Almost infinite passages, winding staircases and ideal places to give rein to creativity and the artistic side of those born with talent, this is the Madrid metro, something more than just a huge set of metro lines and routes where you can find almost anything in any corner.
Although it may sound like a joke, if you check out all the corners of the metro in Madrid you can have a unique experience where you may come across some outstanding musical artists who should be playing at some of the most prestigious concert halls.
Maybe they are bohemian or perhaps they have not been fortunate enough to sign a record contract, but it is true that these musicians abound on the metro lines that run through the centre of Madrid. If you have chosen to get away from routine by spending some days at a Petit Palace in Madrid, make sure you enjoy these artists in the shadows who walk the long passages of the metro stations to show the world their music.
The line with most transit on Madrid’s metro is the line 1. Once you go down the steep mechanical staircases you arrive at this line, which connects you with the heart of the capital passing by Plaza Castilla, Cuatro Caminos or Atocha Station. At any of these stations you can frequently find high quality metro musicians, who in this area are normally playing rock or jazz.
Near to the Salamanca neighbourhood we recommend that you visit the Diego de Leon station, home of the lines 5 and 6 of the Madrid Metro. There, apart from being able to take suburban transport to visit some of the most beautiful places in the capital, you can also enjoy concerts by anonymous artists that, in this part of the metro, opt for more classical music. From string quartets to well-known violinists who try to be unnoticed… all and more come together at these two Metro lines.
Our last stop on this route of the improvised stages of the Madrid Metro is another of the emblematic lines with stations of the same calibre. The Line 2 of the Metro (this takes you to Las Ventas, Goya or the Retiro) has its legion of musicians who meet at the most emblematic places. Music styles? Maybe because they are so near to Las Ventas (where the biggest concerts in Madrid take place), the Line 2 is the line of the pop and pop rock enthusiasts.
Not always are they in the same place and don’t expect an encore, the Madrid Metro musicians are pure genius and with whom you will meet quite casually (that is their charm). Once you meet up with them, don’t miss any detail of their repertoires and in fact is there not anything more original than seeing a concert in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the metro most multitudinous in the country? Try it and then tell us about your experience.