LADY GAGA, MADONNA, SPRINGSTEEN, COLDPLAY, STONE ROSES AND MANICS ALL ON THE WAY

PLUS A SUMMER OF FESTIVALS FEATURING GUNS N’ ROSES, PULP, THE CHILIS, METALLICA, THE KAISER CHIEFS, THE CURE, STING, ELTON JOHN, SUEDE, RADIOHEAD, NEW ORDER AND MUCH, MUCH MORE

Click on the links to BARCELONA, MADRID and REST OF SPAIN for a complete calendar of concerts coming up over the next few months. There is also a special section dedicated FESTIVALS, and a NEWS section to keep you informed. Click on the name of any artists for further information about the dates, venue etc.

COMING UP SOON IN SPAIN

There are two absolute monster shows coming up in 2012, featuring two American acts that have consistently defied the ageing process. Bruce Springsteen is appearing in five different cities with his Wrecking Ball Tour, including the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona and the Bernabeu in Madrid, while Madonna is limiting her visit to two nights at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona on June 20 and 21 – having kindly added a second show after the first sold out in a matter of hours. Following the Queen of Pop, one of the strongest contenders to her throne, Lady Gaga, will be appearing at the same Barcelona venue on October 6 as part of her Born This Way Ball Tour.

But that’s just the top of the iceberg, folks. Other highlights on the way include the pride of Cardiff, the Manic Street Preachers, other than festival appearances back in Spain for the first time in over a decade, but just for one night in Barcelona, and The Stone Roses on their much anticipated reunion tour. Meanwhile Coldplay‘s only date in Spain is in Madrid in May.

Then there’s the ever popular Lenny Kravitz, Ireland’s finest in the reformed Cranberries, plus the crooner from Rugby, James Morrison. Although Axl Rose is the only original member left, as far as he’s concerned they’re still Guns N’ Roses, and they’re playing in Mallorca this summer. The series of concerts marketed as Ibiza Rocks and Mallorca Rocks feature such acts as Kaiser Chiefs, Kasabian, New Order and Bloc Party, while Sting will be appearing in Tenerife.

FESTIVALS GALORE!

And that’s without even mentioning the festivals coming up this year, with such a staggering number of attractions that it’s going to be very difficult deciding where to go.

The lineup for Benicassim so far features the reunited Stone Roses, living legend Bob Dylan, the return from near disappearance of New Order, Florence & The Machine, Jessie J, At the Drive In, Noel Gallagher and the High Flying Birds, David Guetta and De La Soul. That’s happening from July 12-15. Later that month, Costa de Fuego, the new hard rock equivalent at the same place as Benicàssim, has Guns N’ Roses top of the bill.

Barcelona’s number one festival, Primavera Sound, is from May 30 to June 3, with confirmed artists so far including The Cure, Björk, Franz Ferdinand, The Wedding Present, Wilco, Rufus Wainwright, The xx, Refused, The Drums and The Rapture. There are also two free concerts, with the line-up including Saint Etienne and The Wedding Present. Sonar, also in Barcelona, but in June, is leading with The Roots, Lana del Rey and Fatboy Slim, and the lucky city also has Cruïlla, with The Specials as the highlight.

Up in Bilbao from July 12 to 14, BBK Live is as strong as ever with Radiohead, Snow Patrol, The Cure, the reunited Garbage and The Kooks, while in the first week of May, SOS 4.8 in Murcia has Pulp and The Flaming Lips as its main pulls, the Low Cost Festival in Benidorm can offer you Suede, Placebo and Kasabian, and at Arenal Sound in Burriana, The Kaiser Chiefs are top of the bill.

The lineup for Madrid’s Rock in Rio (June 29 to July 7) includes Maná, Lenny Kravitz, Macaco, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Incubus, David Guetta and Pitbull. The Monegros Desert Festival in Aragon has announced The Prodigy as its headline act on July 21.

If you like your rock, the event of the year is Sonisphere in Madrid, where Metallica are headlining, performing the legendary Black Album in its entirety, and joined by the reformed Soundgarden in their first European show for sixteen years, plus Slayer and Evanescence. And Azkena Rock in Vitoria has Ozzy Osbourne, The Darkness, Status Quo and Lynyrd Skynyrd to keep folks entertained.

The Canary and Balearic Islands have both got in on the festival act with brand new festivals, both of which have got impressive line-ups considering they’re new to the game. Rock Coast Festival in Tenerife is offering Marilyn Manson, Evanescence, The Smashing Pumpkins, Fatboy Slim, Oribital and Iggy and the Stooges, and the potentially massive Ibiza 123 is debuting strong with Sting, Elton John, M83, David Guetta, Lenny Kravitz and Fatboy Slim.

ALSO TOURING IN 2012…

For those of you that enjoy a good blast from the past, there’s plenty going on in that department too. You’ve got goth–rock gods Killing Joke, Canadian legend Leonard Cohen, Ian Atbury and The Cult, the wacky-as-ever Toy Dolls of Nellie the Elephant fame, Marky the only surviving original member of The Ramones, legendary American folkster James Taylor, Bristol’s finest Portishead, the bankrupt Brummies UB40, with Ali’s older bro now doing lead vocals after rejecting the job more than 30 years ago, and metal gods Judas Priest on what they are saying is their farewell tour (but we’ve all heard that one before … old rockers never die).

There are also some mega stars from the Spanish and Latino world that will be touring the country over the next few months. Enrique Iglesias is back in Madrid for the first time in twelve years. The Mexican Frank Sinatra, Luis Miguel, is about as big as it gets when it comes to music in the language of Cervantes, but there’s also one of the biggest Spanish rock bands of all time, the legendary Hombres G, reggaeton king Daddy Yankee, both Amaia Montero and the band she left to go solo, La Oreja de Van Gogh, the multiple award winning Italian diva, Laura Pausini and the ever popular Miguel Bosé has announced gigs at the tail-end of the year.

Silverstein and Blink 182 are flying the flag for North American punk-pop, good old indie folk rock provided by Tindersticks, a potential future superstar in New Zealand singer songwriter Brooke Fraser, the terrifically witty and original alternative country of Lambchop, symphonic metal from the staggeringly gifted Dutch outfit Epica, Il Divo with their operatic take on some of pop’s biggest hits, the frankly bizarre Of Montreal and Mark Lanegan, the brains behind The Screaming Trees.

That should be enough to keep you satisfied for a few months. The only thing to worry about is where the money’s going to come from to pay for all the tickets… Can’t help you there, lads and lasses.

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