The soundtrack of your summer is in Bilbao Biscay
Bilbao BBK Live, Getxo International Jazz Festival, Bilbao Bizkaia Rock Day 2022, and BBK Bilbao Music Legends are some of the summer’s festivals you mustn’t miss this year.
If you're into music, Bilbao Biscay is your place to go this summer: festivals with unbeatable atmospheres, legendary bands that make you vibrate with their songs, rhythms that come directly from the heart, and the most powerful sounds are waiting for you there. Plus, if you add to all this good food, pintxos, beaches and mountains, no other plan can possibly beat it.
Whatever your style is, Bilbao Biscay will give you the chance to listen to the best live music in a region you'll quickly fall in love with.
The festival season in Bilbao Biscay kicks off with Koba Live. On June 25th, Abadiño–right in the middle of Urkiola Natural Park–is turning into a mecca for heavy metal fans. All day long, metal will be echoing round the town thanks to bands like Vhäldemar, Vita Imana, Elbereth, The Faithless, Orion Child, The Kraven and Unholy Covers, among others. If you like immersing yourself in these sounds, this free event has your name on it.
The memorable tunes of celebrated bands and singers are the main protagonists of the BBK Bilbao Music Legends, a reunion of legendary rock, blues, soul, and R&B stars that will be held at Bilbao Arena. The 2022 edition of the festival includes performances by Status Quo, one of the bands that rockers have taken as a reference for several generations, and British band Hawkwind, both on June 24th. The following day, pop-soul singer Paul Carrack– ‘The Man with the Golden Voice’–and Blues and Americana legend Walter Trout will give their all on the stage.
The festival, rounded off with artists of the calibre of Girlschool, Maika Makovski, Anari, Loquillo, Shirley Davis, and The Silverbacks, has been designed to allow people to enjoy some of their favourite bands, those that marked an era in music, without massive crowds.
Getxo is one of the top music destinations once more this summer. The biggest jazz names are getting together at Getxo International Jazz Festival, a unique opportunity in which you will be captivated by the music played by both established musicians and promising new talents.
From June 29th to July 3rd, Muxikebarri Art, Culture and Congress Centre will welcome concerts by Ron Carter "Foursight", Gonzalo Rubalcaba & Aymée Nuviola & Their Band, and also a band contest. The station square in Algorta will accommodate the stage on which the free shows will be held, including performances by Lucía Fumero, Gaur, and B-Jazz, and a series of family concerts. On Ereaga Beach, meanwhile, people will be able to listen to Amaia’s music by the sea.
July 3 is a day to mark in the calendar for rock lovers. 45,000 lucky ones will gather at San Mamés that day to enjoy the Bilbao Bizkaia Rock Day 2022, a great music festival you shouldn’t miss. Indefatigable band Metallica and their powerful rock are the headliners of a programme that also includes The Regrettes’ alternative rock-pop; Weezer’s alternative rock: The Hellacopters’ garage rock; and Nothing but Thieves’ indie rock–a real spectacle of a show.
Bilbao BBK Live is, without a shred of doubt, one of the most eagerly awaited festivals of the year in Bilbao Biscay. In the middle of nature and with amazing views over Bilbao, the foothills of Mount Kobetas are staging more than 91 concerts from July 7 to 9. A stellar line-up, featuring a list of artists to suit all tastes, and the best of atmospheres will make the audience live the experience to the fullest.
Over these three days, different bands and singers will get on the different stages set up for the Bilbao BBK Live. On Thursday, LCD Soundsystem, Placebo and Moderat will be playing live; The Killers, Stromae, Lori Meyers and Supergrass will be the headliners on Friday; and J Balvin, Pet Shop Boys, and Nathy Peluso, among many others, will close the festival on Saturday.
On the Basoa stage, artists such as The Blessed Madonna, Carl Craig, Helena Hauff, DJ Phyton, Lena Willikens, or John Talabot will make electronic music lovers vibrate in an immersive experience thanks to seven circular sound towers. If you prefer slower rhythms, you should go to the Lasai stage, where Max Abysmal, Cosmo Vitelli, Bufiman or Charlotte Bendiks will help you cool your jets with their sounds.
On July 13, Armintza will be transformed into a melting pot of cultures, all of them united by a single music genre. Txapel Reggae will transport the Biscayan coast to Jamaica with the help of bands like Fantan Mojah & Jahvolution, Un Rojo Reggae Band, High Paw & Elephants Yard, Deskarats, or Suaia eta Ama Rebel, to name a few.
On the Dub Stage, the atmosphere will be warmed up by Weepah, Ziribulio Kolektiboa, or Pantx Records, and MCs Ziztada eta Raperu, Santa & Vega, Laize, Aiala e Lyrikan and Endika Lahaine i Rufoh. The percussion of Batukale Samba will enliven the streets of this small fishing neighbourhood in a free festival that mixes roots, respect, and love together with the best music.
If you like listening to sounds with soul, Bilbao Blues Festival is just for you. Thanks to it, Bilbao has earned a place among the cities with the most influential festivals dedicated to the genre. From 29 to 31 July, over 20 concerts and free activities will be organised at El Arenal, while dixie bands will fill the Casco Viejo streets with the most authentic New Orleans-style music.
Micky & The Buzz, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Dana Fuchs, Blues Triumvirate, Raimundo Amador, Wax & Boogie, Travellin’ Brothers or the renowned All-Stars–a group of legends of the genre that will come from the American city of Chicago to form an ephemeral band, including Bob Stroger, Kim Johnson, Mike Avery, Kenny Smith, Billy Flynn, Piano Willie and Joey J. Saye–are some of the performers who will be at the Bilbao Blues Festival.
Don’t miss our traditional festivals!
Biscayan towns and neighbourhoods stage great concerts during their festivities year after year, too. Together with folk sports, agricultural fairs, shows and events for people of all ages, fireworks, and bertsolaris, music performances are a must in the local festivals celebrated across the length and breadth of Biscay all summer long.
Folk dances are danced to the sound of the txistus, the albokas and the tabors in our streets, the sounds of saints-day festivals are heard in our towns and villages, and the free popular night concerts create truly festive atmospheres. Apart from all this, many municipalities offer impressive concert line-ups, among which you can find the greatest names in today’s music scene.
All music styles are present in celebrations such as the San Pedros in Sestao, Sopela, or Lekeitio; El Carmen in towns like Balmaseda, Markina, Santurtzi or Barakaldo; Las Madalenas in Plentzia or Elantxobe; the Puerto Viejo festivities in Getxo; the festivals in Portugalete; Andra Mari and San Roque in Gernika; and of course, the Aste Nagusia, celebrated in Bilbao in August.