Marc Anthony brings tropical flavor to Chile’s top music festival

Other artists set to appear at the six-day event in the nation’s garden city include Ráfaga, Garras de Amor and Salvatore Adamo.

It’s time to pull out your dancing shoes! The program for the 2012 Viña del Mar International Song Festival has been announced, and Latin legends Marc Anthony, Ráfaga and Garras de Amor are already confirmed for the event.

Taking place in the coastal city’s spectacular outdoor amphitheater next February, the upbeat 53rd edition of Latin America’s most important music festival is set to draw attention throughout the region.

It will be the second time that Marc Anthony has made an appearance in Viña del Mar, following a critically acclaimed performance back in 2009 which paved the way for several further concerts in Chile.

And once again, the top-selling salsa artist will also perform a series of concerts in Santiago and the southern port city of Talcahuano while he is in Chile.

Argentina’s top cumbia band, Ráfaga, will share the stage with their romantic compatriots, Garras de Amor, in a top display of hip-swaying, foot-tapping Latin music.

But it’s not all about dancing. Other artists on the program for the festival include Italian ballad singer Salvatore Adamo (known simply as Adamo) and local comic genius, Daniel “Bombo” Fica.

Beginning on February 22, the six-day festival really does have something for everyone! Here is our overview of what you can expect.

Wednesday, February 22: Grammy-nominated, Argentine popstar Diego Torres will kick off proceedings, followed by popular Mexican singer Luis Miguel.

Thursday, February 23: A standout on the program, this exciting night will see performances from Mexican rock trio Camila and Marc Anthony.

Friday, February 24: Italian ballad singer Adamo, will keep the crowd entertained along with a yet-to-be-confirmed, English-speaking artist (in 2011, it was Sting).

Saturday, February 25: Another fine evening of music with performances from the much-loved Chilean rock band Los Bunkers, and the highly anticipated collaboration between Ráfaga and Garras de Amor.

Sunday, February 26: Expect to hear plenty of hits from Latin Grammy-winning, Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, and New York-based singer Prince Royce.

Monday, February 27: Closing the festival will be Chilean comedian Daniel “Bombo” Fica and Dominican, Afro-pop singer Juan Luis Guerra.

Tickets, ranging from CLP16,000 (US$30) to CLP169,000 (US$325), are on sale through Puntoticket.com.