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What festivals are not to be missed this year in Aragón?

In Go Aragon we offer you a wide range of festivals to be held during the summer of 2023 in the Community. You can enjoy all kinds of music and all kinds of natural landscapes.

June, July and August concentrate most of the festivals in Aragon. Although there are still months to go, many of them have already announced artists and are selling tickets. So that you do not run out of tickets, we leave you a list of them in chronological order:

El Bosque Sonoro (June 17, 23 – 25).

The festival season in Aragón starts in Muel and Mozota, two neighboring towns in Zaragoza that host the Bosque Sonoro festival. Most of the performances are held on the various stages scattered among the forest of Mozota. They do not define themselves as a festival, because this event is not multitudinous and nature is used as an enclosure. The musical proposal goes according to the setting: from the pop of Amaia, Miranda! and Costa Brava to the indie of La Casa Azul.

Zuera Sound (June 23 and 24)

One of the festivals of Aragón: Zuera Sound

 

A new festival, the Zuera Sound, is premiering in this town of Zaragoza. On Friday and Saturday the younger audience will be able to enjoy renowned artists within the commercial urban music, an age group that could lack an offer adjusted to their musical tastes in other years. The headliners are Mora and Justin Quiles, two Puerto Rican reggaeton artists who have reached the top of the charts on multiple occasions. There is also room for young national talents such as Funzo & Baby Loud, or Pole.

Lagata Reggae Azuara (June 30 – July 2)

Azuara, a town in the Campo de Belchite region, brings one of the most niche festivals in Aragon. Reggae lovers can enjoy outdoor concerts, camping and activities in a natural environment. The twentieth edition offers international artists such as one of Bob Marley’s sons, Ky-Many Marley or O.B.F, but also features musicians “made in” Aragon: the band JAHSTA from Zaragoza and the local rapper Chata Flores.

Polifonik Sound (June 30 and July 1)

One of the festivals of Aragon in 2023: Polifonik Sound

Barbastro celebrates the 14th edition of the Polifonik Sound festival on June 30 and July 1. With this proposal, they invite you to taste the gastronomy of Somontano while you see the best national references of independent music. The festival has free travel for those staying in the town itself or in neighboring towns, which also allows you to sightsee. La M.O.D.A, Sidonie, Arde Bogotá and the female group Ginebras are some of the most outstanding bands.

Ainsa Castle Festival (1- 31 July)

Poster of one of the most important festivals in Aragon: Festival del Castillo de Ainsa.

In Ainsa you will be able to enjoy live music for a whole month. Because of the pandemic they decided to extend it longer, to distance the concerts more and to use smaller corners but with a historical value as the Castle’s Moat and the Museum’s Patio. The organizers have maintained these measures as they give this event a special and different touch compared to the multitudinous festivals.

One of the highlights is the performance of La Ronda de Boltaña with Rozalén, Carmen París and María José Hernández on July 8. Although there are still some artists to be confirmed, Viki and the Wild and Juan Perro Sexteto will also perform in the medieval town.

Pyrenees South. Pirineos Sur (July 7 – 29)

The International Festival of Cultures Pirineos Sur will celebrate its thirtieth edition in the Tena Valley. Its scenery leaves no one indifferent. The Lanuza reservoir is the picture that attendees will enjoy. It has a similar format to the previous festival, in which renowned foreign artists such as Bomba Estéreo, Ruben Blades, Kraftwerk, Chef’Special or Ludovico Einaudia, and national artists such as La Pegatina, Luz Casal or Muerdo will perform.

Slap! Festival (July 14, 15 and 16)

Slap! Festival, one of Aragon’s festivals

Slap! Festival in its thirteenth edition returns to Camping Zaragoza. Last year it was held in the Winter Garden because the pandemic forced to reduce the format. This place allows you to enjoy activities for the whole family such as swimming pools, barbecue… All of this is accompanied by a unique musical proposal among the festivals of Aragon: black music. International artists such as Orkesta Mnedoza and local artists such as R de Rumba and Xtragos will perform on its stages.

La Gatera Reggeaton Fest (July 15)

The town of Almudévar in Huesca will bring together on Saturday, July 15 to referents in the world of reggeaton. La Gatera Reggeaton Fest with fifteen hours of continuous music. There will be four different areas: reserved, center court, rest area and even a gastronomic area. The first two confirmations are Omar Montes and Maikel Delacalle and they promise to bring artists from the cradle of this genre: Latin America.

Calatafest (July 22)

On July 22 Calatayud will be divided into two worlds represented by two stages. On the one hand, they have organized a night for those who long to go to the guateques. The “Molan los 90’s stage” will feature Chimo Bayo, Safri Duo, Love You, among others. On the other hand, there will be the “Urban Music” stage, which will include Chimbala, Lérica and Daviles de Novelda.

 

Monegros Desert Festival (July 29th)

Closing July, we have a 22-hour festival interrupted by more than ten stages. The scene looks like something out of Mad Max: 55,000 people in the middle of the Monegros desert in a “Rave” (Radical Audio Visual Experience). In the thirtieth edition, techno remains the musical spearhead. However, as headliners we find representatives of rap (Wu-Tang Clan, Ill Pekeño & Ergo Pro and Fernando Costa), as well as musical proposals in styles such as electronic rock, in the case of Pendulum, and reggae, with the Navarrese Iseo & Dodosound.

Brizna Festival (August 4, 5 and 6)

The Huesca town of Ayerbe brings together every summer tourists who come to enjoy all kinds of artistic expressions, which converge in the Brizna Festival. From the rural area, the aim is to offer a different proposal, more relaxed, to promote the region of La Hoya de Huesca. Attendees will be able to listen live to national artists such as Dorian, Camela, Carlos Sadness and La Habitación Roja.

Amante Festival (August 4, 5 and 6)

The Zaragoza town of Borja hosts the sixth edition of the Amante Festival. The name reflects the identity of this municipality since the expression “lover” is used in many situations. The organization seeks to attract a multigenerational audience, without excluding anyone. For this reason, the program takes place throughout the day and is varied in terms of musical styles, although pop, indie and rock reign. Some members of the line-up such as Iván Ferreiro, La La Love You or Ladilla Rusa have already been announced.

Vive Latino (September 8 and 9)

One of Aragon’s festivals: Vive Latino

Closing the summer we find one of the highlights: the Vive Latino: It is held in early September at the Expo site in Zaragoza. This giant festival with 21 editions in Latin America arrived last year in the capital of the Ebro. They bring together the best of each culture. From the other side of the pond will come Ana Tijjoux, Juanes, Andres Calamaro, Julieta Venegas, Jorge Drexler, among others. Meanwhile, the national representation will be in charge of Viva Suecia, Loquillo, M Clan, Sidecars, Natalia Lacunza and more.

The festivals on this list are not the only ones held in Aragon during the summer. Teruel as every year will have in the Poborina Folk (El Pobo) and in the Gaire (Pancrudo) some proposals that unite free music with crafts and gastronomy. In addition, Rondadora beer celebrates on June 8 and 9 a free festival in La Cabezonada.

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