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Riot Fest-Backed Ruido Fest Coming This Summer, Focused On Latin Alternative

By Justin Freeman in Arts & Entertainment on May 2, 2015 6:00PM

Ozomatli, photo by Sandra Dahdah from the band's Facebok page

This new festival almost slipped past us, but it caught our attention when dissecting the news about recent disagreements between Riot Fest and 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado. Last week Riot Fest, along with Remezcla, Do312, Metronome Chicago, WLUW's Rock Sin Anestesia as well as a few other organizations, announced their latest partnership: Ruido Fest.

Ruido Fest claims to be the only three-day music festival in the country to focus exclusively on Latin alternative and aims to inject some much needed diversity to the city's usual festival suspects.

The lineup that has been announced so far is pretty solid. Café Tacvba and Zoé are the headliners while legacy bands such as Ozomalti and emerging bands such as Kinky receive top billing. Filling out the schedule are representatives of an impressively wide array of genres. Notable acts include:

AJ Dávila y Terror Amor, a garage punk band signed to Burger Records.

Astro, a dream pop band from Chile.

Los Rakas, a crew of Panamanian rappers who currently live in Oakland.

Rey Pila, a post punk band signed to Julian Casablancas’ Cult Records that opened for Interpol last year.

Mariel Mariel, a Chilean R&B singer.

Cardiel, a Venezuelan metal band.

Ruido Fest will take place in Pilsen's Addams Park July 10th through 12th, the weekend before Pitchfork. Tickets are going fast as the first two rounds of discounted three-day passes have already sold out. Single day tickets go on sale soon.