasts two stages. At the moment confirmed acts for this year include Leiva, Ara Malikian, Rosendo, Burning and Los Zigarros.

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? From late June and throughout the month of July, Noches del Botánico is preparing its second edition. Though the acts for 2017 are yet to be announced, last year's inaugural festival included the likes of Wilco, M83, The Lumineers, Benjamin Clementine, Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters, and Patti Smith, among others. It's an eclectic collection of Spanish and international artists who encompass jazz, rock, pop, Latin music, flamenco and electronica, with the Alfonso XIII Royal Botanic Gardens as the backdrop.

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