August 16, 2022

It’s not essentially uncommon to see a pageant expanded to 5 days, nevertheless it is uncommon to see a 5 day pageant boast fourteen headliners. Since 2016, Madrid’s Mad Cool Competition has asserted itself as one of many premiere music festivals not simply inside Europe, however globally. With a penchant for excellent rock music, rising native expertise, and pageant favorites, Mad Cool’s organizers are meticulous with their lineups, and this 12 months is not any completely different.

The pageant characteristic some basic heavy hitters like Metallica, Deftones, Jack White, and Muse, in addition to a serious headlining efficiency from Florence + The Machine, plus units from The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Stormzy, HAIM, Phoebe Bridgers, The Struggle On Medication, Alt-J, Glass Animals, Wolf Alice, Foals, Carly Rae Jepsen, and CHVRCHES. No matter your music preferences, there’s one thing at Mad Cool for you.

Crafting such a complete and stacked pageant doesn’t come with out its challenges: 2022 is certainly a 12 months like no different, the place touring musicians are coping with huge business shakeups and pageant organizers are having to accommodate extra last-minute adjustments than ever earlier than. After the pandemic compelled Mad Cool to cancel their 2020 version, the organizers had been planning on staging the pageant in 2021 — however, as issues typically have within the final two years, it fell by means of.

Now, two years later, Mad Cool is arriving with an air of renewal. Cindy Castillo and Albert Juncosa, two of Mad Cool’s organizers, realized it was time to reinvent the pageant altogether. “I’d say throughout 2020/21/22, we have now labored extra and more durable than ever,” says Castillo. “It was not solely reserving the lineups once more however redefining the entire pageant, the corporate and the best way to strategy such an surprising circumstance.”

With a laundry checklist of unmissable bands, some trailblazing Spanish artists, and a singular pageant atmosphere, Mad Cool is blazing ahead into the subsequent period of their iconic pageant. Take a look at the complete Q&A under.

Ed. Notice: Saturday and Sunday single-day tickets to Mad Cool Competition 2022 are nonetheless accessible to buy!


After the 2020 version was cancelled as a result of pandemic, you needed to begin another time with reserving the 2022 lineup. What was it like going again to the drafting board throughout such an unsure time period?

Castillo: I’d say throughout 2020/21/22, we have now labored extra and more durable than ever. It was not solely reserving the lineups once more however redefining the entire pageant, the corporate and the best way to strategy such an surprising circumstance. There has additionally been a generational change which brings an enormous musical change with it. Subsequently, I’d say it has been a protracted course of, nevertheless it has additionally been very fascinating to begin reserving once more every time, and realizing how bands have developed, modified or risen throughout these (nearly) three years.

Juncosa: I’ve the sensation that we by no means actually stopped. As soon as the 2020 pageant was cancelled, we began determining what the 2021 fest would appear like, which artists would stay on the lineup, which bands would positively cancel, find out how to strategy the offers from then onwards, and so forth… till we realized 2021 was not attainable, and we then began the identical course of as soon as once more for 2022. It has been a really lengthy means of a lineup, which has been always evolving for 3 years.

What had been a few of the challenges when it got here to reserving the lineup this 12 months?

Juncosa: Coping with surprising cancellations whereas looking for appropriate replacements on time… it’s been (and won’t be over but) a really loopy 12 months!

There are lots of actually thrilling native and Spain-based acts on the lineup this 12 months! Did together with native artists really feel extra necessary this 12 months than others? Who’re a few of the native artists that you simply’re probably the most enthusiastic about for this 12 months’s fest?

Castillo: Together with native expertise is at all times necessary, irrespective of the circumstance! I’m enthusiastic about Irenegarry, Bikoko, and Mori.

Juncosa: All the time happy with the native illustration! I’d personally suggest b1n0, Viva Belgrado and St. Woods.

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