The rage of the Fourth Transformation of López Obrador It almost bounced back with one of the most peculiar and interesting festivals in Mexico. The military sports arena where the elite corps in charge of the protection of the president, the General Staff, had been functioning for decades, had functioned as the headquarters of the Nrmal since 2015. But the decision to eliminate this military establishment by the new government suddenly left everything in the air.
"There were a few months of uncertainty but it was quickly solved," recalls Mónica Saldaña, director of the festival. The land went from military to military and with the new owners, the Sedena, a new agreement was reached to cede this weekend the football field and part of the arena.
Through the meadows where the horses run and play their cascaritas, the military will again run the music with cult bracelets accompanied by bands that are just starting engines. Nrmal Festival celebrates 10 years consolidating that precarious balance with which they have found a space in an agenda and a market as proverbially concentrated as the music festivals in big cities.
Along the way, the group of young northern businessmen moved the event from Monterrey to Mexico City in the middle of the decade and have condensed the programming in a single day for two years. "With that savings, let's say we have concentrated on raising a line the type of artists we hire," adds the director, who recommends a battery of names among the 19 artists from 12 countries that make up the poster.
First timers in Mexico
Mazzy Star, Beak and Death Grips fit well for different reasons in the costume of this festival. A rare and dark pearl from the time of wine and roses of the nineties rock, a spin off of a mega band -Portishead- in love with krautrock and noise; and one of the last blows in redefining the molds of hip-hop and dazzling the critics. The three with cult label and the three for the first time on a stage in Mexico
New Mexican bands
Vyctoria, Mint Field, El Shirota. Three representatives of the recent music that is cooking in Mexico. All in debt with the undulating guitars Anglo-Saxon, another of the brands of the festival, some with experience already in tables such as Coachela or South by Southwest and all between psychedelia, noise and post rock.
Latin American look
Rubio and Alehop. A Chilean woman orchestra that synthesizes pop, electronic and urban music. Another Peruvian multi-instrumentalist who for four years has been weaving futuristic dystopias from Berlin for the ambient and pop techno of the eighties.
Spiritualized and John Mause. Rider of the space and hallucinated gospel that he himself invented in the nineties and digital craftsman of eighties nostalgia. Both, modern classics that return to the city after more than five years with new records under their arms.