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Rolling Stones Tickets for Madrid Concert Go on Sale

Tomorrow, 16th November 2005, tickets will go on sale for both the Rolling Stones‘ Madrid and Barcelona concerts. The group will play the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona (Olímpico de Barcelona) on the 27th May and the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid on the 29th May, 2006. The Bigger Bang Tour will be an extension of the Rolling Stones tour which started in August, 2005 in the USA. Tickets for both the Madrid and Barcelona concerts can be bought from Servicaixa Halcón Viajes travel shops, El Corte Inglés and through the web or telephone.

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Las Niñas Debut New Album Savia Negra


Just a quick post. If you’re looking for something to do tonight (30th November,2005), you may want to head off to a concert arranged to show solidarity to victims of AIDS. The main group playing will be Las Niñas, a trio from Seville who will be performing songs from their latest album, Savia Negra, for the first time in Madrid. Tickets are only 6 Euros.

Venue: Sala Copérnico
Date& Time: 30th November, 2005 | 8.30pm
Address: C/ Fernández de los Ríos, 67
Tel: 91 559 59 22

Metro: Moncloa (L3 y L6)

Tickets on Sale: Box Office, FNAC and

Madrid Jazz Festival 2005


For the past 3 to 4 weeks I have seen a number of visitors arriving to this site looking for the Madrid Jazz Festival 2005. Unfortunately, they have had to content themselves with details of last year’s event. Well, as is often the case, the powers that be in Madrid have decided to release online details of this year’s event at the very last minute.

The XXII Madrid Jazz Festival will start on November 1st, 2005 and will feature an array of artists from around the world. It will conclude on the 1st December, 2005. This year it looks like around a third of all acts will be Flamenco Jazz-related. The festival will kick off with a concert by Paquito D’Rivera – ’50 Años y 300 noches’ – at the Centro Cultural de la Villa, the primary venue for most of the festival.

This year 2 concerts will take place with musicians from New Orleans, scene of so much devastation a couple of months ago. Some of the highlights of the festival include:

  • Preservation Hall Jazz Band of New Orleans
  • Dave Holland Quintet / Javier Vercher Cuarteto
  • Charlie Haden´s Liberation Music Orchestra / Dennis Rollins
  • Joe Zawinul Project & Wdr Big Band Köln
  • Diego Amador Trío
  • Roy Haynes
  • María Schneider Jazz Orchestra
  • Iré Habana : José María Vitier Cuarteto / SedaJazz
  • Guillermo McGill Quartet & David Liebman
  • Bob Sands Big Band & Laika Fatien
  • Habana Report / Joshua Edelman

And many, many more. For a full listing of shows, events and artists, you will need to check out the Esmadrid Jazz Festival Website

It is not just the large venues that will host Jazz artists but also the popular Jazz clubs, like Café  Central, Bar Café Clamores Jazz, Sala Barco and Rincon del Arte Nuevo.

In addition, you will find Jazz films like Piano Blues by Clint Eastwood and When We Were Kings by Leon Gast. There are two masterclasses and even Jazz concerts for kids.

For a full listing of show and events, you will need to check out the Esmadrid Jazz Festival Website

Festival de Otoño


Starting on October 6th and running for a full month, Madrid will host its yearly autumn festival, the Festival de Otoño. The festival showcases dance, music and theatre companies from around the world and is held in the major Madrid theatres: the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro Madrid, the Círculo de Bellas Artes and Teatro Albéniz, to name but a few. Here is a brief overview of some of the artists and performances which will feature during this month:

Joan Manuel Serrat; Elza Soares; Dead Capo; La Capella Reial de Catalunya and Hespèrion XXI and Racalmuto

Shakespeare’s A Winter’s Tale and Measure for Measure (in English); Sophocles’ Antigone (in Brazilian); Macbeth and Othello (in Lithuanian) and Stupidity and Versión Original Subtitulada (in Spanish) – all plays have subtitles in Spanish

Dance companies from Spain, UK, Belgium and France will be performing across the theatres of Madrid.

The website also has a list of venues, with accompanying prices and addresses.

Public Transport Fiesta

MadridsincochesThe City Council of Madrid along with EMT (bus) and Metro Madrid will be holding, for the third year running, a ‘public transport’ fiesta – the website is called Madrid Sin Coches (Madrid Without Cars). The idea of the fiesta is to create more awarenesss of public transport and to use personal vehicles in a more rational way in the city centre – very admirable! As part of this celebration a FREE concert will be held in the evening, featuring popular Spanish band Pereza singer Fran Perea and Cuban Rap band Orishas. The concert will be held in the Paseo de Camoens, which is a short walk from Moncloa Metro stop. In the morning there is a children’s fiesta starting at 11.30 a.m.

