-Updated July 8th, 2011-
- When and where does Anti-Karaoke happen?
Every Monday from 9:30 pm to 1 am.(doors open at 9:30).
The show takes place at the centrally-located Apolo Club
, off the Avenida Paralelo and right next to the metro stop L3 (Parallel). Address: 111 Nou de la Rambla. View map
In Madrid, the first Wednesday of every month (except December; that date will be bumped up a week to fall on NOVEMBER 30TH):
September 7th, October 5th, November 2nd, November 30th, January 4th (2012), February 1st, March 7th, April 4th, May 2nd, June 6th, July 4th.
10 pm -- 1 am
Admission to the show in both cities is 8€.
- Can I reserve or purchase a ticket in advance for Anti-Karaoke?
For the show in Barcelona, yes. This ensures you entry even if the show sells out. (Consult our reservations page
for concrete dates to reserve tix.) Sorry, this option is only available for AK Barcelona. At AK Madrid, the show is on a first come, first serve basis, so make sure you get in by showing up when the doors open at 10 pm, or slightly earlier.
- Are group discounts available?
No. The price of admission to Anti-Karaoke is already unbelievably economical for three hours of over-the-top rock-n-roll freak show galore. We’ve worked hard during the years to keep the price low so everyone can enjoy it.
- What is the sound system like at Anti-Karaoke?
Since it’s at the best rock clubs in Madrid and Barcelona, Anti-Karaoke sounds fantastic — like an actual rock concert. Plus, we’ve been careful to select high-quality song versions that sound like the originals. None of those crappy midi versions that are all too typical in karaokes. But don’t take our word for it. Watch the videos
Nope, all the songs are in English, except for La Bamba. Of course, you can sing in any language you want, what do we care?
- How many songs do you have?
We have over 500 high-quality
versions of songs to choose from! From Guns N Roses to Depeche Mode, to Janis Joplin to Prince, to Queen and AC/DC to MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice, from Stevie Wonder to Frank Sinatra, from Bowie to The Weather Girls!
- I wanna see a list of the songs!
- Okay, I’ve seen the song list. But why don’t you have [insert title of any song that's not on the Anti-Karaoke song list]?
There are many reasons why we don’t offer certain songs. Maybe we hate the song you’re talking about (sorry, no offense). Maybe we don’t hate it, but it doesn’t go well with the vibe of the show. Or maybe we just can’t find a good version of the song. There are many songs we’d love to offer at Anti-Karaoke, but we haven’t been able to include them because we can’t find decent-sounding karaoke versions. Our rule is, if it doesn’t sound good, f*ck it. We cannot bear crap versions of our favorite songs.
- Why the hell do you use a music stand with printed lyrics instead of TV’s like normal karaokes?
Because we are not a normal karaoke. At Anti-Karaoke, we’ve found that TeeVees hypnotize people and they end up singing to the damn TeeVee instead of the audience of 300-600 people right in front of their faces. Anti-Karaoke is about connecting with people. We live in a TeeVee-dominated world and we have declared Anti-Karaoke a Tee-Vee-free zone. And the truth is, the show’s much better without ‘em. We sing our favorite songs by reading the lyrics printed on paper from a music stand… just like Mozart, Picasso and Napoleon used to when they did karaoke. Punk rock!
You are enthusiastically encouraged to dress up for Anti-Karaoke — as your favorite rock star, your 5th grade math teacher, the Pope, a pimp, a gimp, whatever. In addition, onstage you will find wigs, hats, and various accoutrements for spontaneous costuming on stage.
Just show up, fill out one of the forms on the table with your name and the song you wanna sing, and give it to our dear maestro in the sound booth. Rinse and repeat.
- Is Anti-Karaoke handicap-accessible?
In Barcelona, yes. Club 2 (“La 2″) in the Apolo, where Anti-Karaoke takes place, is street-level and completely accessible, including the bar and washroom facilities. In Madrid, unfortunately, the club is not accessible.
The club doesn’t serve food, but right outside you’ll find lots of bars, restaurants and take-out joints at reasonable prices.
- I still have unanswered questions, dammit.
to email your message to the Anti-Karaoke team.