In addition to garnering recognition for and of the LGBTI community, the Pride celebrations are also a time to dance, sing and let it all hang out with live music and big parties organised on outdoor stages around the Madrid city centre. From the Plaza Pedro Zerolo to the Puerta del Sol, the programme includes divas in the world of music, the classic Mr Gay Pride gala, and loads in between. Cabarets, Eurovision tributes, flamenco... these are the musts on the calendar of events.
It's only natural that the World Pride celebrations would include a tribute to Eurovision. For this gala, presented by singer, songwriter and DJ LeKlein, which goes on into the wee hours of the morning, the EuroPride Kilt will be presented to the Swedish cities of Stockholm and Gothenburg. Afterwards, it's time for the performances by past and present Eurovision contestants from Spain and beyond, including Barei, Ruth Lorenzo, Rosa, Conchita Wurst, Kate Ryan, and Loreen. Eurovision fans do not want to miss this!
A trip down memory lane for some, with big hits that marked the history of music in Spain, that everyone here has danced and sung along with at some point. The gala presented by the Terremoto de Alcorcón is on today only and you can enjoy performances by Celia Flores, Baccara, OBK and more.
There's room for all kinds of couplings, demonstrations, performances and musical styles under the rainbow umbrella of World Pride. So it's no surprise that radio station Radiolé, which specializes in Spanish music such as copla, rumba, flamenco and sevillanas, would host their own festival during the celebrations. Find it on Thursday, June 29, in Plaza Pedro Zerolo, and featuring performances by Calaítos, Sara Salazar, María Artés, Maki, Nuria Fergó, La Húngara, and – of course – Camela.
Music is another of the fundamental pillars of the cultural programming during World Pride Madrid. In addition to all the fireworks and blasts from the past, today's most current pop rock also has a place. During this mini festival in Puerta del Sol, from June 20 to 29 you can check out performances by Cintia Lund, a Spanish singer of Swedish origin who's among the top emerging artists on the Spanish indie scene; Algora, electronic and indie pop group made up of Víctor Algora, David Carratalà and Raúl Querido; and Cycle, a Spanish electro-pop band.
A celebration of all kinds of love set to the beat of music straight from the UK is what the British Council is offering today on the stage in Plaza de España with performances by Ray Blk, British soul, rap, grime and R&B singer with two albums on the market, 'Havisham' and 'Durt'; Fleur East, a singer former X Factor contestant who, thanks to her album, 'Love, Sax and Flashback', and her single 'Sax', has become an international pop star; and 99 Souls DJ Set, from British house band who created the mash-up 'The Girl Is Mine' and who got an MTV Music Award nomination in 2016 for Best Electronic Music Video.
Jade is one of the biggest female duos on the current habanera music scene. They embrace traditional music, trova and Latin American music, blues and funk, and elements of jazz and pop. In their concerts there's always good energene, an almost spiritual sense of serenity that inspires whoever is listening to smile and love life. Maygred and Yanaysa have participated in various artistic gatherings that have to do with feminism and sexual diversity outside of Cuba. Also on the bill is Jorge Iván, a specialist in music from Cuba's Universidad de las Artes, where he's a profesor and a researcher.
Plenty of vocal artists emerged from the musical revolution that gave birth to swing. The biggest names were the legendary Andrew Sisters: three sisters who harmonized like only siblings can. Based on this concept, Damas Swing picks up everything wonderful of the time and brings it back it in a special way. Laura Toledo (Seville), Su Leydi (Havana) and Gisele Wai Lau (Paris) perform covers of songs from artists who have made history. From Lola Flores and Raphael to Michael Jackson and David Bowie under the influence of their different cultures, adapted to Spanish and the rhythm of swing.
This singer-songwriter from Malaga who lives in Madrid has been working as a professional musician for eight years, and now, as part of the World Pride programme of events, she's presenting her album 'Hipocondría' in a show that mixes flamenco and María Peláe's own songs with some Lorquian lyrics and quite the stage presence. Accompanied by first-class musicians, Pleáe injects pure energy into her live show, with wild copla, humour and emotion.
Ready to give it your all dancing and singing to hits such as 'Quiero besarte' and 'Live your dreams'? Today stage set up in Plaza de España hosts performances by two Spanish divas close to the LGBTI movement: Roser and Soraya. Roser gave us danceable hits in the first decade of the 2000s, and Soraya arose like a phoenix following her stint on Operación Triunfo and at Eurovision in 2009, to the point where she's had hits playing on the radio ever since.
