The best music festivals in Madrid
Spain has always had a deep connection with music. So many beautiful genres originated in Spain, including Spanish folk, flamenco, and fandango, to name a few. So you won’t be surprised to learn that there are loads of essential and incredibly popular festivals happening every year in the country. And so it would make sense that there are also big festivals in the country’s capital.
With a host of brilliant festivals, we’re sure we don’t need to convince you to visit Madrid. But if you need a little convincing, here we go. The city is less touristy than Barcelona, it is easy to navigate, there is beautiful architecture, wonderful parks and, of course, the food is life changing. Especially meat and cheese.
But we are here to discuss festivals. So let’s go. Here are the best festivals in Madrid to keep on your radar as we head into festival season…
When: Wednesday 6 – Sunday 10 July
Where: Espacio Mad Cool, Valdebebas-Ifema, Madrid
Lineup: Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Twenty One Pilots, Placebo, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Stormzy, Muse, Kings of Leon, Florence + The Machine, Pixies, Jack White, Nathy Peluso, Natos Y Waor
It makes sense to start with the biggest and the best, doesn’t it? crazy cool is one of Spain’s most adored festivals that attracts thousands of people from all over the world for a chance to see some of the most legendary artists perform live.
This year’s lineup is packed with music icons, including Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, Pixies, The Killers, Wolf Alice, Stormzy, Deftones, Museand Sigrid. But, of course, there are also a lot of promising talents such as Arlo Parks, Beabadoobee, Princesse Nokia, Sam Fender, Brutusand Peggy Gou. We don’t need to say much about crazy cool. The range speaks for us.
Find tickets for the Mad Cool Festival 2022 – here
A summer story
When: Friday 17 – Saturday 18 June
Where: Ciudad del Rock, Madrid
Programming: Amélie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, DJ Snake, Timmy Trumpet
Here’s one for the two-step ravers wearing a bucket hat, gun finger. A summer story is a huge dance music festival in Madrid which brings together some of the biggest names in the scene to around 60,000 ravers each year, with past lineups featuring Carl Cox, Above and Beyond, Nina Kraviz, and Angerfist.
Perfect for a group of friends with diverse tastes, one stage at the festival is usually dedicated to EDM while another is set aside for techno and underground house, with harder styles represented in both.
When: TBD, September
Where: Complutense University of Madrid Campus, Madrid
Programming: to be determined
DCODE is a one-day rock, indie and pop festival that brings together some of the world’s most in-demand artists with around 25,000 festival-goers. Nothing has yet been confirmed for this year’s edition, but previous years have seen Vaccines, Jorja Smith, Liam Gallagher, Charli XCX, Foals, and Wolf Alice.
Should take place in September, DCODE is the perfect festival to see festival season and catch some last minute rays before the sun goes down for winter. And with such brilliant line-ups, you can guarantee a fantastic show to close out the year.
When: Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 May
Where: Enrique Tierno Galván Park, Madrid
Programming: Suede, Slowdive, Sen Senra, Rigoberta Bandini, Jungle, Jarv Is, Kevin Morby
Perfect for those who want to discover new music, Feast of Tomavistas focuses on Spanish talent with the occasional appearance of international talent. The most common genres you can find on Tomavistas include pop, rock and electronic, allowing for a diverse range of music while maintaining a clear identity.
As the festival unfolds in the beautiful Enrique Tierno Galvan Park, guests can admire the beautiful scenery between acts, such as the tranquil pond surrounded by trees and the shelters with which the trees intertwine. A great place for any festival.
When: Thursday June 30 – Saturday July 2
Where: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid, Madrid
Lineup: Dani Martin, C. Tangana, Resident
A newcomer to the Madrid festival scene, Rio Babel will present a very diverse program to approximately 14,000 people this summer. This year’s lineup is already packed with genres such as pop, hip hop, folk, dance, electronic, indie and rock. And with more names yet to be announced, the festival’s musical offering is only going to get more diverse.
So if you’re looking for a truly diverse festival that spans many genres, Rio Babel could be your paradise. And who knows, maybe it will become one of the biggest festivals in the world…
Veranos Festival of the Villa
When: July and August
Where: Multiple locations, Madrid
Programming: to be determined
This massive festival touches on all things creative, including music, art, fashion, theatre, circus, film, dance, comics, food and contemporary art. And many of them are free too. Translating to “Summer in the Villa”, the festival takes place in several important cultural venues in the capital, including Matadero Madrid, Plaza Mayorand the parks Casa de Campo and Madrid-Rio.
Thanks to the festival’s collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, there is a huge presence of Asian creators and artists, helping to broaden the artistic offer of the festival. Fly to Madrid this year to attend the 38th edition of Veranos Festival of the Villa.
There are stunning music festivals in Madrid just waiting for you to discover them. From the lineup filled with icons of huge crazy cool to the smaller and mostly lesser known Spanish range of Tomavistasthere is a sunny festival in Madrid that will be the highlight of your year.
Discover our Events Guide for even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head over to our Things to do or get inspired by the event selections on our inspire me page.
Header image: A summer story