Want to perform at Mad Cool Festival this summer? Here’s how you can win the chance to play

Want to perform at Mad Cool Festival this summer? Here’s how you can win the chance to play

Fancy joining the bill alongside the likes of The Cure, Vampire Weekend, The 1975 and more? Well, duh…

Musicians of the UK, listen up! Do you want to grace the stage at Madrid’s Mad Cool Festival this year, joining a world-class raft of stars including The Cure, Vampire Weekend, The 1975, Smashing Pumpkins, The National, Iggy Pop and literally oodles more? Well, then keep reading…

For the first time, Mad Cool are extending their annual new artist search and setting up a special Mad Cool Talent UK division.

Joining the successful winners from around the world, two lucky UK artists, selected by an esteemed panel of judges from yours truly DIY and our pals at NME, will then get the chance to play either at the festival itself (11th - 13th July), or at the massive welcome party on the 10th, featuring Bring Me The Horizon, Metronomy, Rosalia and more.

To be in with a chance, all you need to do is head to madcooltalent.com, upload one original song and tell us a bit about your music.

Registration kicks off tomorrow (Tuesday 30th April) at 11am, and closes at midnight on Sunday 12th May.

Then the 50 top artists, as selected by DIY and NME, will go through to a public vote, with the eventual two winners revealed on 19th June.

So stay tuned, and get uploading tomorrow morning. Your Spanish stage awaits…


We’re often asked about you, our readers. So we’d really appreciate it if you’d offer up a bit of information about you, and your music-loving habits by filling in our 2019 readers’ survey.

Click here to reach the 2019 DIY readers’ survey.

(Don’t worry, none of what we’re asking for is personally identifiable - and no questions are compulsory.)

Family Portrait: Rina Sawayama

Family Portrait: Rina Sawayama

Reaching in to examine her multi-cultural background, family history and queer identity, Rina Sawayama’s debut is a complicated, compassionate (yet catchy) portrait of an artist embracing herself.