After Year´s Absence, Vive Latino Fest Rocks in ‘Green’ Mexico

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Just as the entire country of Mexico was on the verge of entering the covid-19 green-light infection risk phase — which allegedly means that the likelihood of contracting the disease is extremely low — Mexico City kicked off the 23rd edition of the Ibero-American Music Culture Festival, better known as Vive Latino, on Saturday, March 19, at the Foro Sol auditorium.

The two-day festival of Latino pop and rock was suspended last year because of the covid-19 pandemic, and was supposed to be realized this year under strict sanitary conditions, although few in the audience wore face masks and social distancing was nearly impossible with the shoulder-to-shoulder 100,000-person turnout.

Headlining this year’s Vive Latino festival were heavy-hitters Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Los Auténticos Decadentes, Julieta Venegas, Residente, the Banda MS and Gustavo Santaolalla.

There were also U.S. acts in the mix, including Limp Bizkit, Black Pumas, Devendra Banhart and Milky Chance.

Also participating in the festival, that ran through Sunday, March 20, were C. Tangana, Lido Pimienta, Santa Fe Klan, Ambar Lucid and The Marias.

This year the festival included added attractions such as a ferris wheel and wrestling matches, plus face-painting stands for children.

Although the Vive Latino webpage had stated that all attendees would be required to show proof of covid-19 vaccination or a negative antigen covid test taken within 48 hours of the festival at the door, these were no checks for these documents at the entry.

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