10 Best Music Festivals in Mexico
We often talk about the United States, but Mexico also has unmissable music festivals. The good news is that these festivals are held throughout the year. So you can attend all these events if you want. Here are our top 10:
Long live the Latino
Vive Latino, an extension of the Festival Iberoamericano de Cultura Musical Vive Latino, is an alternative music festival. It has been held every year at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico City since 1998. It was originally a rock festival, but in recent editions it has opened its doors to other genres, from electronica to regional Mexican. The program mainly features well-known Latin American musicians, but gradually the event included the participation of groups and guest soloists from other international regions, including Anglo-Saxons, Germans, Austrians, etc.
Viva Latino 2020 dates (21st edition): March 14 and 15, 2020.
Vive Latino 2019 headliners: Caifanes, Fobia, Korn, Ska-P, Bunbury, Carlos Santana and Juanes.
Corona Capital is an annual music festival held in Mexico City at the fourth turn of the Hermanos Rodríguez Autobahn. It started in 2010 and is organized by Corporación Interamericana de Entretenimiento. It mainly offers rock and alternative music. Its name comes from the fact that it is the sponsor of the beer of the same name.
Corona Capital 2019 Dates (10th Edition): November 16 and 17, 2019
Headliners Corona Capital 2019: The Strokes, Billie Eilish, Franz Ferdinand, Nick Murphy and Chet Faker, Interpol, Keane, Flume and The Raconteurs.
Another famous Mexican beer, Tequate, gave its name to the festival, which held its last edition on October 26 in Tijuana. It prefers Spanish-speaking artists, but accepts a few foreign groups. It has become the largest festival in Baja California.
Tecate Peninsula Date 2019 (3rd Edition): October 26, 2019
Tecate Península 2019 headliners: Café Tacvba, Los Auténticos Decadentes, The Neighborhood and Murten.
NRMAL is an international underground community based in Mexico City whose core values are diversity and equality. This is how one of the most interesting festivals in Mexico is defined, which combines art, live music and gastronomy. The festival has been celebrated since 2010 and celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2019 with bands such as Spiritualized, Death Grips and John Maus.
Date of NRMAL 2020 (11th edition): March 7, 2020
Headliners NRMAL 2020: Flying Lotus
This festival has been held since 2013 in Toluca and has hosted artists such as Beck, Julian Casablancas, Björk, Toro and Moi and many others. The organization defines it as a “cultural celebration” that includes international and national groups. In 2019, the GNP ceremony headliners were none other than Massive Attack and Aphex Twin. Other artists were also present such as Rosalia, Kaytranada, The Blaze, DJ Koze and Modeselektor (Live).
Date of GNP 2020: April 2020
GNP 2020 covers:
With already 8 editions, Machaca Fest gathers domestic and international groups, groups whose talent is no longer proven, but also groups that are on the rise. The last edition was held on June 22, 2019 in Monterrey. Bad Bunny, Gwen Stefani and Ska-P were there, among others. The festival is also known for its rides and food trucks offering typical dishes from the region.
Date of Machaca Fest 2020: June 2020
Machaca Fest 2020 headliners: Daddy Yankee
EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico)
EDC is an interdisciplinary experience that combines electronic music, live DJs, performances and flamboyant sets. EDC contains all subgenres of electronic music such as EDM, house, dance, electro, drum and bass, techno, dance-punk, hard dance, dubstep, etc. Psychedelia, nature and different experiences are the themes of this great party. The festival started in different states of the United States in 1997, but is currently held in several countries such as Brazil, Mexico and the United Kingdom. Its last edition took place on February 23 and 24, 2019 in Mexico City.
EDC Mexico 2020 dates: February 28, 29 and March 1
EDC Mexico 2020 headliners:
Tecate Pa’l Norte
This festival, also sponsored by Tecate, started in 2012 in Monterrey. With an international focus on indie rock, its latest edition took place on March 22 and 23, 2019, with headliners Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, The 1975, The Hives, Snow Patrol and Carlos Santana. The festival gathers more than 200,000 people every year.
Tecate Pa’l Norte 2020 date: March 20 and 21, 2020.
Tecate Pa’l Norte 2020 headliners: Daddy Yankee
Cosquin Rock Mexico
The Argentine festival started in the province of Cordoba has spread to several countries, such as Peru and Uruguay, for several years. In 2017, it was held in Mexico for the first time. As in Argentina, the festival mainly offers the rock genre, although there are always alternative stages from places for all genres. In 2018, Cosquín Rock Mexico took place in June in Guadalajara and brought together bands such as Molotov, Babasónicos, Mon Laferte, Ciro y Los Persas, Maldita Vecindad and Attaque 77.
Date of Cosquín Rock México 2020: February 8 and 9, 2020.
Main performers of Cosquín Rock México 2020:
Bud Light Hello Festival
The tenth edition of this eclectic festival was held in Monterrey last August. On the program, among others, J Balvin, Kygo, A$AP Rocky, Justice, Zhu and Honne. In 2018, his line-up was equally impressive as we could find Maroon 5, Jimmy Eat World, Tyler, The Creator and French Montana on stage.
Bud Light Hellow Festival 2020 Date: March 28, 2020
Bud Light Hellow Festival 2020 headliners: