Rock al Parque

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Rock al Parque
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GenreRock music, heavy metal, ska, punk, hardcore punk, etc.
Location(s)Bogotá, Colombia
Years active1995–present
Attendance400,000+ (2014)
WebsiteOfficial Website (in Spanish)

Rock al Parque is a rock music festival which, since 1995, has taken place in Bogotá, Colombia. Entry to the festival is free of charge. In 2004, 500,000 people took part in the event.[1] It is considered the largest rock festival in Colombia and one of the most important in Latin America, arguably the largest free rock festival in the continent[citation needed]. It has ska, punk, hardcore, metal, and other genres included in its program.


Rock al Parque 2008

The first edition of this festival happened in 1995. It started as a continuation of the 'Youth Music meetings' held at the city's Planetarium in 1992. The people behind the organization were Mario Duarte, Julio Correal and Bertha Quintero. The initial purpose was to gain the support of Bogota's Institute of Culture and Tourism, to establish it. The first edition of this festival happened on May 26 and 29, 1995, within several venues. To mention them, the most representative one known as 'La Media Torta', The Simón Bolívar Park, the 'Olaya Herrera's Stadium, and 'the Santa María Bullfighting' Ring. This last one was the only venue requesting admission fees for participants. Therefore, after 1996, the festival organizers decided to exclude this last venue, "the Santa María Bullfighting Ring", in order to feature the festival "free of charge for admission" since.

The festival, which originally only included rock music, gradually opened up its doors to promote other genres, such as punk, reggae, ska and blues musicians. Due to the increase in diversity, the festival's organizers started scheduling bands so that different types of musicians could participate alongside one another, as opposed to grouping acts by genre.

Nowadays the festival takes place over three days at Bogotá's Simon Bolivar Park. The festival is broadcast live over Canal Capital, a local public television channel, and Radiónica, a public radio network.

The sale of alcohol at Rock al Parque is prohibited, as is smoking, despite the fact that the event takes place outdoors. Concertgoers are not allowed entry if they are wearing belts with metallic buckles, as these can be used as weapons. Furthermore, all concertgoers have to go through a routine security inspection before entering the concert grounds, and may even be asked to remove their shoes and socks if need be. Concerts are scheduled between 1:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.


The festival features national and international bands of different genres. After 1997, artists were selected by a jury after an open multi-stage process (pre-selection, presentation and live auditions). As an incentive, the chosen bands win prizes, as well as the opportunity to share the stage with international bands. Sometimes, acts are invited by the organizing committee directly. Up to the year 2009, there have been 473 artists and 3,092,000 people. The third edition of the festival in 1997, had the largest number of participants, with 87 bands. On the other hand, the eighth edition, in 2002, had the fewest, with only 25. On average, 51.6 bands have performed annually at 'Rock al Parque'. The 2004 edition, which marked the festival's 10th anniversary, had over 400,000 spectators.

International musicians[edit]

Throughout the last 14 years, this festival has played host to a number of groups representing different countries, including:

