The Best Music Festivals in Madrid

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.

Skiddle Staff

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… 

 

 

Mad Cool

When: Wednesday 6th - Sunday 10th 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 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. 

This year’s lineup is overflowing with music icons, including Metallica, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, Pixies, The Killers, Wolf Alice, Stormzy, Deftones, Muse, and Sigrid. But, of course, there’s also plenty of up and coming talent such as Arlo Parks, Beabadoobee, Princess Nokia, Sam Fender, Brutus, and Peggy Gou. We don’t need to say much about Mad Cool. The lineup does all the talking for us. 

 

Find tickets for Mad Cool Festival 2022 - here

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A Summer Story

When: Friday 17th - Saturday 18th June 

Where: Ciudad del Rock, Madrid

Lineup: Amelie Lens, Armin van Buuren, Charlotte de Witte, DJ SnakeTimmy Trumpet

Here’s one for the bucket-hat-wearing, gun-finger toting, two-stepping ravers. A Summer Story is a massive dance music festival in Madrid that brings some of the scenes biggest names to around 60,000 ravers each year, with past lineups featuring Carl Cox, Above & Beyond, Nina Kraviz, and Angerfist

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. 

 


 

DCODE Festival 

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When: TBA, September 

Where: Universidad Complutense de Madrid Campus, Madrid

Lineup: TBA 

DCODE is a one-day rock, indie and pop festival that brings some of the worlds most in-demand artists to around 25,000 festivalgoers. Nothing has been confirmed for this year’s edition yet, but previous years have seen The Vaccines, Jorja Smith, Liam Gallagher, Charli XCX, Foals, and Wolf Alice.

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. 

 


  

Tomavistas Festival 

When: Thursday 19th - Saturday 21st May 

Where: Enrique Tierno Galván Park, Madrid 

Lineup: Suede, Slowdive, Sen Senra, Rigoberta Bandini, Jungle, Jarv Is, Kevin Morby

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. 

 


 

Rio Babel

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 

Lineup: TBA

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.

 

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Header image: A Summer Story

 

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