A WALK THROUGH MODERN MUSIC HISTORY IN MADRID
For decades, Madrid has been a leading city and pioneer in the production of new sounds. Thus, after years of obscure dictatorship, creativity surfaced in every corner in the form of the so-called “La movida madrileña”, a particular musical style where punk and pop in Spanish merged and gave birth to an eclectic social tribe that soaked the culture of the time.
Nowadays, homage is paid to such a movement with events like the electronic music event of Brunch -In the Park Madrid that, although it’s not the same kind of music, it does bring together the same kind of people that wants to break the routine and leave the daily stress aside. The event is hold curiously in a park, the Enrique Tierno Galván Park, which bears the name of the mayor who popularized, promoted and allowed the movement with acts and phrases like this famous one: “¡Madrileños, el que no esté colocado que se coloque y… al loro!” (The sentence is tough to translate because of the slang, but we’re going to do our best and translate as it follows: “Citizens of Madrid, if any of you not getting high, now is the time and… keep your eyes open!”)
This event is an ode to freedom of expression, choice and the desire to celebrate through music the best side of life and with an electronic music concert for all audiences that the octogenarian mayor would be very proud of.
From Madrid… to Heaven, but Passing Through Valencia
There is a popular saying that dictates that from Madrid you go directly to heaven. It is unknown if it’s said because the city is like the door to heaven or because it’s hell on earth, but what we can ensure is that the road to heaven, over the last decades passed through Valencia.
If during the eighties Madrid was the pioneer city musically speaking, in the nineties it did not lose strength and shared the podium of electronic music with Valencia and Ibiza, where one could find the best beats in Spain (and even Europe).
It was the times of the legendary “Bakalao route” or “Destroy route” that people used to do in a night that stretched throughout the weekend: the trip Madrid – Valencia, with stops in “temples” of nightlife where industrial music was popular.
Leaving the excesses aside, this mythical route manifested a will and a creativity to get out of the marked lines just like the Movida did it, and as this one, once achieved its purpose, disappeared eventually.
Madrid at the end of the Century: the Madrid of Festivals
Once the new millennium arrived, Madrid had little to prove that it was already on the map of capital cities of music and modernity. Nevertheless, it reinforced its mark with -festivals and historical ones like the Festimad (in times of the best Marilyn Manson, Green Day or Offsprings, to name some) or the Summercase, that came to compete with the most famous festivals from the beginning, like the FIB or the famous Primavera Sound.
After a few years when festivals in Madrid disappeared drastically, and with social policies that removed it from the podium, Madrid lost strength musically and with it, its great festivals. But today, with other projects like the new festival Mad Cool and original and daring alternatives such as the Brunch-In the Park, as well as the brand new Caja Mágica, the capital once again claims its throne and it plans to keep it.