Mexico’s music festival scene has flourished over the last few years. Bigger festivals, more famous headliners, and enthusiastic crowds make Mexico’s festival season one of the best on earth! Read on to find out which are the best music festivals in Mexico and get planning your next trip!
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1 – Pal Norte
The city of Monterrey and its mountainous surroundings are the backdrop for Northern Mexico’s biggest and best music festival. Pal Norte mixes Mexican and international music with local artisanal markets, norteño culture, and plenty of beer and tacos to go around. Past headliners have included Arctic Monkeys, Kings of Leon, and Carlos Santana!
2 – Coordenada
One of Guadalajara’s biggest music festivals is the Festival Coordenada which has hosted headliners such as The Editors, The Hives and Zoé since it started in 2014. The festival takes place in the sprawling Trasloma park in the city itself, so you’ll be able to stay in Guadalajara’s centrally located hotels and hostels.
3 – Vive Latino
The popular Vive Latino music festival is one of the longest standing in Mexico, first starting in 1998. Vive Latino is famous for its range of Latin American and Spanish performers, although more international artists have joined the line up in recent years.
The festival takes place in the huge Foro Sol venue in Mexico City. Previous headliners have included Bomba Estéreo, Caifanes, los Editors, Intocable, Fobia, SKA-P, Café Tacuba, El Tri, Bunbury, Korn, Santana, and Snow Patrol
4 – Corona Capital
Corona Capital festival has made a name for itself as one of the most important music festivals in Mexico since it first started 8 years ago. Taking place in Mexico City, Corona Capital boasts big name headliners, lively crowds, and enough delicious food stands to keep you going all weekend. Artist like the Chemical Brothers, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Nine Inch Nails have headlined the festival in the past!
5 – Ceremonia
Celebrating 8 years on the Mexican music festival scene, Ceremonia draws crowds from all over with big name headliners and its mission to champion social causes. Bands like Massive Attack, Aphex Twin, Little Jesus, and Pussy Riot have headlined in the past!
Ceremonia takes places in Toluca, just outside of Mexico City with an amazing backdrop of mountains and volcanoes to add to the incredible atmosphere.
6 – Ultra México
Ultra México is the Mexican edition of the legendary Ultra festival that takes place in Miami every year. The two-day festival offers the best electronic music from Mexican and International artists, attracting a young crowd of party goers to the Centro Dinamico Pegaso located between Mexico City and Toluca. Artists such as Armin Van Buuren, Martin Garrix, Steve Angello, Jamie Jones and Afrojack have headlined the festival over the years.
7 – EDC México
The world-famous Electric Daisy Carnival also has a Mexican version! 5 stages and thousands of electronic music fans make this one of the best music festivals in Mexico and the world. In previous years, artists including Lost Frequencies, DJ Snake, Polo & Pan, and A-Trak have headlined the festival.
8 – Nrmal
Nrmal is an independent festival that has slowly gained a large following over the last few years. The festival takes place on the outskirts of Mexico City and has hosted headliners such as Cornelius, Explosions in the Sky, and Yves Tumor. Nrmal also offers cultural and artistic displays and has a food section that’ll make you never want to leave!