Country Invited Bands
Argentina Siete Delfines, Divididos, Luis Alberto Spinetta, A.N.I.M.A.L., Timmy O´ Tool, Divididos, Mississippi Blues Band, Cabezones, Botafogo, Carajo, Catupecu Machu, Auténticos Decadentes, Karamelo Santo, Todos tus Muertos, Miranda!, Babasónicos, Turf, Los Pericos, Azafata, Horcas, La Mosca Tse Tse, Capri, Fito Páez, Árbol, Los Cafres, Andres Calamaro, Charly García, Eruca Sativa, Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas, Jaque Reina, malón, Juana Molina, Capsula, Gustavo Cordera y la Caravana Mágica.
Chile Chancho en Piedra, Criminal, Floripondio, Funkreal, Niños Con Bombas,[2] Dracma, The Ganjas, Gondwana, Guiso, Los Bunkers, Los Tetas, Surtek Collective, Los Mox!, Lucybell, Hoppo!, Gepe, Los Miserables, Banda Conmoción, Sinergia
Bolivia Octavia
Puerto Rico Puya, Robi Draco Rosa
Uruguay Cuarteto De Nos, No te va gustar
United States Exodus, Dead Kennedys, D.R.I., Overkill, Draco Rosa, Coheed And Cambria, Earth Crisis, Fear Factory, Have Heart, Suicidal Tendencies, VHS or BETA, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Volumen Cero, Agent Steel, Death by Stereo, Anthrax, Día de los Muertos, Monstrosity, Morbid Angel, Mutemath, Shadows Fall, Biohazard, A Place to Bury Strangers, Stick To Your Guns, Cold Cave, NOFX, Inquisition, The Dillnger Escape Plan, Saul Williams, Corpse, Symphony X, Downset, Living Colour, Bosnian Rainbows, Nile, Fishbone, Outernational, Blonde Redhead, Black Label Society, aro-in, Nuclear Assault, Total Chaos, POD, The Coup, Nortec Collective, Adrenaline Mob, Ill Niño, Napalm Death, The Black Dahlia Murder, Sick Of It All, Deafheaven, Baroness
Mexico Café Tacvba, Fobia, Jaguares, Maldita Vecindad, Molotov, Panda, Resorte, Telefunka, Kinky, Austin TV, Riesgo de Contagio, Los Concorde, Panteón Rococó, Brujería, División Minúscula, Zoé, Plastilina Mosh, Control Machete, Julieta Venegas, Thermo, La Lupita, Guillotina, Ely Guerra, Las Víctimas del Doctor Cerebro, Finde, Quiero Club, El Gran Silencio, Volován, Nortec, Dildo, Inspector, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Hello Seahorse!, Rebel Cats, Hoppo, Frikstailers, Agora, La Gusana Ciega, Juan Cirerol, Celso Piña, Los Viejos
Ecuador La Trifulca, Rocola Bacalao, Sal y Mileto, Obscura, Muscaria, SIQ, Cruks en Karnak, Descomunal, Sudakaya, Prime Ministers
Finland Apocalyptica
France Manu Chao, Sergent Garcia, Ina Ich, Dub Incorporation
Netherlands Laberinto
Panama Cienfue, Filtro Medusa, Señor Loop
Brazil Niños Con Bombas,[2] Eminence, Ratos de Porão, Lenine, Black Drawing Chalks, Krisiun, Sepultura
Venezuela Claroscuro, Los Amigos Invisibles, Desorden Público, Plomo, Pan, Agresión, Los Oceánicos, Sur Carabela, Caramelos de Cianuro, King Changó, Papashanty, Spías, Zapato 3, Chuck Norris, Candy 66, Dischord, Los Mentas.
United Kingdom Paradise Lost, Carcass, Bloc Party, Asian Dub Foundation, Anti-Nowhere League, Skindred, Steel Pulse, GBH
Spain La Kinky Beat, Seguridad Social, Fritanga, Kop, Tom Cary, Def con Dos, Vita Imana, Los toreros muertos, Delorean, Siniestro Total, Vita Imana, Nacho Vegas, Vetusta Morla, Soziedad Alkoholika, Against The Waves.
El Salvador Adhesivo, Easy Easy
South Africa Blk Jks
Portugal Buraka Som Sistema, Fischerspooner
Guyana Mad Professor
Israel Melechesh
Denmark Nekromantix
Japan Blonde Redhead
Italy Blonde Redhead
Belgium Aborted
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars
Costa Rica Las Robertas
Switzerland Samael
Jamaica The Skatalites, Ky-Mani Marley, Black Uhuru, Junior Kelly
Peru La Sarita, Libido, Zopilotes, Huelga de hambre
Germany Niños Con Bombas,[2] Haggard, Destruction, Atari Teenage Riot, Atom Tm.
Poland Behemoth, Vader, Decapited


  1. ^ Rock al Parque Archived July 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Redacción, EL TIEMPO (October 23, 1998). "Tres ángelitos que juegan con material musicalmente explosivo" [Three little angels that play with musically explosive material]. El Tiempo (Colombia) (in Spanish). Retrieved September 10, 2017.

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