Get ready for another party. The Pachanga Latino Music Festival returns for its eighth year with a roster of Latin alternative artists ranging from synth-pop singer/songwriter Ceci Bastida to one of the best known acts in rap en español, Spanish MC La Mala Rodríguez.
The festival, which announced it’s first round of artists on Tuesday, will take place on May 16 at Fiesta Gardens. This year, Pachanga will also debut two additional satellite events in Houston (May 14) and Dallas (May 15).
“As the festival continues to grow, it is an honor and a dream realized to bring a piece of the party that is Pachanga to Dallas and Houston,” Pachanga Festival Founder Richard Garza said in a news release. In 2012, Pachanga expanded to two days but then scaled back to a one-day festival last year.
In addition to Bastida and Rodríguez, Pachanga artists this year include: Mexican singer/songwriter Ximena Sariñana, who many may also remember from her role in the popular telenovela “Luz Clarita” back when she was a child actress; Chilean songstress María del Pilar, who performed in Austin last summer with the Electronic Ladyland Tour at The Belmont and Mexican pop-rockers, Motel.
Other Pachanga Fest performers will also play South by Southwest showcases this year including Mexican rockers Enjambre; party instigators and Monterrey electro-rockers, Kinky; and Compass: Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah, which is an exciting collaboration between Camilo Lara of Mexican Institute of Sound and veteran DJ producer Toy Selectah (Control Machete).
Pachanga plans to make a second round of band announcements later this month, which will include more artists who play roots-based rhythms like cumbia, mambo and salsa, according to Garza.
“We are incredibly excited about the talented and diverse mix of artists on this year’s bill,” he said in the release.
Tickets for the Austin festival have gone up since last year, with general admission tickets at $50 and VIP for $100. A limited number of discounted $40 general admission and $80 VIP tickets will go on sale March 7 at 10 a.m. and be available through April 1.
General admission tickets for the Houston and Dallas shows, which will feature selected artists from the line-up, are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Visit pachangafest.com for more details.