An estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people are set to descend upon the small desert town of Quartzsite, AZ, and they aren’t the usual customers.
A who’s who of rock en español will appear on stage in Quartzsite, AZ at the Rock Fiesta festival on March 18th and 19th.
The first-time two-day festival is being called the ‘Coachella of Latin rock’ and brings with it lots of big-name headliners like Caifanes and Cafe Tacuba, bands that may not be familiar to the rest of the American music audience, and even less so to the snowbirds who make up the typical Quartzsite population in the winter months. Swap meets and RV gatherings this is not.
Most of the bands playing are Mexico-based with huge numbers of fans in the United States. The line-up includes many bands who are credited with defining the Latin American rock sound, including El Tri, Molotov, Panteon Rococo, Kinky, Maldita Vecinidad, PXNDX and others.
“We’ve sold tickets in 24 states,” Alejandro Evoli, the festival’s Associate Producer, told Parker Live. “We have sold tickets in Chicago, we have sold tickets in Texas, we have sold tickets in California, Alabama, Alaska, also in Puerto Rico.”
A 155 feet-long main stage will be situated on the Desert Gardens Show Grounds in Quartzsite, with a late night dance tent featuring DJs, cantina, VIP sections and beer gardens close by. The main festival areas will be flanked by camping areas, including spaces with full RV hookups. There’ll even be a water slide there – the largest in the world, according to Evoli.
“This is the first Latino rock festival with camping in the world,” Evoli added. “So it’s a unique experience.”
2-day tickets on the festival’s website start at $139 until March 14th, when they go up to $159. For single-day tickets, it’s $85, going up to $95 on March 14th. The event runs from noon through 2am on March 18th and 19th. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. The website is rockfiesta.com.
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