Thursday, July 25, 2013

Catch Some Live Music On Your Trip To Spain

Heading to sunny climates for some summer holiday unwinding is a great way to spent a few weeks. The holiday doesn't have to be simply a regular "beach and bars" holiday though; Spain is a great country with plenty to do, so why not combine your summer trip with something like a music festival to make it an unforgettable break.  

Head To Barcelona
The capital city of Barcelona is an amazing place to visit any time of the year. If you want to experience a different side of the city, try heading out there during May for the Primavera Music Festival. This year's event featured talent like Blur and the Wu-Tang Clan and it has become one of Europe's biggest summer music events. The festival takes place at the end of the month and is just around 15km from Barcelona airport and around 5km from the city itself. Pulling crowds of over 100,000, this event has been running for over ten years and just gets bigger and bigger. For a taste of what to expect take a look at the BBC article on last year's Primavera Festival. You can always look online for information about holidays to Spain and the rock festivals and events taking place.

Familiar Name, Fresh Location
UK based music fans will be well aware of a UK based festival called Sonisphere and the name is also used for a number of festivals across Europe. Sonisphere Spain takes place the weekend after Primavera in Getafe, which is quite close to Madrid (around 20km from Madrid airport to the festival site). Sonisphere is centred around heavy metal music and harder rock sounds, so not so much of the pop and dance stuff you'd get at Primavera. This is the best Spanish festival for all the head-bangers out there. Last year's event attracted around 70.000 people with headline acts Iron Maiden along with Metal stalwarts Megadeath and Anthrax.

Something For Everyone Close by to Valencia in Castellón, Spain, you will find the Arenal Sound Festival taking place in August every year. This festival is a bit more like Glastonbury, with a really wide and diverse mix of music styles. Famous rock and pop acts top the bill, but you will find a good range of electronic music, dance, hip-hop and anything else you might fancy seeing and hearing. Last year's event featured the likes of The Editors and The Klaxons amongst many others. Be sure you check out this year's line-up and see if there in anything you'd regard as "can't miss" opportunities

One of the best things about attending big music festivals in Europe is that the costs are universally much lower than in the UK. In exactly the same way that most European capital cities are cheaper than London prices for drinks and food, the festival ticket prices across Europe are very, very low. You can always look at online for information about holidays to Spain early on so you have an idea of flight costs while you wait for the festival line-up to be revealed. Why not extend your regular Spanish holiday by a long weekend and enjoy a bargain-priced music festival in the summer sun while you are out there. It sure beats the rain and mud of UK festival going.

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