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11 Music Festivals In Latin America You Need To Go To At Least Once

Music festivals aren’t just about the music these days. They are cultural events that bring people together through music, art, and creativity.  Not all festivals are created equal, there are some that just go above and beyond to provide the most incredible experiences for those in attendance. Here are 11 Latin American festivals that are miles ahead of their counterparts

Rock in Rio – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Although this world-famous festival moves around a bit from year to year, it comes home to Rio almost every other year. Rock in Rio is the largest festival in the world, having entertained over 9.5 million people. The festival runs anywhere from 4 days to 10 days every year. Anyone who is anyone has performed at this festival since its inception in 1985. 

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Artist like Queen, Guns n’ Roses, Justine Timberlake, Shakira, Metallica, and Beyoncé are just a few of the huge artists who have graced the stage of this festival. This festival brings in the biggest names in music, covering everything from hard rock to pop to EDM.   

Force Fest – Teotihuacan, Mexico

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This rock fest is located just outside Mexico City. The 2-day festival draws some of the biggest names in metal such as Slayer, Rob Zombie and Lamb of God.

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Force Fest is the first festival in Mexico to mimic a European festival with campsites available to festival goers. Force Fest is a family-friendly event and festival goers are encouraged to bring their children, who, under 18, are free.

Estereo Picnic Festival – Bogota, Colombia

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The Estereo Picnic Festival has quickly become the biggest alternative music festival in Colombia. This festival isn’t just amazing because of the music, it is a one of a kind festival that celebrates human innovation, creativity, and art. 

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The festival allows local entrepreneurs to show showcase their inventions, has endless amounts of food to satisfy every taste bud and places to dance and relax at this giant party. The Estereo Picnic is supposed to be reminiscent of everything we loved about family picnics in our youth.

Wish Outdoor Festival – Monterrey, Mexico

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Sponsored by Bud Light, this electric dance music festival is every bit as exciting as it sounds. This is one of largest EDM festivals in Mexico and they line-up some of the best artists in the business.

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Even though this is only a one-day festival, they pull out all the stops, which includes some crazy fireworks and extra-long sets.

Storyland Festival- Santa Marta, Colombia

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Imagine dancing all night long at a giant party on the beach with access to two stages with the very best DJ’s in today’s EDM scene and you have The Storyland Festival. 

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This festival comes with a huge pre-game with events such as free conferences to promote not only the festival itself but to endorse the entire electronic music genre. There is even a chance for amateur DJ’s just coming onto the EDM scene to win the opportunity to play the festival.

Envision Festival – Uvita, Costa Rica

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Often compared to Burning Man, this festival is more than just music, it is a spiritual retreat complete with yoga, art, mind and body spiritual healing. Set on the Pacific coast in the jungles of Costa Rica, this festival does not disappoint. 

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While on the expensive side, it offers a completely inclusive experiences ranging from tent camping to staying a treehouse, take part in yoga and movement classes and dancing on the beach amongst flaming torches. If you are looking to escape the winter blues and hit the beach with spiritually like-minded people looking to find inner peace and have a great time, this is your festival.

Electric Daisy Carnival – Mexico City, Mexico

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“All Are Welcome Here” is the mantra of this EDM music festival. Music is just one of the amazing aspects of this carnival. Complete with thrill rides, performers (think circus types) and structural and installation artwork this carnival is a giant adult playground.

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Electric Daisy Carnival is focused on creating a fun community-based experience where you are the center of the festival and everyone is family.

Cosquin Rock – Cordoba, Argentina

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This traveling rock festival originates in Argentina and travels to Chile, Mexico, Uruguay, and Columbia. Celebrate rock music with both local and international rock bands. This festival is an economical choice for those looking to attend a rock festival.

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Complete with lots of food trucks, comedy shows, and vendors, this has everything you could want at a festival. You can create special travel packages that include travel and accommodations.

Viña Del Mar International Song Festival – Viña Del Mar, Chile

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This is a great rock festival that has pulled talent in from every vector of music. Legends like Sting, Elton John, and Carlos Santana are just a few of the famous names to grace this festival.

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This is the festival to watch new talent arise from among the ranks of those who join the singing competition. One of the most famous alumni of this festival is Shakira, who placed third at this festival’s competition.

