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Festivals in Spain

Anyone who’s been to Spain will tell you that its residents know how to throw a party. And that’s before the festival season even kicks off. The legendary music festivals in Spain attract the biggest names in the business. They’re dotted throughout the country and take advantage of the perfect climate and infectious party atmosphere to create lasting musical memories.

Sonar

Dates: 18 – 20 June 2020

Location: Barcelona

Headliners: AJ Tracey, Arca, The Black Madonna, THE BLAZE, Carl Cox, Charlotte de Witte, The Chemical Brothers

Website: sonar.es

Sónar is a multi-location electronic music extravaganza. Although it has performances from some of the world’s best electronic acts, the added elements of film and several conferences and workshops make this one of the world’s best music festivals.

Sónar takes place in venues throughout Barcelona with easy access on foot and via the metro and buses.

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Vida

Dates: 2 – 4 July 2020

Location: Vilanova

Headliners: Parcels, Cut Copy, Destroyer, Manel, Belle & Sebastian, Devendra Banhart, Nils Frahm, Angel Olsen

Website: vidafestival.com

Don’t let Vida’s laid-back, coastal atmosphere fool you. This is a festival to reckon with, thanks to its charming location and impressive lineup. The lineups are enough to challenge even the biggest music festivals in Spain.

There are 4 trains per hour from Barcelona to Vilanova, with festival buses at the station to cover the last stretch.

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Bilbao BBK Live

Dates: 9 – 11 July 2020

Location: Bilbao

Headliners: Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, Pet Shop Boys

Website: bilbaobbklive.com

Bilbao BBK seems to have it all – stunning scenery, nearby beaches, and a lineup that never fails to impress. There’s never a dull moment at this northern Spain festival.

There are regular trains to the Bilbao-Abando railway station from Madrid and Barcelona, with tram and metro connections from there to the festival grounds.

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Festival Internacional de Benicàssim (FIB)

Dates: 16 – 29 July 2020

Location: Benicàssim

Headliners: Khalid, Liam Gallagher, Armin van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Vampire Weekend, Two Door Cinema Club, Foals, The Lumineers, Steve Aoki 

Website: fiberfib.com

FIB may just be Spain’s best indie and alternative festival. It also has a good amount of electro thrown into the mix. It’s been one of Spain’s top festivals for more than 20 years, and it doesn’t seem to be letting up anytime soon.

Benicàssim is about 260 kilometres south of Barcelona, and you can reach the festival by car, train, or special festival buses.

DCODE

Dates: 11 - 12 September 2020

Location: Madrid

Headliners: Maxïmo Park, more TBA

Website: dcodefest.com

In true Barcelona-Madrid rivalry, DCODE appears to have risen in response to Barcelona’s stranglehold on the indie music festival scene. This one-day festival in the capital features a long lineup, and it’s one of the year's last summer festivals in Spain.

The festival takes place at Madrid Complutense University, with easy access by all city public transport.

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Rototom Sunsplash

Dates: 16 - 22 August 2020

Location: Benicàssim

Headliners: Toots & The Maytals, Barrington Levy, Julian Marley, Protoje, Natiruts 

Website: rototomsunsplash.com

For a proper dose of reggea, ska, dub and many other genres, Rototom Sunsplash is the place to go. This week-long festival celebrates music and culture, together with the artists and the 230.000 visitors. Fun garanteed! 

Benicàssim is about 260 kilometres south of Barcelona, and you can reach the festival by car, train, or  buses.

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