March 3-4, 2017
This indie-pop music festival’s lineup features Amor de Días, Chorusgirl, The Clientele, Espanto, Her’s, Las Kasettes, Rodney Cromwell and The Spook School among many others. Popfest has been moving between London, Rome, Berlin, New York and Madrid, and the festival will be located in Sala Taboo this year. Tickets start around 30 euros for a weekend pass, available on Entradium.
June 22-24, 2017
Heavy metal and rock lovers will be thrilled to hear that following its major success in the UK, the Download Festival is coming to Paris and Madrid this year. The festival will feature a solid lineup of bands like Linkin Park, System Of A Down, NOFX, The Cult, Suicidal Tendencies, In Flames, Opeth, Deafheaven, Myrath, Every Time I Die and more. Taking place at the Caja Mágica, tickets are available on Live Nation and start around 72 euros for the three-day pass.
July 6-8, 2017
If names are to be believed, MAD COOL is posed to be one of Madrid’s coolest music festival launches this year. They’ve also snagged a Best Major Festival nomination at the European Festival Awards, and with 2017 headliners like Green Day and Foo Fighters, there’s no doubt this festival will be an epic one. More on the lineup includes Wilco, Kings of Leon, Foster the People, Ryan Adams and The Lumineers. Taking place at the Caja Mágica, tickets start at 69 euros for one day and 150 euros for three days.
May 19-21, 2017
For those who love outdoor festivals, the Festival Tomavistas, featuring indie rock bands like the Temples, Suuns, Lori Meyers, C.Tangana, León Benavente, L.A., Delorean, Los Punsetes, Egon Soda, Schwarz, Los Nastys, Baywaves, Airbag and Kokoshca are just some of the artists performing at the Parque Enrique Tierno Galván de Madrid. It’s also nice to know the festival is dedicated to the environment, as they have a specific plan to minimise waste and energy use during the festival. They even encourage festival-goers to take public transport or participate in car sharing programs. Ticket prices are 55 euros for the three-day pass.
September 9, 2017
DCode Festival packs it all into just one day: The Kooks, Band of Horses, Milky Chance, Carlos Sadness and more. Geared toward the university set, the festival takes place on the campus of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster starting at 42 euros. If you’re not 18 but dying to see this festival, you can – if accompanied by an adult. There’s a special space available for DCode kids and families.