Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Rock Fest: Vive Latino 2011

Yesterday, I was at the Press Conference for the Vive Latino 2011 Festival, which is considered the most popular Rock Fest in Mexico and an important one in Latin America, although, personally, I think it has been getting worst by the year. I remember when I was younger, about 10 years ago or so, it used to be quite cool and they used to present the best bands around, from Mexico, Latin America and some foreign ones, such as Save Ferris back in 1998 (I think), which was particularly awesome as they're one of my fave bands ever!

Anyways, it's been quite a while since I haven't been to a Vive Latino concert, and not only because I wasn't in town, even if I would have, I don't think I'd buy tickets for it. And here's why: 80% of the bands playing the Festival don't even deserve to be there...or on any stage! Now, I am not saying we don't have good musicians in Mexico or Latin America, we do, they just don't get invited to the Vive Latino, for some odd reason. In my opinion, great musicians such as Ely Guerra, the IMS, Ximena Sariñana, Natalia Lafourcade, Los Dynamite, María Daniela y Su Sonido Lasser and many more were left out.

The Press Conference was kind of a disappointment as not only lame musicians (only one per band) were representing what's gonna be the Festival next year, but no real information was given. When someone asked good/interesting questions to Jorge Puig, General Director of the Festival, he answered very vaguely with something like "I'd rather for you to wait and see", or "I'd rather not to talk about that now"...hmmm, then I guess I was wrong because I thought Press Conferences were to clear everyone's doubts and answer questions and make things clear regarding whatever it is about!

Jorge Puig / Map of the Foro Sol

The Art for the Festival was in charge of Graphic Designer Alex Arizmendi who, turns out, if the brother of a friend of mine. He talked a bit about the art for this year and said it was about going back to the roots, the "Aztecs in particular" and their culture and heritage and stuff like that, which is what inspired him to create the logo and general art for the Festival this year.

To wrap up the conference, the Rebel Cats and Enjambre performed a song each. The Lineup for Vive Latino 2011, which will take place next April 8, 9 and 10, is as follows:

2 minutos
Agrupación Cariño

Albert Pla

Alika & Nueva Alianza
Alonso Arreola
Alyosha Barreiro
Andrea Balency Trio
Anita Tijoux
Ansia Atto and The Majestics
Azul Violeta

Banda de Turistas
Bomba Stereo
Carla Borghetti
Carla Morrison
Carlos Ann
Cero Absoluto
Charly García
Chikita Violenta
Disco Ruido
Dr Krápula

El Gincho
Electric Co
Elis Paprika
Fidel Nadal

Guerrila Sonora
Hong Kong Blood Opera

Jarabe de Palo
Jessy Bulbo

Joe Volume

La Barranca
La Dosis
La Gusana Ciega
La hora de la hora

La Internacional Sonora Balkanera
La Pulquería
Las Pastillas del Abuelo
Letz Zep
Liber Terán

Los Bunkers
Los Coronas
Los Daniels
Los de abajo

Los Dorados
Los Elásticos
Los Enanitos Verdes
Los Estrambóticos
Los licuadoras
Los Pericos

Mala Rodríguez
Mara (Charly Montana)
Nana Pancha
No te va a gustar
People's Project
Pito Perez
Proyecto Geko
Rana Santacruz

Rebel Cats
Rey Pila
Robi Draco
Ruido Rosa

San Pascualito Rey
Sara Valenzuela
Seven Rays

She's a Tease
Sho trío
Sonidero Meztizo

The Chemical Brothers

The National
The Pinker Tones

The Plastics Revolution
Tokio Ska Paradise Orchestra

Velandía y la Tigra
Vicente Gayo

Adanowsky Roko Pachucote Liber Terán

Charly Montana / Jessy Bulbo

The bands in bold are the ones I think are the only thing really worth going to this Festival--kind of sad, isn't it? Knowing we're like a zillion years away from making real Festivals such as Glastonbury, V Festival, T in the Park, Rock en mention a couple. Maybe one day, when I grow up, I'll organize a cool one for Mexico and Latin America; in the meantime...I'd rather just go to individual concerts than going to VL2011, to be honest.

Rebel Cats

Rebel Cats


Still, if you'd like to go and/or find out more about it, go to:


  1. si te gusta Save Ferris te va a gustar Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra..los mejores exponentes del ska.

  2. Gracias por la reomendación, los voy a checar. ;)