Juanes, Julieta Venegas and Los Tigres Del Norte headline new Latinx festival

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Juanes, Los Tigres of the NorthBanda El Recodo, Sin Bandera, Cafe Tacvba, Caifanes – no it is not you momThe Saturday cleaning playlist. These are just a few of the artists and headliners scheduled to perform at the Bésame Mucho Festival, a new Latinx-focused festival heading to Los Angeles this year.

Divided into three genre-focused scenes – “Rockero”, “Las Clásicas”, and “Te Gusta el Pop?” — the festival features some of the biggest cross-generational names in rock in spanish, Regional Mexicano and Latin pop and will take place at Dodger Stadium on December 3.

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The Rockero stage features the likes of Argentine rock band Enanitos Verdes, singer-songwriter Juliette Venegasmexican psych-rock band Zoe, and longtime Mexican rockers Molotov. The Las Clásicas stage features artists spanning a wide range of genres, from cumbia to norteño, including Los Ángeles Azules, singer Ramón Ayala, Bronco and Banda Machos. The pop stage will include appearances by Mexican duo Sin Bandera, Latin pop singer Fey, Spanish pop group La Oreja de Van Gogh and Mexican-American cumbia band Kumbia Kings.

Sin Bandera hasn’t toured the United States since before the pandemic, while AB Quintanilla’s Kumbia Kings reunited in 2019 after nearly 10 years out of the spotlight. Many festival artists – such as Kabah, Fey and OV7 – rarely toured the United States

Tickets for Besame Mucho are set to go on sale Friday, February 18.

The event follows in the footsteps of 2017’s L Festival, which featured J Balvin, Marco Antonio Solis and Los Tigres, as well as the annual Tropicalia – a festival that balances its programming with new Latinx artists, such as Kali Uchis and Omar Apollo, with more established Latinx artists like Caifanes and Natalia Lafourcade.

This year marks an increase in Latin music festival bookings, with organizers of the Baja Beach Fest of reggaetón bringing Feast of Suenos in Chicago and Vibra Urbana expansion to the west coast.

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