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  1. Mad Cool 2018

    I'm hoping so Sptfre - the artificial grass was lovely.
  2. Mad Cool 2018

    It rained every day last year, but cleared up in the evenings. I thought we were going to get soaked a few times, but it was ok. When the festival opened on the Thursday evening it smashed it down with rain for an hour or so. The artificial grass was flooded in many areas and the rain played havoc with the electrics - the video screens at the main stage didn't work all night. The Lumineers were the first band on and they had their set cutback due to the late start. Luckily it cleared up and all was dry for the rest of the night. I think this type of weather was most unusual for Madrid in the summer, so I'm hoping for better this year - 40°C might be a bit much though!
  3. Mad Cool 2018

    For some reason I've got it in my head that there were 500 VIP tickets last year and they have increased that this year (possibly to 1000). I don't know where I got this from and there's always the chance that I'm just going senile, but last year the VIP tickets sold out before the standard 3 day tickets. This year it's been the other way round, so maybe some evidence that this is true? Of course, the new site means none of us has really got a clue what the setup will be.
  4. Mad Cool 2018

    Yeah, agreed. It would be silly to have the headliners playing in isolation. I'm sure there will be a few annoying clashes.
  5. Mad Cool 2018

    If it's the same as last year (and the mock up photos of the new site look very similar) stages one and two are close to each other and do not play at the same time. Other smaller stages will be playing when the headliners are on stage one, but there will be nobody on stage two.
  6. Mad Cool 2018

    The stage and time splits were not known until quite late last year. About a month before I think? Can't be exactly sure with this. Hopefully it will be earlier this year.
  7. Mad Cool 2018

    Have you tried Owners Direct? It's always going to be pricey with 15 people, but not so bad when the costs are split between everyone.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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?
  14. 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.
  15. Mad Cool 2018

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

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