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article imageGreat music festivals coming up in Spain for summer 2013

By Anne Sewell     Jul 27, 2013 in Entertainment
The famous Benicàssim and Sonar music festivals are over, but there is still so much more to come. Spain offers a huge variety of music festivals from Indie rock, to flamenco, to jazz, to classical, and everything else in between this summer.
To use the tried and trusted cliche, there is literally something for everyone in the way of music this summer.
Remaining dates July 27 and 28:
Benidorm is hosting what they call a "low cost" indie music festival, but at €55 for Saturday and €41 for Sunday, it sounds a tad expensive. However on offer is a strong mix of international and Spanish talent.
Remaining dates: July 27 and 28:
San Sebastián's Heineken Jazzaldia festival is still running this weekend, and while you might have missed Elvis Costello and Jamie Callum, there are plenty of other big names on stage on this last weekend of the event.
Throughout August:
For those in a more classical frame of mind, Spain's oldest classical music festival takes place in the Basque city of San Sebastián, with concerts being held through the entire month of August.
Participating orchestras include the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Listen to Russian soprano Julia Lezhneva, and enjoy other Russian music, including the great Gergiev with the magnificent Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre.
This music festival is dubbed as being "Eclectic, open, diverse. Both classic and contemporary. Young and devoted to its time."
Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight  Spain.
Donostia-San Sebastián Musical Fortnight, Spain.
San Sebastian music festival
August 1-3:
If pop is to your liking, you can appreciate a blend of Spanish and international mainstream acts while attending Santander Music at the Campa de La Magdalena in Santander, northern Spain.
15 artists are lined up for your entertainment including Calvin Harris, The Zombie Kids, LaChica & LaGrande and many more.
August 1-4:
Valencia's indie festival Arenal Sound draws in some pretty big names. Held on Arenal Beach, Burriana, there is plenty of camping space while you enjoy the events in the musical village.
There are too many artists to list in this article, but here is a breakdown of them all.
August 1-10:
If your taste runs to some good traditional Flamenco, the 53rd Cante de las Minas music festival will take place from the 1st to the 10th August in the town of La Unión, in Murcia.
Here you can experience high-profile acts like guitarist Vicente Amigo and "cantaor" singer Diego "El Cigala", Cante de las Minas is a sure bet for anyone looking to get an authentic taste of grassroots flamenco. Olé!
August 17 to 24:
Irie mon! Europe's biggest reggae festival is to be held in Benicàssim.
This year's biggest name at the Rototom Sunsplash European Reggae Festival 20th Love Edition is none other than Bob Marley's most highly-acclaimed son, Damian along with many other artists listed here.
August 29, 30 and 31:
Bilbao's En Vivo festival offers anti-crisis ticket prices for punk, ska and rock lovers.
Unfortunately, the Barcelona and Madrid versions have been cancelled, but you can still enjoy the festival in fascinating Bilbao in Spain's Basque Country.
The line up includes Mägo de Oz, Rulo y la Contrabanda, Reincidentes, Soziedad Alkohólika and Berri Txarrak.
September 14:
This is the date to be in Madrid, capital of Spain. The city will be offering an Indie Rock event with the DCode 2013. You can enjoy the music of Franz Ferdinand, Vampire Weekend, Foals, Amaral, Love Of Lesbian, Capital Cities and many more.
September 13 to 15:
For lovers of art, tech and rock, Barcelona will be hosting its first ever MOBA festival from September 13 to 15. The event, which mixes music, art and new technology, could be headlined by none other than the Rolling Stones.
Hey, this hasn't been 100% confirmed yet, but its worth being there with or without the famous band!
So, to end with yet another really worn out old cliche, "Be there, or be square!"
Keith Richards (center)  Mick Jagger (left) and Ron Wood (right) from The Rolling Stones; Rolling St...
Keith Richards (center), Mick Jagger (left) and Ron Wood (right) from The Rolling Stones; Rolling Stones concert on December 11, 1981, Rupp Arena, Lexington Kentucky
Michael Conen
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