Top 8 Music Festivals in Spain 2022

Arguably one of the most popular destinations for jet set festival-goers, sunny Spain is the cultural base for many of Europe’s finest music events. And for good reason.

Blessed with endless golden beaches, crystal clear seas and total sunshine throughout the festival season, the Iberian Peninsula attracts hundreds and thousands of partygoers, as well as many of the biggest music stars. of the world, year after year.

With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best music festivals in Spain. Join us in saying goodbye to the typically wet British summer and say “hola” to the warmer, drier and more inviting climate of España in 2022.

Primavera Sound 2022

2022 headliners: Tame Impala, Massive Attack, The Strokes, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith, Beck, Tyler, The Creator, The National, Pavement, Megan Thee Stallion, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Lorde, Interpol, Yeah yeah yeah, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Phoenix

When: June 2-12

Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Nearest airport: Barcelona Airport (el Prat) – 20 km from Barcelona city center

Easily one of the most popular music festivals in Europe, Barcelona His Primavera offers on several levels, offering an ever-diversifying range of contemporary big names from around the world each year.

A leading example among their festival counterparts, Primavera was the first to offer a lineup with a 50/50 gender split in 2019. This lineup included many must-see artists, including Miley Cyrus, Erykah Badu, Rosalie, Solange, Robyne, Janelle Monae, Kali Uchis, Peggy Gou, FKA twigs and Christine and the Queens, alongside the likes of Tame the impala, FUTURE and Interpol.

Located on the sprawling Parc Del Forum waterfront complex, the festival, which has already sold out, will throw the party of a lifetime with perhaps the biggest lineup of 2022. It’s going to be massive.

Find Primavera Sound tickets – here

Mad Cool Festival 2022

2022 headliners: Metallica, The Killers, Muse, Kings of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Placebo, Pixies, Florence + The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Stormzy, Nathy Peluso, Natos and Waor

When: July 6-10

Or: Mad Coo Space, Madrid

Nearest airport: Madrid Airport (MAD) – 800m from the site

Always delivering huge headlines in the scorching heat of Madrid, Mad Cool have consistently released the big guns since their inception in 2016, with former performers like Taylor Swift, Tame Impala, The Prodigy, Bon Iver, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and Billie Eilish.

The festival is back with a colossal lineup that would make any music fan drool. Mad Cool is still incredibly diverse, so everyone in your friend group will have someone they’re dying to see. This year will be bigger and better than the last, spanning four to five days for a grand celebration of the music we are all dying for. We can’t wait.

Find tickets for Mad Cool – here

Sonar/OFF Sonar Barcelona 2022

Headliners 2022: Bonobo, Moderat, The Chemical Brothers

When: June 16 – 18

Or: Various locations, Barcelona

Nearest airport: Barcelona Airport (el Prat) – 20 km from Barcelona city center

Sonar Barcelona, and a week-long “unofficial” side event, OFFSonar, are at the forefront of global electronic music events, bringing a slew of cutting-edge electronic acts and DJs to town year after year.

Sonar – which now draws 100,000 people over three days and three nights – has been rocking the city since 1994. Over the years, it has attracted the likes of Bjork, Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys and DJ including Laurent Garnier, Sven Vath and Nicholas Jaar. If big names, festival stages and big crowds are your bag, Sonar is for you.

But if you’re looking for more intimate settings in more unique locations (including a monastery), the week OFFSonar program could be more your bag. OFFSonar offers the chance to catch some of the biggest acts from the main festival, but in smaller venues across the city.

Or, you know, go to both. Why not?

Find tickets for Sonar – here / Find tickets for OFFSonar – here

Bilbao BBK Live 2022

Headliners 2022: LCD sound system, J Balvin, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys

When: July 7-9

Or: Mount Cobetas, Bilbao

Nearest airport: Bilbao International Airport (BIO) – 20 km from the site

The city of Bilbao in northern Spain hosts this annual celebration of rock, pop, electronic music and more on the scenic slopes of Mount Cobetas.

Held since 2006, the event has become a mainstay on the Spanish festival calendar, welcoming some 100,000 people each July.

If you go there next summer, you can expect to see people like LCD sound system, Placebo, Moderat, Peaches, Caribou, The Blessed Madonna, Stromae, Bicep, MIA, and other big names spanning many genres.

