The Best Musical Acts Playing in Madrid This Spring

Music Festival|©Eva Rinaldi/Flickr
Music Festival|©Eva Rinaldi/Flickr
Photo of Lori Zaino
3 April 2017

Madrid hosts many concerts throughout the year and spring is always a time where lots of musical acts, both big and small, come to the Spanish capital. Here’s a list of the best of what’s on this spring on the music calendar.

International icons

Bruno Mars

April 3, 9PM

Grammy winner Bruno Mars will play this April at the WiZink Center in Madrid (formally the BarclayCard Center). The artist, whose singles 24K Magic and That’s What I Like have topped Billboard charts, is touring around Europe this spring, hitting up spots like Madrid and Barcelona, as well as cities in Germany, the Netherlands, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, the UK and more. He’ll continue his tour around the US and Canada this summer and fall.

Bruno Mars in concert | © Brothers Le/Flickr

Macy Gray

April 3, 8:30PM

If you’re a fan of both Bruno Mars and Macy Gray, you’ll have to choose between them, as they’re both performing the same evening this spring in Madrid. Also a Grammy award-winning artist, Macy Gray considers herself to be a jazz singer, although she’s well-known in the world of pop. For one night at the Teatro Nuevo Apolo, she’ll be performing songs from her album Stripped, which was recorded in just two days in a church in Brooklyn, New York.

Ed Sheeran

April 8, 7:30PM

Ed Sheeran, yet another Grammy award-winning musical artist, will be performing at the WiZink Center this spring in Madrid. His new album, ÷ (Divide), has been extremely popular in Europe and around the world, so it’s not surprising he’ll be touring other spots in Europe besides Madrid this spring. Opening acts for the show include performances by Anne-Marie and Ryan McMullan.

Fancy festivals

Festival Tomavistas

May 19-21

The outdoor event of the season, the Festival Tomavistas will feature indie rock bands such as Golfrapp, Temples, Suuns, Lori Meyers, C.Tangana, León Benavente, L.A., Delorean, Los Punsetes, Egon Soda, Schwarz, Los Nastys, Baywaves, Airbag and Kokoshca, just to name a view. The festival will take place at the Parque Enrique Tierno Galván de Madrid. Even better, Tomavistas will be an eco-friendly event, 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 a three-day pass.

Parque Enrique Tierno Galván, Calle Meneses, 4, Madrid, Spain, +34 915 80 42 60

Festival Tomavistas | © Tomavistas

Festival Tomavistas © Tomavistas


April 19-May 7

FestiMad is a festival which features almost 100 different musical events at a number of different venues over the course of three weeks. With performances from groups like Dada Funk, Entropy, Kamikazes, Nuria Graham, Rocket Queen, Smoking Souls, Sonic Syndicate, The Niftys, Viv and the Sect and many more, the range of styles and bands is extensive.

Unmissable musicals

Mamma Mia

Until June 11

With tickets starting at just 21 euros, Mamma Mia is a disco-style musical with ABBA hits you shouldn’t miss. Mamma Mia is world-famous, and the musical has had productions in over 440 cities around the world. Represented in over 16 different languages, these particular performances are in Spanish, so brush up on those language skills before going.

Dirty Dancing

Until June 4

Hear all your favorite songs like Hungry Eyes and (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life at the Dirty Dancing musical. Adapted from the famous movie, the musical features songs from groups like Gene Chandler, The Chantels, The Drifters, Marvin Gaye, Lesley Gore, Mickey & Sylvia, The Surfaris, Doris Troy and Django Reinhardt, as well as some serious dance moves.

Dirty Dancing Musical | © Tourism Victoria/Flickr