The Best Music Festivals in Spain 2020

From Benicassim to the Balearics, sunny Spain is home to some of Europe's very best music festivals

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 13th Jan 2020

We all love a music festival, don't we? There's nothing better than camping out with your mates, seeing a bunch of your favourite artists and drinking beer for breakfast (non alcoholic drinks are also available) across a weekend where nothing else matters.

Here in the U.K., music festivals are an essential summer calendar staple, and we flock to them in our hundreds of thousands, come (often biblical) rain or shine.

But what about hitting a festival in warmer climes, where the sun beams, the sea glistens and the beach beckons? Sounds like perfection, doesn't it?

That's why we're saying Hola to this list of the best music festivals in Spain for 2020.

 

Primavera Sound

When: Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th June 2020

Where: Parc Del Forum, Barcelona

Easily one of Spain's most popular festivals, Primavera Sound in Barcelona delivers on multiple levels, with a diverse line-up of contemporary greats from across the globe, situated on the sprawling waterfront complex of Parc Del Forum.

In 2019, the festival was the first to deliver a line-up with a 50/50 gender split, with appearances from Miley Cyrus (replacing previously booked Cardi B), Erykah Badu, RosaliaSolangeRobyn, Janelle Monae, Kali Uchis, Peggy Gou, FKA Twigs, Christine and the Queens, alongside the likes of Tame Impala, FUTURE and Interpol.

 

Mad Cool

When: Wednesday 8th - Saturday 11th July 2020 

Where: Espacio Mad Cool in Madrid

Always delivering huge headline acts in the scorching heat of Madrid, Mad Cool has brought the bigguns since its inception in 2016, including Kasabian, The Who, Tame Impala, The Prodigy, Bon Iver, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon.

In 2020, the line-up once again brings huge names to Madrid, but this time with more of a focus on the biggest pop stars of the day, with Billie Eilish and Taylor Swift both on the bill. However, the festival's guitar loving ethos still remains with Twenty One Pilots, Kings Of Leon, HAIM, Alt J and more also booked.

 

Benicassim

When: Thursday 16th - Sunday 19th July 2020

Where: Benicassim Festival Site in Benicassim, Castello

A huge favourite for Brits looking to soak up the rays while enjoying a heap load of great music on Spain's east coast. With on-site camping and a beach nearby, it's little wonder this festival's popularity has never waned, attracting heaps of British music lovers.

This year is no different, with a variation of huge name DJs, indie rock outfits, rappers and more including: Foals, Khalid, Vampire Weekend, Martin Garrix, The Libertines, Steve Aoki all bringing the noise to Beni.

 

Sonar Barcelona

When: Thursday 18th - 20th June 2020

Where: Various venues in Barcelona

Sonar Barcelona, and co-existing 'unofficial' week-long fringe event, OFFSonar, are at the forefront of global electronic music events, bringing a heap of cutting-edge electronic acts and DJs to the city year after year.

Sonar - which now attracts 100,000 people over three days and nights - has existed since 1994, and in its time has attracted the likes of Björk, Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Pet Shop Boys and DJs including Laurent Garnier, Sven Väth and Nicholas Jaar. If big names (Stormzy played last year), festival stages and larger crowds are your bag, Sonar is the one for you.

But if you're after more intimate sets inside more unique venues (including a monastery), the week-long Off Sonar programme might be more your bag, with the chance to catch the big main festival acts in smaller venues right across the city.

Or go to both... we are.

 

Bilbao BBK Live

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When: Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th July 2020

Where: Kobetamendi, Bilbao

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

Running since 2006, the event has become a mainstay in the Spanish festival calendar, taking place each July and hosting some 100,000 people.

If you're heading there this summer, expect to see Kendrick Lamar, Caribou, The Killers and plenty more as the festival delivers one of the must see line-ups of 2020.

 

Defected Ibiza Festival 

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When: Thursday 14th - Sunday 17th May 2020

Where: San Antonio, Ibiza

Iconic clubbing institution Defected are famed for taking their huge house nights across the globe, and where better to pitch up with a brand new festival than on The White Isle.

Debuting in Ibiza in 2020, the Defected Festival will take place at multiple locations across the island from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th May, with day and night parties featuring DJs from the Defected, Glitterbox and Classic Music Company rosters.

The festival will kick off with a day party, followed by a pre-party and Defected’s opening night at Eden in San Antonio the following day. On the Saturday, the festival will feature another day time event, followed by Classic Music Company curating the festival stage on Saturday night. Sunday will see a pre-party and then Glitterbox Ibiza’s opening party at Hï Ibiza.

 

Rototom Sunsplash

When: Sunday 16th - Saturday 22nd August 2020

Where: Benicassim

Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festivalto give its full name, also takes place in Benicassim and has done since 2010, having moved from its original location in the Italian alps.

The week long event gives festival goers the opportunity to live for one week in a real reggae village, with different (and free) activities all day and night long. 

Offering not just a music festival but "a way of life", Rototom brings the best in reggae, dub and roots music while celebrating Jamaican culture through dance, cuisine and partying.

 

Captured Festival

When: Friday 4th - Saturday 5th September 2020

Where: Benimussa Park in San Antonio

Taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September, Captured Festival will once again take to Benimussa Park in San Antonio, Ibiza

Otherwise known as the old zoo, the festival site is littered with abandoned animal enclosures, including the famous seal pit. The venue also has a pool, several open-air spaces and a 600-capacity indoor club.

With an emphasis on trance, the 2019 Captured Festival line-up featured Andy Farley, Rob Tissera, Binary Finary and more.

 

Main image: FIB Benicassim 2018

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