The Braided Janes Dharma
Vetusta Morla is the biggest rock band in the Spanish music scene in recent years. Since their debut album in 2008, the sextet has steadily received the public and critical acclaim, eventually becoming the benchmark for the rise of live music in Spain.
More than half a million attendees on their last tour (which, along almost two years, led them to play more than 120 concerts in a dozen countries throughout Europe and America), two Platinum certifications (more than 55,000 copies sold of Un día en el mundo and more than 40,000 of 15151), and two Gold certifications (more than 38,000 units sold of Mapas and more than 31,000 of La Deriva) are just some of the figures going hand-in-hand with a band who have managed their musical career through their own record label, Pequeño Salto Mortal. Almost all of their albums are licensed in countries where the band regularly tour and have a legion of followers such as Mexico, Argentina, Colombia and Germany.
In addition, they have released two full concerts. The latest, 15151 (2015), featuring their legendary first concert at the Barclaycard Center (formerly the Palacio de los Deportes) in Madrid, sold over thirty thousand copies in its first week with El País (newspaper). In 2017, the band reissued this already mythical live recording on special CD and Vinyl editions and, for the first time, on DVD. In 2013, they released Concierto benéfico por el Conservatorio Narciso Yepes de Lorca (2013) together with the Murcia Region Symphony Orchestra in support of the Conservatory in Murcia, closed as a result of the earthquake that struck the region in 2011.
If there is something Vetusta Morla known for, it is precisely one of the best live shows in the world of the present. Since their very first shows, the band stood out among the rest due to the compelling nature of their sound, the precision of their performance and communion with the public. That was the opinion of the concert halls in Madrid when awarding them the Guille Award for Best Live Sound in 2008 or the Rolling Stone magazine, who decided to present them with the Best Tour Award in 2012 after they played more than 100 concerts that year while touring Mapas in Spain, Europe and America.
In recent years, the group have consolidated their role as one of the Spanish bands with the best live sound by receiving —twice— the MIN Independent Music Award for Best Artist and Best Live Sound (in 2015 and 2016), as well as the A.R.T.E. Recognition for Best Artistic Career from the Association of Performing Technical Representatives and the PrizeFest for the Best National Live Experience for La Deriva tour, awarded by the Association of Music Promoters of Spain and Promusicae (in 2015).
In early 2016, Vetusta Morla were also recognized as the best live act in Spain and Portugal in the first edition of the Iberian Festival Awards organized by Talkfest International Music Festival Forums. Other recent highlights of the group include the three performances at the Barclaycard Center in Madrid (formerly the Palacio de los Deportes) for almost forty thousand people, or the performance at the Bogotá Rock in the Park for more than eighty thousand people in 2015.