Mad Cool Festival 2023: A Spectacular Finale of Music, Fun, and Unforgettable Moments on the Epic Last Day
The Madrid festival wraps up its sixth edition with a sold-out crowd. The third and final day of Mad Cool Festival was dominated by headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, M.I.A, Liam Gallagher, and The Prodigy, accompanied by renowned artists such as Ava Max, Jamie XX, Primal Scream, Morgan, The Rose, and Years & Years, among others.
The last day of Mad Cool Festival 2023 featured a total of 37 performances by national and international artists, allowing the audience to enjoy and bid farewell to the festival in a deserving manner until its next edition.
With 70,000 people and a complete full capacity sign, the final day of Mad Cool Festival exceeded all expectations, closing an edition that has been a resounding success.
Over 200,000 people have been able to experience the Mad Cool journey during the 3 days of live music, enjoying the offerings of over 100 national and international artists.
On the last day, the long-awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers landed on the “Stage Mad Cool.” Anthony, Flea, John, and Chad took the festival to a new dimension with their electrifying funk-rock. Their concert, celebrating their 40-year career, will undoubtedly go down in the history of Mad Cool Festival. It was undeniably one of the highlights of this edition, as the Californian band made it clear that they are still in top form, delivering fantastic grooves to an enthusiastic audience.
The latest addition to Mad Cool Festival 2023, M.I.A., revolutionized the “Stage Madrid is Life” with her empowered rap-pop. It was a powerful and energetic live performance where the British singer made one thing clear: when it comes to stage presence, she has a lot to say.
Liam Gallagher, another iconic voice of 90s Britpop, also conquered the main stage. The younger brother of the legendary band Oasis proved that his songs are timeless anthems that transcend generations, with the audience chanting along to his unforgettable hits like “Wall of Glass,” “Wonderwall,” and “Champagne Supernova.”
Ava Max was another standout on the last day. The American artist and songwriter, who has already made a name for herself in the world of pop, boasts 11 billion streams worldwide and an impressive array of collaborations. Her performance on the “Stage Region of Madrid” moved all attendees, proving that she truly deserves the title of pop superstar.
The kings of British electronic music, The Prodigy, came to shake things up on the “Stage Region of Madrid.” After a well-deserved break, the band returned to the stage and drove the Mad Cool Festival audience wild with their essential tracks. These pioneers of the big beat genre refuse to rest on the success of the 90s and 2000s, and the characteristic energy of their sets will continue to resonate for many years to come. It was the perfect way to conclude an edition that will be remembered.
With the arrival of Primal Scream, it was time for electronic rock on the festival’s last day. Their guitar-driven sounds and an immense repertoire filled with hits made everyone dance and give their all from the first to the last spectator who didn’t want to miss their incredible live performance, also on the “Stage Region of Madrid.”
And the electronic pop straight from London came courtesy of Years & Years, who ignited the dancefloor on the “Stage Madrid is Life” with their collection of tracks. It was another unforgettable moment at the festival with these ambassadors of the LGBTQ+ community.
Sylvan Esso had the task of opening the main stage on the last day of Mad Cool Festival, delighting all attendees who had been filling the venue since the early hours of the afternoon.
The Rose, with their K-pop identity, Jamie XX, Cupido, and Kurt Vile & The Violators, whose frontman returned to Mad Cool Festival, were the other highlights on the “Stage Region of Madrid.”
Morgan, one of today’s representatives of the national music scene, brought their thrilling folk-rock to the “Stage Ouigo.” Their exquisite songs, painted with Nina’s unmatched vocals, were performed live and transported the festival to another era—a breath of fresh air and a musical treat for the most discerning ears.
Additionally, Belako took to the same stage, asserting that they don’t follow any specific style but rather blend raw punk-rock with the fiery vibes of symphonic electronica.
Picture This, Shinova, The HU, and ELYELLA were the other bands that also performed on the “Stage Ouigo,” which welcomed and bid farewell to all attendees, located near the festival entrance.
The emblematic tent with the “Stage The Loop by Iberdrola” bid farewell to the sixth edition with incredible sets by Anfisa Letyago, Christian Löffler, Denis Sulta, and Mendi. It was an oasis for those who can’t live without electronic music.
Armis, Maika Makovski, Teo Planell, Petti, and Lusillón, one of the winners of Mad Cool Talent by Vibra Mahou, the perfect platform for future headliners, took center stage on the “Stage Mahou Cinco Estrellas.”
Álvaro Valero, Bloodstein, and Memocracia are other artists who have made their mark at Mad Cool Festival after participating in the band and DJ editions of the talent showcases through which Mad Cool supports and champions emerging talent year after year.
Performances by Dora, Thumper, Sila Lua, and L.A.S DJs graced the “Stage Mahou Maestra” and enlivened the closing party with their entertaining set.
Photo Credits: Mad Cool, Javier Bragado, Paco Poyato y Andres Iglesias