Glasto Latino is the Festival’s very own corner of Latin America, full of the sights, sounds and smells of the region where rhythm, colour, movement and passion take centre stage. 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. To celebrate our ninth year, we are extending the programme, running all the way through from Wednesday afternoon, with music every night.
The Glasto Latino field is at the night-time entrance to the South-East (aka Naughty!) Corner – between Block 9 and The Common. We have a big decorated tent with stage, a dance floor, and introducing this year, cocktails and rums from the Rumba Rum bar. The field also features stalls offering food and drink from the region, and once again the rocking Latino Beat bar running till 5am.
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. The band features a new generation of Cuban musicians who are all passionate about maintaining the traditions of the genre, but at the same time giving this irresistible dance music a contemporary edge. Their skills have made them much in demand, and they have been asked to play everywhere from Radio 3’s “In Tune” to festivals as far afield as Malaysia
Rumba Caliente – Friday midnight
Rumba Caliente is the brainchild of Toby Shippey, founder of the multi-award-winning Salsa Celtica, but where Celtica blend their Latin with traditional folk music, Rumba Caliente mix deep heavy salsa, rumba, Latin funk and boogaloo, with touches of soul, Afrobeat and hip-hop. Their fresh, dynamic and hard-hitting live performances have been rocking European dance floors for over 10 years, and pre-releases from their forthcoming album have become dancers’ favourites from New York to Paris, London to Bogota. With the album slated for release later this year, 2016 is looking big for Rumba Caliente.
Edwin Sanz All Stars – Saturday midnight
Venezuelan-born master percussionist Edwin Sanz rocked the house to pieces when he brought his band to Glasto Latino in 2014, so we just had to have him back. He has provided his rhythmic genius to some of the world’s top names, way too many to list, but including the Gypsy Kings, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Africando, Cheo Feliciano and Celia Cruz. This time he is joined by an all-star ensemble, the cream of Latin musicians in Europe, including on keyboards the legendary Alex Wilson – perhaps the only Brit to be invited to Cuba to teach Latin music, and extraordinary gospel singer Naomi Phillips.
Maykel Blanco Y Su Salsa Mayor – Sunday 11.30pm
We are very lucky to be able to present our headliners – without doubt one of the leading acts from Cuba today. Maykel Blanco is a band leader, composer and arranger at the heart of the Cuban music scene. Already standing out as a child, in a country full of music, he started his first group at the age of 15, quickly finding success, recording contracts and TV appearances. After appearing on more than 40 albums, in 2005 he founded his 16-piece group “Salsa Mayor”, which straightaway began making waves in Cuba, and around the globe – in 2007 they began touring internationally, and haven’t stopped. The band now play at major events all over the world, and regularly head the bill at the top Latin festivals.
Daily Latin Dance Classes
In the daytime, from 1 till 7 (6 on Weds & Thurs), come and join in our ever-popular Latin dance classes. Completely suitable for absolute beginners, you can try a range of styles. This year our salsa teachers are: Kerry Ribchester, the leading lady of Cuban dance in the UK, whose unparalleled knowledge and direct approach have inspired hundreds, perhaps thousands of dancers; our very own resident party animal, “La Tempesta” Nigel May – also inviting you to get down and dirty with reggaetón; and Eglis “Pilo” Cerguero from Havana, Cuba – his Bristol Afro-Latin parties are causing a storm most weekends. And back by popular demand, our tango instructor is Buenos Aires-born Eduardo Bozzo, teaching his hip version of the sultry Argentinian style.
So come on down – you know you want to!