Traditionally, the first semester of the year is the one that brings the most concerts and festivals to the region, but in the second half of 2023 it looks just as much or even more exciting.
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After the COVID-19 lockdowns and the cancellation or postponement of world tours and festivals around the world in 2020 and 2021, in 2022 we saw a boom and resurgence of live shows. During this year, the music industry has not stood still and the number of concerts that we have been able to enjoy in the region has been frantic. If so far this year serves as an indicator, this second semester will continue at the same pace. Here, we tell you about some of the most important tours and festivals that will take place in Latin America during the rest of 2023.
The pop diva brings her Eras Tour to Latin America with 13 almost sold out dates in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil. Being one of the highest-grossing tours in the history of music, the American singer-songwriter will begin the tour, which covers the entirety of her artistic career, with four dates at the Foro Sol in Mexico City between the 24th and 27th of August. Then it will continue through Buenos Aires at the mythical River Plate stadium on November 9, 10 and 11. Finally, Swift will visit Brazil with three respective dates in both Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo between November 17 and 29. Although Chile and Colombia are absent from her tour despite many of her fans in the region, the space of dates between her visits to Mexico and Argentina gives them faith that they will still have the opportunity to see her.
Abel Tesfaye (better known as The Weeknd) is currently on the biggest tour of his career, promoting his last two albums: "After Hours" and "Dawn FM". The Canadian artist will land in Mexico, with dates in Monterrey and Mexico City between September 26 and 30. Subsequently, it will continue through Bogotá (October 4), Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo (October 7, 10 and 11), Santiago (October 15 and 16), Buenos Aires (October 18 and 19), Lima (October 22 and October), to finally set foot in Mexico again with a presentation in Guadalajara on October 25.
Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters returns to our lands, with what he announced will be his farewell tour. The "This is not a Drill" tour covers a large part of the continent with seven presentations in various cities in Brazil, as well as dates in Montevideo, Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile, Lima, Bogotá, San José and Quito. All this between October 24 and December 9.
One of the cultural phenomena that marked an entire generation on the continent is coming together this year. The Mexican group made up of Anahí, Dulce María, Maité Perroni, Christopher von Uckermann and Christian Chávez (Alfonso Herrera is not part of the reunion) will sing again after more than ten years after the dissolution of the group with the Soy Rebelde Tour. With 23 dates in six cities (Medellín, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Monterrey, Guadalajara, and Mexico City) they broke sales records with more than 800,000 tickets sold in 24 hours.
Other important tours of the season: Natalia Lafourcade (she will perform between August 20 and 24 in Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Colombia); Maneskin (from October 20 to November 3 in Mexico, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil); Morrissey (Mexico, Peru, Colombia, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil between September 10 and 30), and although it is rumored that Beyoncé will visit Latin America in the remainder of the year with her Renaissance World Tour, there is still no official confirmation or dates announced.
As for festivals, this second semester of the year is not far behind, these are some of the most important:
On September 23 and 24, the second version of the festival that seeks to highlight the best of music from our continent will take place in Bogotá. This year's edition will feature the participation of artists such as Andrés Calamaro, Juanes, Residente, Café Tacuba, Damian Marley, Cuarteto de Nos, Cypress Hill, Jorge Drexler, among others.
After taking place in 2015 and 2016, the world's largest electronic music festival returns to Sao Paulo, Brazil, selling out in less than three hours. On October 12, 13 and 14 they will witness one of the most forceful parties on the continent at the hands of the institution that is Tomorrowland, one of the most important festivals in the world. No artists announced yet.
The festival that has been taking place since 2010 in Mexico City has undoubtedly become an obligatory stop for some of the most significant acts of rock and the independent scene in the Anglo world. This year's edition, which will take place between November 17 and 19, has in its lineup artists such as Arcade Fire, Pulp, Alanis Morissette, Blur, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The Cure, Pet Shop Boys and The Chemical Brothers.
One of the most important Spanish festivals in the world landed on our shores last year with editions in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, and it seems that the experiment paid off, since this year the experience will be repeated, adding Bogotá and Asunción to its repertoire. . With The Cure and Pet Shop Boys as headliners, accompanied by independent and avant-garde acts such as Grimes, Black Midi, Dorian Electra, Slowdive and local artists with diverse backgrounds, Primavera Sound will begin its tour of Buenos Aires on November 25 and 26, to continue through Sao Paulo on December 2 and 3, Asunción on December 7 and ending its passage through the continent in Bogotá on December 9 and 10.
Schedule yourself to go and see your favorite artist!