Canary Islands Music Festivals: A Guide for 2015

In the UK, the words ‘music’ and ‘festival’ tend to conjure very specific notions of skidding around in the mud, sagging tents and overpriced bacon rolls. If you have had the unfortunate privilege of seeing the inside of one too many Portaloos, it might be time to consider a music festival relocation, and in the idyllic Canaries, there are options year round for the itinerant music lover.

Canary Islands

Festival de Musica de Canarias

Tuning up on January 11 and playing on until the 13 of February, this festival is fresh from celebrating its 30th successful year in 2014, and with venues scattered across the archipelago, the momentum of the Festival de Musica de Canarias shows no signs of depleting. Take advantage of some cheap off-season flights to Lanzarote, Las Palmas or Fuerteventura to enjoy one of 41 concerts from such celebrated classical artists as conductor Krzysztof Penderecki and pianist Javier Perianes, and be part of the opening event of the European musical calendar.

Canarian International Jazz Festival

With a provenance of 23 years, this festival may have its origins in Gran Canaria, but today it has spread to venues across the islands, including Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Fuerteventura and Vecindario. Last year’s international acts included saxophonist Joshua Redman and the Freddy Cole Quartet, augmented by plenty of home-grown talent like the Gran Canaria Big Band and Cavendish. Although the dates for 2015 are still to be confirmed, jazz lovers should provisionally pencil in a couple of weeks in mid-July for this celebration of all things swing.

Lanzarote Summer Music Festival

Summer Festivals in Lanzarote

A bright, weekend-long outdoor concert in July, the Lanzarote Summer Music Festival is a perfect diversion for a younger crowd looking for some laid-back fun beyond the beach at Puerto del Carmen. Previous acts have included Irish indie performers Mojo Gogo and joyful ska from Munchie Boys, making for an eclectic playlist. With a kids’ area to keep little ones occupied, sizzling BBQ food and beer bars, this is one for all the family to enjoy.

If you’re planning a trip to the Canaries in 2015, make sure to do some research into the excellent, year-round programme of festivals and activities kindling across the archipelago before you go. You may just encounter a world class act, dance your socks off and have the experience of a lifetime, all without a pair of mud-slicked wellies in sight…

Image by El Coleccionista de Instant, used under the Creative Commons license. 

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