When you think of Argentinian music, normally you think of tango. Of course this is still extremely popular, but there is also a thriving new music scene in Argentina.
Right now is festival season and this year Buenos Aires is playing host to the international electronic festivals Ultra and Creamfields, as well as alternative rock fest Lollapalooza.
This means names like Tiësto, Steve Aoki, Arcade Fire and The Red Hot Chili Peppers – all playing in the space of a couple of months in Buenos Aires.
Aside from festivals, DJs like Nicolas Jaar, Marco Carola and David August have all played in clubs around Buenos Aires in the last couple of weeks.
This really is one of the perks of the city for tourists and volunteers alike. It should be no surprise that the Argentine capital attracts such big international names.
Buenos Aires is the 15th largest city in the world and one renowned for its passionate people; here you shouldn’t find any shortage of enthusiastic fans.
It is said that the Rolling Stones like to end their tours in Buenos Aires as it is one of their favourite cities worldwide to play. Alongside this is also a healthy and growing local scene; something which is a must-see for visitors wanting to see a different side of the city.
Buenos Aires is home to a variety of new and exciting music and, if you are willing to put in a bit of research, it can be seen for a fraction of the price in the US or Europe.
Festipulenta, a small-scale festival showcasing underground and rising bands, just celebrated its 5th anniversary. The two-day event (entry ~€5/day) featured great music as well as poetry, comics and books and was well worth a visit. La Ola Que Quería Ser Chau, who you can listen to below, were one of the highlights.
Another band worth catching if you are in Buenos Aires is Las Kellies. The post-punk all-female 3-piece are a staple in bars and venues around the city, while they have also managed three albums and two European tours. "Perro Rompebolas", which roughly translates to "Pain in the ass dog", can be heard below:
If drum and bass is more your thing, Bad Boy Orange is one of Argentina's best-known producers. Listen below:
And of course, there is still the Buenos Aires Tango Festival to come in August! Interested in coming to Argentina as a volunteer?