The 10 Best Music Festivals in Spain for 2018

Spain comes alive in the summer with music festivals of all types, sizes, and genres. From the Gaudi-inspired city of Barcelona in Catalonia to the bustling capital of Madrid to the endless beaches, you’ll find yourself celebrating the sunshine and the spirit of the country. Rain is scarce here during the warm weather months making Spain an ideal destination. Start planning for your dream trip with our Spain 2018 music festival calendar.

Primavera Sound 2018

May 30-June 3, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

This Barcelona institution is a beacon for the entire spectrum of indie rock along with a smattering of entries from just about every other genre of music. Hundreds of bands fill the Parc El Forum along with one-of-a-kind intimate performances throughout the city. Add this music festival mecca to your bucket list immediately.

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Mad Cool Festival 2018

July 12-14, 2018

Madrid, Spain

Simply put, Mad Cool Festival puts together one of the best lineups in the world. Every year, they gather together a roster of talent in Madrid that will make you want to drop everything and book a ticket to Spain.

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Bilbao BBK Live 2018

July 12-14, 2018

Bilbao, Spain

Picture yourself surrounded by mountains gazing down on the spectacular city of Bilboa and the countryside of Spain. Okay, now add a world class music festival with pop headliners and buzzworthy indie rockers and you have a taste of Bilboa BBK Live. Take advantage of the Spanish summer weather and camp nearby in a great green expanse surrounded by trees.

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Sonar Barcelona 2018

June 13-16, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

Since 2002, Sonar has put on more than 50 shows around the world from North America to Asia to South America. The flagship event in Barcelona embodies the event at its core which is to be the “pulse of the current electronic landscape”. During the day, Sonar features outdoor stages along with its own tech conference. At night, the event moves to a massive venue that easily makes this Spain's largest electronic festival. With its unique format and ever-changing style, Sonar continues to redefine the festival landscape.

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Download Festival Spain 2018

June 28-30, 2018

Madrid, Spain

With a successful flagship festival in the UK, Download Festival has expanded onto the continent with new editions in France and Spain. Download Madrid keeps the signature spirit of the festival boasting a heavy metal and rock lineup that is always out of this world.

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Vida Festival 2018

June 28-July 1, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

Tucked away in the woody reserves of the ancient Masia de Can Parellada just south of Barcelona, this boutique fest has become a welcome addition to the Spanish summer. Bring the kids to chill at The Nest, bring your bike to take a tour of the city of Vilanova, and bring a sense of wonder to enjoy all the art.

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Benicassim Festival (FIB) 2018

July 19-22. 2018

Benicassim, Spain

It's all about the music and the beach at The Festival Internacional de Benicàssim, or FIB as it's more commonly called. Nearby surf and sand is where festies spend the day on the shores of some of Spain's finest seaside spots. Bands usually start in the early evening and in Spanish fashion, the festival lasts until the morning catching artists like Beck, Radiohead, Kraftwerk, The Stone Roses, Brian Wilson, Blur, Lou Reed, Oasis, The Chemical Brothers, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers, Morrissey, Sigur Rós, and The Strokes.

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Azkena Rock Festival 2018

June 22-23, 2018

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

This two-day party in the north of Spain hits up all genres of rock including punk, metal, and shoegaze. The New York Dolls, The Misfits, Wilco, The Breeders, Alice Cooper, and the Black Crowes have all put in an appearance here since the founding of the festival in 2002.

Cruilla Barcelona 2018

July 13-14, 2018

Barcelona, Spain

It's summer in the city and Cruilla Barcelona arrives to continue the party with a full weekend of music at the Parc del Fòrum (the same home of Primavera Sound). Alumni to this festival have included Kendrick Lamar, Damian Marley, Lauren Hill, and a whole mess of Spanish acts.

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Rototom Sunsplash 2018

August 16-22, 2018

Castellón, Spain

Rototom Sunsplash, the European reggae festival is a full week of music, culture, peace, and unity. Reggae fans from across Europe trek to Valencia in Spain to experience this festival which has been delighting festies since 1991. From its DIY roots to italy to Spain, Sunsplash is a treat for all lifestyles.

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Born during a sweaty, backstage, Bonnaroo downpour, the editor-in-chief's mission in life is to dance, write, and travel to every great festival that this wide world has to offer. While his identity remains a mystery, you may have already met him, probably when he helped himself to your party favors.