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Music store | © Lisa Padilla/Flickr
Music store | © Lisa Padilla/Flickr

A Music Lover's Guide to Madrid

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Updated: 18 May 2017

Madrid is an incredible city for music lovers, with a huge variety of live events and nightlife. Here’s our guide to everything you need to know about the music scene in the Spanish capital. 

Shopping

Disco Killers

Disco Killers is one of Madrid’s most well-known record shops and is a great place to check out if you’re looking for vinyl or CDs. What started out as a small stand at the famous El Rastro flea market has for the last 16 years been a fully fledged shop on Calle Montera. The staff are helpful and they play a great selection of music that may just inspire you to dance around as you shop.

Disco Killers, Calle de la Montera, 28, 28004 Madrid +34 915 21 44 33

Venues

El Junco

If you’re a jazz fan, you’ll love El Junco, one of the few venues in Madrid that dedicates itself almost entirely to this particular musical style. The space is dark and cosy, and they also occasionally host jam sessions and DJ nights too.

El Junco, Plaza Sta. Bárbara, 10, 28004 Madrid

La Riviera

If you’ve always wanted to see a palm tree in a concert venue, head to La Riviera, one of Madrid’s most popular clubs for concerts and events. Both Spanish and international artists play here (recent acts have included Jamie Cullum and The Fray), and the club also hosts WE parties and other events during the year.

La Riviera, Paseo Bajo de la Virgen del Puerto, s/n, 28005 Madrid +34 913 65 24 15

Musicals

Mamma Mia, until June 11

Get a nostalgia hit with world-renowned disco musical Mamma Mia, featuring all those 70s ABBA hits you used to love. The musical has performed in over 440 cities throughout the world, in 16 different languages. The Madrid version is in Spanish and tickets start at €21.

Teatro Coliseum, Calle Gran Vía, 78, 28013 Madrid, Spain +34 915 42 30 35

Dirty Dancing, until June 4

Flash back to those old favorites Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life at the Dirty Dancing musical. Adapted from the 1987 movie, the musical features songs from groups including Gene Chandler, The Chantels, The Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Mickey & Sylvia, The Surfaris, Doris Troy and Django Reinhardt. The dancing’s fantastic too.

Teatro Nueva Alcalá, Calle de Jorge Juan, 62, 28009 Madrid, Spain +34 911 59 23 16

Festivals

MAD COOL, July 6-8 2017

MAD COOL is set to be one of Madrid’s coolest music festival launches this year. With Best Major Festival nomination at the European Festival Awards, plus 2017 headliners Green Day and Foo Fighters, there’s no doubt this festival will be one to remember. The lineup also includes Wilco, Kings of Leon, Foster the People, Ryan Adams and The Lumineers. The festival will take place at the Caja Mágica, and tickets start at €69 for one day and €150 for three days.

Caja Mágica, Cmo. de Perales, 23, 28041 Madrid 

Noches de Botánico, June 22-July 29 2017

The award-winning festival Noches de Botánico runs for five for weeks this summer and will feature artists including the Gypsy Kings, Jamie Cullum, Anastasia, Tony Bennett, Las Orishas and more. Get ready to hear some al fresco tunes, as all the concerts are outdoors at the Real Jardín Botánico de Alfonso XIII.

Real Jardín Botánico de Alfonso XIII, Av Complutense, s/n, Madrid

Noches de Botánico | © Noches de Botánico

Noches de Botánico | © Noches de Botánico

Brunch in the Park

For those who like to relax and chill to hip beats this summer, check out Brunch in the Park, which takes place on Sundays in June and July at the Parque Tierno Galván. It’s a party in the park where you can dance, drink and eat. Fans of house and lounge music will enjoy this outdoor event; you can can buy tickets here.

Parque Tierno Galván, Av. del Planetario, s/n, 28053 Madrid

Concerts

Daddy Yankee, June 25 2017

Famous reggaeton artist Daddy Yankee will be performing at Madrid’s WiZink Center June 25 at 9:30 p.m. The Puerto Rican artist is most well known for his 2004 hit Gasolina, which helped reggaeton become internationally known. Since then, he’s had several other top songs that you can hear at his concert.

WiZink Center, Av. Felipe II, S/N, 28009 Madrid