Spain is famous for its spectacular architecture, guaranteed sunshine, and music festivals. From dancing to urban beats in Madrid to city-wide festivals in Barcelona, this Mediterranean music haven is the perfect escape for any die-hard music fan.
Are you interested in an exclusive festival for Spanish rock? Well, here is the thing. Rock ‘n roll is not as popular as it used to be in the 1990s. That’s part of the reason why most festivals keep expanding their lineups to other genres of music.
Festival Internacional de Benicassim
Commonly referred to as FIB, this world-renowned music festival takes place every summer in Benicassim. It focuses on pop, rock, and electronic music, but the organizer recently added rap music to the lineup. The beach-side location combines the music festival with a summer vacation, which is why it is so popular. That said, it’s worth noting the concert doesn’t start till evening. Still, guests can engage in scuba diving, sunbathing, and cycling beforehand.
Festimad is one of the biggest rock festivals in Madrid. It takes place in different locations within the city, including La Riveria, Fun House, and Copernico. And it’s most recent lineups featured Jorge Pardo, Miss Caffeina and even more prominent artists. Besides music, the festival also hosts parallel cultural activities such as Universal o Cinemad and Graffiti. You can think of it as the second-best alternative to FIB.
Azkena Rock Festival
Popularly known as ARF, Azkena Rock Festival is a two-day event that happens at the beginning of summer in Vitoria-Gasteiz. The lineup is usually a mix of veterans, emerging artists, and some local talent. And everything plays, from hardcore metal to soft rock and everything in between. This year, the event will feature many established artists, including John Fogerty, Patti Smith, and Suzi Quatro. Tickets start from $155.