August 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Rock al Parque (Rock at the Park) is the largest public rock festival in Latin America and the third largest in the world. Since its first staging in 1995, the festival has been Colombia’s largest free event. This year, it will be held from August 16 to August 18, making the city for these three days home to some of the most prominent musicians in the world.
The festival’s international prominence, the number of people who come each year, and its diverse lineup of musicians make it a very attractive proposition for musicians from many different countries. Bands and solo artists with legendary careers and instant name recognition such as Café Tacvba, Jaguares, Dead Kennedys, Apocalyptica, Suicidal Tendencies, Skatalites, Bloc Party, D.R.I., Overkill, Destruction, Biohazard, Luis Alberto Spinetta, Andrés Calamaro, Manu Chao, Fito Páez, and Charly García have appeared during previous years’ festivals in Bogotá.
Thanks to the diversity and vitality of its music scene, Bogotá was named a Creative City of Music in 2012, which is part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network. Bogotá has a history of fostering a large and vibrant music scene; since 1995, over 4 million people have attended Rock al Parque, it currently boasts over 600 places for live concerts, and in the first half of 2014 alone, it has already hosted four outstanding international festivals: Festival Centro, America Cantat 7, Festival Internacional de Música de Bogotá, and Festival Estéreo Picnic.
For its twentieth anniversary, Rock al Parque has invited promising local and national groups to offer exclusive events such as new album presentations, retrospectives, special genre shows such as metal and blues, and band reunion shows, as well as spotlighting the offerings of special guests from other countries, among others.
Bogotanos will be able to enjoy bands like Doctor Krápula, La Derecha, and Superlitio, and Alerta, who will perform in the company of artists such as Gustavo Cordera (ex Bersuit Vergarabat), Rubén Albarrán (Café Tacvba and Hoppo!), Emiliano Brancciari (No Te Va a Gustar), and Lee Scratch Perry.
Many commercially successful bands will also be present, representing genres such as reggae and ska, punk rock, alternative rock, global bass, and blues: Skampida, Nawal, La Pestilencia, I.R.A., Polikarpa y sus Viciosas, Esteman, Juan Pablo Vega, Meridian Brothers, Sidestepper, El Freak, and the Colombian Blues Society.