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5 Music Festivals You Need To Hit Up In Spain This Summer

BY NADIA CHO

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Move over California, there’s a new prime destination offering tons of top-notch music festivals this summer on the sexier side of the Atlantic.

Spain is chockfull of amazing music festivals in major cities all over the country each summer. In Spain you will find diverse festivals for any genre of music including: rock, electronic, pop, indie, jazz, blues, hip-hop and reggae. World-famous artists are commonplace in Spain’s festival lineups and it’s a great chance to discover native Spanish musicians who are killing it in their home country and in Europe. From the bright, lively shores of Valencia to the rolling hills of Bilbao, going to a music festival in Spain will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows you to party hard and travel to amazing sites at the same time.

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The one thing Spaniards do best is party so you can rest assured that any festival which takes place on its home turf will be an insane and memorable time, full of their rambunctious, uplifting energy. Here are some of the best music festivals happening in Spain this summer.

1. Primavera Sound, Barcelona, May 28-30, 2015

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Kick off the summer with this internationally renowned music festival in Barcelona, for which thousands of people travel from all over the world to attend!

Every year Primavera Sound provides the best of indie, rock, hip-hop and more over three days. Sort of like a Coachella in Barcelona. This year, the marvelous lineup includes: The Black Keys, Alt-J, Tyler the Creator, The Strokes, Interpol and so much more. Travel to Barcelona and watch your favorite artists at Parc de Forum right next to the water.

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2. Sónar, Barcelona, June 18-20, 2015

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Another internationally famous music festival takes place in Barcelona every summer. Sónar, which presents the best of all branches of electronic music from around the world. This is an extraordinary festival that brings together and celebrates the cross between creativity and technology, which showcases artists in electronic music and New Media art.

This year the most well-known headliners include: Skrillex, Flying Lotus, Die Antwoord and Jaime xx with tons of other individual artists who are bound to blow your mind, each with their distinct styles.

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3. Bilbao BBK Live, Bilbao, July 9-11, 2015

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Bilbao BBK is also a highly popular summer music fest that features many international superstars every year from rock, electronic, indie to hip-hop.

This year’s lineup is an unbelievable treat with Muse headlining along with Disclosure, Azealia Banks, Mumford and Sons and Counting Crows. Bilbao BBK takes place in the beautiful, majestic green mountains of Spanish Basque Country, with incredible views and proximity to the elegant cosmopolitan city of Bilbao. Make this an opportunity to have fun and visit one of Spain’s most unique and well-developed provinces in the north.

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4. FIB Festival, Benicássim (Valencia), July 16-19, 2015

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Valencia is one of the best regions in Spain to go on holiday and party, thanks to its bright sandy shores and the crystal clear Mediterranean. Every year, one of the not-to-miss festivals is the Festival Internacional de Benicássim on the Valencian coast. The concert series deliver so many world class artists that you won’t believe.

This year’s headliners at FIB include: Blur, Portishead, Florence + the Machine, The Prodigy, Bastille and many more for lovers of EDM and indie. Heading to Valencia, especially in the summer, is never a bad idea as an ideal location and spirited inhabitants are bound to guarantee you a great time.

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5. Arenal Sound, Valenica, July 28-August 2, 2015

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If you absolutely love to dance, go crazy and party ‘til the break of dawn, here is a festival that you don’t want to miss! It takes place on the lively, sundrenched shores of Valencia, with lots of hot people and great party music. Need I say more?

Arenal Sound is an unbelievable event for which festive young people from all over Spain and beyond flock to in order to camp, play and dance until the sun comes up. Just looking at the ideal location on the Mediterranean lets you know that it will be a truly exciting, high-energy festival, one that really makes you feel like you’re celebrating the summer! This year’s lineup includes: EDM party favorites such as Zedd, Nervo and Nero, along with indie pop darlings like La Roux, Mika and The Tings Tings.

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