New venues, smaller audiences but the same enthusiasm for music, art, and culture.
Coronavirus has been a hard blow for everyone, as well as for culture in all its forms. Music events in 2020 had to be cancelled and music culture came to a standstill and had to adapt to a new virtual stage, without an audience and without as much media.
2021 brings some hope and, although theatres, squares and concert halls will not be filled to full capacity, culture is gradually reopening its doors and music will once again be heard. We will be able to enjoy classical music concerts, pop and rock music concerts, festivals… Music is life and people are eagerly awaiting the opportunity to enjoy it again.
This year is expected to see a return to an almost normal schedule of performances, with musical stars and major orchestras returning to the stage. In Spain, a number of concerts will be held.
The Berlin Philharmonic, with its conductor Kirill Petrenko, will perform in Spain on 2nd (Palau de la Música in Barcelona), 3rd and 6th of May (Auditorio Nacional in Madrid), as part of Ibermúsica. In the same month and as part of the same series, Yo-Yo Ma will perform Bach’s suites on the cello (13th May). These are just some of the performances that can be enjoyed in the coming months in Madrid and Barcelona. Covid-19 permitting, more performances are expected.
5 Must-See Music Events
This popular show, co-produced by Yllana and Ara Malikian, returns to Madrid to celebrate its tenth anniversary following a world tour covering 28 countries. Thomas Potiron will join Eduardo Ortega, Fernando Clemente and Gueorgui Fourdnajev to combine humour, Yllana’s madness and music on stage. A marvellous way to enjoy music, art and culture.
When and where: April 2021; Madrid, Spain
Indie and alternative music is back. Primavera Sound will be held next June. This festival prides itself on being a platform for alternative music. Its creativity is superlative and it always has truly unique headliners.
Line-up: The Strokes, Gorillaz, Tame Impala, FKA Twigs, Tyler, the Creator, Jorja Smith, Iggy Pop, Disclosure…
When and where: 2nd-6th June 2021; Barcelona, Spain
Guns N’Roses Concert
Guns n’ Roses was undoubtedly one of the most listened to bands in the world during the late eighties and early nineties. Through their hard rock style and a certain punk attitude, Axel Rose’s band revolutionised the music industry. Next June they will return to Spain, specifically to Seville, performing at the Benito Villamarín Stadium.
When and where: 5th June; Seville, Spain.
Queen Concert at the WiZink Center
In July, the Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid will host Queen and Adam Lambert. The concert will finally take place on 6th July 2021 in the capital after having had to postpone its date due to the pandemic.
When and where: 6th July; Madrid Wikink Center.
The most famous event and festival – Tomorrowland. The biggest electronic music extravaganza in the world. An incredible line-up of world-class artists, combined with exceptional attention to detail, creates the perfect experience to delight the festival-goers year after year.
Line-up: Martin Garrix, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Marshmello, Amelie Lens, Adam Beyer, Eric Prydz, NERVO…
When and where: 16th-18th July and 23rd-25th July 2021; Boom, Belgium