I would certainly recommend you go along and listen to Pereza who are undoubtedly the Spanish Rock/Pop find of the year.

11.30 pm: Children’s fiesta
7.00 pm : Fran Perea
8.30 pm: Pereza
10.00 pm: Orishas
Location: Paseo de Camoens
Metro: Moncloa
Entry: Free

Flamenco in the Metro

From the 12th to the 16th September, the metro station of Nuevos Ministerios will be putting on a flamenco show every single evening at 10 p.m. Among the guests who will be taking part are: Manuela Carrasco (flamenco dancer), El Lebrijano (flamenco singer), Antonio El Pipa (flamenco dancer), Falete (flamenco signer) and Tomatito (flamenco guitarist). Entry is free to these events but it would probably be advisable to get there quite early.

Metro: Nuevos Ministerios
Related link: “Cumbre Flamenca” en el Metro de Madrid (Zona Musical)

La Otra Mirada del Flamenco – Flamenco Festival

TeatropradilloThe flamenco festival La Otra Mirada del Flamenco will this year celebrate its tenth anniversary at the Teatro Pradillo. It has supported comtemporary flamenco artists and projects over the decade and says itself that some of the productions have been quite risky and have broken new ground. For the tenth anniversary they have put together a line up of both young and well-known artists such as Belén Maya and Rafaela Carrasco, Angel Rojas, Manuel Liñán and Silvia Marín.

The press information actually says that La Otra Mirada del Flamenco will give international visitors to Madrid an alternative flamenco programme of great quality in a small format to the purely commercial offerings that can be found.

Ticket Prices: 12 Euros can be bought at the theatre
Address: C/ Pradillo, 12
Metro: Concha Espina (Exit Plaza Cataluña)

Madrid’s Cultural Summer Programme

Veranos2Throughout July and right up to August 14th, the Madrid City Council puts on its summer entertainment programme, called Veranos de la Villa, which sees events taking place both indoors and outdoors and cuts across the cultural spectrum. It is a wonderful opportunity to see Spanish culture at its best and the programme includes flamenco, dance, music, zarzuela, theatre and much more. Here are some examples of what’s on offer:

  • Soloists from the Royal Opera House Covent Garden will sing in the Plaza de Oriente (in front  of the Royal Palace).
  • Flamenco dance companies and singers like Compañia Manuela Carrasco, La Tana (Montse Cortés), Belén Maya, Carmen Linares and El Cigala will also play the Sabatini Gardens
  • Richard III will be performed by the Centro Drámatico Galego
  • Miguel Riós, Roberta Flack, Robert Cray and Antonio Vega will play the Patio Central de Conde Duque

This is just a small selection of what’s going on over this time. I would suggest you take a look at the  Veranos de la Villa site – it is in Spanish but you should be able to find your way around. Tip: Actividades means activities/events and Espacios, venues. Many of the events are free, though there is a small charge for indoor venues.

Madrid Concerts for May and June

Steve_earl_1The months of May and June see a cracking line up of Rock and Pop acts in Madrid. They include Steve Earl, Bruce Springsteen, Oasis, Feeder and Garbage.

Steve Earl and The Dukes
Date: 24th May | 9.30 p.m.
Price: 20 euros
Venue: Sala Divino Aqualung
Tickets: Box Office, FNAC and Tick Tack Ticket

Maroon 5

Date: 31st May

Date: 1st June
Venue: Sala Arena (Princesa, 3)
Tickets: Box Office, FNAC and Tick Tack Ticket


: 1st June

Springsteen_1Bruce Springsteen

: 2nd June

: Palacio de los Deportes de la Comunidad

: 64 and 74 euros

: Call 902 15 00 25.


: 3rd June | 9 p.m.

: Paraninfo de la Universidad Complutense

: 28 euros

: Box Office, FNAC and Tick Tack Ticket

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Pereza: Madrid’s Top Rock Band

Pereza_1Whilst in FNAC a few weeks ago I noticed a couple of Spanish lads buying a good few copies of the same CD. The band in question was called Pereza and the album – Animales – was the latest release from the band. The next time I went in to FNAC I listened to the album and was immediately hooked. I have been playing the album non-stop ever since – they are probably the most exciting Spanish rock band I’ve heard in many a year.

