To go on music travels around the world and feel like a rock star, from concert to concert, you don’t have to go very far. The musical selection in Latin America is growing more and more, and the best artists in the world pass through the stages of our continent. Here we offer a selection of nine (9) festivals that cannot be missed.
Rock al Parque
For three days a year, Bogotá celebrates with the biggest free rock festival in all of Latin America: Rock Al Parque (or “Rock in the Park”). This event today attracts an average audience of 300,000 people who attend at least one of its events during the three days of the festival. This year, from Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18, the twentieth edition of the festival will be held and will feature the participation of national artists who have been featured in past editions such as Aterciopelados, La Pestilencia, Neurosis, Alerta Kamarada, I.R.A, and Doctor Krápula.
The Vive Latino (or “Live Latino”) festival is the largest in Latin America by attendance and by renown. It has been held annually in Mexico City since 1998 (except in 1999 and 2002) with an average of more than 70,000 attendees each day. From March 27-30, 2014, it celebrated its 15th edition and was held for the first time as a four-day event. The first-round ticket price was $1,500 Mexican pesos for the four days, which is equivalent to about $213,000 Colombian pesos.
This festival, which originally focused on presenting only Ibero-American artists, has featured world-famous artists such as 2 Many DJ’s, Nine Inch Nails, Cut Copy, Mad Professor, Calle 13, Sepultura, The Chemical Brothers, Molotov, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, and Fito Páez, among others.
This festival also includes samples of urban art, scenic proposals, and expressions of emerging artists.
The renowned Lollapalooza festival, which is held each year in the United States since 1990, has its Latin American versions as well. The name “Lollapalooza” was conceived by Perry Farrell, singer of Jane’s Addiction and creator of the event.
Since 2011, the festival has transcended borders, and nowadays an annual version is held in Santiago de Chile, in addition to the versions held in Sao Paulo in 2012 and in Buenos Aires in April of this year. The next edition in Chile is confirmed for March 14-15, 2015. The Early Bird ticket prices, without knowing or even hearing rumors of possible artists, is $61,500 Chilean pesos, or a little more than $200,000 Colombian pesos.
Among the outstanding artists who have stepped onstage at the South American Lollapalooza are: Jane’s Addiction, Kanye West, The Killers, Fat Boy Slim, Deftones, Cypress Hill, The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters, Björk, Arctic Monkeys, MGMT, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, The Black Keys, Franz Ferdinand, Deadmau5, Red Hot Chili Peppers, New Order, Queens of the Stone Age, and Arcade Fire.
The Estéreo Picnic (or “Stereo Picnic”) festival is another festival in Bogotá that, in just five editions, has risen to be among the greatest in the world. Since 2010, Estéreo Picnic has positioned itself as an experience that goes beyond just music. In addition to great artists, there is a commercial show called “hippie market,” as well as cultural activities and entertainment alternatives to concerts where attendees can enjoy food and outdoor art.
The last edition, which was held on April 3, 4, and 5, cost $350,000 Colombian pesos for the first round of “believers” who bought tickets before the invited groups were confirmed. The festival has featured the participation of such bands as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nine Inch Nails, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Empire of the Sun, Tiësto, Phoenix, Pixies, The Killers, New Order, and Cafe Tacvba.
Rock in Rio
The Rock in Rio festival originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where its first three versions were held in 1985, 1991, and 2001. In its first year, the headlining groups were Queen, George Benson, Rod Stewart, Iron Maiden, and AC/DC. As years passed, the festival came to include artists of diverse musical genres, and its success led to versions being held in Portugal and Madrid, where it has been consecrated as one of the best in the world.
In 2011 and 2013, the festival returned to its city of origin, Rio de Janeiro, and for September 2015 the festival’s sixth edition was confirmed in Brazil. Although the invited groups have not yet been confirmed, expectations are high. In 2013 alone, the 80,000 tickets were sold in less than an hour, with the value of each entry at approximately $260,000 Colombian pesos.
Bands that have participated in this festival include Papa Roach, Queens of the Stone Age, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, and R.E.M.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I am Miguel Dumont Garcia, founder and product manager of www.hiretravellers.com. I am always travelling around the world discovering new music and dances. While I am travelling I design trips that combine passions with trips, mostly dance and music tours.