Already thinking about your summer plans? Always looking for music events? Good food and nice landscapes are also part of your searching? Then you may be a Music Tourism Addict. Check out these different types of music festivals. Jazz, Classical Music, Indie, Folk or Flamenco music can be found in Spain during this summer. Enjoy¡
International Festival Cante de las Minas (Flamenco)
La Union, in Murcia, is the venue for the most important annual Flamenco event in the world. Singing, dancing and guitar playing are the three modalities of an event full of flamenco authenticity and a commitment to young values, which also includes renowned stars of the genre.
The old Public Market of La Unión hosts this important festival, which represents the flamenco memory of the history of mining in this area of Murcia. Flamenco is the absolute protagonist of a contest that since its creation, in 1961, has opted for this musical genre, both in its most classic, as in the most contemporary and avant-garde.
The program of the festival is completed with galas, in which the great consecrated stars of this musical genre perform. In addition, during these days there are other complementary activities such as exhibitions, wine tastings, screenings, flamenco madrugás, literary presentations, poetry recitals, courses (guitar, dance and percussion) for different levels and gatherings.
Where: La Unión, Murcia.
When: 31 July-10 August
Do some tourism: Visit a Local Mine
What to eat: Mero a la Cazuela (Mere Fish a la Casserole)
Festival Castell Peralada (Classical Music)
The medieval set of Peralada Castle is the setting for the Castell de Peralada Festival during the months of July and August. The Auditorium, located inside the gardens of the Castillo Park, is the ideal place for concerts on summer nights. The Church and the Cloister, on the other hand, host recitals, chamber concerts and small format operas. History and prestige identify the Festival that, both for its artistic proposals and for the exceptionality of the setting in which it is developed, situates this medieval town in the cultural and leisure center of the summer nights of the Costa Brava.
Where: Peralada, Gerona.
When: 4 July-17 August
Do some tourism: Visit Dalí Museum
What to drink: DO Empordá Wine Route
Ortigueira Festival (Folk)
It is one of the most multitudinous macrofestivals in Spain and a world reference in folk music. Focused on Celtic sounds, this free-of-charge outdoor event in Ortigueira, in the province of A Coruña (Galicia), attracts thousands of people every year.
In addition to Celtic music, it is also possible to listen to other folkloric and traditional rhythms in the different stages. This festival, which brings together established stars and novice artists, is completed with a series of parallel activities, including photographic exhibitions, craft fairs, dance workshops, parades of bands and parades.
Where: Ortigueira, Coruña.
When: 11-14 July
Do some tourism: Visit the Beautiful Beaches
What to eat: Pulpo a Feira (Octopus)
San Sebastian Jazz Festival (Jazz)
Practically all the current jazz has had a place in the Heineken Jazzaldia programming since 1966, with all its variety of styles. More than 2,000 musicians have played in San Sebastian, many on more than one occasion, and among them are all the main jazz stars of the last decades. Therefore, the history of the San Sebastian Festival is parallel to that of all modern jazz.
The International Jazz Festival / Jazzaldia of San Sebastian is headquartered at the Kursaal Center, although it is held in different parts of the city.
A musical event totally open to all audiences in styles and trends. During six days and in eight different points, there will be more than 60 performances: the Kursaal Center and the Plaza de la Trinidad offer paid concerts, while in the other stages, such as Zurriola beach or the Kursaal Center terraces, the concerts are free.
Where: San Sebastian, Guipuzcoa.
When: 24-28 July
Do some tourism: Take a Swim at the Concha Bay
What to eat: Food Experience
Vida Festival (Indie)
It is a festival suitable for the whole family that has some of the most recognized artists in the music scene in recent years.
It is a festival that seeks to become an authentic sensory experience thanks to its connection with the sea, nature, light and art. It develops its activities in three unbeatable natural environments, mainly the Masía d’en Cabanyes, a site full of surprises that has large gardens to celebrate a different festival, atypical and full of charm. In addition, it has a camping area connected to the rest of the spaces by a bus service.
The zone destined to the restoration is where the barbecues of La Masía are currently located. It is one of the largest areas of the festival, equipped and prepared to offer this type of service: both for its barbecues, as for the number of picnic tables available to the public. The Vida Festival also has the Market, a space with special and unique items that are differentiated by their design, manufacture and production and where you can also find the official merchandising of the Vida Life.
Where: Vilanova i La Geltrú, Barcelona.
When: 4-6 July
Do some tourism: Great Beaches here also
What to eat: Xató de Vilanova
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