One of the things that struck me about Spain during my stay there was the amount of music festivals held in the country. There were at least two or three festivals occurring each weekend around the entire country and all easily accessible via Renfe or Alsa. Spanish artists shared stages with musicians from all over the world. El Guincho dj’ing alongside James Murphy? YES PLEASE!
Despite the end of summer, music festivals continue to sprout up around Spain. The latest is Vinalopop Festival in the city of Elche on the southeastern tip of the country on the weekend of Oct. 14th and 15th. Unlike Coachella or Vive Latino, Vinalopop now in its second year, is a smaller, intimate festival along the lines of Silverlake Jubilee with an emphasis on homegrown indie, pop and electronica, hence the compound vinyl + pop.
A few of our favorites such as Familia del Árbol, Napoleon Sólo, and We Are Standard will be there. They’ll share the stage with a number of hot, new bands who are making waves in Spain who we wish would come stateside. Among them, there’s Estereotypo, a dance-rock trio along the lines of Datarock and The Rapture from the beautiful, coastal city of Santander. There’s also the Madrid quintet Hola A Todo El Mundo who crosses all genres effortlessly as well as The Fuzzy White Casters from Valencia who mix the best elements of Klaxons, Bloc Party, and Arctic Monkeys (who they opened for!).
Additionally, Sammy Jo of Scissor Sisters, Chris Geddes of Belle & Sebastian, and Paul Thompson of Franz Ferdinand are scheduled to perform their own DJ sets. I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m one step away from grabbing my passport and San Fermin bandanna!
For a complete list of the lineup, click HERE.