Nowadays, if you want, you can go through the summer in Spain jumping from festival to festival. What has happened during The last two years It has been nothing more than a pause, a small break in a festival trend that, rather than being intimidated, has re-emerged with more force than ever after the pandemic. The desire to get together to enjoy a good concert remains intact or even reinforced, our country continues to be a paradise for lovers of live music.
Indies or commercials, urban or peripheral, with international stars or promoters of national talent, supply has grown exponentially in recent years and has been adapting to all kinds of styles and audiences. Everyone will be able to find their place in this environment of endless billboards, outdoor settings and colorful bracelets.
The list is almost endless, but here goes a selection with some of the most important ones, in case you are still thinking about it:
Madcool (Madrid) from July 6 to 10
On its fifth anniversary, the mad cool, one of the reference festivals in the capital, has put together one of the best lineups of the summer. Far from deflating after two years of waiting, the list of artists has been growing, forming a true constellation. MetallicaTwenty One Pilots, Florence + The Machine, Placebo, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Muse, Pixies, Wolf Alice, Haim, Nathy Peluso, Guitarricadelafuente, Alt-J, Zara Larsson…
A little further north, the trajectory of the BBK is one of the most recognized on the national scene. This year it will reach 15 editions consolidated as one of the best events for lovers of live music. At the top of their poster, they highlight LCD sound system (the only European festival in which they will perform in 2022), J Balvin, The Killers and Pet Shop Boys, but artists of the stature of Stromae, Moderat, Placebo, MIA, Nathy Peluso or Four Tet will also attend
Starlit (Marbella) from 8 Jul to 15 August
The Starlite is more than just a festival. Just as important as its ability to bring together the best artists is its aura as a social event and meeting place for all kinds of celebrities and personalities of jet set. The Costa del Sol dresses up for its eleventh edition that will feature an eclectic mix of names such as C. Tangana, Leiva, Raphael, Ozuna, Hombres G, Pablo Alborán, Juanes, Nicky Jam, Estopa…
dream beach (Almeria) from July 13 to 17
Eight editions make Dreambeach one of the essential quotes for lovers of electronic music. The beaches of Villaricos-Palomares (Almería) will vibrate with the presence of DJs mainstream such as Alesso, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike or Illenium, Techno greats such as Amelie Lens, Boris Brejcha, Marco Carola, Nina Kraviz… and figures from the urban genre such as Ayax and Prok, Maikel Delacalle, Eladio Carrión, Kase.O will also have their turn. and SFDK.
IBF (Benicassim) from July 14 to 17
The Benicàssim International Festival is the longest on the list and this year it is going for its 26th edition, launching new owners with The Music Republic. It is one of the most important promoters in the music industry, which already manages important events such as Arenal Sound, Viña Rock, Festival de les Arts, Granada Sound, Interstellar Sevilla and Madrid Salvaje.
Kasabian, Steve Aoki, The Kooks, Justice, Mando Diao, Lost Frequencies, Tyga, Nathy Peluso, Boys Noize, Guitarricadelafuente, Love of Lesbian, La MODA, Zahara, Miss Caffeina, Lori Meyers or Carolina Durante are some of the great confirmed artists for this year.
Low Festival (Benidorm) from July 29 to 31
The Low Festival reaches 13 editions having established itself as one of the best festivals in indie, pop and electronic music of the national and international panorama, with more than 60 artists.
Primal Scream, Editors, Metronomy, White Lies, Amaia, León Benavente, Nathy Peluso, Fangoria, Sidonie, Carlos Sadness, Carolina Durante, Sen Senra, El Columpio Asesino, Ojete Calor, The Red Room, are some of the names that fill the confirmation list for this year.
Arenal Sound (Burriana) from August 02 to 07
The Arenal Sound is one of the best known festivals for its ability to unite in the same place some of the best artists of the moment, playing almost all genres, from urban music, to pop, through electronics. In its eleventh edition, Myke Towers, C. Tangana, Bizarrap, Duki, Afrojack, Eladio Carrión, Ñengo Flow, Mike Williams, Maikel Delacalle, Recycled J, Cali & El Dandee, Ptazeta, Lola Indigo, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Rels B, Omar Montes, Bad Gyal or Morad; They will fill the stages with their music.
Sonorama Ribera (Aranda de Duero) from August 10 to 14
Not everything is coast on this list. On the plateau, Sonorama Ribera has become strong, always offering one of the best posters in the country. C. Tangana, Amaia, Fuel Fandango, Triángulo De Amor Bizarro, Celtas Cortos, Ángel Stanich, La Casa Azul, La MODA, Loquillo, Los Secretos, Rayden, Rozalén, or the mythical Jeanette, among many others, will be at the celebration of 25 years of this festival
Also, this year the urban-stage It will be one of the strongest bets where the public will be able to enjoy a very different record with names like Delaossa, Pole, Recycled J, Rojuu, Mori, Nickzzy or Rusowsky.
Even though that him jellyfish He hasn’t been around for as many years as the rest, in his sixth year he is able to put together a lineup that includes David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Amelie Lens, Wade, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, DJs from Mars, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Headhunterz, Mattn, Nervo, Quintino and W&W as the headliners of this edition. But despite being one of the best electronic music festivalswill also feature live performances by Cali & El Dandee, Danny Romero, Henry Mendez, Jose De Rico, Juan Magan, Morad, Omar Montes, Ptazeta and RVFV.
Cala Mijas (Malaga) from 01 to 03 September
The case of Cala Mijas is the most curious of all due to its recent rise to the Olympus of festivals. This is its first edition, but we are already talking about a macrofestival created by Last Tour Internationalcreators of Bilbao BBK Live, Azkena Rock Festival or BIME.
It is the only festival in Spain that has been able to bring the Arctic Monkeys in four years, a safe bet to lead a line-up with the fathers of electronic music, Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the British Blossoms, the Australian Chet Faker, or Liam Gallagher. The Spanish accent will be provided by artists such as El Columpio Asesino, Love Of Lesbian, Nathy Peluso, Rusowsky, Sen Senra, Fuel Fandango, La Trinidad or Venturi, among others.
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The 10 best festivals to rediscover live music this summer