Music Day brings together some of Chile’s best musicians

The popular event returns to Santiago with a second concert to be held in the northern port city of Coquimbo. Here’s our guide.

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With huge diversity and some of the top names in local music, the two free Music Day concerts taking place in Chile on November 27 will have something for everybody.

First held in 2004, the festival is one of the country’s biggest musical events and throughout its short history, it has stood out for its ability to attract large crowds and acclaimed artists

After branching out in 2010 with concerts in Concepción and Viña del Mar, this year’s Music Day will return home to Parque O’Higgins in Santiago, with an additional concert at the trendy English Quarter (barrio inglés) in the northern port city of Coquimbo.

The Santiago concert, which kicks off at 11am, will have 25 groups and artists performing 20-minute sets on a rotating stage, while in Coquimbo the concert will have 16 different performers and begins at 2pm.

Organized by Chile’s Copyright Society (SCD), the Music Foundation of Chile and the National Arts and Culture Council (CNCA), the Music Day concerts have become known for their broad variety of musical genres, ranging from rock and pop to classical and folk music.

Although the final line up for the concerts is yet to be finalized – a competition to secure local acts in Coquimbo is still taking place – the headline acts have been confirmed. Here are our tips on what to enjoy at both events.

In Santiago

For something traditional… folk musicians Daniel Muñoz and Félix Llancafil are renowned for playing some of Chile’s best cueca music with their band 3X7 Veintiuna.

For something stirring… soulful songstress Camila Moreno, whose fresh lyrics and powerful melodies resonate with thousands of Chileans, young and old.

For something different… popular children’s group Zapallo (“Pumpkin”), who have been keeping Chile’s kids entertained since the early 1980s.

In Coquimbo

For something to dance to… Banda Conmoción, a true Latin Big Band that plays upbeat cumbia, bolero and gypsy tunes guaranteed to get your feet tapping and your hips moving.

For something with a bit of swing… Cristián Cuturrufo, a Coquimbo native, who is regarded by many as the best jazz trumpeter in Latin America.

For something alternative… Violeta Parra’s granddaughter, Javiera, the lead singer of Javiera y Los Imposibles, with her collection of catchy rock-pop songs.

Complete line ups for both concerts will be announced at the beginning of November. For updates (in Spanish) go to the CNCA’s website.