The Best Music Festivals in Mexico

With a rich culture, tasty dishes, gorgeous landscapes, and banging lineups, Mexico is home to some top-tier music festivals. Check out the best it has to offer here…

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 10th Mar 2022

Mexico is an absolutely stunning country bursting with life and a bucket load of top festivals. But you probably already knew that. And with beautiful beaches in Cancun, a breathtaking, humbling mountain in Monterrey, and Guadalajara, the city famous for its tequila and culture, there are lots of brilliant locations to explore. 

So what are you looking for? Electronic bangers by Groove Armada or indie anthems by The Strokes? Groovy reggaeton beats by Daddy Yankee or guitar-heavy tracks by Limp Bizkit? No matter what genres slap a smile on your face, you can find them at the best music festivals in Mexico. Check them out below… 

 

 

Electric Daisy Carnival Mexico 

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When: 2023 date TBA 

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Sadly, EDC already went down this year in February. But on the bright side, now you can get planning for EDC 2023! Electric Daisy Carnival is a colossal electronic music festival with an electric atmosphere and so many lights that you could probably see it from space. With successful editions in America, Japan, South Korea, Portugal, and China, it’s no surprise they brought this colourful, lively event to Mexico too. If you’re planning on checking out the 2023 event, expect huge names, wild stage designs, and laser shows to put all other laser shows to shame. 

 


 

Hell & Heaven Metal Fest

When: TBA

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Lineup: TBA 

Not much has been revealed about Hell and Heaven Fest just yet, in fact, the only thing that’s been confirmed is that it’s happening. But that’s enough to get us excited! This metal, punk and rock festival has seen some essential bands at its past editions including Slipknot, Megadeth, Manowar, Deep Purple, Black Flag, Sum 41, Jinjer, Rammstein, Ozzy Osbourne, Judas Priest, and Dying Fetus. As the biggest metal festival in Latin America, it’s definitely worth checking out. 

 


 

Vive Latino

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When: Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th March 

Where: Foro Sol, Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez, Mexico City, Mexico

Lineup: Limp Bizkit, Gary Clark Jr., Mogwai, Pixies, C. Tangana, Black Pumas, Dread Mar-I, Groove Armada

Vive Latino has been popping off in Mexico since 1998. And it’s back in 2022 with a huge lineup of rock, alt-rock, indie, and similar genres but also with a healthy dose of RnB, soul, blues, reggae, electronic music and more. Tunes will be blaring for two whole days from both international and Mexican talent. With such diversity on its lineups, it’s no surprise the festival has remained so popular for so long. 

 


 

Machaca Fest

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When: Saturday 25th June 

Where: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico 

Lineup: TBA 

Machaca Fest is one of the most well-known festivals in Mexico, bringing music, art, and traditions to over 300,000 people. And with diverse lineups, there's always something at Machaca that will suit your tastes. For example, previous lineup posters have seen Gwen Stefani, My Chemical Romance, Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee, Slipknot, and Dread Mar-I, a mix of pop, rock, electronic, and even reggae. This year’s lineup hasn’t been announced just yet but keep your eyes peeled as the fest has teased the first announcement will be in March… 

 


  

Baja Beach Fest

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When: Friday 12th - Sunday 14th August & Friday 19th - Sunday 21st August 

Where: Rosarito Beach, Baja California, Mexico

Lineup: Daddy Yankee, Maluma, Banda MS, Wisin & Yandel, Anuel AA, Farruko

This beach festival is perfect for fans of Latin music and reggaeton. Bringing a mixture of legendary artists and smaller lesser-known artists from around the globe, Baja Beach Fest might be the best festival choice for anyone who wants that summery, carefree vibe and music driven by infectious rhythm. Already, the lineup is packed with some of the world's biggest stars including Anuel AA, Daddy Yankee, and Maluma. Expect groovy tunes, world-class performances, stunning weather and a healthy dose of pyro to tie it all together.

 


 

Corona Capital Festival Guadalajara

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When: Saturday 21st - Sunday 22nd May 

Where: Guadalajara, Mexico

Lineup: The Strokes, Kings Of Leon, Blondie, Chvrches, The Hives, Chet Faker, Jake Bugg, Tove Lo

This multi-genre festival is smashing it with a lineup to keep everyone happy and expand your musical horizons. With genres including indie, rock, electronic, new wave, disco, punk, folk, pop, psychedelic, RnB and more, you’re certain to find an artist whose music does it for you. Not only is the lineup diverse, but with world-class acts such as indie pioneers The Strokes, natural-born performers The Hives, and legendary genre-bending band Blondie, CCF will be full of unforgettable performances.

 


 

Paradise Blue Festival

When: Friday 29th April - Sunday 1st May 

Where: Paradisus, Cancun, Mexico

Lineup: Excision, Zomboy, Champagne Drip, G-Rex, He$h, Ubur, Ace Aura, Zia

The best way we can help you understand what Paradise Blue Festival is all about is probably by telling you the fest calls its fans “headbangers”. That's because the music at the fest, which is typically dubstep, bass, drum and bass and similar intense genres, simply must be enjoyed with full-body headbanging and maximum energy. If you're not sure what we mean, check the video. The fest takes place at a luxury beachfront resort surrounded by bluer than blue waters and almost white sand. With relaxing daytimes and mental evenings, you get the best of both worlds. 

 


 

WiSH Outdoor

When: Saturday 21st May 

Where: TBA 

Lineup: TBA 

Following two postponements thanks to COVID, the electronic music festival WiSH Outdoor is finally back this May. With huge beautiful stage designs, pyro to compliment, and passionate, electrifying crowds, WiSH is a fest we've desperately been awaiting the return of. 2019's edition featured fairground rides, games such as giant Jenga, and saw huge artists such as Marshmello, David Guetta, and Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike take to the stage. So although we don’t have the lineup yet, we know it’ll be huge. 

 


 

Tecate Pal Norte

When: Friday 1st April - Saturday 2nd April 

Where: Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico 

Lineup: Maroon 5, Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, The Libertines, The Strokes, Martin Garrix, Hombres G, Morat, Caribou, C. Tangana

One of the biggest music festivals in Mexico is back with a huge multi-genre lineup to leave all other festivals shaking in their boots. Straight off the bat, you’ve got indie heroes The Libertines and The Strokes, infectious pop group Maroon 5, one of the world’s most successful DJs Martin Garrix, legendary electronic musicians C. Tangana and Caribou, and folk-rock and pop group Morat. And that’s only a fraction of the lineup! If that wasn’t enough, the fest also offers delicious treats from the best food trucks and restaurants in the city including gourmet dishes and the most indulgent desserts. Tecate Pal Norte is a tough one to beat. 

 


 

So there you have it! Whether you’re looking for a light beating in a wall of death, to headbang to heavy electronic music, dance away your troubles to reggaeton or a multi-genre bonanza to lose yourself in, you can find it in Mexico. And with such welcoming weather, delicious munchies and picturesque settings, you couldn't choose a better location. 

 



 

Check out our What's On Guide to discover even more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.

 

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Header image: Tecate Pal Norte

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