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 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, DJ Snake, Miane, Jorge Ruiz or 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 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 of pop, dance and beach music. Who to expect: King África, Kate Ryan, Decai, Coyote Dax, Beth, Iguana Tango, Las Ketchup and many more. 

Madrid music festival Love The Tuenti's

Credit: Love The Tuenti’s 


???? When: June 22
???? Where: Recinto Ferial de IFEMA

Let’s take a step back in time. When the 2000s are too far away, here come the 90s, blessed era of tacky clothes, I invite you to see photos of yourself from those years, and good years for music. You will be able to choose between 5 stages, and more than 70 artists.

Without distinguishing between genres, we can give you a preview of some of the names that will be here and that will make you sing and move as if you were still in high school, remembering better days with better shape; OBK, Gala, Eiffel 65, Corona, Snap!, Nacha Pop, Azúcar Moreno, Locomía and many more that you’re going to love.


???? When: July 4, 5 & 6
???? Where: La Caja Mágica

The Rio Babel Festival brings the union of music, comedy and art to Madrid. What will you be able to find? In addition to the best music and comedy, there will be some very cool gastronomic areas, two stages, new technologies and the most innovative digital art.

And what about the music? That’s what we’ve come for Juanes, Nil Moliner, Amaral, Andrés Calamaro, La Oreja de Van Gogh and a long list of other artists you can’t miss.

By the way, if you are one of those who can’t wait, on the 1st of June, you have the Road to Rio Babel concert, also in the Caja Mágica, with artists like Green Day or The Hives, to start warming up your engines, as we can see you are looking forward to a lot this year.

Madrid music festival Festival Rio Babel

Credit: Festival Río Babel


???? When: July 10-13
???? Where: Iberdrola music

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. The organizers have outdone themselves once again this year, with a line-up that will entice anyone, including Dua Lipa, The Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Bomba Estéreo, Black Pumas, Måneskin, The Killers, Avril Lavigne and many many more! Quality, much?

Madrid music festival Mad Cool Madrid

Credit: Andrés Iglesias en Mad Cool


???? When: 20 & 21 July
???? Where: RBF Madrid

The biggest Urban Beach Festival in Europe celebrates its second edition in Madrid and if you are reggaetoner@ this event is a must on your list.

A big beach with water attractions and inflatables, summer food area and artists like Ozuna, Anuel AA, Arcángel, Jhayco, Bryant Myers, Lunay and Sech will be waiting for you. By the way, there are some surprises in store, if I were you, I’d buy your ticket now because when some of the names of the guest artists come out…that’s all I’m saying.



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