Don’t stop the music!
7/14/2020 |

​‘Miss Caffeina’ at a concert in 2019. EFE / David Fernández.

Music festivals have been adapted to guarantee hygiene and safety measures and continue to offer live music in different parts of the country

Summer in Spain is synonymous with good weather, holidays, beaches, swimming pools, travel and also music festivals. Although music festivals are not new, in recent years there has been a boom that has multiplied this type of musical event throughout the country, making them a phenomenon capable of attracting hundreds of thousands of people to both coastal and inland Spain.

Although the coronavirus pandemia forced many organisations to cancel or postpone some of this summer’s major festivals, such as Mad Cool, NOS Alive, BBK Live, FIB, Arenal Sound, Medusa and Sonorama Ribera, there are many that have adapted their festivals to the new health requirements and safety measures, and will go ahead in 2020. We highlight some of them.​


Viva la Vida Festival




With the support of the promoters of major festivals such as Arenal, Sonorama and FIB, a series of concerts will take place and it will travel to 40 cities in our country and offer some 500 concerts during July, August and September. Amaral, Loquillo, Ara Malikian, Kiko Veneno, Dulce Pontes, Viva Suecia and Celtas Cortos are just some of the confirmed artists.


Cruïlla XXS




An adaptation of one of the most popular festivals, this year it has 200 artists, most of them national, who will perform during July and August in emblematic places around the city such as the Pueblo Español, the gardens of the National Theatre of Catalonia and the Modernist enclosure of Sant Pau. Albert Pla, Sopa de Cabra, Delafé, El Jincho, Fuel Fandango, Nil Moliner, Maldita Nerea or Sidonie are some of the artists of this smaller and more intimate edition.


Nits del Fòrum




This is a project organised by Primavera Sound (postponed to 2021) in Barcelona. A proposal based on music and gastronomy that will have on its bill artists like Christina Rosenvinge, Mala Rodríguez, Javiera Mena, Ketama, Andrés Suárez, Carlos Sadness, Amaia, Kiko Veneno and Carolina Durante, among others.


FES Pedralbes



With a firm commitment to gastronomy, during July and August it will feature artists such as Miss Caffeina, Loquillo, Van Morrison, Marlango, Diana Navarro, Paco Ibáñez, Ainhoa Arteta, Salvador Sobral, Ana Guerra, David Bisbal, Guitarricadelafuente and Els Pets, among others.


Crew Nation Presenta




Live Nation brings a series of concerts to Madrid’s La Riviera venue in an effort to provide visibility for artists, musicians and tour staff whose work came to a grinding halt due to the pandemic. Between 15 July and 25 September, El Kanka, Izal, Xoel López, Bely Basarte, Miss Caffeina, Varry Brava and Fuel Fandango, among others, will perform in the emblematic hall.


Abre Madrid




The new cultural and entertainment space at IFEMA, Abre Madrid, will feature concerts, summer cinema, monologues and family shows with all the necessary safety measures in place. It has two open-air stages for 800 people, that will display the talent of Manel, Sidonie, La Habitación Roja, Carlos Sadness, Diego el Cigala, Xoel López, Mala Rodríguez and Miguel Poveda, among others..


Tomasvistas Extra




An adaptation of the Tomasvistas festival, which has been postponed until 2021, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to bid farewell to this atypical summer in the best way possible. Between 3-10 September, the music of Dorian, Carolina Durante, Los Punsetes and Javiera Mena, among others, as well as a gastronomic section, will fill Tierno Galvan Park with art


Benidorm Summer Nights



In an effort to reactivate the musical and night life of the area with all the health and safety guarantees in place, the Julio Iglesias auditorium will once again host – in July, August and September – a series of concerts which this year will include El Kanka, M-Clan, Carlos Sadness, Martita de Graná and Coque Malla, among others.


Pirata Rock




A small Viña Rock that will be held on the first weekend of September, in which iconic rock groups such as Soziedad Alkoholika, SFDK, Mägo de Oz, Los Chikos del Maíz and Kaze will perform, as well as other more pop artists, such as Miki Núñez and Nil Moliner


Starlite Catalana Occidente




The ’boutique’ festival in Marbella once again welcomes top Spanish artists to the spectacular stage of the Nagüeles quarry, such as David Bisbal, Marta Sánchez, Lola Indigo, Rozalén, India Martínez, Morat, Luz Casal and Aitana. Its ninth edition will be held from 30 July 30th to 29 August.


Cabaret Festival




This is a new series of concerts and comedy shows that will travel this summer to the cities of Fuengirola (Málaga), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, El Puerto de Santa María (Cádiz), Mairena del Aljarafe (Seville), Granada, Vitoria-Gasteiz and Seville. Spaces such as bullrings and auditoriums will be converted into elegant 19th century Parisian-style cabarets. Antonio José, Marta Sánchez, Ara Malikian, Miguel Poveda, David Bisbal, Orishas, Pablo López and Los Secretos form part of the line-up.


Las Noches del Malecón




The second edition of this concert series in Murcia has already hosted, on its Murcia Río stage, M-Clan, Martita de Graná, Ladilla Rusa, Second, Viva Suecia and Maldita Nerea, and in the next few days it will receive Carolina Durante, Billy Boom Band, El Kanka, Carlos Sadness, Coque Malla and Dani Fernández, among others.


Natural Live




This festival aims to be an experience for all the senses in a natural setting where a privileged few can enjoy music, gastronomy and programmed activities. Artists such as Miss Caffeina, Viva Suecia, Ladilla Rusa, Elyella, Putilatex and Varry Brava, among others, will be visiting the Talamansi estate.


Sinsal Litoral SON Estrella Galicia




This musical project has been designed for small audiences in unique enclaves of the Rías Baixas and offers a mix of natural and industrial heritage, music, poetry, film and activities by the sea from 22-26 July. Rodrigo Cuevas, Laura LaMontagne & PicoAmperio, Los Hermanos Cubero and Trilitrate will be performing at this event that offers the very best of Galicia.


Donostiako Jazzaldia




Jazz lovers will also be able to enjoy the famous San Sebastian Jazz festival, adapted to meet all the health and safety requirements. The festival will celebrate its 55th edition from the 21- 26 July. There will be a total of 24 concerts on the terraces of the Kursaal and 4 in the Txikijazz, where Basque gastronomy will as always form an important part of the experience. Silvia Pérez Cruz, Marco Mezquida, Chano Domínguez, Mariza, Salvador Sobral and Mikel Azpiroz are just some of the artists who will be performing.