Festivals in Spain: The 10 Best Spanish Music Festivals

I had no idea that there were so many amazing festivals in Spain. It may not seem to be at the forefront of the European music festival scene, but there are actually tons of amazing Spanish music festivals of all different sizes, genres, and locations. Whatever kind of music festival you are looking for, you are sure to find a match in this list of festivals in Spain.

Most of these festivals take place over the warm summer months, and many of them even take place on beaches and other equally cool summertime festival venues. If you’re wondering how I ranked this Spanish music festivals list, I actually got data of the top revenue generating festivals from Festicket (the official partner of these festivals). This means that these festivals really are the 20 best festivals in Spain that rake in the most revenue. It doesn’t necessarily reflect my opinion (I am a big fan of smaller and transformational festivals too) but these are the most popular among the population.

1. Mad Cool Festival

Mad Cool is one of the top music festivals in Europe and by far the best of the festivals in Spain, which is seriously impressive considering that it’s only been going for a few years. Taking place among both tented and outdoor stages in a massive park in Spain’s capital city, Mad Cool  will have a little bit of something for everyone. It’s also extremely affordable. See the image below for the lineup that has already been released for 2019, including some of the biggest rock and alternative legends in the game!

Big names such as Bon Iver, Vampire Weekend, The Smashing Pumpkins, Kaytranada, and the Cure will join previous Mad Cool festival giants like Pearl Jam, The Who, Jack White, Queens of the  Stone Age, Green Day, Foo Fighters, and Neil Young who have headlined in the past. No matter what, you can expect this festival to absolutely smash it with the lineup, and pair it with some really cool Madrid attractions. The first announcement is already out for 2019, so get on your tickets before they sell out!

Location

Valdebebas Park, Madrid (80k capacity!)

Dates

11-13 July

Genre

Rock, Alternative, Multi Genre

2. FIB: Festival Internacional de Benicàssim 2019

FIB, or the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, is an extremely diverse festival that takes place along the coast each sunny Spanish summer. Benicàssim is between Barcelona and Valencia, and the FIB Festival takes place in a park within walking  distance of the beautiful Mediterranean sea. Music starts in the late afterrnoon each day as well, so festival-goers are encouraged to take part in lots of outdoor adventure activities along the coast before getting stuck into one of the most unique Spanish music festivals at night time.

There are already a few artists announced for 2019, including Lana del Rey and the 1975, who will play after big names like The Weeknd, The Killers, Travis Scott,  Foals, Kasabian, The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, and Deadmau5 have played in the past. As you can see, it’s truly a diverse lineup full of something for everyone. Another awesome selling point is that the campgrounds are open for a whole week (while the festival is  4 days) so you can have fun with new friends for even longer than just a weekend.

Location

Benicàssim, Spain

Dates

18-21 July

Genre

Multi Genre, mostly alternative + rock

3. Primavera Sound

Primavera Sound is another one of the giant and world-renowned festivals in Spain. Located in a huge waterfront complex not far from the center of Barcelona, it’s the perfect place to welcome thousands of music lovers. Now going into its 19th year, Primavera Sound has really made a name for itself in the Spanish music festival scene.

You will find huge names performing along smaller up-and-coming acts at any of Primavera Sound’s small and large stages. You will also find lots of extra activities taking place not only in the venue but all over Barcelona, which transforms into a massive event on the weekend of this festival. There will be roaming performers, art installations and exhibitions, lectures, workshops, tons of featured food and drink, and even film screenings. In the past, headliners have included Grace Jones, Aphex Twins, Jamie XX, Bon Iver, Arcade Fire, Bjork, Lorde, Migos, Tyler the Creator, and more, and names for the next year will be available soon (although with a history like that, who needs to wait?!)

