I'd been looking forward to Madrid for months. I finally arrived and the first thing I did was head to my favourite flamenco spot- a little hole in the wall untouched by tourists, authentic.

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It's in the neighbourhood of Lavapies down a tiny road on a pretty desolate street. On the main floor, you can catch a fantastic performance from time to time, but the real magic happens below ground in the cave "La Cueva" which greats from Paco de Lucia to Pedro Almodovar have experienced. On the night I went I caught a chilling performance by Pedro Antonio Valencia and cante (singing) by Irene Reyes. I was floored. Flamenco was my first love; the music that raised me. I was home again.

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After my flamenco kick, I headed back to my stomping grounds on the streets of Malasaña.. .for rock bars and cañas in my Dead Kennedys hideaway.

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La Via Lacteal is the Max Fish of Madrid... good music and cheap drinks.

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Ended up in a little place called El Penta that's been around since... forever. You can always count on some retro '80s Spanish jams where bands like Nacha Pop play through the night.

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There are so many things I love about Spain, one of those is the food, so I took Shan Nicholson (Rubble Kings) to one of my favourite spots - Casa Mingos. The restaurant has been around since 1888 and always known as a great and inexpensive place for Madrileños... the roasted chicken, chorizo and sierra (apple cider) are to die for. I've been coming here with my parents since I can remember. It was also a favourite of Ernest Hemingway's I've heard.

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We had to grab a coffee after stuffing our faces with chicken, sidra and tarta de Santiago dessert at Casa Mingos. In Madrid dinner doesn't start till after 10pm and the night doesn't begin till 1am. Here we are getting caffeinated at Mercado San Miguel.

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Walking home loving the streets of Madrid.

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I never leave Madrid without seeing my favourite piece at the Prado Museum - The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch. I can stare at this piece for hours on end. It's incredible and it can only be seen in Madrid. The Prado museum is stunning all around though. Go with a full stomach... I get lost in the permanent collection alone.

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A few days in I left Madrid for Toledo. Crisp, sunny day. Perfect for a hearty soup and some churros and chocolate in this beautiful, historic city.

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I ended the trip staring at a beautiful full moon in the sky after a killer Brazilian dinner with friends at Amazonico and a visit to my boy Kenya Carreira's sick club Marula Cafe in La Latina neighbourhood. Got to hear some good soulful, funky tunes before saying goodbye. Adios Madrid. All good things must come to an end. Just happy I was able to come home to bring in 2018!

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