Live music

Elton John to headline music festival in Chile’s Viña del Mar

Rock legend joins star-studded lineup for Viña del Mar International Song Festival, along with the Jonas Brothers, Daddy Yankee, and Chile’s Francisca Valenzuela. 

Thursday, December 20, 2012  
Elton John’s Candle in the Wind is the second best-selling single of all time (after Bing Crosby’s W Elton John’s Candle in the Wind is the second best-selling single of all time (after Bing Crosby’s White Christmas). Photo courtesy of Ernst Vikne/Flickr.


A quick look at the lineup for February’s Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar 2013 (Viña del Mar International Song Festival) shows the event has once again upheld its reputation as one of the most important music events in Latin America.


The festival has brought the biggest names in music to Viña since the 60s, with rock monarch Sir Elton John following in the footsteps of Sting, Morrissey, Bryan Adams, Ricky Martin, Nelly Furtado, and Shakira to name a few.


News of the Rocket Man singer’s attendance was broken by Viña del Mar mayor Virginia Reginato, who posted on her Twitter account: “Friends, I have the pleasure to confirm Sir Elton John for the Festival de Viña del Mar.”


Twelve other acts have been confirmed so far, including wildly popular U.S. boy band the Jonas Brothers. The band’s significant Chilean following will be hoping to catch some new songs from the brothers’ untitled fifth studio album, set for release next year.


Traditionally, the festival features artists from a breadth of music genres, and this year rock and pop will be complemented by the reggaeton of Puerto Rico’s Latin Grammy Award winner Daddy Yankee.


At the festival, Chilean singer songwriter Francisca Valenzuela will play the brand of jazzy pop that has earned her acclaim both at home and abroad. The 25-year-old’s 2006 album Muérdete La Lengua (Bite Your Tongue) went gold in Chile, and her 2012 single Buen Soldado (Good Soldier) reached the top ten in the country.


Also representing Chile will be Jorge González, the former lead singer of Los Prisioneros, the new wave rock band of the 80s that enjoyed massive success across Latin America. González has enjoyed a productive solo career since 1993, meandering through the genres of rock, avant-garde, post-punk, ska, and electro.


Méxican diva Gloria Trevi will be present, as will be Venezuelan pop duo Chino & Nacho and Méxican rock-gods Maná.


The festival also includes comedy acts, stand-up, and a song competition, judged by a celebrity panel. The panel is easily swayed by the vocal crowd that has come to be known as El Monstruo (The Monster) as wavering acts will often hear cheers transform into a playful chorus of boos. Watch as artists play their hearts out to avoid El Monstruo turning on them.


Head to the amphitheatre at Parque Quinta Vergara from February 24 - March 1, 2013.


For the full set list, visit Puntoticket where tickets can also be purchased from US$42 (CLP 20,000) to US$380 (CLP 181,200) per day. 

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