Valencians are renowned for their love of music. It runs in their blood from a tender age, when many learn to play an instrument. Marching bands and open air concerts are an essential part of every festival. It is no surprise then to find such a wide range of music venues in the city, offering everything from opera classics to new indie bands.
There are so many opportunities to enjoy live music in Valencia! The city regularly hosts multitudinary concerts by some of the biggest national and international stars, as well as more intimate gigs by up and coming artists. Whenever you are visiting the city and whichever type of music you are into, it is worth checking out the Agenda to find out what’s on.
Opera and classical music fans are in for a real treat in Valencia. The city has one of the most stunning opera houses in Europe, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia, designed by Santiago Calatrava. Inside its futuristic shape (resembling something like Darth Vader’s helmet), you can find several concert rooms with excellent acoustics which feature a programme of opera and concerts between October and May every year.
Operas by Verdi and Donisetti, works by Mozart, Handel and Bach, a ballet performance of Manuel de Falla’s The Three-cornered Hat, and much more feature in the 2016/17 season’s programme, which has just launched. And to make it accessible to all, there are special reduced tickets starting from just 7 euros for opera or 10 euros for concerts, available during the pre-season (October and November) and for specific performances, such as La Traviata on 22 February 2017.
Not far from the Palau de les Arts along the Turia Gardens is another “palace” devoted to music: the Palau de la Musica, Valencia’s own crystal palace, which offers mostly classical music concerts. Highlights for this autumn include the Games & Symphonies multimedia show and a concert by the Film Symphony Orchestra, playing soundtracks from popular videogames and films respectively.
And in Valencia you will also find the prestigious Berklee College of Music, whose students offer free performances every Friday during the summer months until the end of October at the City of Arts and Sciences: a stunning backdrop to enjoy contemporary music!
With a mild, Mediterranean climate, open air concerts are a common feature in Valencia. During the Fallas festival in March and the Gran Fira de València in July, the Jardines de Viveros is the place to rock until the early hours with some of the best national and international artists. And for music by the sea in the summer months, try the spectacular Veles e Vents building, which reopened this year as the city’s new gastronomic and cultural hub.
If it is the big headliners you want to see, then you will find them at venues that can accommodate the largest crowds like the Plaza de Toros (Valencia’s bullring), Feria Valencia, the Pabellón Fuente San Luis or Las Naves. Valencia CF’s Mestalla stadium hosted its first macro-concert in many years this summer, with American star Marc Anthony, and others may follow when the football season finishes. Some of Valencia’s most emblematic theatres like the Teatro Olympia or Teatro Principal also include concerts and musicals (such as Mamma Mia this autumn) in their programme.
For jazz fans, Jimmy Glass (Calle Baja 28 in the Barrio del Carmen) is the place to enjoy the best performers while savouring some delicious tapas. The club also has its own Contemporary Jazz Festival from 5-23 October this year.
And for something a bit more alternative, try the Wah Wah Club (Calle Ramon Campoamor 52), a popular live club and indie music venue favoured by new Spanish bands. Or the Loco Club (Calle Erudito Orellana 12), where you can hear anything from country and soul to punk, rock and pop, with artists ranging from the likes of Lloyd Cole or The Damned to tribute bands to Queen and The Beatles this autumn.
You will find so much on offer in Valencia… isn’t it just music to your ears?