Ruido Fest Announces Top Latin Rock Line Up: Exclusive

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Chilean band La Ley, pose for the photographers during the Vina del Mar International Song Festival on February 25, 2014 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Maldita Vecindad, La Ley among headliners announced for Chicago summer event

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Maltdita Vecindad, Natalia La Fourcade, La Ley, Carla Morrison and Panteon Rococo are among the artists to perform at Ruido Fest, a major Chicago gathering for Latin rock and alternative fans that will be held for the second consecutive year July 8-10 at Addams/Medill Park.

“We feel we have a great mix of alternative music that exists across Latin America, with emerging artists as well as headliners from Argentina, Chile and Mexico,” says Eduardo Calvillo, one of the three-day festival’s organizers.

Bands as big as the announced Ruido Fest headliners have proved they can transcend those national borders, appealing to a larger Latin American and U.S. Latino crowd.

“Ruido Fest...tries to meet the demand of a specific and large audience not only from Chicago,” says Max Wagner, another of the festival’s four promoters.  And with classic acts like legendary Argentine ska band Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Chilean rock superstars La Ley, they can guarantee that the festival will attract a multi-generational crowd.

Wagner reports that on the basis of the positive reaction to last year’s festival, which also featured some of the best known Latin alternative acts, including Café Tacvba and Kinky, tickets bought during a pre-sale in February “well exceeded expectations,” even though the 2016 line-up had not yet been revealed.

“Our fans are deeply passionate about the event and really want us to succeed,” Wagner adds.

More artists are to be announced soon in a line-up expected to include about 50 bands. Riot Fest Presents, Rock Sin Anestesia, Metronome and Star Events are the festival’s co-promoters.

A community element will be added to this year’s Ruido Fest, with the involvement of local community organizations that focus on “the societal issues that face Latin people in Chicago and abroad.

“Immigration, voting rights, affordable housing and the myriad of challenges faced by “Ruidosos” on an everyday basis,” elaborates Wagner. “We want to work with our partners in the community to affect positive change the other 362 days of the year when they are not at Ruido Fest.”

Tickets are currently on sale, with three-day passes starting at $75.