San Miguel Sound Festival coming next month
By Antonio De Jesús Aguado
The San Miguel Sound Festival is being organized by Katy Decker, a young woman from Massachusetts who had visited San Miguel several times over a period of five years and finally settled here five years ago. Although she is not directly involved with music, she told Atención that she decided to organize this festival because of the energy and support that exists here.
“It will be the biggest festival of all time,” says Decker, and will feature not just local bands but also groups from across the country, who will have the opportunity of performing with international bands and singers. Decker said that the artists are coming because they love what they do. She also commented that if the artists were charging what they usually charge when performing in other cities the festival would not be able to pay them. “In San Miguel, the biggest venue holds fewer than 4,000 people,” she said, but that is offset by being the World’s Best City, a place where the community cares and is concerned about the artistic needs of people.
One of the bands that will perform, commented Decker, is Oh Whitney. The members of the band came to the city because it is easy to be an artist in San Miguel, and they have a supportive community as well as access to incredible artists who are friends or neighbors. “There is no reason not to come to San Miguel de Allende,” remarked Decker.
The festival will be held April 4–8 and will have as its main venue the Plaza de Toros, where on Friday, April 4, several bands will perform from 3:30pm to 12:15am: Jenny and the Mexicats, Spank Rock, Willy Mason and Heloise. On Saturday, April 5, Neon Indian, Washed Out, Despot, Win Win, Acrylics and Oh Whitney will perform following the same schedule. On Sunday, April 5, bands will play in alternative venues such as La Azotea and Mama Mía.
Lorde brings Pure Heroine to San Miguel
The festival will take a break on Monday, April 7, then close on Tuesday, April 8, in the Plaza de Toros with the New Zealander Lorde. The artist was born in 1996 and appeared on the music scene in 2012 in her country. She reached international renown in 2013 with the album Pure Heroine, and her first single, “Royals,” was nominated for four Grammy Awards and won two: Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. The tickets for the show are on sale at www.sanmiguelsound.com at a cost of 650 pesos for general seating and 6,500 pesos for the VIP area. Closer to the event tickets will increase in price.
For the rest of the concerts during the three first days ticket prices range from 350 to 1,200 pesos.