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Ecuador is a small market, with Colombia to the north, Peru to the south and east, and the Pacific to the west, and a fondness for metal in addition to the popular Latin acts.
When the big stars of Latin music come to Quito this year, they’ll come to the 35,724-cap Atahualpa Olympic Stadium– Marc Anthony, Bad Bunny, Ricardo Arjona are all making an appearance in the summer and autumn, though the 71-year-old stadium is said to be in line for a $200m (€197m) replacement.
For those without quite that level of pulling power, there’s the 30-year-old, 16,000-capacity indoor sporting arena Coliseo General Rumiñahui. Laura Pausini, Judas Priest, and Slayer were clients before the pandemic; Def Leppard and Shakira have played there in their time; and Helloween, Mexican pop-rockers Reik, and Colombian stars Sebastián Yatra and Fonseca all have it in their calendars for this year.