Tropicalia Festival Is Back For Its Third Year With Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis And Chicano Batman Headlining

Southern California music fans are rejoicing. Music festival giant Goldenvoice announced the return of Tropicália Music and Taco Festival on Nov. 9 and 10th. This year’s lineup once again is a showcase of the vibrant and beloved Latin music scene in Los Angeles which crossed every genre from oldies, hip-hop to indie rock. 

While previous lineups have looked like a mash of various genres, the festival is a reflecting playlist of the music many Latinos in Southern California grew up listening to. Acts like Los Angeles Azules, Mon Laferte, and Natalia Lafourcade have all taken the stage at the festival in the last two years. 

The two-day festival will be headlined by Caifanes, Los Tigres Del Norte, Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, and CUCO. Natalia Lafourcade and so many more incredible acts will make the two-day festival a Latin music lovers dream. The Latino-centered festival will be in its third iteration but this time at a different location as the festival moves to the grounds of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena from its previous home, the Queen Mary Events Park.

This year’s festival will have a noticeably different lineup schedule with the two-day event being split into different blocks. 

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Day one is set to feature more of Latin American legacy performers like Los Tigres del Norte, Enanitos Verdes, Hombres G, Caifanes and Paquita la del Barrio. Day two is filled with more modern acts like Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, CUCO and Boy Pablo, who have all previously performed at the event.

The real treat of the festival will be the artists squeezed towards the bottom of the lineup slate. Ivy Queen, Bomba Estéreo, The Drums, La Santa Cecilia, Inspector, and The Marías makeup with the bottom half of Tropicalia this year. 

“[Tropicália] was spawned from the love of going to Mexican nightclubs, backyard parties and all-ages punk shows at community centers,” Jeff Shuman, the festivals lead talent buyer and also oversees the Observatory in Santa Ana, told the Los Angeles Times last year. 

The announcement of Tropicália has many music fans chiming in on what many are calling a “dream lineup.”

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With the Tropicália Instagram page teasing fans for the last week about who would be a part of the show, news of the lineup announcement had fans in a frenzy. Whether it’s a love for legacy acts like Los Tigres del Norte that many Latinos listened to growing up or their fandom for artists like CUCO, it’s been a generally positive response to the lineup. 

“Some of these artists I grew up seeing at the little festivals in my city as a younger teen. Some of the artists got me through some ROUGH times and were the background music to some of the best moments of my life,” one person said on Twitter. 

Yes, there are already some great memes in honor of this year’s Tropicália lineup.

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The two-day musical genre split has gotten the approval from many on social media who have been quick to point out what makes the festival so unique.

“Bruh tropicalia lineup even got my mom excited and wanting to go whoever planned that lineup is really catering to every age bracket,” one fan tweeted

“It definitely comes from local culture, you can see that in the lineup,” Paul Billings, Goldenvoice’s senior VP, told the LA Times last year. “If you look at the comments we get, it’s all ‘How did you get these artists to play together?’ It’s so distinct from anything else we do. Everyone who goes connects to the show, it’s so culturally relevant. The age demographic Is younger but It’s intergenerational, and you don’t see that at festivals that often.”

The festival has become quite popular in southern California among a young Latino demographic where music festivals in the past few years have been curated to specific genres and niches. Whether it be old school hip-hop, 2000s indie rock or Latin-American legacy acts, Tropicália has become an event that showcases the blend of these genres.  

L.A. Taco, a Los Angeles-based taco-focused website, will be curating the taco vendor lineup for the first time. There are already three announced vendors that include L.A. taco staples like Teddy’s Red Tacos, Balam Mexican Kitchen, Triple Threat and with more to be announced. Presale starts on Thursday, Sept. 5 at noon PST with the password TEQUIERO. Prices begin at $99. All passes go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. PST.

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