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El Vive Latino

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Having a country like the United States as a next door neighbor has its upsides and its downsides, and I am sure many Mexicans would rather be far away from our friend in the north. But if there is one thing I love about being so close to the States, it’s that it’s really easy for artists to include Mexico in their tours, and we get a constant and very wide array of concerts.

Throughout the years, Mexico has become a favorite destinations for many American and international bands, and the Mexican audience couldn’t be more grateful. Every time an artist sets a date for a concert in Mexico City, tickets will be gone within minutes, and during the show people don’t hold back. They dance, cheer and sing like crazy for their bands.

One of the best examples of this love we have for concerts is the Vive Latino music festival. This festival started in 1998 and every year it gets bigger and stronger. Artists from all over Latin America and the world meet during the spring in Mexico City to celebrate music, food and culture in a festival that is now a landmark of music in the country. Vive Latino goes beyond music and offers festival-goers the opportunity to participate in different activities, from tianguis (open air markets), to art demonstrations to cinema.

Every year I look forward to the release of the Vive Latino music festival line up, and make sure I’m ready to get my tickets as soon as they go on sale. I can honestly say some of my happiest and most fun times have happened during a Vive Latino.

In 2014 Vive Latino celebrates its 15th anniversary (it was canceled in 1999 and 2002), expanding to 4 days of consecutive shows and showcasing national and international talent, like Los Tigres del Norte, Arcade Fire, Nine Inch Nails and Calle 13.

If you really want to get to know what the Mexican music scene is all about, plan to be in Mexico City this March and get ready for 4 days of pure enjoyment, and a little destruction.

Festival Vive Latino 2014

27 – 30 marzo de 2014 – Foro Sol

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MEET THE LOCAL: MARÍA JOSÉ CÉSPEDES 

 

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