Posted in music | tour dates on March 10, 2010

Festival NRMAL

Todd P's MtyMx isn't the only music festival happening around SXSW in Monterrey, Mexico this March. Saturday, March 13th marks the date of the first-ever Festival NRMAL in Monterrey. F/N will take place on the grounds of the Alianza Francesa de Monterrey during the weekend prior to SXSW.

NRMAL "is a collection of emerging artist and musicians brought together to showcase their work in a small, intimate setting, framed by the Mexican cultural landscape". NRMAL (focused mainly on attracting a Mexican crowd) seeks to expose artists of many nationalities to a Mexican audience, and potentially establish collaborations with the international community. More than 40 bands, plus art installations on site created specifically for the event, will be present at the festival. There is also a large art portion of the festival, with a separate lineup for that. "Four stages with a capacity of 700 people each showcase independent bands on the rise to a young Mexican audience who would otherwise not have the opportunity to see them". Headliners include YACHT (whose tour hits NYC this Thursday), Daedelus, TheDeathSet, Julianna Barwick, Nite Jewel, Tyvek, and YellowFever (who you can also catch at our day party in Austin on Wednesday, March 17th). Full NRMAL lineup below.

Tickets are available online.

The NY Times recently discussed MtyMX and Festival NRMAL (and the safety of Monterrey, among other things). A clip of that, with Festival NRMAL's full music and art lineups, a flyer and more, are below...

NYTimes on the other Monterrey Fest

Creating some confusion, a second festival has been announced for Monterrey shortly before South by Southwest. Festival NRMAL, whose namesake is a small graphic design firm there, takes place on Saturday with more than 40 bands, again split between reasonably well-known American rock and electronic acts (Yacht, Awesome Color, Nite Jewel) and a roster of Mexican bands that reflect the growing popularity of indie rock there.

Although NRMAL, on the grounds of the Alianza Francesa school, appears to be slightly slicker than MtyMx, they both pull from similar musical strata, and are inexpensive: NRMAL is $23 for one day, MtyMx is $30 for three. NRMAL, however, is counting on a largely Mexican crowd, while MtyMx is expecting 20 percent or more to be from the United States. (Both are busing musicians from Austin.)

For Mr. Patrick, Americans' worries about safety feed into his broader political and social aims for MtyMx. The fact that most American bands will probably breeze into Mexico but many of their Mexican colleagues might be stymied by visa restrictions in their efforts to get to Austin should cast a light on border inequities. ("There's a ton of kids in Mexico who love this kind of music, but they'll never be able to see them," he said. "That border might as well be the Berlin Wall.") And the media, he said, exaggerates the drug violence.

"I want to dispel this misperception that a) this country is the Wild West and is unsafe, and b) that there is nothing there to see," he said. "It's right over the border and yet so many of us will not go to anything but a protected beach resort. It's absurd. And the best way to attack absurdity is to prove it wrong."

Of course there is a risk of danger. Violence has spiked near the Mexican border in recent years, and a travel alert for Mexico issued last month by the United States State Department said that some travelers on the highways between Monterrey and the United States have "inadvertently been caught in incidents of gunfire between criminals and Mexican law enforcement."

Mr. Patrick cites government statistics from the state of Nuevo León that put Monterrey's murder rate at about the same as New York's...[NY Times]

NRMAL Festival

Festival NRMAL lineup
Banda de Turistas
Death Set
Nite Jewel
Yellow Fever
Julianna Barwick
White Rainbow
The Keyishe
Los Amparito
Chico Sonido
Awesome Color
Golden Triangle
Toy Selectah
Cousin Cole
Electric Electric
Sebastien Schuller
Robot Koch
Ghost Beard
The Volture
She´s a Tease
60 Tigres
Quid Comba
Los Erres
Yo! Linares
El Cuarto
White Ninja
Black Fo
Uvi Love
Lady Hustle
Sonido San Francisco
La Musique Pop Milkman

Art Lineup
Equipo Plástico (España/Francia)
Nuria Mora
Los Contratistas (Maf, Skrew, Huizar)
Colectivo Zenzontle (Blast, Sanez, Dose)
PROJECT PROJECTIONS (Virtual Exhibition of 30 Artists)
Carlos Olvera
Pablo Moreno, PM!



Comments (14)

How do I pronounce the names of these festivals?

Posted by Regular reader | March 10, 2010 5:23 PM

if you go to this, you will have same FATE as Corey Haim!!!!!!

Posted by Joe Arpaio | March 10, 2010 7:29 PM

I'll become a mega-millionaire and live a life greater than 99.9999% of humanity? Sweet!

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2010 7:40 PM

There is an article in the Times, but the link's bad.

Posted by Anonymous | March 10, 2010 8:05 PM

i predict that a bus gets hijacked by some drug dealers.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 1:00 AM

"...a travel alert for Mexico issued last month by the United States State Department said that some travelers on the highways between Monterrey and the United States have "inadvertently been caught in incidents of gunfire between criminals and Mexican law enforcement.""

Well, as long as it was inadvertent.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 1:07 AM

if there was some kind of "crisis" going on in Northern Mexico that was anything like what the State department is claiming... don't you think that the rich ass Mexican kids who put this festival together and the rich ass Mexican kids who are going to go would themselves be worried?

Clearly they aren't. Maybe it's worth not jumping to conclusions based on some vague fear-mongering issued by the U.S. government.

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 9:40 AM

It's a conspiracy I tells ya - A racist, fear-mongering, CONSPIRACY.

That big bad ol' State Department is just trying to ruin everybody's FUN!

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 1:51 PM

or maybe they're just full of shit and want you spending your tourist dollars at home

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 3:31 PM

^ KNOWS that Obama's a Kenyan.

Watch out for them death panels!

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 3:50 PM

so you suddenly like / trust the federal government now that obama's president?

Posted by Anonymous | March 11, 2010 10:47 PM

Guggenheim billed it as a performance piece and it was just an installation. Resultingly, the crowd simply waited for the "show" to start, limiting anyone's ability to freely explore the space (the ground floor was packed with indian-style seaters, and the balconies were lined with people holding onto their spots like grim death.

Posted by منتديات | January 9, 2011 1:05 PM

it makes no sense for them to deconstruct the entire TD North venue to play a show the next night ~50 miles south at an amphitheater (which probably would require a different stage setup anyway). They'd play Providence or Mohegan Sun before that (and I think those are both highly unlikely).

Posted by فساتين - ازياء | January 19, 2011 5:00 PM

Wonderful post and the location is beautiful and elegant in design and information and everything>>> to Favorites
Amazing is an enormous understatement. One of the best electronic shows I've ever been to and I've seen well over a thousand concerts. I had no idea Vladislav Delay was as good a drummer & percussionist as he is- fabulous and he kept everything swinging with a very unique style of playing. If you missed this you missed out big time...

Posted by يوتيوب القمة | February 20, 2011 9:31 PM

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