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  1. Mad Cool 2018

    Could be. Or equally one of the co-headliners will play on the second stage. Last year Manic Street Preachers and Foals both played on the second stage before the main act. As an aside the plastic cups from Mad Cool last year were not properly checked for errors. The bands were all printed on them, but someone got the full stop in the wrong place. Instead of reading - Foals - Foster The People - it read -Foals Foster - The People - I'd quite like to see Foals Foster.
  2. Mad Cool 2018

    Probably not an issue at Mad Cool. The second stage is not much smaller than the main stage and bands alternate between them. When Pearl Jam finish there will be ample time to set up for the next act while someone is playing on the second stage. For example, last year I watched Foo Fighters on the main stage, walked across to Kurt Vile on the second stage, then back to the main stage for Catfish and the Bottlemen. The last dance acts will not start until 3.00 am or later.
  3. Mad Cool 2018

    Feria de Madrid (called Campo de las Naciones on the metro map for some reason) services IFEMA and looks like it will be easily walkable to the festival site.
  4. Mad Cool 2018

    Hi Read back through this thread and there is quite a bit of information about the VIP package from last year. Long story short - I thought the VIP package was really good and well worth the money.
  5. Mad Cool 2018

    As long as you are close to a metro station it doesn't really matter very much. The metro in Madrid is excellent - clean, reliable and cheap! You can get a ticket for 10 trips for just over 12 Euro. Bear in mind that the metro finishes around 1.30 am, so may not be of use to get back from the festival. I found that there is a night bus (N2) that goes past the general area of the festival, so I booked a hotel close to Avenida de America, which is easy to get to from the airport by metro or bus and on the N2 bus route. Of course, we don't yet know what transport (if any) the festival will arrange. If all else fails taxis are not too expensive.
  6. Mad Cool 2018

    I'm not really sure. We had VIP tickets last year and picked up the wristband from the box office an hour or so before the gates opened. I don't know exactly how it worked for normal tickets, but I did read of long queues to get in on the first day. I don't think having a wristband in advance enabled you to bypass the queue. Perhaps someone who did this can help?
  7. Mad Cool 2018

    It's easy to pick up your wristband as the box office is at the festival site. I think the queues were quite long on the first day last year, but it's simple to do if you have problems with posting.
  8. Mad Cool 2018

    Looks like tickets went on sale early. Got mine 10 minutes ago through Ticketmaster Spain.
  9. Mad Cool 2018

    Here's the thread from last year. The last couple of pages may be of interest to you as they contain reviews of the festival.
  10. Mad Cool 2018

    No problem. I really enjoyed this year (apart from the horrible accident), but I know that some had a different experience. No problem getting a beer at Mad Cool, the bars were huge! I'll wait for the remaining headliners to be announced and then make a decision, but it's looking positive. Having a comfy bed to sleep in at the end of the night is definitely a plus in my book.
  11. Mad Cool 2018

    Bear in mind that all the following information is from last years festival and that the site will be moving next year to a different location. The VIP tickets gave a separate entrance (or rather one that bypassed the queues) and this was very useful, especially on the first day when everyone was trying to get their wristbands. There was a private bar/food/toilet area next to the main stage. The drink prices were reasonable at 4 Euros for a beer (maybe 3/4 of a pint?) and the same price for large spirit drinks in the same size cup. There was also a viewing platform that gave a decent outlook onto the two main stages. The best thing about the VIP tickets was that half of the front of stage area on the two main stages was exclusively for VIP ticket holders. You showed them your wristband at the entrance and you were in. Apart from the headliners, you could pretty much walk in and get a really good view of any band. Even for the main bands it was fairly easy to get in and out for the loo or beer as long as you weren't right at the front. As for detracting from the experience of non VIP - having half the space at the front of the stage must have an impact. Apart from that, I can't think of anything. I suggest you find the Mad Cool 2017 thread and look through the last few posts where people talked about their experiences at the festival and what they thought of it.
  12. Mad Cool 2018

    150 Euros seems like a reasonable deal to me. 400 Euros for the VIP tickets is definitely a bit pricey, but it was so good last year. If Pearl Jam get announced I will be tempted.
  13. Mad Cool 2018

    I think you had to sign up whilst at the festival last year and it cost 10 Euro (unless there's another scheme I'm not aware of). Tickets didn't sell out until quite late on last year, but I guess that's no indicator of what might happen this year.
  14. Mad Cool 2018

    The main VIP area and bar was on the left hand side, but the VIP viewing area for both the main stages was directly in front of the stage. In fact it was the whole left hand side of the front stage area. It surprised me how much room they gave to the VIP sections.
  15. Mad Cool 2018

    There was only one metro station close last year as well and that seemed to work ok. Plus the Valdebebas station looks closer than the station last year. I guess one good thing is that not everyone leaves at the same time. With acts on after the headliner and not finishing until 4.00 am, there is less of a rush to the station. Having said that, we got a taxi back every night last year as the metro finished at 1.30 am (I think). Maybe I'm just being optimistic as I know there were a number of issues for many people last year, especially about queueing up to get in and the problem getting food at peak times.