August 18, 2022

It’s not essentially uncommon to see a competition expanded to 5 days, but it surely is uncommon to see a 5 day competition boast fourteen headliners. Since 2016, Madrid’s Mad Cool Pageant has asserted itself as one of many premiere music festivals not simply inside Europe, however globally. With a penchant for nice rock music, rising native expertise, and competition favorites, Mad Cool’s organizers are meticulous with their lineups, and this yr isn’t any totally different.

The competition function some traditional heavy hitters like Metallica, Deftones, Jack White, and Muse, in addition to a significant headlining efficiency from Florence + The Machine, plus units from The Killers, Twenty One Pilots, Stormzy, HAIM, Phoebe Bridgers, The Battle 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 competition doesn’t come with out its challenges: 2022 is certainly a yr like no different, the place touring musicians are coping with huge business shakeups and competition organizers are having to accommodate extra last-minute adjustments than ever earlier than. After the pandemic pressured Mad Cool to cancel their 2020 version, the organizers have been planning on staging the competition in 2021 — however, as issues usually 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 competition altogether. “I might say throughout 2020/21/22, we now have labored extra and tougher than ever,” says Castillo. “It was not solely reserving the lineups once more however redefining the entire competition, the corporate and the best way to method such an sudden circumstance.”

With a laundry checklist of unmissable bands, some trailblazing Spanish artists, and a novel competition atmosphere, Mad Cool is blazing ahead into the following period of their iconic competition. Try the complete Q&A under.

Ed. Word: Saturday and Sunday single-day tickets to Mad Cool Pageant 2022 are nonetheless out there to buy!


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

Castillo: I might say throughout 2020/21/22, we now have labored extra and tougher than ever. It was not solely reserving the lineups once more however redefining the entire competition, the corporate and the best way to method such an sudden circumstance. There has additionally been a generational change which brings an enormous musical change with it. Subsequently, I might say it has been a protracted course of, but it surely has additionally been very fascinating to start out reserving once more every time, and realizing how bands have advanced, modified or risen throughout these (virtually) three years.

Juncosa: I’ve the sensation that we by no means actually stopped. As soon as the 2020 competition was cancelled, we began determining what the 2021 fest would appear to be, which artists would stay on the lineup, which bands would undoubtedly cancel, the right way to method the offers from then onwards, and many others… 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 strategy of a lineup, which has been always evolving for 3 years.

What have been a number of the challenges when it got here to reserving the lineup this yr?

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

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

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

Juncosa: At all times happy with the native illustration! I might personally advocate b1n0, Viva Belgrado and St. Woods.

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