Live Music in Malaga
A vibrant and varied musical scene for lovers of every possible genreThe live music scene in Málaga is an extremely varied and vibrant one. It might be an internationally known artist on a stage on the beach on a summer's night, or a local metal band in a grungy dive bar, but Málaga covers all the angles most of the year round. This is a city with two publicly funded orchestras, the Málaga Philarmonic and the Málaga Provincial Symphonic Orchestra, many Flamenco artists and groups, and a popular music scene that encompasses rock, metal, punk, EDM, jazz, latin, and even reggae. On any given night you can find several venues with local or nationally known bands performing, authentic flamenco, and quite frequently a publicly funded concert in a premium venue of a classical or other nature. You will not want for nightlife and entertainment, except maybe a Monday night. Even musicians need a rest sometimes.
The summertime always produces a number of high profile concerts and festivals, many in open-air auditoriums or temporary stages. It is also not unusual for the two main sports venues, Martin Carpena and Malaga FC's Rosaleda stadium, to play host to the largest concerts. Festivals usually have themes, like the well respected International Jazz Festival, Terral world music, or any number of EDM, retro, and rock festivals make sure all tastes are catered for.
There are no less than four theatres in Malaga that receive visiting national and international artists. The Teatro Cervantes hosts the big festivals of jazz and classical concerts, the Teatro Canovas on the university campus has a more varied programme. The Teatro Echegaray hosts smaller fringe acts to the main music festivals and programmes and the Teatro Alameda also features occasional concerts.
The municipal auditorium of Cortijo de Torres is an open air venue outside of the city centre that is host to many major summer concerts including the Terral festival of world music each summer. Its capacity is up to 11,500 people and it represents the main serious concert venue for major acts.
At the local and commercial level, a wide variety of venues cater for local and touring groups, from the superbly well equipped and cavernous Paris 15 concert venue, down to the tiniest but ever popular and packed out ZZ Pub venue. In between are venues all over town of various sizes, usually referred to as Salas, that cater for live bands, lone artists, cabaret groups and specialist acts. Naturally there is a lot of cross-over in many of these venues with the cabaret and flamenco scene, which are so rich they deserve their own articles.
For well known local and national bands check out Paris 15, Sala Trinchera and Sala Eventual Music. Smaller music pubs and clubs offer harder fair with local rock, metal, punk and blues acts in venues like the Velvet club, Vive le Rock, The Hall, Onda Pasadena and ZZ Pub. ZZ Pub has live music most nights and is always free to enter, and many other venues have free nights or charge reasonable amounts, often including a couple of drinks. Onda Pasadena is a supremely atmospheric dive bar where local upcoming groups work out and the drinks flow till very late. The Velvet Club specialises in more alternative, metal and punk acts. For the Jazz fans, the Clarence Jazz Club is where most of the visiting small groups and best locals play, and the Hall has jazz nights as well.
Keep an eye on our Events Guide for what's happening in these venues.