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Noches del Botánico: Music at the Royal Garden in Madrid

Written by Miguel

If you’re a fan of both nature and music, you’re going to enjoy Noches del Botánico. From June 27 to July 29, Real Jardin Botánico Alfonso XIII, a beautiful natural space in the heart of Madrid, will host a series of concerts that will certainly bring even more magic to the capital city’s summer nights.

In addition to an eclectic line-up that mixes a plurality of generations and styles from flamenco to electronic, the venue will also be host to a flea market and diverse catering services.


Photo by dalbera via Visual Hunt / CC BY

Photo by dalbera via Visual Hunt / CC BY

Noches del Botánico will feature a lot of different artists over the span of a month, so check the full schedule to make sure you won’t miss your favorites. Here are just some of the names on the line-up:

Juntémonos con Bowie (July 1) – This David Bowie tribute concert will feature several Spanish artists teaming up with international musicians such as Bowie’s music director Henry Hey. A celebration of the career and genius of one of the greatest of all time. Unmissable both for Bowie fans and those looking to discover his music.

Wilco (July 2) – Some say that Wilco are an “alternative folk” band. We say that there is no need to define them in words when their music speaks so well for itself. Just listen to one of their records (we recommend the seminal “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot”) and you’ll know that there’s something special about them. We don’t know exactly what, but whatever it is, they are sure to bring it to Madrid.

Patti Smith and her band perform Horses (July 8) – What more can be said about Patti Smith? She’s a rocker, she’s an artist. A poet. She’s about to be 70 years old, too. Yet, she’s still touring the world, expressing herself through her art and touching others along the way. She’s a living legend, a precursor to modern lady-rockers such as PJ Harvey or Amanda Palmer – and you can see her live in a beautiful botanical garden.

Benjamin Clementine (July 11) – A Mercury Prize winner for his debut album “At Least For Now”, Franco-British poet and musician Benjamin Clementine is quickly becoming a cult figure in the music scene. His voice cannot be explained, only heard – only felt. Perhaps as the soundtrack to a warm summer night in Madrid?

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Photo by TownePost Network via Visual hunt / CC BY

Gloria Gaynor (July 29) – If Benjamin’s is a fresh voice, yet to be discovered by the masses, Gloria Gaynor’s is one the entire world knows by heart. As timeless as her supreme hit song “I Will Survive”, she is sure to close Noches del Botánico on a high-note. Don’t waste the chance to see her live!

More Info

Every show will start at around 20h30 and some of them will feature opening acts. By now you must be really excited about this line-up, so go ahead and get your tickets at the festival’s official website (just click the artist you wish to purchase tickets for). You can easily get to the Noches del Botánico venue by subway or bus. Don’t worry, we found you a map and all the detailed information you need.

So, there you go. A fantastic and musical summer in Madrid awaits you. What artists are you most looking forward to seeing?

About the author


Miguel is a freelance writer and copywriter who believes that words can really take you places - so hop on his words and dare to discover the wonders of Madrid with him.

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