Mar 23

Bogotá announced as UNESCO City of Music (plus Festival Estereo Picnic coming soon!)

Bogotá from above
Bogotá from above

I always believed in you, Bogotá.

Just a few days ago my adopted city, the exhaustingly activity-rich Bogotá, was given the title of City Of Music by UNESCO. This makes it the 5th City of Music in the world, after Seville, Bologna, Glasgow, and Ghent. It was recognised, according to, as being a “major center of musical creation and activity in Latin America.”

Not only does this make us rolos (yeh that’s right, I’m a rolo) very proud, it also makes us excited for the future. Right now we’re in the midst of something of a musical explosion in Bogotá, and after this announcement I’m confident more and more bands will look to Bogotá as a must-visit destination for tours. After all, if you’d have told me 2 years ago that I’d be watching Morrissey in Colombia along with 3,000 other people, I’d have laughed. After last Saturday, of course, that joke isn’t funny any more.

Morrissey, con cat
Morrissey, con cat

And what else do we have to look forward to?

On April 3rd multi-linguist Manu Chao will be performing for free in Plaza Bolivar.

On April 19th my namesake and fellow countryman Paul McCartney will be performing at El Campin. Yes, Paul McCartney, y’know, from that band The Beatles? We’ll let you know if he’s dead or not when we see him.

Paul McCartney rockin' a sweet jacket
Paul McCartney rockin’ a sweet jacket

And coming very soon is one of the festivals we at the Colombia Travel Blog are most excited about this year: Estereo Picnic.

Estereo Picnic takes place every year just on the outskirts of Bogotá, and is one of the biggest events in the Colombian calender. Music festivals that collect together some of the best international artists in the rock-pop-indie-dubstep world aren’t so common in South America as in Europe, so this marks out Estereo Picnic as unique.

Performing this year in potentially very rainy (though I’m hoping to be staring at the sun) conditions will be MGMT, TV On The Radio, Tinie Tempah, Systema Solar, Los Amigos Invisibles and many more. You can get tickets and more information here.

If you ever needed proof that Bogotá is on the up, look no further than Tinie Tempah.


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