Of Paul McCartney to The Cure, going by Pulp, Metronomy, Alanis Morissette and Arcade Fire, Mexico City until this Sunday hosted a week of rock and pop almost uninterrupted, which confirm it as “cultural capital” thanks to a growing live music offer.
About 80 thousand peopleaccording to the organizers, filled the City Autodrome for the first of the three days of the festival Crown Capitalwho had an accent brit-pop with English bands like Blur, Pet Shop boys and Black Keys on the billboard.
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A few days before, on Tuesday and Thursday, in the neighbor Sun Forum, about 65 thousand people applauded Paul MCCARTNEY with his “Got Back Tour” in a three-hour concert that was crowned by fireworks.
“Mexicans are the best! What a night!” wrote the 81-year-old ex-Beatle on his Instagram account.
“The Mexican public is a gem. The artists always cry with emotion because the Mexican feels (the music) and expresses it,” he said. Gerardo Ugaldea 29-year-old robotics engineer, who arrived from the city of Queretaro to go to the festival Crown Capital.
Mexico is already the second consumer of concert tickets, only behind Spain and on par with the United Kingdom, according to a Statista survey
In the metropolitan area of Mexico Citywith some 22 million inhabitantsAmerican music (rap, hip hop, electronic rock, pop) and Latin rhythms (regional Mexican, ranchera, norteña, salsa, cumbia, reggaeton), among others, come together.
And by 2024, the cultural offer will grow even more, since March will be a concert marathonfrom the popular festival Live latinowhich will take place on the 16th and 17th, to the Ceremonia, on the 23rd and 24th, the festival of independent productions from the American site will be added from the 6th to the 9th Pitchforkputting to the mexican capital on par with his other quotes like Chicago, London, Paris either Berlin.
“In Mexico City you never get bored. It doesn’t matter if it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, a holiday (…), there is always something to do,” says Clara Murillo, 27, assistant to the Crown Capital.
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The high price of tickets (about $350) for the three days at the Crown Capital does not seem to stop the fans in a country with the lowest average salary among the 38 countries evaluated by the OECD ($16,685 annually in 2022).
In accordance with StatistaMexico is already the second consumer of concert tickets, only behind Spain and on par with United Kingdom. In a recent survey by said platform, it is detailed that in the last twelve months the 23 percent of respondents ages 18 to 64 in this country bought concert tickets or live music recitals.