Vive Latino – Mexico City, Mexico

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This is the 20th anniversary of this annual festival famous for featuring well known Latin American artist as well as up and coming artist from all over Latin America. The festival also mixes in famous non-Spanish speaking artists. This year Korn, The 1975, Santana and Snow Patrol will take part in the festival. 

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The music isn’t the only draw to this festival. This festival is a cultural event that really follows the Latin American music scene, has screenings of music documentaries, comedy shows and lots of family-friendly activities such as designing your own T-Shirts and air guitar contests.

Lollapalooza – Santiago, Chile

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Lollapalooza is one of the longest-running concert tours in the world, featuring the hottest artists in alternative, rock and rap music. The first Lollapalooza tour was held in 1991 and toured the United States and Canada.

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It ended in 1998 but was revived in 2003. When the revival of the tour came, Chile was the first of the international destinations and has been a staple to this festival since 2010. The goal isn’t just to showcase great music but to lower the carbon footprint of everyone who participates in this 3-day festival.

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny Talks Depression And Says Sometimes He Still Feels Like The Boy Who Bagged Groceries Back Home

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Bad Bunny is on top of the world. Or, at least, that’s how it appears to all of us on the outside enjoying his record-breaking year. Not only did he release three albums in 2020 but he also landed his debut acting role in the Netflix series Narcos: Mexico and from his Instagram stories, he seems to be in a happy, contentful relationship.

But like so many others, Bad Bunny has his experience with mental health issues, of which he recently opened up about in an interview with El País.

Bad Bunny recently spoke up about his struggle with depression.

Despite his immense success that’s catapulted him to, arguably, the world’s biggest superstar, Bad Bunny admits that sometimes he still feels like the young man who bagged groceries in a supermarket.

The reggaetonero revealed in an interview with El País that right as his career really started to take off, he was not happy. “You asked me before how I hadn’t gone crazy. Well, I think that was the moment that was going to determine if I was going to go crazy or not. From 2016 to 2018 I disappeared, I was stuck in a capsule, without knowing anything. The world saw me, but I was missing,” he said.

Although no doctor diagnosed him, he is sure of what was happening. it only did he feel lost and empty but he had stopped doing many of the things that brought him joy, like watching movies and boxing. Without realizing it, he had also fallen out of contact with much of his family, with whom he was typically very close.

“And that’s when I said: who am I? What’s going on?” he told El País. When he returned home to Puerto Rico from spending time in Argentina, he was able to get back into the right state of mind and remember who he was.

Despite his success, Bad Bunny still worries he’s in financial trouble.

Although today, he is the number one Latin artist on Spotify and the awards for his music keep coming, there are times when Bad Bunny still thinks that he has financial problems.

“Not long ago, I was 100% clear in my head what I have achieved, maybe a year or six months ago; but until then, many times I forgot, I felt that I was the kid from the supermarket. He would happen something and say: “Hell!” And then: “Ah, no, wait, if I have here,” he said, touching his pocket.

Much like Bad Bunny, J Balvin has also been candid about his own mental health struggles.

Bad Bunny is just the most recent to speak to the emotional havoc he experiences despite being a global superstar. And, thankfully, like many other celebrities, he’s been able to find refuge in a reality that allows him to keep his feet on the ground so that he too can enjoy the achievements of his career.

Much like El Conejo, J Balvin is known for the brightness of his style and mentality. But he’s long addressed the importance of caring for one’s mental health. During his Arcoíris Tour, he encouraged people to not be ashamed of seeking professional help, and let the audience know they are not alone.   

“Las enfermedades de salud mental son una realidad. Yo he sufrido de depresión y he sufrido de ansiedad, así que tengo que aceptarlo. Y eso me hace más humano, me hace entender que la vida tiene pruebas,” Balvin said. “Pero si alguien está pasando una situación difícil, no están solos, siempre llega la luz. Tarde o temprano llega la luz.”  

“Mental health illnesses are a reality. I have suffered from depression and anxiety, so I have to accept it. And this makes me more human. It makes me understand that life has challenges,” Balvin said in Spanish. “But if someone is going through a difficult time, they are not alone, light always comes. Sooner or later, the light comes.”  

