Sick of the soggy clothes, wet sleeping bags, and cloudy skies at festivals? We feel you. Check out these brilliant sun-drenched festivals in Madrid.
Date published: 16th Feb 2022
Spain has always had a deep connection to music. So many beautiful genres originate from Spain, including Spanish folk, flamenco, and fandango, to name a few. So it'll come as no surprise to you to hear that there are bucket loads of essential, insanely popular festivals that go down in the country each year. And so it’d only make sense that there’d be great fests in the country’s capital too.
With a bunch of brilliant festivals, we’re sure we don’t need to convince you to check Madrid out. But if you do need a bit of convincing, here you go. The city is less touristy than Barcelona, it's easy to navigate, there's beautiful architecture, stunning parks, and, of course, the food is life-changing. Especially the meat and cheese.
But we’re here to discuss the festivals. So let’s get into it. Here are the best Madrid festivals to keep on your radar as we head into festival season…
It only makes sense to start with the biggest and best, right? Mad Cool is one of Spain’s most adored festivals that attracts thousands from all over the world for a chance to check out some of the most legendary artists performing live.
Perfect for a friend group with diverse tastes, one stage at the fest is typically dedicated to EDM while another is reserved for underground techno and house, with harder styles represented across both.
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When: TBA, September
Where: Universidad Complutense de Madrid Campus, Madrid
Due to take place in September, DCODE is the perfect fest to see out the festival season with and soak up some last-minute rays before the sun vanishes for winter. And with such brilliant past lineups, you can guarantee a fantastic show to close off the year properly.
Perfect for those wanting to discover new music, Tomavistas Fest focuses on Spanish talent with the occasional international talent making an appearance. The most common genres you can find at Tomavistas include pop, rock and electronic, allowing for a diverse range of music while maintaining a clear identity.
As the fest takes place in the stunning Enrique Tierno Galván Park, guests can check out the beautiful scenery in between acts, such as the tranquil pond surrounded by trees and the shelters that the trees interweave with. A beautiful location for any festival.
When: Thursday 30th June - Saturday 2nd July
Where: IFEMA - Feria de Madrid, Madrid
Lineup: Dani Martin, C. Tangana, Residente
A newcomer to the Madrid festival scene, Rio Babel will be bringing a super diverse lineup to around 14,000 people this summer. This year’s lineup is already bursting with genres including pop, hip hop, folk, dance, electronic, indie, and rock tunes. And with more names still to be announced, the musical offering of the festival will only get more diverse.
So if a truly diverse festival that covers many genres is what you’re after, Rio Babel could be your paradise. And who knows, it may grow to become one of the largest festivals in the world…
Veranos de la Villa Festival
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When: July and August
Where: Multiple venues, Madrid
This massive festival touches on all things creative, including music, art, fashion, theatre, circus, film, dance, comics, food, and contemporary art. And a lot of it’s free too. Translating to “summer in the villa”, the festival takes place at multiple important cultural venues in the capital city, including Matadero Madrid, Plaza Mayor, and the parks Casa de Campo and Madrid-Rio.
Thanks to the festival's collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, there’s a huge presence of Asian creators and artists, helping to expand the art on offer at the festival. Jet over to Madrid this year to catch the 38th edition of Veranos de la Villa Festival.
There are some cracking music festivals in Madrid just waiting for you to discover them. From the icon packed lineup of the huge Mad Cool to the smaller, predominantly lesser-known Spanish lineup of Tomavistas, there’s a sun-soaked festival in Madrid that will be the highlight of your year.
Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.