June marks the start of the outdoor music season in Madrid, with festivals and series featuring a broad and eclectic range of musical experiences, making the city a must-visit destination. One of the first is Primavera Sound, which is being held in the capital for the first time and will feature performances from June 5 to 11 at Ciudad del Rock in Arganda del Rey, as well as at some other major venues throughout the city. Live performances of the very best music will continue until the end of the summer, with Mad Cool, Reggaeton Beach Festival and Coca-Cola Music Experience, all of which will take place at Madrid’s new festival site in the district of Villaverde. Madrid City Council has compiled a list of some of the best upcoming festivals in town.
Primavera Sound Festival
The organisers of the 2023 edition of the Primavera Sound festival plan to spice things up a bit differently this time around, with the show to be hosted in two towns in Spain. The festival will take place in Barcelona as usual throughout the first weekend in June at Parc del Forum de Barcelona-Sant Adrià del Bess, but it will also visit Madrid from June 8-10. To be held at the Ciudad de Rock in Arganda del Rey, the event will feature more than 200 performances at each location under the theme “I’ll be your mirror,” featuring the participation of musicians including Depeche Mode, Kendrick Lamar, Blur, Rosala, Halsey, FKA twigs, New Order, Skrillex, St Vincent, The Mouldy Peaches, Calvin Harris, and Le Tigre.
The statement adds that the Boombastic Festival is holding another edition at the Miguel Ríos Auditorium in Rivas-Vaciamadrid on June 17, becoming one of the first summer festivals in the city. For the second consecutive year, the Boombastic Festival will be held at the Miguel Ríos Auditorium in Rivas Vaciamadrid and the line-up for the 2023 edition is headed by the Argentinean artist Bizarrap.
Other leading artists in the urban music genre will also be on stage, such as Funzo&Baby Loud, Recycled J, Delaossa, Ptazeta, Pole, Ysy A, Zetazen, Hoke&Louis Amoeba, Jaime Lorente, Saiko, Leo Rizzi, Nano, Dudi, Enor, Munic HB, Delgao, Bon Calso and Dani Riba, among others. Although the festival’s central theme is music, there will also be space for other experiences with the presence of a food truck service, where food from different parts of the world can be sampled with original and varied menus.
The Summer Story
The month of June sees Arganda del Rey, a town 35 km outside Madrid, transform into the epicentre of electronic music. On June 23 and 24, the seventh anniversary of A Summer Story festival will be held, attracting some of the best DJs and performers in the field. A Summer Story was created with the intention of gathering fans of electronic music in one place. The event is held at the Ciudad del Rock de Arganda del Rey, a festival location that has already hosted other significant events like Rock In Rio and has great transportation connections to Madrid with dedicated shuttle buses operating on festival days. For guests to fully appreciate the musical experience, A Summer Story also provides a camping area.
Love the 90’s Festival
‘Love the 90’s’ Festival, a recent musical phenomenon, has grown into a macro-festival with three stages and more genres of music for all tastes. The 90s are back and here to stay with a lineup that includes dance music, pop rock music, and summer hits on June 17, at Madrid IFEMA trade fair ground. The top national and international musicians of the era will be present on the Dance Stage, the Pop/Rock Stage has no shortage of the best performers, and the Playa Stage is where one can forget the summer evenings of the 1990s. With more than 250,000 people attending previous tours, ‘Love the 90’s’ has emerged as the musical phenomenon of recent years.
Rio Babel Festival
Following the success obtained in its previous editions, the Río Babel Festival is back from June 30-July 2 at the Caja Mágica to celebrate its fifth edition. It is a heterogeneous Ibero-American music festival that will feature leading national and international artists, in which Morat, Juan Luis Guerra 4.40, Bomba Estéreo, Julieta Venegas, Guitarricadelafuente, Macaco or La MODA, and many others have already confirmed their participation. Great names from Ibero-American and international music will come together in this latest edition, says the statement.
Mad Cool Festival
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Robbie Williams, The Black Keys, Lizzo, Sam Smith, Queens Of The Stone Age, The 1975, The Offspring, Franz Ferdinand, Liam Gallagher and The Prodigy are just some of the artists to be featured in the 6th edition of the Mad Cool Festival from July 6-8. Furthermore, Mad Cool Festival is changing its venue in this latest edition and will be held at a new space in the Villaverde district. The line-up announced for 2023 is initially made up of 53 bands, to which other names will be added. The group from California, Red Hot Chili Peppers, has been one of the first to confirm its participation in the festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary as a band.
A fresh iteration of this festival, which aims to be a fusion of electronic music and various genres and artistic expressions, will be held on the campus of the Complutense University of Madrid on June 21 and 22, after an almost two-year wait. a gathering designed as a modern festival, more comfortable, less crowded, and held close to the city’s centre. A total of 18,500 people attended the inaugural Paraíso event in 2018, which featured 37 DJs and bands, cutting-edge art displays, a gaming area, and a meticulously chosen gourmet proposition.
Reggaeton Beach Festival
Once again, the best Latin music will be in Madrid. The statement says that Europe’s largest Urban Beach Festival is coming to Mad Cool Space / Madrid’s New Festival Venue on July 22-23 with a large beach with bouncy castles and water attractions, food stalls and workshops, not forgetting the best reggaeton performances with artists like Ozuna, Anuel AA or Arcángel. Europe’s largest Urban Beach Festival is holding its second edition in Madrid, in which it will bring together the world’s TOP reggaeton fans and artists
Bid farewell to the summer season, accompanied by fourteen hours of good music from the morning onwards, like in other European music festivals, aimed at families. The statement adds that the festival will hold its eleventh edition on September 9, with the presence of great national and international artists like Lewis Capaldi, Zahara, Carolina Durante, Tom Odell, Mando Diao, Mother Mother, Cariño or Sexy Zebras. In 2022, the festival held its 10th edition with the best of the national and international indie rock musical scene at the Cantarranas Complex on Madrid Complutense University’s Campus.
Jardín de las Delicias Festival
The Cantarranas Campus of Universidad Complutense will be hosting the fourth edition of the Jardín de las Delicias Festival is taking place on and September 23 & 24. This event features a whole host of original activities, a wide variety of culinary offerings, and great live music. The new edition will showcase artists such as Vetusta Morla, Dorian, and Melendi, among others.
Madrid presents a new live music festival to be hosted from September 22-23 at IFEMA Madrid. It is a space designed to break the norms of the genre through fantasy, music and fashion, with performances by more than thirty national and international artists of pop and techno hits, such as Mika, Sugababes, Loreen, Melanie C, Natasha Bedingfield and Belén Aguilera.