Location

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain

Dates

30 May – 2 June

Genre

Alternative, Rock, Electronic

 

 

4. BBF: Barcelona Beach Festival

Barcelona Beach Festival, or BBF, is a one-day mainstream/EDM event held at the Playa del Forum in Barcelona, directly next to the Parc del Forum that holds Primavera Sound. Held on one single stage that really is right on the water at the beach, you won’t be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing which famous act to watch. It goes without saying that Spanish music festivals like this also have an incredible sound quality.

Headliners in the past have included The Chainsmokers, David Guetta, Oliver Heldens, Axwell V Ingrosso, Armin van Buuren, Hardwell, and Don Diablo. As you can see there are some big names playing but they do bridge across EDM, House, and Trance music.

Location

Playa del Fòrum, Barcelona

Dates

13 July

Genre

Electronic, EDM

5. Bilbao BBK Live

Bilbao BBK Live has become one of the most loved Spanish music festivals, taking place in the Northern surf town of Bilbao. The festival quite literally takes place on the top of a mountain overlooking the city; you will camp in open grass areas and peruse through forests and slopes to find the different stages.

Florence + The Machine, Justice, The Gorillaz, The Killers, Depeche Mode, The XX, The Chemical Brothers, Alt-J, and Childish Gambino have headlined this festival in the past few years. Weezer is the fist act announced for 2019, but you can bet there will be more where that came from given the lineups of the pasts. Tickets are on sale now, don’t waste time!

Location

Mount Cobetas, in the forests/mountain overlooking Bilbao

Dates

11-13 July

Genre

Rock, Pop, Alternative, Electronic – Multi-Genre

6. Rototom Sunsplash Festival

Rototom Sunsplash is one of the only reggae festivals in Spain, which takes place over a whole week across the 7km of shorelines in the coastal city of Benicàssim. This festival is more of an entire experience than a music festival in Spain, with over a dozen different areas with different genres, activities, mindfulness, and more. You’ll find reggae (of course), caribbean uptempo, dancehall, dub, roots, and more different kinds of musco stages, along with tons of artisan and outdoor markets, the African village, a Pachamama area with health and sustainability practices and talks, beach activities, art galleries, a circus, the house of rastafari, and a social fosum with lectures and talks. Check here for all the different things going on – it’s awesome!

In the past, lineups have included Shaggy, Steel Pulse, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Julian Marley & The Uprising, Sly & Robbie Taxi Connection ft. Yellowman, Johnny Osbourne, Bitty McLean, David Rodigan & The Outlook Orchestra, Fat Freddy’s Drop, The Specials, and more. With 7 day tickets starting t only  100 Euro, well, it would be rude not to.

Location

Benicàssim Beach, Spain

Dates

16-22 Aug

Genre

Reggae (and all variations thereof)

7. DGTL Barcelona

DGTL is Barcelona’s version of the Dutch Music Festival of the same name taking place in Amsterdam. Festivals in Spain may not be as well-known for techno as festivals in the Netherlands, but DGTL takes care of that right away. DGTL Barcelona takes all the greats of house + techno and transplants them right into the middle of Barcelona at one of the city’s most prominent festival venues on the water.

The past years of this festival have seen the likes on Amelie Lens, Adriatique, Eats Everything, Jeff Mills, Ame, Ben Clock, Dixon, Solomun, Black Coffee, KiNK, Maceo Plex, Jamie Jones, and… oh wow now I’m getting carried away. If you like house + techno, this is one of the Spanish music festivals for you!

Location

Parc del Fòrum, Barcelona

Dates

24-24 Aus 2019

Genre

House + Techno

8. Daydream Festival

Daydream festival aims to be just that – a wonderful dreamlike festival presenting a fairytale-like world of color, interesting characters, decorations, and surreal situations. It was started in Belgium, and could be compared in a smaller scale to its similarly fantasy-like companion, Tommorowland. Daydream has five different stages, and you can easily expect each of them to seem like a beautiful world of their own.

Daydream pulls in some huge EDM names, but also some house + techno to balance it out quite nicely. In the past headliners have included Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Martin Garrix, W&W, Atreve Angello, Nicky Romero, and Martin Solveig, and on the techno end it has seen Nic Fanciulli, Loco Dico, Marco Carola, Patrick Topping, and more.

