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Louis Tomlinson-curated festival heads to Mexico

Louis Tomlinson has announced he is bringing his The Away From Home Festival to Mexico.

The One Direction singer will star in and curate the brand’s fourth edition, which he launched in the UK in 2021 with a free event at Crystal Palace Park, London, in 2021.

Tomlinson subsequently expanded the festival with a ticketed event in Fuengirola, Malaga, Spain in 2022, and rolled out an Italian edition at Parco Bussoladomani in Lido di Camaiore  last August.

The Mexican leg will take place on June 8 at the Hacienda Susúla in Mérida, Yucatán. A presale begins on 16 April, with the general sale planned for the next day. Full lineup details are yet to be announced.

“We are excited to announce that Louis Tomlinson will bring the fourth edition of The Away From Home Festival to Mexico, an event curated by the singer where great artists of international stature will perform,” says a statement by promoter Ocesa.

“The Away From Home Festival has already made its mark in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy”

“The Away From Home Festival has already made its mark in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy. Now, it comes to Mexico to offer a platform that will bring great talents. This festival is the perfect opportunity to discover new music and enjoy a vibrant and energetic atmosphere.”

Tomlinson also has upcoming headline dates in Panama, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Peru, Colombia and Costa Rica. Speaking to IQ last year, the star’s agent Holly Rowland of Wasserman Music said Latin America was one of Tomlinson’s biggest markets.

“The return to Latin America is going to be huge – Louis is playing arenas and stadiums in South America and Mexico: 15 shows across 11 countries,” she said.

Revisit IQ‘s behind the scenes feature on Tomlinson’s Faith in the Future Tour here.

 


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Madonna to wrap up tour with Copacabana Beach gig?

Madonna is set to wrap up her Celebration Tour in Brazil with potentially the biggest concert of her career.

The 65-year-old has reportedly lined up a “free and historic” show on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana Beach. Visit Rio, the city’s official tourism office, also told Brazilians to “get ready” for the event, which is yet to be officially confirmed.

The New York Daily News reports the May gig, paid for by the Brazilian bank Itaú, would mark the pop icon’s 40 years in music, as well as the bank’s 100th anniversary.

“Yes, it’s true: Madonna is coming to Brazil for a mega show on May 4, which can potentially become the largest show of the Queen of Pop’s four-decade career,” declares Rio-based newspaper O Globo.

Free concerts on Copacabana Beach have routinely attracted in excess of one million people to concerts in the past. The Rolling Stones’ famous 2006 show pulled in an estimated 1.5m fans, while a 1994 New Year’s Eve gig headlined by Rod Stewart reputedly enticed 4.2m.

Madonna’s most well-attended show to date was in front of 131,100 people in Paris, France in 1987

Madonna’s most well-attended show to date was a performance at Parc de Sceaux in Paris, France on 1987’s Who’s That Girl World Tour, which drew 131,100 concertgoers.

The Celebration Tour, which commemorates the 40th anniversary of Madonna’s breakout single Holiday, does not currently include any stops in South America. The tour launched in London last October, with the European leg grossing $77.5 million from 429,000 ticket sales, according to Billboard Boxscore.

The North American leg, which was rescheduled after Madonna was hospitalised with a serious bacterial infection, began in December 2023 and is due to conclude in April with five nights at Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City.

In January, Madonna and tour promoter Live Nation said they would “vigorously” contest a lawsuit filed by two fans after the singer started a concert at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center more than two hours late.

 


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Karol G breaks Costa Rica ticket sales record

Latin superstar Karol G has continued to break records with her Mañana Será Bonito LATAM Tour, recording the highest ever ticket sales for a concert in Costa Rica.

The Colombian singer-songwriter, who is represented worldwide by Jbeau Lewis and Ryan Soroka at UTA, sold 104,686 tickets across her sold-out 9-10 March shows at Estadio Nacional in San José.

The two dates were promoted by Move Concerts and broke the previous record set by Coldplay, who launched their Music of the Spheres Tour at the venue in 2022.

Karol G recently became the first artist to sell out four nights at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

G recently became the first artist to sell out four nights at Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Spain, where she will stop from 20-23 July as part of her Live Nation-promoted European tour debut, Mañana Será Bonito (Tomorrow Will Be Nice).

The Mañana Será Bonito LATAM Tour kicked off in Mexico City in February, when she became the first female artist to sell out the Estadio Azteca for three consecutive nights, with 80,000 attendees per night. The trek will visit the Dominican Republic this weekend, before moving on to Perú, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

Last year, the reggaeton star grossed $145 million with 843,000 tickets sold for just 18 shows, and also became the first female artist to reach #1 on Billboard Top 200 with a Spanish-language album. She also made history in Puerto Rico by becoming the first artist ever to sell out three nights at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, drawing more than 100,000 fans across the trio of concerts.

 


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Primavera Sound confirms Latin America return

Primavera Sound is to return to Latin America in 2024 after attracting close to 350,000 people across its events in the region last year.

Second editions of the festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina and São Paulo, Brazil drew 120,000 and 115,000 people respectively, according to organisers. Headline acts at the November/December events included The Cure, Blur, Pet Shop Boys, Beck and The Killers.

In addition, 35,000 people attended Primavera Sound concerts in Santiago, Chile, over 12,000 fans experienced the first Paraguay event to mark Asunción Spring Day, and more than 30,000 people went to the inaugural Road to Primavera concerts in Lima, Peru.

The Cure, who played their first shows in South America in a decade, also sold out standalone Primavera concerts in Montevideo, Uruguay and Bogota, Colombia.

Primavera Sound has reaffirmed its commitment to the territory by confirming the dates for this year’s editions

Primavera Sound has reaffirmed its commitment to the territory by confirming the dates for this year’s editions. Primavera Day Montevideo will premiere on 21 November, followed by the third editions of Primavera Sound Buenos Aires (23-24 November) and São Paulo (30 November-1 December), with Primavera Day Asunción set for 29 November.

Plus, Bogotá, Lima and Santiago will again host Road to Primavera concerts, with specific dates to be announced soon.

Meanwhile, the flagship Primavera Sound Barcelona, where the brand launched in 2001, will take place from 29 May to 2 June, headlined by Lana Del Rey, Pulp and SZA. Other acts will include The National, PJ Harvey, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Disclosure, FKA Twigs, Justice and Mitski.

It has also run sister events in Los Angeles and Chile in recent years, but has opted against running another Madrid instalment in 2024 following a “complicated” debut edition.

 


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Show cancelled after grenades thrown outside venue

A New Year’s Eve concert in Mexico was cancelled after three grenades were thrown outside the venue.

The show by Los Angeles-born, Sinaloa-raised narcocorrido (drug ballad) singer Larry Hernández had been due to take place at the Casa Blanca nightclub in eastern Tijuana.

“Unfortunately because of the events that just happened at the place where I was going to perform, it is impossible to do so,” says Hernández in a social media video. “These are things that are out of one’s control, so I apologise and send you a hug.”

GazetteXtra reports that people threw what appeared to be fragmentation grenades, which did not detonate, from a vehicle on Sunday (31 December).

According to Tijuana’s secretary of security and citizen protection Fernando Sánchez, the Mexican army arrived on site to remove the devices.

Baja California governor Marina del Pilar Ávila says the case is being investigated, but no evidence had been found of a direct threat either to Hernández or the concert venue. No arrests have yet been made.

Mexican singer-songwriter Peso Pluma also cancelled a concert in Tijuana last year following death threats

Hernández’s breakthrough album, 2009’s 16 Narco Corridos featured “vivid depictions” of drug trafficking culture and reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart.

Mexican singer-songwriter Peso Pluma, who is similarly known for making narcoculture references in his music, also cancelled a concert in Tijuana last year following death threats from local drug cartel members. The October 2023 performance was set for the 33,333-capacity Estadio Caliente stadium.

The cancellation came after several public banners from alleged cartel members targeted the 24-year-old Guadalajara native. The band Fuerza Regida cancelled a show at the same stadium “for reasons beyond our reach” due to death threats.

“I would say there’s a situation between the criminal groups and the narcocorrido singers,” Tijuana mayor Montserrat Caballero told 12News.

Last November, the Guardian reported that local politicians in the city voted to ban narcocorridos from being performed or even played in the city, claiming they glorify violence and the drug trade. However, attempts to censor the genre have appeared to only enhance its popularity.

 


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Ocesa Seitrack forms JV with Warner Music LA

Ocesa Seitrack has linked up with Warner Music Latin America and radio host Sergio “Checho” Rodríguez to launch booking and brand partnership agency Touring The World.

Helmed by Rodriguez, the joint venture will have offices in Colombia, Mexico, Spain and the US.

Billboard reports the company will provide support to acts in areas such as touring, brand partnerships and booking, and will also benefit from Warner Music Spain’s existing artist services company Get In.

