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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.

This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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This Man Is Using TikTok To Bring Younger People To Old-School Jams And His Fans Are Loving It

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Everyone has that embarrassing uncle. The one who busts out dancing in public, or makes incredibly old-school dad jokes. Embarrassing uncles keep you guessing what they’ll do next and oftentimes you and your cousins are embarrassed by his bizarre behavior. If you can’t think of an embarrassing uncle, chances are it’s you, you’re the embarrassing uncle or tía. This Mexican man from Wyoming is the quintessential embarrassing uncle, except the internet, unlike your cousins, is loving every minute of his antics. 

Tío TikTok might be a little older than the app’s intended audience, but he still managed to make his content go viral, even when he didn’t even know what TikTok was.

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Tío TikTok aka Nathan Apodaca is the grown man who’s single-handedly bringing Gen-Z app TikTok, to Millennials. If you’re wondering what TikTok is, don’t worry. It is basically the second-coming of Vine. It is all about short videos that play in a loop for everyone to enjoy. 

Remember Musical.ly? Maybe you remember the times of Vine? It’s hard to keep up with the constantly changing social media landscape as some apps gain notoriety, others merge, and even more die out. As non-members of the Gen Z generation, it’s even harder to keep it all straight.

The old app Musical.ly was rebranded as TikTok and it’s quickly become Gen Z’s app of choice.

If you do remember Musical.ly, you may know that in August 2018, it rebranded as TikTok. And Vine? That app was the victim of an ever-changing internet and suffered a slow death, causing users to feel the dejection of media abandonment. TikTok though has stirred up a revival of short video clips. Only now, it’s even more interactive, collaborative, and downright addictive.

Apodaca was introduced to the app by his Gen Z daughters, and his videos soon went viral.

Tío TikTok was unaware of the popular video-app himself. His daughters, Makyla and Angelia, are the ones who first introduced Apocada’s to the platform. His youngest daughter even helped him film his first video, which quickly went viral. Apodaca confesses that he was stumped as to what to do, or what type of content to publish on his app, but his eldest daughter came to the rescue and suggested he did his usual goofy dances on camera. And just like that, Apodaca turned into a TikTok sensation.

Tío TikTok’s 16-second videos are simple and hilarious, and they touch a chord with young audiences for their humor.

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Apodaca shares 16-second bite-sized clips of himself dancing and performing to a tune. His perfectly in-sync interpretations, have gained him nearly 90 thousand followers. Tío TikTok usually jams out to classic ’90s gangsta rap like DMX, Dr. Dre, Eminem or Twista and Gen Z-ers and Millennials alike, can’t seem to get enough of his nostalgic vibes.

In his video’s he’s usually goofing around at work or high off weed which has made his content recognizable.

In one of his most liked posts, Nathan is seen sitting on a conveyor belt lip-syncing Sublime’s ’90s classic hit ‘Santeria’ at the factory where he works and films most of his videos. The post earned 26.9 thousand likes and received thousands of hilarious comments like “*OSHA has entered the chat*” by @BertoBitch or “The workers that package for WISH…”

Apodaca is the stoner uncle you never knew you needed on social media.

His hashtags regularly include 420, 710, ‘high’ and ‘gogreen’, stoner terms used to celebrate dabs and cannabis concentrates. His song choices, usually pulled from an unpredictably random selection, often celebrate the plant too. @Doggface208 aka Nathan Apodaca loves weed so much that he, ingeniously, linked his PayPal account on his TikTok bio for donations; “Now accepting donations 4 Flower 🍃 n white Ts PayPal apodacadogg208@gmail.com” reads his profile description. Whether the account is real or not, we’re not sure, but you’re welcome to send a little donation and let us know.

Most TikTok users may be under 30 according to Apple Store download stats, but we’re sure that this guy’s hilarious videos will attract an older demographic to download the app too.

READ: This 11-Year-Old Latina Has Thousands Of Followers On TikTok And The Most Hilarious Sense Of Humor About Latinidad

Ranchero Star ‘Paquita La Del Barrio’ Was Hospitalized Due To Pulmonary Complications

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Ranchero Star ‘Paquita La Del Barrio’ Was Hospitalized Due To Pulmonary Complications

We still haven’t recovered from the passing of ‘El príncipe de la canción’ José José and we’re already being hit with more bad news. After much speculation on social media, it has been confirmed that the controversial and iconic singer Paquita La del Barrio was hospitalized this week for pneumonia and pulmonary thrombosis. 