Location

Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya (a race track in Northern Barcelona)

Dates

30-31 March

Genre

EDM, House, Electronic

9.  Medusa Sunbeach Festival

Medusa Sunbeach takes place right on the beach in a town called Cullera in Valencia. The 6-day shindig is truly exemplary of all different genres of electronic music, with every possible sub-genre represented somehow behind renowned stage production and lighting.

A few headliners have been announced for 2019 – Dimitri Vegas + Like Mike and Ben Sims to name a few. In the past Medusa has hostel names like Carl Cox, David Guetta, Alesso, Art Department, Richy Ahmed, Borgore, Ferry Corstem, Pendulum, John Digweed, Adam Beyer, Nicky Romero, and more. See what I mean when I said there was a little bit of everything?! Medusa Sunbeach Festival is also known to have themes, which is another thing that makes this one of the most awesome festivals in Spain.

Location

On the Beach in Cullera, Spain

Dates

7-12 August

Genre

Electronic – House, Techno, EDM, Hardstyle, Trance

https://www.festicket.com/festivals/medusa-sunbeach/2019/?referrer=adventuresnsunsets

10. Amanecer Bailando Festival

Now taking on its second year as a one-day festival in a small town called Móstoles on the outskirts of Madrid, Almanecer Bailando Festival hosts all kinds of different electronic music. This brand took over for a similar festival that ran before it, and has shown lots of promise with some big promoters and clubs in Madrid hosting stages of both underground and other areas of electronic music.

Headliners in the past have been Marco Carola, Loco Dice, Jeff Mills, Angerfist, Natos y Waor, Antigone and more, and you can expect that even the unknown names at this Spanish music festival will be well-curated.

Location

Parque Prado Ovejero in Móstoles, outside Madrid, Spain

Dates

7 September

Genre

Electronic, House, Techno, D&B, Hardstyle

Bonus Festivals in Spain

Here are a few more popular Spanish music festivals that did’t make the top ten list but are still worth a mention!

UNITE With Tomorrowland Spain

Held in the Parc de Can Zam in Barcelona, UNITE with Tomorrowland is an extremely unique event that combines the live performance of a few famous DJ’s with a live stream of Tomorrowland in Belgium. UNITE lasts for 12 hours (so not the entire duration of Tomorrowland!) but gives attendeed the chance to feel like they were truly there in Belgium.

BEF: Benicàssim Electronic Festival

Benicàssim Electronic Festival is also held near the beach in the small coastal town, and hosts lots of names in the underground house, techno, and electronic area. Most headliners are more up-and-coming but that doesn’t make then any less awesome to see on the Mediterranean coast!

 

 

Cultural Festivals in Spain

An article about festivals in Spain would not be complete without a mention of some of the extremely popular cultural festivals that go on here. Sure, a lot of the Spanish cultural festivals have been blown up a lot by tourism and no longer hold the same charm they once did, but they are still traditional and a sight to behold at least once in your life. Here are some to look out for:

Running of the Bulls

Running of the Bulls is an annual cultural festival in Spain that involves literally running from a herd of angry bulls all through the city into a stadium where they are minded by professional bullfighters as the sangria-soaked crowd goes wild. It’s a long standing tradition and one hell of a party through the town of Pamplona, involving lots of amazing food, live music, fireworks, and enough sangria to get an entire country drunk.

Check Tickets and Packages for Running of the Bulls With Stoke Travel, including packages with transport from many European cities, packages with Bilbao BBK Festival, and more.

La Tomatina

La Tomatina is basically a massive tomato fight that takes place in the streets of a town called Buñol outside of Valencia. It’s been going for many years and now attracts crowds from all over the world for one of the most unique festivals in Spain and perhaps the world! Make sure you bring your goggles as you prepare to hurl hoards of tomatoes through the air and get caught in a massive crowd of locals and travelers alike.

Author: Anna Johnson

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