summer in madrid - festival take over


*Cue loud guitar music*

Picture it now! You hear those first guitar chords in the distance as the crowd goes wild, the sun is shining, you’re sippin’ a nice cold beverage and you’re surrounded by a crowd of ecstatic and gorgeous people. Just like an oasis would materialize in the middle of a desert, the festival’s entrance gates appear before you. You get your entry bracelet on your wrist, and as if by magic – it’s FINALLY SUMMER. And our bodies are ready for the fun-loving, euphoric times to be had.

What can we say? Every year, Madrid’s festival scene has us mesmerized, and the city just keeps getting better at hosting these entertaining events.

We all know that Spain doesn’t do things be halves. Ever since festivals have grown in popularity in our wonderful country, Spain has outdone itself to offer the BEST venues imaginable. Nowadays, everyone is (not so) patiently waiting for festival season to start!

summer in madrid - festival take over

Credit: Andrés Iglesias en Mad Cool

We mean, who can blame ‘em? Amazing live music, tons of interesting and fun-loving people all about the place, and the most top-notch summer atmosphere of all time… What’s not to love? It’s no wonder the festival trend has taken Spain by storm. And it seems like it’s here to stay.

Madrid has an incredible live music scene and Spain’s growing map of must-see festivals shows that there will be many different venues on different weekends in various big cities throughout the summer.

Here at Cats, or as we like to be called “The home of Madrid’s true festival lovers”, (Don’t miss our Pub Crawl) we would like to take this opportunity to invite you along on a musical adventure. Come enjoy Madrid in the best way possible and treat yourselves to tickets for one of these AMAZING summer music festivals. You won’t regret it.


???? When: June 14, 15
???? Where: Complutense University Campus

It’s back for more. Paraíso festival is returning for a second year to Madrid’s Ciudad Universitaria after knocking the ball out of the park with its debut of the latest electro trends. This event is all about avoiding the huge and daunting crowds, and creating the perfect mellow festival atmosphere for its attendees. This was a golden ticket straight to the hearts of Madrid’s expecting music lovers. This year will welcome 15,000 visitors to enjoy all the tunes played by 40 different musicians and DJs. The headlining acts of this edition are CHVRCHES, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Bob Moses, Rhye and Superorganism. Pretty impressive.

Madrid music festival Paraiso Festival

Credit: Paraiso Festival


???? When: June 21, 22
???? Where: Ciudad del Rock de Arganda

Let’s leave the “petit comités” behind us for a moment to introduce one of the BIG players. That’s right, A Summer Story is here once again. This year’s Djs are ready to knock your socks off, as huge names like Carl Cox, Richie Hawtin, Don Diablo and Dj Nano will be performing at Arganda del Rey (AKA, the City of Rock). You’ll be caught up in the whirl of techno, house and festival mayhem in no time. The party of a lifetime (and the hangover the next day) are included in the welcome pack!

Madrid music festival A Summer Music Story

Credit: A Summer Music Story


???? When: June 21, 22
???? Where: Matadero Madrid

In soul music we trust. Madrid’s Black is Back music event showcases the best genres of “Black music” throughout the years. The Centro Cultural Conde Duque (the coolest of locations, of course) will house this amazing musical treat this year. This unique festival revives the true spirit of real funk, and has a successful nine years of shows under its belt. A number of Spanish and international artists will make us fall in love all over again with the enthralling power of music all in one weekend. This is definitely our thing!

Madrid music festival Black is back

Credit: Javier Rosa – Blackisback Weekend



???? When: June 28, 29, 30
???? Where: Caja Mágica

Madrid will surrender to the Gods of heavy rock music on the last weekend of June this year. Let your hair down, get that air guitar technique on point, and make sure your body is READY for the mayhem that awaits at Download Festival. About 40,000 hard-core rock fans will flood to La Caja Mágica (a monster of a venue) to revel in the awesomeness of this year’s headlining artists: Slipknot, Scorpions, Tool, Stone Temple Pilots, Papa Roach, and SUM41 to name a few. Things are sure to get interesting!

Madrid music festival Download festival madrid

Credit: Download Festival Madrid


???? When: June 29
???? Where: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid

Time to get nostalgic guys. Love the Tuentis is the perfect festival to relive your youth or adolescence. Music icons from the 2000s will have us feeling some kind of way at IFEMA as we are taken back to those golden years. Who to expect: King África, El Sueño de Morfeo, Kate Ryan, Andy and Lucas and Safri Duo.

Madrid music festival Love The Tuenti's

Credit: Love The Tuenti’s 


???? When: July 4, 5, 6
???? Where: IFEMA – Feria de Madrid

Rio Babel festival is returning to Madrid with the best music trends from both Europe and across the pond. We can’t even put into words how awesome this year’s line-up is gonna be. Bad Bunny (babyyyy) is gonna be there, as well as Pedro Capó, Bomba Estéreo or PJ Sin Suela on the more mainstream end of things, and then, of course, there are the big classics like Fatboy Slim. Prefer a bit of indie? Fear not, indie bands will perform as well: Él Mató a un Policía Motorizado, Cuarteto De Nós and Love of Lesbian. This festival has something for everyone, and it gets the Cats seal of approval!!

Madrid music festival Festival Rio Babel

Credit: Festival Río Babel


???? When: July 7
???? Where: WiZink Center

Madrid is the place to be for a good party any time of the year, let’s be honest. But in summertime, this intensifies by 1000%. If you’re looking for a festival where you can give it your ALL on the dancefloor, look no further. YOLO festival is where all the reggaeton fanatics will gather! We’ll see you at the WiZink Center to get own to some of the best reggaeton tunes, performed by the biggest names: Ozuna, Becky G, Zion & Lennox… Get those moves out!!

Madrid music festival Ozuna

Credit: Ozuna


???? When: July 10-13
???? Where: Valdebebas

Hey. If USA has its Coachella festival and the UK has Glastonbury… then Madrid has its very own Mad Cool event. It’s our most well-known musical affair, and a suuuper popular choice to enjoy some indie/rock magic for the fourth year in a row now! Last year this festival was moved to Valdebebas, after it had outgrown its previous location by far (80,000 eager music-lovers poured through the entrance in 2018). The organizers have outdone themselves once again this year, with a line-up that will entice anyone, including Rosalía, The National, Bon Iver, The Cure and many many more! Quality, much?

Madrid music festival Mad Cool Madrid

Credit: Andrés Iglesias en Mad Cool


???? When: September 7
???? Where: Complutense University Campus

The final touch to a magnetic and enthralling festival season will be Dcode. Ciudad Universitaria will welcome all those looking to end their summer on the highest of highs. This festival will be 16 hours of wonder – with musical delights such as The Cardigans, Two Door Cinema club, Kaiser Chiefs, Viva Suecia, Miss Caffeina and La Casa Azul taking center stage as the sun goes down on the last big festival of the summer.

Madrid music festival Dcode festival

Credit: Decode Fest



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