Metro music

Chilean bands to play 200 surprise concerts in Santiago metro

Some of Chile's best known musicians will give commuters a pleasant surprise in coming months with a series of free performances that will be announced on Twitter.

Monday, June 20, 2011  
Los Jaivas kicked off the series with a surprise April concert at Baquedano Metro. (Photo: Karla Mar Los Jaivas kicked off the series with a surprise April concert at Baquedano Metro. (Photo: Karla Mardones Díaz, Momentos Imperfectos/Flickr)

From now until November, some of Chile's best known musical acts will perform close to 200 'assault' concerts in Santiago's metro stations.

The free shows will take place every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at major stops on the capital city's subway network as part of a massive project organized by Chilean record label Azul Sello and Santiago Metro. Dubbed Música de Estación, or 'Station Music', the project will see a total of 192 concerts over 48 separate days.

The first group to appear in a trial performance back in April was Chile's oldest rock band, Los Jaivas, surprising hundreds of passengers with their spontaneous appearance at the busy Baquedano station.

They were followed by popular Chilean group Banda Conmoción, who performed at the Cal y Canto stop in early May, and a group of solo artists, including Natalia Contesse, Camila Moreno and Fernando Milagros who sang at the Plaza de Armas station in the heart of the city earlier this month.

A long list of artists from Sello Azul has already been confirmed for the opening concerts of the festival proper which begins on June 21, the first day of winter.

Featured musicians include pop singers Carolina Nissen and María Colores, rock bands Portugal and Alzatores, folk artists Evelyn Cornejo and Gabriel Betancur, Elena Venechi with her soulful ballads, pachanga group Los Pata 'e Cumbia y La Guacha, and el Enganche performing Chile's traditional cuecas.

Santiago's commuters will have plenty of opportunity to see the concerts as four separate shows will be performed each day of the festival, with artists splitting their time between different stations.

Dates and times for the festival will be announced in advance on Twitter. To find out more, simply follow @metrodesantiago and @selloazulchile, or This is Chile’s own Twitter feed.