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Viña del Mar Festival Shines on Opening Night

Viña del Mar Festival Shines on Opening Night
February 25
14:00 2013

Chile’s end of the summer music extravaganza, The Viña del Mar International Song Festival (Festival Internacional de la Canción de Viña del Mar), began its 54th annual show last night.

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Morrissey, performing at last year’s festival.
photo credit: frt.z via photopin (cc)

VIÑA DEL MAR — The annual tradition since 1960 brings national acts and international guests together to electrify the crowd with music, dance, comedy and more, the length and success of each one at the mercy of the “Monster”. The crowd itself lets each artist know if it must do more encores or leave the stage pronto.

A string of successes opened the show yesterday with crowds crying for encores from each act. Kicking off the festival was Mexican rock group Maná, who played a mixture of old school favorites like En el Melle de San Blás and Rayando el Sol, as well as some of their more recent hits. They took the stage for almost two hours, winning all of the available prizes- two ‘torches’ and two ‘seagulls’. Their audience was loath to see them go, and it looked as though comedian Hermógenes Conache had some big shoes to fill.

However, with his set of anecdotes and sketches he won a silver torch and a golden torch in just 35 minutes of performing. The Monster was well pleased and delivered to Conache his first prize from the festival, at which he has now performed three times.

The younger members of the audience were kept happy with Venezuelan duo Chino y Nacho, who had the crowd dancing, despite the late hour of the set, and also won silver and gold torches.

Tonight, singer Romeo Santos, comedy band Los Atletas de la Risa, and reggaeton and hip-hop artist Daddy Yankee will all be braving the stage. Los Atletas de la Risa have said the audience will see how their act has changed, but that it will by no means be censored.

We’ll see what the ‘Monster’ makes of that later tonight.

 

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