Every single year when summer comes around, it seems as though the entire world likes to play host to a number of different and exciting music festivals. From world famous ones like Glastonbury and Coachella to smaller, more intimate local independent affairs, there is pretty much a festival out there to match every musical and cultural preference you can think of. Spain is certainly no exception in this area, especially when it comes to music festivals in the northern region of Spain. Music festivals in Spain are becoming more and more popular every year, with people coming from all across Europe to experience them. Here is a rundown of some of the very best music festivals North Spain offers.
One of the most prominent music festivals in Spain, Azkena Rock is a two-day celebration of, you guessed it, rock music! There are stages that cover all of the sub-genres of rock from rock and roll to punk, to new wave, to metal, to surf, and everything in between. There are also stages named in honour of musical legends like Chuck Berry, Greg Lake, Chris Cornell, and Gregg Allman.
Based in Bilbao, BBK Live is a festival that celebrates music of the rock, pop, and indie varieties. It is situated on the lush green mountainside that is synonymous with Bilbao and northern Spain, and it consistently boasts one of the best international line-ups of any Spain music festivals.
Atlantic Fest takes place in Illa de Arousa and is a place for music lovers of genres like pop, rock, indie, and folk to come together and pass a glorious summer weekend. High profile acts like The Kaiser Chiefs, The Vaccines, and Ivan Ferreiro are set to grace the stage this year.
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Usually held at the end of June every year, this is a festival that manages to get some of the biggest name acts in the music industry to appear. The 2018 festival, for example, boasted The Killers, Lenny Kravitz, and Jamiroquai as its headliners.
Palencia Sonora is regarded as being one of the best medium-sized music festivals in all of Northern Spain. Bills in recent years have included the likes of Lori Meyers, Xoel Lopez, Dorian, and Fashion. The unique setting of the festival also makes it one of the best combinations of music and nature in the country.
If you are looking for a festival that is equal parts music, beach fun, and good food, then this one is definitely the one for you! The festival is the pride of Galicia during the summertime, and it is growing in popularity from year to year. This year’s edition takes place in August, and ticket holders can look forward to acts including Talco, Desakato, Sara Hebe, and Berri Txarrak.
Sonorama Ribera is an annual festival that takes place in the village of Aranda de Duero in Castile and Leon. It has been running since 1998, making it one of the most esteemed music festivals in Spain. The bill mainly consists of pop, indie pop, indie rock, and electronic music, and the during the three days there is also a festival of short films that takes place in the same location as the music fun.
Santander Music is the final festival on the list of best music festivals in the north of Spain, and some might say we saved the best for last! With headlining sets from the likes of Izal, La M.O.D.A., Joe Crepuscolo, and Kase O, it is among one of the most diverse festivals in the country. Held in August, the festival always gives locals and tourists alike something to really look forward to, forever promising a quality and unforgettable weekend experience.
No matter which festival you choose to attend, there is no doubting that the North of Spain has a lot to offer when it comes to fun summer experiences involving music, camping, food, drink, friends and family! If you are smart, you might be able to do a round trip of two or three different events!