Music & Nightlife

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

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

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

FestiMad 2017
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FestiMad 2017

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.

Paul Carrack
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Paul Carrack

The BBC has said of icon of blue-eyed soul Paul Carrack that he has a golden voice, and other critics have compared him with Phil Collins and Elton John, in a good way. The 65-year-old founder and singer of Mike & The Mechanics and former member of Roxy Music has released an impressive 17 solo albums, the latest being 'Soul Shadows' (2016). In the 1970s he'd already enjoyed big hits, such as 'How Long', with his first group, Ace.

Los Planetas
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Los Planetas

Hugely popular and influential Spanish band Los Planetas are back onstage with new songs from their album 'Zona Temporalmente Autónoma' and to celebrate their 25th anniversary as a group. They're in Madrid at Teatro Circo Price on April 27. At the time of this writing they've released two singles from 'Zona Temporalmente Autónoma': 'Islamabad' and 'Porque me lo digas tú'. You can expect to hear new songs during the concert, but also their biggies such as 'Un buen día' and 'Qué puedo hacer'.

The Fuzztones
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The Fuzztones

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!

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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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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

FestiMad
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FestiMad

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.

Festival Tomavistas
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Festival Tomavistas

This 'gourmet festival' was born in 2014 as a two-day music and gastronomy festival at the Hipódromo de la Zarzuela, though in the end it took place in just one day. Though it was only the first edition, the festival had a good turnout, and a select variety of indie, pop, rock and electronica acts. Since then it's been growing from strength to strength, and not only can you enjoy the genre-spanning live acts but there's also an area where you can relax and get some snacks while taking in some impressive views of Madrid in the background. For the 2017 edition, on from May 19 to 21, confirmed acts include Temples, The New Raemon & McEnroe, Lori Meyers, L.A., Airbag, Delorean, Los Nastys, White Bats, C. Tangana, León Benavente, Los Punsetes, Egon Soda, and more!

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.

Kristonfest
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Kristonfest

La Riviera hosts a new edition of these festival for fans of rock in all its variations that springs from all different corners of the world. Confirmed so far are John Garcia & Band, a great in the field of stoner rock, and Crippled Black Phoenix, a very charismatic group of eight, with their new album, 'Bronze'. Other bearded rockers confirmed so far include Greenleaf, Bongzilla, Wolf People and Wovenhand. Stay tuned...

GetMAD! Festival
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GetMAD! Festival

Despite having music as its main focus, GetMAD! isn't your typical music festival – it's a revolutionary and surprising year-long event that was on in Madrid for the first time in 2016. May 26 and 27 are the biggies, with various venues around Madrid (Tabóo, Maravillas, But, Changó) hosting performances by artists that span genres from garage and punk to pscyhedelia, electronica and hard rock. There will also be parallel concerts on in shops and bars around town, just like last year. Among the confirmed acts are The Zombies, Kadavar, Horisont, King Dude, Oathbreaker, Jim Jones & the Righteous Mind, Froth, Emma Ruth Rundle, Morgan Delt, Adrift, Tall Juan, The Baudelaires, Go!Zilla, Dyr Faser and more.

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