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The Best Music Festivals in Spain

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

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 3rd Mar 2021

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 Spain has on offer. Join us in bidding farewell to the typically damp British summertime and say Hola to the warmer climes of Espana in 2021.

 

 

Primavera Sound 2021

2021 Headliners: Tame Impala, Massive Attack, The Strokes, Gorillaz, Jorja Smith, Charli XCX, Doja Cat, Caribou, Beck, Tyler, The Creator

When: Wednesday 2nd – Sunday 6th June 2021

Where: Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain

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 line-up of contemporary greats from all over the globe each year. 

A leading example amongst their festival counterparts, Primavera was the first to deliver a line-up in with a 50/50 gender split back in 2019 - featuring appearances from 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 celebrate its belated 20th anniversary in 2021, with a lineup that’s going to be seriously hard to top.

 

Mad Cool Festival 2021

2021 Headliners: Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Foals, The Killers, Placebo, Pixies, Royal Blood, Deftones, Twenty One Pilots, Mumford & Sons, Faith No More

When: Wednesday 7th – Saturday 10th July 2021

Where: Espacio Mad Cool in 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 Kasabian, The Who, Tame Impala, The Prodigy, Bon Iver, The Cure, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon.

Celebrating the festivals fifth anniversary event in 2021, the line-up once again looks to bring a varied range of some of the world’s biggest stars to Madrid for its first four-day party. 

 

Sonar/ OFF Sonar Barcelona 2021

2021 Headliners: Lineup for this event is yet to be announced

When:  Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th June 2021

Where: Various venues in 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 existed since 1994, and in its time has attracted the likes of BjörkKraftwerkThe Chemical BrothersPet Shop Boys and DJs including Laurent GarnierSven 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 Off Sonar programme might be more your bag, with the chance to catch some of the main festivals biggest acts in smaller venues right across the city.

Or go to both... we are.

 

Bilbao BBK Live 2021

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2021 Headliners: The Killers, The Pet Shop Boys, Bad Bunny, Bicep live, Bomba Estereo, Caribou, FKA Twigs, Supergrass, Fontaines DC, Slowthai

When: Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th July 2021

Where: Mount Cobetas, Bilbao, Spain

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 planning on heading there next summer, you can expect to see the likes of Bicep, Caribou, The Killers, Supergrass and plenty more, as the festival delivers one of the must-see lineups of 2021.

 

FIB: Benicassim Festival 2021

2021 Headliners: Lineup for this event is yet to be announced

When: Date to be announced

Where: Benicassim Festival Site in Benicassim, Castellón, Spain

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

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.

Previously playing host to huge names such as Fatboy Slim, Lana Del Rey, George EzraKings of Leon and The 1975 to name a few, 2021’s lineup is set to be one of the biggest and best of next year’s festivals season.

 

IMS (International Music Summit) - Ibiza festival 2021 

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Image: IMS (International Music Summit) Ibiza

When: To be confirmed

Where: Dalt Vila, 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 Isle in 2021 for it's 13th edition, following the postponement of this years instalment. 

Held at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site of Dalt Vila, 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 with. And we've not even mentioned the live music part yet. 

Ticket holders will benefit from access to the 60 plus Ibiza opening parties taking part at clubs across the island, with delegate badge holders also gaining access to the exclusive IMS closing celebrations at the historic festival site. 

Former headliners at IMS Ibiza include the likes of Adam Beyer, Charlotte De Witte, Pete Tong, Nicole Moudaber and David Morales to name a select few.

 

Rototom Sunsplash 2021

2021 Headliners: Barrington Levy, Koffee, Julian Marley, Inna De Yard, Alborosie, The Dualers, Natiruts, Morodo, Droop Lion, Iqulah Rastafari 

When: Monday 16th – Sunday 22nd August 2021

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

Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival, to 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 2021

2021 Headliners: Lineup for this event is yet to be announced

When: Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th September 2021

Where: Benimussa Park in San Antonio, Ibiza, Spain

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

Taking place on Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th September, Captured Festival will once again return 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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