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Event Spotlight: Tropicália Music Festival

Tropicália is an up and coming music festival in Los Angeles, with its debut only a couple years ago in 2017. This will be the event’s third year, and the festival will be held on November 9th and 10th at the Pico Rivera Sports Arena Grounds. Even in a competitive crowded field of music festivals in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, this one deserves some attention due to its unique focus of genres.

The festival is designed to be an interesting blend of Spanish influenced bands and a variety of indie bands, bringing two unsuspecting communities together. It often features Kali Uchis, Chicano Batman, and Los Tigres Del Norte as returning headliners. This year we’ll see those standards, as well as Caifanes, Ivy Queen, Wallows, and Cuco.  Full lineup is here.

Tropicália also emphasizes the taco truck selection available as part of SoCal culture. This year will feature at least 3 of the best taco suppliers in Orange County.

How to Prepare

If you’ve already got tickets to Tropicália, or you’re on the waitlist for ticket sales, here are some key tips for preparing for this event:

  • Plan arrival and departure: Once the band schedule is posted, it’s important to think about which bands you want to see to decide when to get to the festival and when to leave each day. This will also make it easier for you to plan when to get a good spot near the stage and when to take a food break.

  • Download the Tropicália App: This convenient app will show you the band schedule, as well as other important information, and allow you to track bands you’re interested in. The app will then notify you when these bands are about to play, so you don’t miss a single song. This app is a must-have for all festival goers.

  • Read the general info and FAQ: Make sure to read the Tropicália site. They have a list of prohibited items, which includes any type of metal water bottle. Only empty plastic bottles and Camelbaks are allowed.

  • Prepare to Buy Water: Although the website states that water filling stations will be scattered throughout the event, there were none available on the first day of the 2018 festival. Even if there are some available, they may run out of water by the end of the day. Bring the largest legal vessels for water and stock up early on.

  • Expect a No-Show:Last year’s lineup had the infamous Cardi B headlining, who ended up not being listed on the schedule, as well as other bands like Cuco, with no explanations provided. Just don’t put all your hopes into one band’s attendance.

What’s New?

While these tips will properly prepare you for the Tropicália fest, there will be some changes from past years.

The last two years the festival has been held at Queen Mary Park, in Long Beach. It has featured four different stages for constant, ongoing music. This year, the new venue makes it unclear how many stages there will be, as the Pico Rivera Arena usually only has one stage on the inside. This could greatly impact band set times and schedules.

Additionally, the festival days are split up by genre. Rather than an equal mixture of Spanish and indie, it seems that all of the Spanish bands will play on Saturday, and indie bands on Sunday. This means you’ll probably have one day of your favorite bands playing back to back, rather than having to go both days.

L.A. Tacos is curating the taco truck lineup this year, which will supposedly provide the most diverse taco choices to properly represent the SoCal taco experience. The final tip is come hungry, because there is nothing to better pair with Spanish-indie music than Southern California tacos.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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