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BUE festival returns after 10-year hiatus

More than 40,000 people attended the 2016 edition of the BUE festival in Buenos Aires, which returned earlier this month after a ten-year absence.

BUE mk1 took place between 2004 and 2006, and in that time brought major international artists including Daft Punk, Beastie Boys, The Strokes, Patti Smith, Kings of Leon and Massive Attack to South America.

Its return, first announced at Primavera Sound in June, was masterminded by creator Daniel Grinbank and promoted by his DG Entertainment company, which describes its 2016 line-up – headlined by Iggy Pop, The Libertines, Pet Shop Boys and Wilco – as “confirm[ing] its position as a pioneering and avant-garde festival, bringing long-awaited artists [to] Argentina for the first time”.

Pet Shop Boys provided a “great ending to a festival that set the bar really high”

Pet Shops Boys were singled out for particular praise, with Todo Noticias saying the British duo “transformed the venue into a disco and reaffirmed their position as an amazing pop band, accompanied by [an impressive] visual display”. “It was a great ending to a festival that set the bar really high,” the news channel said. “We hope it happens again.”

“With a high production standard and special focus on ‘good music’, the trendsetter festival was a big success for the 40,000 people that attended the two-day event,” says Grinbank.


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