Alicia Ramos is a singer-songwriter from the Canary Islands who is a trans icon and a big critic of Spanish and international politics. According to Ramos herself, 'I think that happy people are usually more useful to the community than those who are bitter or disgusted with themselves, although I can't prove it with scientific data, just as I believe that joy is a form of dissent.' Her influences include Silvio Rodríguez, Deep Purple, Fito Páez and Andrés Calamaro, among others.
Spanish music meets Peruvian music with these two consecutive concerts in Plaza de España. Spanish singer-songwriter Rozalén, has released two albums, 'Con derecho a' and 'Quien me ha visto'. Highlights among her singles are ‘80 veces’, ‘Comiéndote a besos’ and ‘Berlín’. Ania is an emerging singer on the electro-pop scene in Peru. Her first album, 'Danza animal' has caused a ruckus in Latin America and beyond.
Not that long ago, Galician singer-songwriter María Xosé Silvar, aka SES, was in Madrid presenting her third album, 'Tronar os valos', and she filled the Teatro Lara up to the rim. Now she's back with a concert during World Pride with a repertoire in a format that suits closeness and intimacy, singing songs in her mother tongue but with American inspiration, from the north to the south, with a bit of blues, a bit of country and a bit of soul.
La Shica presents 'De aquí a Lima', a personal reading and a selection of songs that, during her trip from Spain to Peru, she listened to on the radio while cooking, songs she learned in people's homes and at concerts and that she brought back in her suitcase. The aesthetics of the project are defined by an anecdote she was told in Lima: famous Peruvian singer Chabuca Granda would have loved the fact that her music was played in clubs now and that young people were dancing to it. In an attempt to make this happen, La Shica, with her particular style and accompanied by flamenco guitar and a bit of electronica, will undress and re-dress songs such as 'Una larga noche', 'Cambia, todo cambia', 'Piedra y camino', 'Cardo o ceniza' and 'El árbol del olvido', among others.
Carmen París is a jota artist who mixes folklore from Aragon with Castilian and Latin American rhythms. From Aragon herself, París steps onstage during World Pride to bring her new show 'En síntesis', a selection of the best of her four studio albums, all of which have won a several awards. She's accompanied today by Diego Ebbeler on piano and Jorge Tejerina on percussion and vocals. For some of her songs, Argentinian musician and composer Juan Iñaki also collaborates.
'Lo Nuestro' is the title of the new show from guitarists Fernando Egozcue and José Luis Montón that brings together their talents for the first time to present a project where they explore two of the most universal genres: tango and flamenco. With long careers, both solo and collaborating with other top musicians, both artists are considered among the best in their respective genres.
The organisers of the big LGBTI fiestas We Party are celebrating World Pride to the max. For this special occasion they've put together an edition that goes on for nine days, with 12 parties dotted throughout the city, in spaces such as Fabrik and other big venues, and three outdoor places for their open-air parties. What's more, they're also participating in the parade with their own float. If you're looking for a show, confetti and dance floors packed with sweaty bods, this is the party you don't want to miss.
This year marks the tenth edition of this competition that has been a runaway success since the beginning: Mr. Gay Pride España. This time around, participants from all across Spain will trot out onto the stage in four different categories, including bathing suit, where they'll show off their best assets in a bid for the title and to represent Spain at an international level for Mr. Gay World. To get things started, Omar Suárez puts on a pre-gala do with performances by Rebeca Moss, Borja Sant, Lara Sajen, Innocence, and Rebeca. Once the gala gets underway, with Cesar Heinrich, Carmen Alcayde and Deborah Ombres as hosts, performances during the event are by Azúcar Moreno, Mirela, and Whigfield.
The Chueca neighbourhood's tourism portal brings in a very special cabaret in which Plaza del Rey fills up with a show of the best talents on the city's gay scene. This fun show features Vedette Deivis & Pupi Poisson as your hosts, and performances by Travela Vargas, Roma Calderón, Carlos Guitart, Vogue, Lady Pulpa, Martina Dry, Le Blond, and top dance artist Frank Romero.
On Saturday July 1, Puerta del Sol is the place to be for a nonstop party from 8pm until the sun comes up and beyond. All night various venues, bars and associations in Chueca host parties that are on for an hour in each space and go on until you can't dance another step. It kicks off with the Ponte Chueca party, followed by PeopleFM Pride Fest, Onda Orgullo, BeFresh, Deilrio, Mala Mala, and Freedom Maspalomas as the final jewel in the crown.