Live Nation’s Mad Cool festival reduces capacity to 60,000 and introduces an extra stage for 2020 in an attempt to “learn from past errors”
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The festival has also announced 32 new names on the 2022 bill including Florence + The Machine, Queens Of The Stone Age, Haim and Arlo Parks
By IQ on 20 Oct 2021
Live Nation’s Mad Cool has announced an additional day for next year’s edition, in celebration of the festival’s fifth anniversary.
According to organisers, the expansion comes from “a commitment to offer the best experience for the community of music fans” who attend the Spanish festival in 2022.
The five-day event will take place between 6–10 July 2022, in Madrid, with acts including Florence + The Machine, Queens Of The Stone Age and Haim.
The fifth-anniversary edition was due to take place in 2020 with a reduced capacity, increased stage numbers and a fourth day (up from three days).
However, both the 2020 and 2021 editions of Mad Cool were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The expansion comes from “a commitment to offer the best experience for the community of music fans”
Since launching in 2016, Mad Cool has grown rapidly from an overall capacity of 45,000 to 80,000 last edition.
This “massive growth” has led to some “incidents” in past editions, festival director Javier Arnáiz told IQ in a post-season reflection.
Florence + The Machine, Queens Of The Stone Age and Haim are among 32 new names announced today.
The likes of Chvrches, Sam Fender, Arlo Parks, Glass Animals and Easy Life have also been added to the bill.
Those artists join the 104 acts announced for Mad Cool 2022 last June, which include Muse, The Killers and Metallica.
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