Read below for a recap on what went on in 2019…
Glasto Latino is the Festival’s taste of Latin America, full of passion, colour, partying, and above all, dance! This is where you come to shake your stuff! And this year there is big news – we’ve moved! After 5 years in the Naughty Corner, Glasto Latino is going mainstream: with a new central location next to West Holts, and a bigger tent – this year is going to be bigger and better than ever! But we haven’t changed our offering – quality rather than quantity: fantastic fun dance classes in the daytime – salsa, tango and reggaeton – and our famous Latin parties after the main stages finish, starting with a top international band, and carrying on with dancing, DJs and more until 4am.
At 7.30pm Wednesday and 9.30pm Thursday, a Cuban-style carnival procession, with musicians and costumed dancers, will swing through the West Holts starting the party with a bang. Join the conga line into the tent…
Dockside Latin Orchestra: 8pm Wednesday and 10pm Thursday
On the Wednesday and Thursday evenings, when there isn’t so much happening elsewhere on site, we have a live 17-piece Latin orchestra for your pleasure. A special project featuring some of Bristol’s top musicians, with a 9-piece brass section, percussion and three singers including the fantastic Indira Román from Cuba, the Dockside Latin Orchestra recreates the golden age of Latin big bands, playing classic tunes made famous by Celia Cruz, Tito Puente and Bebo Valdés, and demonstrating why people have never stopped dancing to this music. Expect a sizzling, hip-shaking night!
Grupo Magnético: midnight Friday
Starting as a collection of Scottish and expatriate Latin musicians in Edinburgh, just getting together to play the music they loved, their first gig turned into a 10-year residency. Grupo Magnético have now grown to become a force in their own right on the international Latin music scene: their 2018 album “Positivo” was described by the prestigious ‘Solar Latin Club’ as the best-produced album of the year, and they have been acclaimed by the likes of Giles Peterson, who has become an advocate of their music. But their roots are in live performance – they never fail to get the house rocking, and they’re particularly delighted to be playing for us this year.
Eliane Correa & La Evolución: midnight Saturday
A fresh, high-energy 13-piece Cuban salsa orchestra which includes some of the best Cuban and Latin musicians in the UK, playing a selection of fiery original material, Cuban-style covers of world-famous hits and some Cuban classics revisited with a young, modern flavour.
Directed by Latina powerhouse pianist Eliane Correa and award-winning Argentinian-Congolese salsa soulstress Juanita Euka, Eli & La Evolución was inspired by the modern Havana sound of large-format salsa orchestras. They soon found their own London-infused voice, featuring electric guitars and synths over powerful, distinctively Cuban grooves. La Evolución has been bringing the heat to the stages of the UK since 2011, including a 7-year uninterrupted monthly residency at Ronnie Scotts Upstairs and an array of performances at leading UK festivals.
Alain Pérez Y La Orquesta: 11.30pm Sunday
Multi-instrumentalist and singer Alain Pérez is among the very top musicians in Cuba, twice nominated for a Latin Grammy. He has guested with all the leading acts, including Los Van Van, Irakere and Celia Cruz, as well as collaborating with famous names from the flamenco world, such as Paco de Lucia and Diego El Cigala. His own 13-piece is called simply “La Orquesta” (The Orchestra) and contains some of Cuba’s most talented young musicians. With his trademark elephant-headed cane, Alain twists and turns onstage, borrowing instruments, singing, and taking the audience with him as he raises the rhythm – and the roof. Don’t miss this!
Daytime Latin Dance Classes
Our daytime Latin dance classes have always been a big draw (and are completely suitable for total beginners); they run from 1 till 7 (6 on Weds & Thurs). Teachers are our very own resident party animal, “La Tempesta” Nigel May – also inviting you to get down and dirty with reggaetón; the charismatic Edwin Rodriguez from Mexico; plus Eglis “Pilo” Cerguero from Havana, Cuba, whose storming Afro-Latin parties seem to have taken over Bristol. And for tango, the real deal can only come from Buenos Aires: Eduardo Bozzo brings his own hip flavour to the sultry Argentinian dance.
There’s nothing like it anywhere in the UK, let alone on the Festival site: come and pay us a visit – you may want to stay all weekend!