If you’re torn between a summer holiday spent dancing in the rain to your favourite tunes, or escaping to the continent for some much-need sunshine, a music festival in Spain provides the perfect answer to your dilemma. With a selection ranging from digitally crafted electronic dance music to 70s indie songs, no-one can accuse these festivals of lacking diversity. Taking place across the country from Bilbao to Barcelona, you could be partying like mad one day and relaxing at one of our gorgeous luxury villas in Spain with pools the next.
Sónar, 18th-20th June
Located in the centre of Barcelona, Sónar calls itself an international festival of advanced music and new media art – and it’s not wrong. Since 1994, Sónar has pushed the envelope with unique formats and innovative content, perfectly pairing the audio with the visual to enhance live performances with digital creations andnew media. The beating heart of this festival is electronic dance music, a.k.a. EDM. This year, the line-up includes Massive Attack, Lykke Li, Robyn, Röyksopp and many more artists, who are all standing at the forefront of EDM’s newest trends. With the hybridisation of electronic music and cutting-edge technology, expect an overwhelming sensory experience – and plenty of dancing.
Bilbao BKK Live – 9th-11th July
This three-day music festival takes place on top of a hill, perched just above the city of Bilbao. The epic views are matched by the quality of the bands performing – 2014’s impressive line-up includes the artists behind some of the biggest hits of the past year. Whether you prefer belting out Franz Ferdinand, Bastille or The Prodigy, you’ll definitely get your fill of enthusiastic sing-alongs at this festival. If you’ve got time to stick around, head down to explore Bilbao and its celebrated art scene – the Guggenheim Museum is an absolute must-visit.
Festival Internacional de Benicàssim – 16th-19th July
With sun, sea, sand and sensational performances, Benicàssim perfectly combines a summer holiday with musical royalty. Its location on the Mediterranean coast almost guarantees gorgeous weather – and even if you’re let down on that count, you can bet it won’t dampen anyone’s spirits. The line-up reads something like a Who’s Who of up-and-coming pop and rock acts, with Ellie Goulding, Jake Bugg, Kasabian, Lily Allen and M.I.A. all making appearances. If you’re travelling with a big group, there’s no better retreat at the end of the festival than Casa Le Font just outside Barcelona. A stunningly beautiful villa with an infinity pool and hot tub, it’s the perfect place to wind down before returning to real life.
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