As a recent review in The Guardian about music in Spain said, “Spanish music isn’t all about clubbing in the islands.” In the past few years, we’ve seen many festivals come and go, but the best ones always stay. The festivals below are the ones for which you don’t even need to know the line-up before buying the whole pass — you already know you are going to love it like a kid loves candy. Maybe it’s because of each festival’s spirit, the environment, the people you go with and/or the ones you meet, the bands, the organization, the place, the weather… all these components make you want to go year in and year out.
Of course, there are plenty of festivals in Spain focusing on different genres of music: Pop, Rock, Dance, Folk, Electronic… and depending on which one you prefer, you may be transported to incredible locations. For example, if you like Worldwide Folk music, head over to Pirineos Sur in a beautiful valley in the Pyrenees. If you prefer Electronic/House, get a ticket to Monegros Desert Festival. Or you can always opt for a sunny beach show on the Valencia coast at Arenal Sound or FIB.
Ticket prices can vary from 50 to 200 Euros max depending on how many days you are going to stay and where, and the quality of the line-up. (That said, most of them consistently have great artists coming to Spain to amaze festival fans.) Enjoy these prices while you can, because next year you’ll be paying 21% more of taxes in culture and show tickets in Spain!
So, are you convinced you should be going to Spain to enjoy our sunny summer, great food and wine, and even better, amazing music? To help you decide when and where to come, I’ve handpicked a selection of our top festivals in this Spanish Festival Guide, with the bands and artists that came by/are coming through this year. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until next year to enjoy the first few, which means you’ll have plenty of time to build up the excitement! Or, you can book your ticket now for our August/September shows…