Summer of Music! Listen San Sebastian!

San Sebastian, as usual during summer, offers to music lovers a great schedule. The most important events for 2013 are, without doubt, the Heineken Jazz Festival, already to its 48th edition, and Mark Knopfler’s concert, former Dire Straits guitarist. Beside this two mayor events, San Sebastian offers more than 20 public concerts from June to September. You'll always have the chance to go to a concert during you stay at our hotel in San Sebastian. We will start with these two "big fish" before showing you all the most, or almost all, important musical events.



Diana Krall, John Zorn, Lee Konitz, Dave Douglas, Youn Sun Nah Buika or are just few of the big participating in the 48th edition of the Festival International de Jazz in San Sebastian.

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Heineken Jazz Festival 48th: from 24 to 28 July

Last year the Heineken Jazz Festival San Sebastian exceeded 100,000 spectators and projections for this year are maintained in that figure. Typically, a third of the audience comes from outside of San Sebastian and the presence of foreigners is growing constantly. The European jazz, in the end of July, sounds in Plaza de la Trinidad (Trinity Square), Kursaal Center and Zurriola beach of San Sebastian.

If you want to make yourself an idea of the program we have created a quick summary of the most important concerts per day.

Something peculiar to start the contest: Trio Reijseger / Fraanje / Sylla. Two Dutch and a Senegalese guy make part of this trio; you are not going to find anything like this it in the world. When? On the 24th at 11 pm in the Heineken Terrace.

Shall continue with big scale: The Swallow Quintet. This impressive quintet led by Steve Swallow and with the unreachable pianist Carla Bley, share the stage in Plazade la Trinidad with Jorge Pardo, just awarded as the Best European Jazz Musician by the French Academy of Jazz.

Let’s continue with Lee Konitz on July 26 at the Kursaal Auditorium. This authentic alto sax legend participated in the 'Birth of the Cool " by Miles Davis. Make a note in your diary.

Don’t move from the Kursaal, the day after you’ll find here the brilliant John Zorn's Masada Marathon, the only one that can be seen this year in Europe. 5 ½ hours of concert with 12 groups from New York.

On the last day, July 28 at Plaza de la Trinidad, don’t miss the exhibition of two women, Korean singer Youn Sun Nah and Japanese pianist Hiromi, who are part of the elite of the Jazz and plays a key role in the festival.

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Here the full program will be updated address


  • Kursaal Auditorium -
  • Space Kutxabank 120 €
  • Trinity Square 80 €
  • San Telmo Museum 24 €

Mark Knopfler concert July 30

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Scottish guitarist Mark Knopfler will perform in San Sebastian in Illumbe (bull fighting arena). The appointment will be in the bullring Illumbe, July 30. An event not to miss. He became famous as a singer and guitarist of the band Dire Straits and is now going solo. The Scottish musician will play live songs from his seventh album, Privateering released by Mercury Records on September 3, 2012, and retracing some of the most emblematic songs of Dire Straits, such as "Walk of Life" and "Money for Nothing ". Its blend of gentle folk rock songs with melancholic portraits painted by acoustic guitars and whistles to create an amazing atmosphere Donostia.


  • Date: July 30, 2013
  • Location: Illumbe (Donostia-San Sebastián)
  • Time: 8 p.m.
  • Ticket: Kutxa the network.
  • Prices: 48 € / 54 € / 60 € + expenses
  • Organize: Get In / Doctor Music

In addition to these great musical events Donostia always offers a long list of concerts throughout the whole summer.

Here the list of the most interesting musical events of the summer landscape Sebastian:

Concerts June 2013

  • 06/06/13: Efecto pasillo. Sala People (invited only)
  • 08/06/13: Revolution 2 JamRocK Fest!. Gazteszena
  • 09/06/13: Conductus Ensemble. Kursaal
  • 15/06/13: Soziedad Alkoholika. Herrera
  • 16/06/13: Eh Sukarra + Izaki Gardenak. Victoria Eugenia
  • 17/06/13: For Malevich (Krater Ensemble). Sala club Victoria Eugenia
  • 19/06/13: In Phase (Krater Ensemble). Sala club Victoria Eugenia
  • 21/06/13: Hamlet. Doka
  • 23/06/13: Def Leppard + Whitesnake + Europe. Donosti Arena-Illumbe
  • 29/06/13: Coque Malla. Teatro Principal

Concerts July 2013

  • 24/07/13 al 28/07/13: Jazzaldia
  • 26/07/13: Pablo Alborán. Donostia Arena 2016-Illumbe
  • 30/07/13: Mark Knopfler. Donostia Arena 2016-Illumbe

Concerts August 2013

  • 11/08/13: Julieta Venegas. Sagüés (Semana Grande)

Concerts September 2013

  • 06/09/13: Kutxa Kultur Festibala. Igeldo park
  • 07/09/13: Kutxa Kultur Festibala. Igeldo park


I hope you have a great experience during your stay in Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra and enjoy your time in San Sebastian.

If there is anything we can assist you with please do not hesitate to ask our staff.

Best Regards,

Elena Estomba Garín,

General Manager at Hotel de Londres y de Inglaterra

Tags: Events, Conciertos, Verano

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