Spring-summer season is the quintessential time for increasingly numerous music festivals throughout Spanish geography. With astronomical figures of assistance and an economic impact valued in hundreds millions euros, these festivals represent a tourist claim for Spain and the cities that host them, cities increasingly aware of their ecological sustainability and respect for the environment in which they take place.
In spring and summer, about 150 music festivals are held in Spain. Only the top ten biggest festivals in Spain have an impact on the cities that host them valued over 400 million euros. It’s the impact of spending on hotels, apartments or various purchases from more than 1.6 million attendees, according to data from companies in the sector.
The appeal is obvious: These festivals offer the possibility of enjoying best bands and live music for several days: First-line bands combined with new talents to discover and a mix of musical styles, with better venues and also more services (for example, food and fashion), in privileged environments, whether urban or coastal. There are options for all tastes (and pockets).
The most famous Spanish music festivals
Arenal Sound (Burriana, Castellón): 300,000 attendees in last edition.
Rototom Sunsplash (Benicàssim, Castellón). The reggae festival, which this year celebrates its 28th edition, attracted 220,000 attendees with a reusable plastic glass system and other measures put in place to reduce plastic consumption. .
The classic FIB, also in Benicàssim, brought together 114,000 people last year.
Without moving from the Valencian Community, Low Cost, in Benidorm (Alicante), with 80,000 attendees, had an impact of 14 million euros on the city.
The relatively new (seventh edition) Medusa Festival, in Cullera, broke its attendance record with 165,000 spectators last year, and was the one that most raised in the province of Valencia: about 22 million euros impact on the city.
In Barcelona, two already canonical festivals: Primavera Sound, with an attendance of 200,000 people, and Sónar who hopes to recover the record figure of 123,000 attendees in 2018 edition.
Madrid is stomping in organizing these events and has regained ground. Mad Cool brought together 135,000 attendees in 2017, its third edition, while, in its debut at the festive scene, Download exceeded 100,000 attendees.
The north is not far behind when it comes to festivals. Two of the largest take place in those latitudes: Bilbao BBK Live and Sonorama Ribera (Aranda de Duero) broke their own records last year, exceeding 100,000 attendees each one. Sonorama with 20 years of history, has been recognized as Best Large Format Festival in the last installment of the Fest Awards.
In the south, Dreambeach Villaricos (Almería), with 175,000 spectators, completes the list of most massive festivals, next to the Viña Rock in Villarobledo (Albacete), which closed its 21st edition (April 2018) with an attendance of more than 200,000 people, according to the organizing company.
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