Mad Cool Festival

6th July 2023 - 8th July 2023

Critic’s View:

Hosted in the sun-soaked streets of Madrid, Mad Cool Festival is one of the best reasons for visiting Spain during the month of July. Madrid wears its reputation as being one of Europe’s quintessential party capitals on its sleeve, and Mad Cool Festival 2023 is shaping up to be one of the best events for music-lovers to attend all year.

The biggest acts, the most beautiful setting, the best parties, the long warm evenings dancing to your favourite performers… it’s a festival quite unlike any other, and one that’s definitely worth its place on your must-visit list.

Yellow Days, a British indie soul-pop musician performing at 2023 Mad Cool Fest. image courtesy of Mad Cool Festival

What’s On:

The official lineup for 2023 is cementing Mad Cool’s reputation of pushing the envelope while also attracting the biggest pop and rock acts on Earth. This year’s lineup stars mega-hit performers like Lizzo and Lil Nas X that few seemed to see coming until their sudden explosion on the international scene. You’ll also spot emerging talent like The 1975 and Yellow Days… artists with a comparatively smaller but dedicated fan base that seem poised to steal the show… and barring that, our hearts.

Of course, like all good festivals, Mad Cool’s appeal doesn’t just lie in the headlining acts and bands appearing on stage. It’s an immersive world of good vibes, new experiences and thrills, and the chance to get away from it all in one of Europe’s most stylish and fun-filled cities.

This year’s star-studded line-up. digital poster courtesy of Mad Cool Festival

After Parties

Madrid really is a city that never sleeps, and after parties will be taking place on the festival site and elsewhere around the capital; the locals will be dancing until the sun rises, and there’s no excuse not to join them. Combined with the city’s renowned gastronomy and wine scene, and you’ve got a recipe for an unforgettable week in the sun.

Featured Accommodation

If you’re not keen on camping, Mad Cool Festival partners with a number of nearby hotels, many of which have a direct route to the festival site itself. These include:

  • AC Atocha Hotel
  • Rafael Atocha Hotel
  • We Are Chamartin Hotel
  • AC Avenida De America Hotel


Tickets are available via the Mad Cool website.

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