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 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, the offer has grown exponentially in recent years and has been adapting to all kinds of styles and audiences. Everyone may be able to find their place in this environment of endless billboards, outdoor settings and colorful bracelets.
The list is almost endless, but here is a varied selection of the most important, in case you are still thinking about it:
Madcool (Madrid) from July 6 to 10
On its fifth anniversary, 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. Metallica, Twenty One Pilots, Florence + The Machine, Placebo, Imagine Dragons, The Killers, Muse, Pixies, Wolf Alice, Haim, Nathy Peluso, Guitarricadelafuente, Alt-J, Zara Larsson…
BBK Live Fest (Bilbao) from July 07 to 09
A little further north, the trajectory of the BBK is one of the most recognized on the national scene. The 15 editions behind it consolidate it as one of the best gatherings for lovers of live music. At the top of their lineup are LCD Soundsystem (the only European festival where they will perform in 2022), J Balvin, The Killers and Pet Shop Boys, but artists such as Stromae, Moderat, Placebo, MIA, Nathy will also attend. Peluso or Four Tet
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 events 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 running on the list and this year it is going for its 26th edition, opening 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 indie, pop and electronic music festivals on the national and international scene, 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
eleventh edition. Myke Towers, C. Tangana, Bizarrap, Duki, Afrojack replacing Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Eladio Carrión, Ñengo Flow, Mike Williams, Maikel Delacalle, Recycled J, Nervo, Cali & El Dandee, Mariah Angeliq, Ptazeta, Jaime Lorente, Walls, Lola Indigo, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Carlos Sadness, Dani Fernández, Arnau Griso, Despistaos, Hens, Enol, C. Tangana, DVBBS, Nil Moliner, Pole, Zzoilo, La La Love You, Rels B, Omar Montes, Bad Gyal, Morad, Funzo & Baby Loud and RVFV
Sonorama Ribera (Aranda de Duero) from August 10 to 14
turns 25 years old. Izal, C. Tangana, Amaia, Fuel Fandango, Future Islands, Bizarro Love Triangle, Celtas Cortos, Dorian, Emir Kusturica, Funzo & Baby Loud, Kodaline, Ángel Stanich, La Casa Azul, FASHION, Loquillo, Los Secretos, Rayden , Rozalén, Mikel Erentxun, Shinova, St. Woods, Elyella, Rufus T. Firefly, Rulo and the contraband or the mythical Jeanette
Urban Stage, one of the strongest bets of this edition, where the public will be able to enjoy a poster full of the most current rhythms by Cano, Delaossa, Pole, Recycled J, Rojuu, Chico Blanco, Kronno Zomber, MDA, Mori, Nickzzy, Ortiga, Ralphie Choo, Rusowsky, Samuraï, Shego, Tommy 3 Balas and Vega Almohalla.
Jellyfish Sun Beach Festival (Cullera) from August 10 to 15
sixth edition David Guetta, Afrojack, Steve Aoki, Timmy Trumpet, Amelie Lens, Wade, D-Block & S-Te-Fan, DJs from Mars, Giuseppe Ottaviani, Headhunterz, Mattn, Nervo, Quintino and W&W are the headliners of this edition , which will also have Underground by Resonace by Carl Cox, Marco Carola, Michael Bibi, Paco Osuna, Ben Sims, Oscar Mulero, Lilly Palmer, Regal and Viviana Casanova.
live performances by Cali & El Dandee, Danny Romero, Henry Mendez, Jose De Rico, Juan Magan, Morad, Omar Montes, Ptazeta and RVFV.
The hardest sounds will be provided by Angerfist, Anime, Broken Minds, Deadly Guns, Korsakoff, Lady Dammage, Mad Dog, Mandy, Mc Tha Watcher, Miss K8, Dj Paul Elstak, Tha Playah, Bassdrum Project, Dr. Evil, Javi Boss, Juanma and YEYO.
Finally, the nostalgic will have ‘Remembermania’ with Anneke van Hooff, Sensity world, Miguel Serna, Dj Marta, Raúl Ortiz, Dj Neil, Ismael Lora, Raúl Platero, José Conca, Vicente Buitron, DJ Batiste, Da Terror, Christian Millán, Dj Skudero, DJ Napo, Dj Juandy, Di Carlo, Álex Cervera and Luis Bonias.
Cala Mijas (Malaga) from 01 to 03 September
macrofestival that has just been born in the beautiful Malaga town of Mijas
Last Tour International, creators of Bilbao BBK Live, Azkena Rock Festival or BIME among others
Arctic Monkeys who will be leading the line-up with their first concert in Spain in four years. They are accompanied by the parents of electronic music Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the British Blossoms, the Australian Chet Faker, Liam Gallagher, James Blake, El Columpio Asesino, Hnos Munoz, Hot Chip, Love Of Lesbian, Nathy Peluso, Rusowsky, Sen Senra, The Lathums, Uniforms, Bonobo, Marc Rebille, Meute, Fuel Fandango, Gazzi, Santa Salut, La Trinidad or Venturi among others.
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