From Benicassim to the Balearics, sunny Spain is home to some of Europe's very best music festivals
Last updated: 13th Jan 2020
We all love a music festival, don't we? There's nothing better than camping out with your mates, seeing a bunch of your favourite artists and drinking beer for breakfast (non alcoholic drinks are also available) across a weekend where nothing else matters.
Here in the U.K., music festivals are an essential summer calendar staple, and we flock to them in our hundreds of thousands, come (often biblical) rain or shine.
But what about hitting a festival in warmer climes, where the sun beams, the sea glistens and the beach beckons? Sounds like perfection, doesn't it?
That's why we're saying Hola to this list of the best music festivals in Spain for 2020.
Easily one of Spain's most popular festivals, Primavera Sound in Barcelona delivers on multiple levels, with a diverse line-up of contemporary greats from across the globe, situated on the sprawling waterfront complex of Parc Del Forum.
A huge favourite for Brits looking to soak up the rays while enjoying a heap load of great music on Spain's east coast. With on-site camping and a beach nearby, it's little wonder this festival's popularity has never waned, attracting heaps of British music lovers.
Sonar Barcelona, and co-existing 'unofficial' week-long fringe event, OFFSonar, are at the forefront of global electronic music events, bringing a heap of cutting-edge electronic acts and DJs to the city year after year.
But if you're after more intimate sets inside more unique venues (including a monastery), the week-long Off Sonar programme might be more your bag, with the chance to catch the big main festival acts in smaller venues right across the city.
Iconic clubbing institution Defected are famed for taking their huge house nights across the globe, and where better to pitch up with a brand new festival than on The White Isle.
Debuting in Ibiza in 2020, the Defected Festival will take place at multiple locations across the island from Thursday 14th to Monday 18th May, with day and night parties featuring DJs from the Defected, Glitterbox and Classic Music Company rosters.
The festival will kick off with a day party, followed by a pre-party and Defected’s opening night at Eden in San Antonio the following day. On the Saturday, the festival will feature another day time event, followed by Classic Music Company curating the festival stage on Saturday night. Sunday will see a pre-party and then Glitterbox Ibiza’s opening party at Hï Ibiza.
Taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th September, Captured Festival will once again take to Benimussa Park in San Antonio, Ibiza
Otherwise known as the old zoo, the festival site is littered with abandoned animal enclosures, including the famous seal pit. The venue also has a pool, several open-air spaces and a 600-capacity indoor club.