The music industry in Peru grows every year. The diversity of mainstream or independent festivals that are offered each year is a response to the different musical scenes in Peru. There are festivals of all kinds: hip-hop, dub, indie rock, punk, even criollo music. If you are in Lima during any of the following festivals, you should attend one to see how Peruvians love their music.
Monday June 26–Saturday July 1, Oxapampa, Peru
This is one of the most anticipated music festivals every year because of the bill and its location: the midst of the Peruvian jungle. Not only does it offer a variety of music ranging from rock to cumbia to hip-hop, it also offers crafts and food fairs, performances and other activities full of color and good vibes. Selvámonos is a festival that contributes to local communities in the Oxapampa province while raising awareness about the environment. Who wouldn’t want to spend six days in the jungle of Oxapampa listening to the best Peruvian and international artists outdoors?
Saturday April 1, Lima, Peru
This event is a prelude to one of the most original festivals in Peru: the previously mentioned Selvámonos. The bands booked for Primera Parada, set to take place on April 1, will be the most outstanding ones of last year’s Selvámonos bill. Expect 12 hours of music in a zone of Lima that doesn’t feel too much like the city, as if you really were in the jungle.
Saturday March 25
This year, the Peruvian culture ministry recognized the legacy of the criolla singer Chabuca Granda as a National Cultural Heritage. Her voice will most definitely never be forgotten, not least because Granda came to compose some of the waltzes and Afro-Peruvian rhythms that gave Lima and Peru an identity. To celebrate Granda’s legacy, a festival will be held where artists pay homage to the author of the famous song, “La flor de la canela.”
Playa Rock Fest
Sunday March 5, Lima, Peru
Mosh pits at the beach. This is basically what Playa Rock Fest is all about. Peru’s punk rock, hardcore and ska bands will perform at Punta Hermosa beach, located 40 minutes away from Lima. In their past editions, the place gets so crowded barricades collapsed as fans rushed to get on stage to sing along with their favorite bands, so be careful. It will be hot, but you’ll have the ocean right next to the outdoors venue, in case you need to refresh in between bands.
Saturday March 18, Lima, Peru
The best hardcore, metal and new metal bands from all over Peru will perform together in downtown Lima on March 18. The name of the fest (translating as “unbreakable”) alludes to the hardcore metal scene being strong enough to endure through the times.
Saturday February 25
This festival is a great opportunity to explore the rock and cumbia fusion scene that has been changing the music industry in Peru in the last decade. Bands like Barrio Calavera (cumbia, Latin American folk, rock) and Laguna Pai (reggae) will perform to bring a night of dancing and singing along to their biggest hits. Doors open at 3PM.
Peruvian Rock Day
Saturday February 25
A total of 28 Peruvian rock and punk rock bands from the past and present will play iconic sets at Peru’s national stadium all day long on February 25. Attendees go to reminiscence old but glorious times.
Road to Ultra: Peru
October, tbc, Lima, Peru
Although the bill has not been confirmed yet, Road to Ultra: Peru, an electronic music festival of Miami-based franchise Ultra Wordwide, is expected to take place in Lima on October 2017.