We need more men like Benito and J Balvin to speak up about their mental health struggles, to help destroy the stigma that exists within our community.

And in the same interview, he also spoke about why he works to elevate the Spanish language.

As for the possibility of singing in English, the answer remains the same: a resounding no.

“You have to break this view that the gringos are Gods…No, papi,” he told El País. And, although he’s collaborated with artists like Drake, Cardi B and Jennifer Lopez, he has always sang in Spanish and with his famous accent.

“I am very proud to reach the level where we are speaking in Spanish, and not only in Spanish, but in the Spanish that we speak in Puerto Rico. Without changing the accent,” he said.

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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Bilingual Collaborations Are Taking The Music World By Storm, These Are The Dream Collabs For 2021

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One doesn’t have to look far back to know that Spanglish duets are a growing trend – and one that seems to be growing in popularity and Latino artists are making Spanish-language music go mainstream.

Just last year, we saw unprecedented collaborations between artists such as Maluma and The Weeknd, Banda MS and Snoop Dogg, David Bisbal and Carrie Underwood and Rosalía and Travis Scott. You can go back a little further in time to the chart-topping collab between and Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee, and Justin Bieber from 2017.

Despite all the movement in Spanglish collabs, there are still so many dream mashups to look forward to. Here’s a roundup of some of the dream team ups that need to happen in 2021.

Bad Bunny & Harry Styles

Bad Bunny had an incredible 2020. And although many rumors exist that he may be leaving the music industry to focus on acting, the music world anxiously awaits his every move.

With his latest album, El Último Tour del Mundo, Benito gave us a look into alternative pop-rock Bad Bunny and we liked what we heard and saw. Meanwhile, Harry Styles is also an innovative, fashion-forward artist who – like Bad Bunny – makes music on his own terms.

If this collaboration were to happen, it would be a major milestone for the music industry and would easily be a major highlight of 2021.

Rosalia & Billie Eilish

Ok, so this one isn’t exactly a “dream” collab since we already know it is happening. We just don’t know when. It was back in April 2020 when the Spanish singer said she was trying to finish the song, telling Billboard, “I have been trying to finish the Billie Eilish collab. I think it’s getting quite close.”

And the world has been patiently waiting ever since. Both artists are experimental and strong songwriters, so we’re all waiting with baited breath to see what this duo comes up with.

J Balvin & The Weeknd

J Balvin is no stranger to bilingual collaborations, including hits with Justin Bieber, Beyoncé, Selena Gomez, and Dua Lipa, to name a few. Balvin shines in his place as a reggaetón star – just look at his credits from 2020 – and he’s made sure to bring his Latino essence into all the work he does.

Together with The Weeknd – who recently collaborated with Maluma – the duo would mesh their experimental sounds perfectly, making this one of the top dream collabs of 2021.

Daddy Yankee & Missy Elliot

This one might be a long shot but can you imagine?! The mashup of old-school reggaeton with old-school hip-hop and both Daddy and Missy Viking on their shared witty lyrics would bring us the ultimate ‘90s collab of our dreams.

Camilo & Sam Smith

This collab would work because these two pop crooners aren’t afraid to show vulnerability and emotion in their lyrics. Sam Smith’s powerhouse vocals would compliment Camilo’s delicate vocals. Like Taylor Swift, Sam Smith has yet to collaborate with a Latin artist. It’s never too late.

Karol G & Rihanna

Like many of us, Karol G is a major Rihanna fan. She even has a tattoo of the “Umbrella” singer on her arm. She previously told Billboard that Rihanna “presents herself as a real woman, she doesn’t care about the negative comments. I love her lyrics because she sings about love, heartbreak, woman empowerment, and I feel that we have similar personalities.”

And it wouldn’t be the first Spanglish collaboration for Rihanna, who previously worked with Shakira on “Can’t Remember to Forget You” in 2014.

Natti Natasha & Cardi B

Both Natti and Cardi are Dominican powerhouses: one is a reggaeton all-star and the other is hip-hop’s darling. Many have long said that a duet between the two is long overdue, especially since they both seem to be major fans of each other’s work.

And any collaboration between the powerhouse duo would be an important milestone in Latin music, regardless the route that they went.

What dream collaboration do you hope to see in 2021? Did we miss anyone on this roundup?

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