The Movida never dies

By | 25 November, 2016 | 0 comments

It has been almost thirty years since the Movida ruled Madrid and many of its main stars now have grandchildren but this cultural movement refuses to die. Rock-Ola was , from 1979 to 1984, one of the most emblematic bars of those crazy years, hosting concerts by international artists such as Nick Cave or Iggy Pop among others. Today, it’s a legendary venue that still opens its doors much to the delight of its fans and the new generations. Its new location, on Calle José Abascal, 8, behind the Avenida de América interchange, is much easier to get to. It’s reborn with the aim to recover good 80s music and to become a serious alternative to the current dominant music genres such as reggaetón and electronic music.

It is and was an exception to the traditional Movida route which was usually in Malasaña and its surroundings. Some of its temples are still open , such as  Sala El Sol (Calle Jardines, 3), a venue with interesting concerts on its programme, such as Mark Kozelek or Xoel López among others, and cheap ticket prices. As well as the shows, it offers ethnic, soul, funky and acid-jazz music sessions that are highly recommended if you want to go and dance in an atmosphere for over 30s.

Vía Láctea is another classic Movida venue, albeit for a younger crowd nowadays. It’s located in the heart of Malasaña, on Calle Velarde, 18. This venue which opened in 1980 has two floors with a great atmosphere, a similar trait to El Penta, an abbreviation of El Pentagrama, which Antonio Vega made famous in his song ‘La chica de ayer’.

Lastly, La Bobia, this one in La Latina, a connection of La Movida with el Rastro street market due to its proximity to Plaza de Cascorro which marks the start of the market on Sundays. Its terrace appears at the start of Labyrinth of Passion (1982) in a scene that perfectly reflects the time’s mixed crowd. After a few years as a franchise café, it reopened with its original name as an elegant restaurant of Asturian fusion cuisine.

La Bobia, tras su reapertura

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