Pereza are a band from the North of Madrid who have been playing together since the end of the 1990’s and ‘Animales’ is now their third album. The first song they released off the album was ‘Princesas’ and you can listen to it and others on the Pereza website.

The band will be playing at the Palacio de Deportes in Madrid on the 11th June and I would certainly recommend trying to get along to see them.

Duran Duran Play Madrid


Nick Rhodes, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Roger Taylor and Simon LeBon, from the world-famous 80’s band Duran Duran, will play Madrid’s Riviera on the 22nd May. The Birmingham group will be playing the latest songs from their ‘come back’ album Astronaut, like Reach up for the (Sunrise) and What Happens Tomorrow, along with classics like ‘Please, Please Tell Me Now, Reflex, Girls on Film and Wild Boys (takes you back, doesn’t it?). Hard to think that this band formed in 1978.

Date | Time: 22nd May, 10 pm
Venue: Sala La Riviera
Price: 33 Euros (buy from FNAC) or opens its first shop

Tienda3 For over 8 years has had a web presence and has grown into on of the major flamenco web sites in the world. Now, as a result of demand from its readers/customers, it has opened its first shop in Madrid. The shop is located in Madrid’s well-known c/Huertas and has two rooms which display a variety of flamenco-related products, from CD’s and DVD’s to books, shoes, postcards, guitars, shawls, box drums and accessories. Their intention is the following:

“We want to cater to the demanding enthusiast, but also to the tourist and the curious seeking a place representative of that part of Spanish culture which is flamenco, presented enticingly and seriously, as heritage of the people and not just of sybarites”.

Walking along c/Huertas, which is one of the main centre’s of Madrid’s nightlife, a couple of weeks back I couldn’t help but see the shop front in daytime with its deep red colours – this is quite strange as the bars & restaurants of this famous nightspot tend to be invisible in daytime!

Related Article inaugurates its first store

Address: c/Huertas, 62 (view map location)
Metro: Antón Martín

REM, Maroon 5 and Bryan Adams to kick off 2005 in Madrid


The New Year in Madrid kicks off with some great concerts. Here is a brief selection:

REM + Invited Guest
8th January | 10 p.m.
Price: 33 to 44 Euros
Venue: Palacio Vistalegre
Tickets: FNAC, Madrid Rock, Tiendas Tipo &

Maroon 5
Date: 20th January | 10 p.m.
Price: 22 Euros
Sala La Riviera (Paseo Virgen del Puerto s/n)
Tickets: Box office, FNAC, Madrid Rock, Tiendas Tipo &

Bryan Adams
Date: 28th January | 9.30 p.m.
Price: 32.20 to 55 Euros
Venue: Palacio Vistalegre
Tickets:  Servicaixa and Halcón Viajes

Van Morrison
Date 29th January | 9 p.m.
Price: 40 to 70 Euros
Venue: Palacio de Congresos (Pº
de la Castellana, 99)
Tickets: Box Office, FNAC, Madrid Rock, Tiendas Tipo and
(902 888 902).

Woody Allen and the New Orleans Jazz Band play Madrid at Christmas


On the 26th December Woody Allen and his New Orleans Jazz Band will be playing at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos in the Campo de las Naciones exhibition (a previous summer show had to be postponed and Woody Allen promised he would return soon). The tickets for the show will go on sale at all branches of the Caixa Catalunya bank or by telephone on 902 10 12 12. You can also buy tickets through – if I’m correct you can buy with a Credit Card and pick up the tickets through a machine at the venue (though, you’d better check beforehand).

Metro: Campo de las Naciones (line 8)

Luz Casal, Anastacia, Faithless and The Prodigy play Madrid

Anastacia06 Here are a selection of pop/rock concerts that are going on in Madrid this month (November):

The Prodigy
Date: 3rd November | 8.30 pm
Price: 28.50 euros
Venue: La Riviera Paseo Virgen del Puerto s/n)
Tickets: Fnac, Madrid Rock & Tiendas Tipo.

Date: 4th November | 9.30 pm Price: 21 euros
Venue: Sala La Riviera (Paseo Virgen del Puerto, s/n)
Tickets: Box office and (902 40 02 22).

Luz Casal
Date: 5th November | 10 pm; Price: 27 to 33 euros
Venue: Palacio de Congresos (Paseo de la Castellana, 99)
Tickets: Fnac, Madrid Rock, Tiendas Tipo and

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