When it launched in 1995, Rock Al Parque was an instant hit with local and foreign rock fans. Less than a decade into its lifetime, attendance was already around the 400,000 mark. It’s shocking what offering good music at zero cost will do to your popularity. In a nod to its Colombian roots and history, Rock Al Parque takes place in Bogotá’s magnificent Simón Bolivar Park, which is named after one of the most important, revolutionary leaders in Latin American history.
Rock Al Parque really is about that rock n’ roll way of life. Within its yearly lineups you can find nearly every iteration, derivation, and sub-genre of rock. The festival started off featuring strictly pure forms of rock, but as it quickly grew in size, that necessitated a push for more diversity within its selection. Heavy metal is without a doubt the reigning champ of the lineup on the bigger stages and popular set times are always reserved for mega-acts like Coheed and Cambria, Cannibal Corpse, and Anthrax.
Today, Rock Al Parque showcases a wide variety of bands hailing mainly from South America, but also from Europe and Asia. You can experience the best of what Latin America rock has to offer by catching acts like Chilean thrash metal group Criminal, Mexican alt-rock quartet Café Tacvba, and Colombian funk rockers El Sie7e. On average, around 50 bands take part in the three day festivities, though in some years that number has been as high as 80. The festival lineup is the result of an exhaustive process undertaken by a special committee of über-devoted organizers – and you can tell the festival cares about its fans, because its team makes a point of not scheduling acts of the same or similar sub-genres at conflicting times.