Alex Mizrahi, CEO and founder of Ocesa Seitrack, Ocesa’s booking and artist management agency, says the new business will “expand the concept of booking and provide a solution for artists so they can have both a touring strategy together with branding and sponsorship efforts”.

“At Ocesa Seitrack we have been building the itinerant commercial structure we have today for 20 years,” says Mizrahi. “This alliance between friends and renowned professionals will bring enormous benefits to the artists and entrepreneurs we work with.”

“Touring the World is created by and for artists and their fans”

Touring The World, whose current roster includes Piso 21, Manuel Medrano, Elena Rose, Yng Lucas, Blessd, Molotov, Lagos and Ximena Sariñana, will focus on rising talent “who we think have global potential”, adds Mizrahi.

All Warner Music artists will be offered access to its services, which will be supported by the label’s expertise and infrastructure, in addition to Ocesa Seitrack’s commercial structure. The vision, however, is for the venture to be independent, with no obligation for Warner artists to sign to the company.

“We want to avoid conflicts of interest, and for that to work, it has to be an independent agency,” says Warner Music Latin America president Alejandro Duque.

Rodríguez will oversee teams in Colombia and Mexico, while working closely with Get In in Spain.

“Touring the World is created by and for artists and their fans,” he adds. “This alliance fills me with excitement, standing alongside the finest partners one could ask for.”

 


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CAA announce the launch of CAA Latino

Creative Artists Agency (CAA) has announced the launch of CAA Latino, to formalise what the agency described as its “longstanding efforts to support and amplify Latino and Hispanic representation across media and entertainment.”

The agency’s Latino and Hispanic clients include Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez, Pedro Pascal, Becky G., Ricky Martin, Jenna Ortega, Salma Hayek and many more.

“Building upon the agency’s success with existing clients, CAA Latino’s agency-wide, cross-department work will create and maximize new revenue and business opportunities for Latino and Hispanic clients across music, film, television, endorsements, sports, business development, and more,” according to a press release announcing the launch.

The team of CAA Latino is led by Rudy Lopez Negrete (latin music and brand partnership agent); Toby Borg (head of global client strategy); Marielena Acevedo and Erik Toral (global client strategy executives); Dania Echeverri and Camila Seta (CAA brand consulting executives); and André Vargas (CAA’s chief data officer).

“CAA Latino’s agency-wide, cross-department work will create and maximize new revenue and business opportunities for Latino and Hispanic clients”

More than 30 colleagues across the agency’s businesses and offices will be “key contributors” to CAA Latino’s work, according to the press release announcing the launch of CAA Latino.

“Latino and Hispanic talent and creators have a large and ever-growing impact on culture globally,” a joint comment from Negrete and Borg reads.

“CAA Latino supercharges the company’s integrated and collaborative model of service, building upon years of success championing the underrepresented Latino and Hispanic communities. Our top priorities are to change how the diverse community is depicted on screen, give greater voice to the work of Latino and Hispanic artists and storytellers, and drive new revenue for clients.”

Latinos account for the fastest-growing portion of US GDP and are the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the country, according to the release.

“Latin music has recently reached an all-time high share of total music revenue. Over the last 20 years, $85 billion dollars has been generated at the worldwide box office by films with Latino talent in at least one of the top five roles. Hispanic viewers surpass non-Hispanic fans across major sporting events like the Super Bowl.

“Yet the community remains overlooked by companies that do not recognise Latinos as a priority demographic, resulting in continued underrepresentation, or misrepresentation, in film and television, news, book publishing, and beyond… CAA continues to prioritise and invest in a wide range of efforts and initiatives that advance opportunities for underrepresented communities within the agency and beyond.”

 


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Iron Maiden smash Colombia ticket sales record

Tickets for Iron Maiden‘s first concert in Colombia for 13 years were snapped up at a record rate for an international act, according to promoter Move Concerts.

All 42,000 tickets sold out in 21 minutes for the metal greats’ return to Bogota on 24 November next year. With more than 11 months to go until the scheduled performance at El Campin Stadium, it also became the first gig in Colombia to sell out so far in advance.

The band last graced the Colombian capital with a show at Parque Simón Bolívar in March 2011. The timespan clocked for tickets sold for the 2024 show broke the sales velocity records of all previous global icons who have performed in Colombia in the past, including the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, Madonna, Ed Sheeran and The Weeknd.

“Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would blow out in 21 minutes and smash sales records”

“We all expected strong sales given the long wait since they last performed here, which was on 20 March 2011, but never in our wildest dreams did we think it would blow out in 21 minutes and smash sales records,” says Alfredo Villaveces, MD of Move Concerts Colombia. “And if we factor in the fact we went up so far ahead of the show date – something no other artist had done here – it is truly amazing.”

The sellout pace was exceeded only by Colombian superstar Karol G, who played two sellout stadium shows in her hometown of Medellin from 1-2 December.

The Latin American stretch of Iron Maiden’s 2024 The Future Past Tour has also got off to a strong start in Chile, with more than 95,000 tickets already sold for the group’s two dates in Santiago at the Estadio Nacional on 27-28 November. The Santiago shows mark the first time the band will play two stadium concerts in Chile on the same tour.

The only international act to have played more than two dates at the 60,000-cap stadium is Coldplay, who performed four concerts at the venue in September 2022.

Miami-headquartered Move Concerts is the biggest independent concert promoter in Latin America, boasting offices in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru and Puerto Rico.

 


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Primavera Sound plans first foray into Uruguay

Primavera Sound has announced its first foray into Uruguay with The Cure’s tour of South America.

The British band are due to headline the four upcoming editions of Primavera Sound in Buenos Aires, Argentina (25-26 November), São Paulo, Brazil (2-3 December), Luque, Paraguay (7 December) and Bogotá, Colombia (9-10 December).

In addition, the Robert Smith-fronted band will play three standalone shows in Lima (Peru), Santiago (Chile) and Montevideo (Uruguay) – promoted by Primavera Sound and partners – marking their first shows in South America in a decade.

Primavera’s debut in Uruguay comes as the Barcelona-hailing festival brand strengthens its ties on the continent.

Before the end of the year, the second editions of Primavera Sound Buenos Aires and São Paulo will take place, while Colombia and Paraguay will host debut editions. The latter will be a one-day affair to mark Asunción Spring Day.

Primavera’s debut in Uruguay comes as the Barcelona-hailing festival brand strengthens its ties in Latin America

As previously announced, Primavera will also debut in Peru this month with a series of concerts in Lima ahead of the 2023 Latin American festival run.

The four dates, which will be held under the Road to Primavera Sound banner, start with The Cure at the National Stadium on 22 November, with support from The Twilight Sad and Just Mustard.

Multiespacio Costa 21 will then host Bad Gyal on 1 December, followed by the Pet Shop Boys – who bring their Dreamworld greatest hits show to the venue on 7 December – and Bad Religion on 8 December.

Meanwhile, in Europe, organisers are gearing up to announce the 2024 lineup for the Barcelona edition on 21 November.

The flagship event will return from 30 May – 2 June next year, with its Porto leg to follow from 7–9 June.

Organisers confirmed in July that the Madrid instalment will not take place in 2024 due to “external difficulties… in the final stretch of pre-production,” which led to “one of the most complicated” editions of Primavera Sound ever.

Primavera Sound launched in Barcelona in 2001 and has also run sister events in Los Angeles and Chile in recent years.

 


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The Hives set to break ground with Venezuela gig

The Hives are reportedly set to become the first international rock band to perform in Venezuela for a decade.

The Swedish rockers, who have been managed by ATC Management since 2022, will headline the 6,000-cap Concha Acústica de Bello Monte in Caracas on 7 December after the US eased sanctions against the South American country.

“Because of the sanctions, it became an unviable market,” ATC’s Matthew Greer tells Variety. “We just happened to have the good timing to be the first ones in. Hopefully, The Hives can be part of the journey to re-open the country and have bigger artists go down there.

“Venezuela is such a huge country, but it’s been isolated from the benefits of the music industry boom in Latin America over the last 10 years. It’s definitely overdue for Western artists to go there.”

“We have definite arena ambitions for all over the world and I don’t think there’s anything that should stop us in achieving that”

The Venezuelan date is part of a wider tour of Latin America, which also includes slots at Corona Capital festival in Mexico on 17 November, Peru’s Indie Rock Fest on 25 November and Primavera Sound Brazil on 2 December, as well as stops in Chile, Argentina and Ecuador.

The group, who tour the UK next spring, released their first album in 11 years in August with their sixth LP The Death Of Randy Fitzsimmons and supported Arctic Monkeys for the band’s UK stadium dates. They will also support Foo Fighters on their 2024 US tour.

“There’s such great demand for brilliant live bands – they’re few and far between, so this can keep going much, much further,” adds Greer. “We have definite arena ambitions for all over the world and I don’t think there’s anything that should stop us in achieving that.”

 


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