Paquita La del Barrio changed the genre of Bolero music forever with her salty man-hating lyrics and ‘borrachera’ worthy songs.

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In her over 50 years of creating music, ‘La Guerrillera del Bolero’, Paquita la del Barrio has gifted us with endless beautifully shady catchphrases to use on shitty exes; “Rata de dos patas”, “Cucaracha del infierno” and “¿Me estas oyendo inútil?” to name a few. Her man-hating words changed Bolero music for women and will be sung in tequila-induced ‘borracheras’ until the end of time. Paquita’s controversial, and sometimes salty lyrics have earned her a few enemies, to say the least, but the truth is that Paquita La del Barrio shattered glass ceilings in the genre of Ranchero, a world of male-dominated, misogynistic music, just by speaking her mind through music.

The feminist ranchera canceled a show for the first time in her career, due to health complications.

Francisca Viveros Barradas a self-proclaimed warrior against ‘machismo’ culture, canceled a show scheduled for this Saturday in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, due to health complications. Francisco Torres, her manager —also known as Paquito— said in a public statement for the press, that Paquita had complained of ongoing chest pains which eventually landed her at Hospital Angeles Lindavista in Mexico City. “Siempre te imaginas lo peor,” he said. It was later discovered that the pain was caused by a pulmonary embolism and pneumonia. The 72-year-old singer was checked into intensive care for a 24-hour watch.

Torres confirmed that Paquita’s health first raised concerns on October 8,  “She started with discomfort, her blood pressure, she said her chest hurt. That night the situation worsened, she couldn’t stand, she complained about chest pain, and the first thing that came to mind was ‘her heart’. A doctor came,  prescribed medication and administered her a sedative, we thought she’d be better by morning. But she wasn’t.”

The singer’s health is now improving and she’s no longer in ICU.

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‘Paquito’ went on to describe how the star’s health continued to deteriorate; “The next day she still had chest and back pain,” he said, “we decided to call an ambulance and take her to the emergency room.” Paquita La del Barrio’s manager explained that doctors diagnosed the singer with pulmonary damage due to the varying weather conditions the 72-year-old had been exposed to during her tour of the United States. “We know that weather conditions in the U.S. are more extreme, that was added to her condition, she resisted until her lungs collapsed,” Torres confirmed that Paquita la del Barrio was in ICU on October 10 but is now stable and her health is improving. It seems like the singer is recuperating just fine, but will still need time to heal, which is why she was forced to cancel the concert scheduled for this weekend. 

‘La Guerrillera del Bolero’ has sung against machismo for over forty years, and although she’s received a lot of criticism, her words have resonated with audiences worldwide.

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Way ahead of her time, Paquita has fought machismo singing from the stage for more than four decades. At 72, the feminist ranchera has released 33 albums which have been classified by the genre as “duros contra ellos” for her harsh words against men. Amongst her many shade-throwing songs are “Tres veces te engañé”, “Las mujeres mandan”, “Viejo raboverde”, “Hombres malvados” and many more. Her most famous hit “Rata de dos patas”, which has become somewhat of a hymn against men, was the song that sky-rocketed Paquita to fame. After this song went public, she went from singing at bars in the popular Mexico City neighborhood ‘Guerrero’, and moved on to perform on stages internationally.

Paquita’s life has been far from easy, and her story has been turned into a bio-series by Imagen Televisión.

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Paquita is an idol for many Latino women who were touched by her words. But her life wasn’t always so glamorous. The singer’s life has already been immortalized in a bio-series broadcasted by Imagen Televisión. Through the series, we found out that she married a 42-year-old man when she was just fifteen. She had two children with him only to find out that the ‘rata de dos patas’ had been cheating on him all along and had another family in a different town. Her love life has clearly not been as successful as her career —which is true of a lot of women in many different industries. The singer, however, is now an artist consolidated as one of the most famous feminist performers Mexico has ever seen.