The Best Music Festivals in Spain 2022

From Benicassim to the Balearics, sunny Spain is home to some of Europe's very best music festivals. Check out the best festivals Spain has to offer in 2022.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 20th Jan 2022

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

Boasting infinite golden beaches, crystal clear seas and wall to wall sunshine throughout the festival season, the Iberian Peninsula attracts hundreds and thousands of revellers, along with many of the world’s biggest music stars, year after year.

With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of the very best music festivals in Spain. Join us in bidding farewell to the typically damp British summertime and say "hola" to the warmer, dryer, 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 Yeahs, Disclosure, Jamie xx, Phoenix 

When: 2nd - 12th June 

Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

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

Easily one of Europe’s most popular music festivals, Barcelona’s Primavera Sound delivers on multiple levels, offering a consistently diverse lineup of contemporary greats from all over the globe each year. 

A leading example amongst their festival counterparts, Primavera was the first to deliver a lineup with a 50/50 gender split back in 2019. That lineup featured many must-see artists, including Miley Cyrus, Erykah Badu, Rosalia, Solange, Robyn, Janelle Monae, Kali Uchis, Peggy Gou, FKA Twigs and Christine and the Queens, alongside the likes of Tame Impala, FUTURE and Interpol.

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

 

Find tickets for Primavera Sound - here

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Mad Cool Festival 2022

2022 Headliners: MetallicaThe Killers, Muse, Kings of Leon, Twenty One Pilots, Imagine Dragons, Placebo, PixiesFlorence + The Machine, Queens of the Stone Age, Jack White, Stormzy, Nathy Peluso, Natos y Waor

When: 6th - 10th July

Where: Espacio Mad Coo, Madrid

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

Always delivering huge headline acts in the scorching heat of Madrid, Mad Cool has routinely brought out the big guns since its inception in 2016, with past performers including the likes of Taylor Swift, Tame Impala, The Prodigy, Bon Iver, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and Billie Eilish

 

The fest is back again with a colossal lineup that would make any music fan drool. Mad Cool is always incredibly diverse, so everyone in your friendship group will have someone they’ll be dying to see. This year will be bigger and better than the last, extending from four days to five for a huge celebration of music that we are all absolutely dying for. We can’t wait. 

 

Find tickets for Mad Cool - here

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Sonar/OFF Sonar Barcelona 2022

2022 Headliners: Bonobo, Moderat, The Chemical Brothers

When: 16th - 18th June

Where: Various venues, Barcelona

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

 

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 been bumping tunes through the city since 1994. Over the years, it 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, 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 OFFSonar programme might be more your bag. OFFSonar offers the chance to catch some of the main festival's biggest acts, but in smaller venues right across the city.

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

 

Find tickets for Sonar  - here / Find tickets for OFFSonar  - here

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Bilbao BBK Live 2022

2022 Headliners: LCD Soundsystem, J Balvin, The KillersPet Shop Boys

When: 7th - 9th July

Where: Mount Cobetas, Bilbao

Nearest airport: Bilbao international airport (BIO) – 20km from venue

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

Running since 2006, the event has become a mainstay in the Spanish festival calendar, welcoming some 100,000 people every July.

If you're heading there next summer, you can expect to see the likes of LCD Soundsystem, Placebo, Moderat, Peaches, Caribou, The Blessed Madonna, Stromae, Bicep, M.I.A, and other huge names spanning across many genres.

 

Find tickets for Bilbao BBK - here 

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FIB: Benicassim Festival 2022

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

When: 14th - 17th July

Where: Benicassim Festival Site, Benicassim

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

Benicassim is a huge favourite for Brits looking to soak up the rays while enjoying heaps 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.

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

Get over to Benicassim Festival to see what all the (well earned) hype is about. As always, it’ll be one of the biggest festivals of the year, drawing thousands of people from all over the world.

 

Find tickets for Benicassim Festival - here 

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IMS (International Music Summit) - Ibiza festival 2022

IMS

Image: IMS (International Music Summit) Ibiza

When: 27th - 29th April

Where: Destino Resort, Ibiza, Spain

Nearest airport: Ibiza Airport (IBZ) – 20km to venue

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

This year, the fest will be at Destino Resort, a stunning hotel a part of the Pacha nightclub franchise. Set on a clifftop, the hotel is adults-only and overlooks the Mediterranean Sea. This unique conference and party event is a must for aspiring DJ's, industry heads, music lovers and sun soakers alike.

Featuring a programme packed full of inspiring keynote speeches and panels from some of the most renowned electronic artists and brands in the business, as well as workshops, masterclasses and networking opportunities, the three-day summit offers a wide range of experiences for all to engage in. And we've not even mentioned the live music part yet. 

 

Find tickets for IMS Festival - here

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Rototom Sunsplash 2022

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

When: 16th - 22nd August

Where: Recinto de Festivales de Benicàssim, Spain

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

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

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

Past lineups have included dozens of reggae (and all its sub-genres) icons, including Shaggy, The Specials, The Wailers, Toots & The Maytals, and many more.

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. As well as this, you can find academic talks, workshops, craft fairs and more.

If you’re a reggae fan, Rototom Sunsplash is a must for 2022.

 

Find tickets for Rototom Sunsplash - here

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Captured Festival 2022

2022 Headliners: TBA

When: TBA

Where: TBA

Nearest airport: Ibiza Airport (IBZ) – 20km to venue

Sadly, Captured Festival had to be cancelled in 2021 due to, surprise, COVID-19. But hopefully, it’ll be back this year with another killer festival to leave us with tired legs, a huge smile and that warm afterglow only a festival can give. 

Although we’ve yet to hear any announcements just 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 pool, a 600-capacity indoor club, and open-air spaces for music fans to enjoy. In an isolated green park, we can’t think of a better place to let go and enjoy blissful trance tunes with other music lovers.

We can’t wait for this unreal, trance-focused festival to come back with a bang in 2022.

 

Find tickets for Captured Festival - here

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

 

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

 

Main image: FIB Benicassim 2018

 



 

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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