Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival recently announced its lineup and with just a couple of months to go before this outdoor concert bonanza it’s safe to say the music world is in full-on countdown mode. And we have really good news for Latin music fans: this year’s lineup is chock full of exciting Latinx, Latin American and Spanish artists.
Even if music festivals aren’t really your scene, one thing we can all agree on is that they are a temperature check for the state of the musical world. The artists performing are the up-and-coming artists that you need to know and the established musicians that have changed the game for the music industry and music lovers everywhere. And of all the music festivals, Coachella is arguably the most exciting, most successful, most famous and most talked about festivals in the concert universe. Coachella kicks off festival season, and it sets the tone for the artists you can expect to see performing across the country, or more accurately, it sets the stage for the artists you should be seeing perform. In other words, all eyes were on this 2019 Coachella lineup. And this year there’s going to be an extra dose of Latin flavor in Southern Cali.
In 2018 there were a whopping 15 Latin musical acts on the roster, which might not seem like a lot considering there were over 100 performers over the 2-weekend concert. But this was a huge improvement from past years where you might only find a handful of Latin musicians taking the stage. From Cardi B (born to a Dominican father) to Princess Nokia and Kali Uchis, there was a lot of Latin presence at Coachella last year, and even more support from Latinx fans.
This year you can expect to see even more Latinx artists, and because Coachella is a barometer for the global musical culture, it’s a big deal that there is more Latinx presence than ever before.
Coachella 2019 takes place on April 12-21st, in Indio, California, and it’s not too late to get tickets and experience the musical magic for yourself. But even if you can’t make it to Southern Cali, there’s still a lot you need to know and a lot you can enjoy about Coachella and the brilliantly talented artists that will be showcased at the event.
2019 Latinx artists you can catch at Coachella this year.
Bad Bunny, born Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio, is a Puerto Rican Latin trap and reggaeton artist. You’ve heard him on all sorts of chart-topping hits, dos notably his collaboration with Cardi B on “I Like It.” Last year he made an appearance at Coachella alongside Cardi B, but this year he is performing as a solo act playing Spanish-language music from his hit debut album X 100PRE, which came out this past December.
José Álvaro Osorio Balvin, who performs under the name J Balvin, is also performing at Coachella. This three-time Latin Grammy awarding winning Colombian reggaeton artist dropped a solo album this past year, and while he previously performed at Coachella in collaboration with other artists (also with Cardi B on “I Like It” as well as with Beyoncé on a remix of Mi Gente), this year he’ll be a solo act.
Mon Laferte, whose real name is Norma Monserrat Bustamante Laferte, is a Chilean singer with a Latin Grammy, a huge following both in Chile and all of Latin America, and in 2017 she was the most listened to Chilean artist on Spotify worldwide.
This artist, also from Chile, is a Latin Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and keyboardist. In discussing her upcoming appearance at the iconic music festival, Mena expressed excitement and pride. “This represents my arrival in the U.S. market, which we have been working on for quite some time, building on the success of previous visits, such as my sold-out show in Los Angeles. I have English-speaking and Spanish-speaking fans, so we are very excited to perform and continue reaping success,” reports Art Voice.
This Latin fusion band won’t have to travel far to get to Coachella — they are local, hailing from Coachella, California. The band combines elements of cumbia, psychedelic chicha, hip hop/funk and electronic music, mixing modern sound with rhythm and musical styles from all over Latin America.
Los Tucanes de Tijuana
This group is more than just a regional Mexican band; they are cultural icons. With 5 Grammy nominations and over 30 years of performing together, Los Tucanes de Tijuana are by no means new on the scene, but they are new to Coachella.
Tomasa Del Real
This Chilean reggaeton artist, born Valeria Cisternas, is the reggaeton queen according to Rolling Stone. She is helping to move the genre forward “in unprecedented ways by reclaiming the perreo — a sexually suggestive dance that once shocked the sensibilities of Puerto Rican elites in the Nineties.” She’s helping to make Latin pop and reggaeton more mainstream in America, and her outlandish style and unique Latin-tropical-rhythmic sound is sure to generate buzz at Coachella.
Other Latin artists will also appear at Coachella, including Sabrina Claudio, an R&B artist of Cuban and Puerto Rican descent, as well as Las Robertas, an alternative rock, indie group from Costa Rica. There’s a lot to look for in terms of Latinx presence at Coachella this year, and here’s hoping that this increased visibility, enhanced appreciation and recognition for Latinx musical acts will continue to grow in coming years.