Glasto Latino is the Festival’s portal to Latin America, the part of the planet that has made partying an art form, known for its rhythm, colour, and movement, and home to some of the world’s best music and dance. This year, we are celebrating our tenth anniversary, and are pulling out the stops to bring you an unparalleled experience. Once again, every night, after the main stages finish, we hold our famous salsa parties, with top acts from around the world; in the afternoons our awesome teachers give dance classes in salsa, tango and reggaetón. We run all the way through from Wednesday afternoon, with music every night, and this year the fiesta goes on until 4am.
The Glasto Latino field is in the South-East (aka Naughty!) Corner – between Block 9 and The Common. We have a big decorated tent with stage, a dance floor, and Latin cocktails from the costumed dancing bar staff of Peacocktails.
Son Yambu – Wednesday 9pm & Thursday 10pm
Son Yambu play authentic Cuban son, the intoxicating fusion of Spanish and African rhythms that gave rise to salsa. They give this irresistible music a contemporary edge, bringing their audiences a truly, sensational, authentic Latin music experience. “Absolutely tremendous…. if you don’t start to move to this there is no hope for you! Extraordinary music.” –Sean Rafferty, BBC Radio 3.
MecániK InformaL – Friday midnight
MecániK InformaL are an amazing ten-piece band of young musicians from Panama. All conservatoire-trained, they burst onto the scene with their US tour last year, when their high-powered performances at the international Afro-Latin Festival and Sounds of Brasil knocked out the crowds. With their energetic mix of salsa, Cuban timba, and Panamanian “plena’ – the origin of reggaetón – you won’t be able to stand still!
Alex Wilson’s Salsa Soul Orchestra – Saturday midnight
To headline our tenth anniversary, international producer/pianist Alex Wilson has specially brought together a terrific ensemble of musicians, to perform some of his dance floor salsa soul hits, such as Show Me and Ain’t Nobody, as well as world premieres of new material. The band features a blistering array of talent, including soul diva Naomi Phillips, Cuban singer Josbel Figurita, Eliane Correa on keyboards, percussion maestro Edwin Sanz, and emerging star Nolita Golding, plus special guest – our Sunday headliner – Maite Hontelé. A really special show, definitely not to be missed!
Maite Hontelé – Sunday 11.30pm
Dutch born, but rooted in Colombia, Maite is a true star of Latin music – it is said that her trumpet tells the story of every song she plays. Her talents have drawn the attention of the greats: she has been invited to play with Marc Anthony, Oscar d’Leon,Tito Nieves and many more – it’s no surprise that she has been nominated for a Latin Grammy. With her all-Cuban band, she will be rocking the tent with a rich mix of son, bolero, cha cha chá, boogaloo and salsa – what better way to round off the festival?
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). This year for salsa we have top international star Rohan Brown, our very own resident party animal, “La Tempesta” Nigel May – also inviting you to get down and dirty with reggaetón; plus Eglis “Pilo” Cerguero from Havana, Cuba, whose Bristol Afro-Latin parties are causing a storm most weekends. And for tango, the real deal can only come from Buenos Aires: Eduardo Bozzo brings his own hip flavour to the sultry Argentinian dance.
You won’t want to miss Glasto Latino over the weekend – there’s nothing like it anywhere in the UK, let alone on the festival site!