Find tickets for Bilbao BBK – here

FIB: Benicassim Festival 2022

2022 headliners: Kasabian, Two Door Cinema Club, Steve Aoki, The Kooks, Tyga

When: July 14 – 17

Or: Benicassim Festival Site, Benicassim

Nearest airport: Direct flights to Valencia airport (VLC) – 90 km from Benicàssim, indirect flights to Castellon de la Plana airport – 14 km from Benicàssim

Benicassim is a big favorite for Brits looking to soak up the rays while listening to great music on the east coast of Spain. With on-site camping and a nearby beach, it’s no wonder this festival’s popularity has never waned, attracting heaps of UK music lovers.

Previously host to big names such as Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, Portishead, George Ezra, Florence + The Machine and The 1975 to name a few, the 2022 lineup is set to be one of the biggest and best of this year’s festival season.

Head to the Benicassim Festival to see what all the (well-deserved) hype is about. As always, this will be one of the biggest festivals of the year, attracting thousands of people from all over the world.

Find tickets for Benicassim Festival – here

IMS (International Music Summit) – Ibiza Festival 2022

Image: IMS (International Music Summit) Ibiza

When: April 27-29

Where: Destino Resort, Ibiza, Spain

Nearest airport: Ibiza Airport (IBZ) – 20km from site

A leading global voice for electronic music business, education and culture, IMS (International Music Summit) – Ibiza returns to the White Island in 2022 for its 14th edition.

This year the festival will take place at Destino Resort, a stunning hotel part of the Pacha nightclub franchise. Located on top of a cliff, the hotel is adults only and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. This unique conference and party event is a must for budding DJs, industry leaders, music lovers and sun worshipers.

With a program packed with inspirational keynotes and panels from some of the most renowned electronic artists and brands in the industry, as well as workshops, masterclasses and networking opportunities, the three-day summit offers a wide range of experiences for all. . in. And we haven’t even mentioned the live music part yet.

Find tickets for IMS Festival – here

Rototom Sunsplash 2022

Headliners 2022: Barrington Levy, Alborosie & The Shengen Clan, Natiruts, Julian Marley & The Uprising, Morodo & Okoume Lions, Hempress Sativa & The Unconquerebels, and more

When: August 16-22

Where: Recinto de Festivales de Benicàssim, Spain

Nearest airport: Direct flights to Valencia airport (VLC) – 90 km from Benicàssim, indirect flights to Castellon de la Plana airport – 14 km from Benicàssim

Having moved from its original location in the Italian Alps, Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival now takes place in Benicassim.

This great week of celebration of reggae and Jamaican culture allows festival-goers to experience a week in a reggae village, with different (and free) entertainment all day and all night. As one of the biggest and best reggae festivals out there, you know you’re in for a treat.

Past lineups have featured dozens of icons of reggae (and all of its subgenres), including Shaggy, The Specials, The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, and much more.

Offering not just a music festival but “a way of life”, Rototom brings the best of reggae, dub and roots music while celebrating Jamaican culture through dance, food and partying. Besides that, you can find academic conferences, workshops, craft fairs and more.

If you are a reggae fan, Rototom sunburn is a must for 2022.

Find tickets for the Rototom Sunsplash – here

Captured Festival 2022

Headliners 2022: TBD

When: to be determined

Or: to be determined

Nearest Airport: Ibiza Airport (IBZ) – 20km from the site

Unfortunately, Captured Festival had to be canceled in 2021 due, surprise, to COVID-19. But hopefully he’ll be back this year with another killer festival to leave us with tired legs, a big smile and that lingering warmth that only a festival can give.

Although we haven’t heard any announcements yet, the festival is usually held in Benimussa Park in San Antonio, Ibiza. Also known as the Old Zoo, the festival site is known for its many abandoned animal cages. It also has a swimming pool, a 600-seat indoor club and outdoor spaces for music lovers. In a secluded green park, you can’t think of a better place to let go and enjoy blissful trance tunes with fellow music lovers.

We can’t wait for this surreal, trance-focused festival to return with a vengeance in 2022.

Find tickets for Captured Festival – here

If you’re looking to enjoy festival season with (almost) guarantee of good weather, good vibes and unreal tunes, these Spanish music festivals are a solid choice. Whether it’s Rototom Sunsplash for chill reggae tunes or Mad Cool for a mosh, Spain is the place to enjoy your favorite music in 2022.

Ready to start planning your 2022 summer festival adventure? Check out the full Skiddle Festival guide here.

Main image: FIB Benicassim 2018

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.



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