Andy Montañez completes the first announcement of artists for the Festivales al Parque.
After starting the year with a successful edition of Colombia al Parque, which brought more than 22,000 people to different parts of the city and presented Bogotá as a stage, the District Institute of the Arts – Idartes makes its first announcements of international artists invited to the editions of the Festivales al Parque, which will take place throughout 2022.
Love of lesbian (Spain), Trueno (Argentina), Andy Montañez (Puerto Rico), Ilegales (Spain), Batushka (Poland), David Sánchez (Puerto Rico), Christina Rosenvinge (Spain), Crypta (Holland and Brazil), Evile (United Kingdom), Natos and Waor (Spain), Miranda! (Argentina) and Maelo Ruiz (Puerto Rico) are the first confirmed names for these festivals.
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As the Mayor’s Office of Bogotá recently announced, the next of these great metropolitan events to be held will be Salsa al Parque on June 4 and 5, followed by 25 years of Hip Hop al Parque on July 2 and 3, Jazz al Parque on September 17 and 18 and Rock al Parque, which will have four days in its 2022 edition, on November 26 and 27 and December 3 and 4.
It is an artistic curatorship that maintains the mission that has consolidated the Festivales al Parque for more than 20 years as spaces that, in addition to presenting local and national artists, allow us to have a look at the music that is made in other countries and not it is necessarily within the commercial circuits or world tours that include Colombia in their destinations.
“The Festivales al Parque have always been characterized by bringing a musical offer to the public that you will not be able to find in any other great festival in the city and by exploring far beyond the commercial circuits, to make programs that show the different aspects current musicals, but that also bring to the stage the memory of the sounds that have built their history and that of the countries of the guests”, says Catalina Valencia, director of Idartes.
Thus, this year, the Festivales al Parque will have classics such as the legendary Puerto Rican salsero Andy Montañez, who celebrates his 80th birthday and will pay homage to the 64th anniversary of his artistic career, and to his compatriot Maelo Ruiz, a benchmark for salsa rosa; and also Illegales de España, representatives of raw rock and punk, who will arrive in Colombia to commemorate their 40-year uninterrupted career with the album Lucha por la vida, which celebrates this anniversary.
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Artists consolidated in their countries and with large numbers of reproduction on music platforms will also arrive in Bogotá. The debut will be made by Thunder from Argentina, champion of freestyle battles, who at 20 years of age and with only one studio album has quickly conquered the public in Latin America, something that was demonstrated by the massive attendance at his concerts in the recent versions of Lollapalooza in Chile and in Vive Latino in Mexico.
Also from Spain will be Natos and Waor, who went from being part of the underground hip hop movement to being crowned at the top of Spanish rap, with their own rules of the game within the music industry and enjoying great popularity.
Another group that will make its debut at the Festivales al Parque is Crypta, from Brazil and the Netherlands, the new proposal from former members of renowned metal groups such as Nervosa, Burning Witches and Hagbard, who have received massive praise with their first album Echoes of the soul.
Evile will come from the United Kingdom, a sound bet on thrash metal with a solid discography that has consolidated it as one of the current representatives of the genre, and from Poland, Batushka, one of the protagonists of the band of online concerts Música del Parque a la Casa del Idartes in 2020, during confinement, and which will now make its face-to-face debut in Colombia, with its particular staging, in which the musicians cover up their identity by wearing black robes with Orthodox symbolism.
From Spain, another guest is Love of Lesbian, the most prominent rock band in their country at the moment, which already has a consolidated fan base in Colombia and will perform for the first time at the Parque Metropolitano Simón Bolívar and, as a representative of jazz Latin, will be the Puerto Rican reference of this musical genre David Sánchez, who will give a concert for the first time in Bogotá, recognized as one of the best saxophonists of his generation, nominated on several occasions and winner of the Grammy, with more than 30 years of career artistic.
Two artists who return to the Festivales al Parque are the Spanish Christina Rosenvinge, who will offer a special show to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the group’s album Christina and Los Subterráneos Que me parta un rayo, the album that made her popular with songs like 1,000 pieces, Someone to take care of me or You for me; and Miranda! from Argentina, the duo formed by singers Alejandro Sergi and Juliana Gattas that shook the foundations of the Argentine electro-pop scene at the beginning of the century and remains one of the groups most loved by Latin Americans.
With these twelve names, the first announcement of artists for the Festivales al Parque is completed.