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Fuego Music Festival Wants to Be the Ultra of Latin Music Fests

Alex Sensation
Alex Sensation
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Miami has an electronic music festival in Ultra, a hip-hop festival in Rolling Loud, and an everything-in-between festival in III Points. But the region's most popular music genre — Latin — has remained underserved.

That is until now.

Fuego Music Festival was just announced. It's billed as "the first East Coast two-day Latin music festival." It will be held Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, at Mana Wynwood. The weekend extravaganza will see an array of live acts perform on an outdoor main stage. The lineup includes Mau y Ricky, Manuel Turizo, Alex Sensation, Jetlag, El Micha, Feid, Gustavo Elis, Mya, Piwaiti, Michelle Sesset, Kid G, Luisa Nicholls, Carlos Andrez, Valentina Storino, Periko & Jessi Leon, Judah, Jandres, Homero Gallardo, Bianca, and Jose Angel. There will also be DJ sets by Smiley, IOP, Wasabi, Tone Rock, Legato, EFX, Rob Dinero, J. Tremendo, and Benito.

The promoters promise "a wide range of culturally fueled activities that celebrate the best of Miami’s Latino culture and community," along with "celebrity meet-and-greets and a sampling of Miami’s favorite vendors and brands through special onsite consumer experiences to round out the day."

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“Miami is one of the festival capitals of the world, and now having been in the entertainment business for some time, we noticed there to be a lack of Latin representation across large-scale music festivals in the United States," cofounder Solomon Azari says in the event's press release. "The market has remained open for an annual, multi-day Latin music festival. We, being from Miami, felt as though we had to do something.”

The headliners, Mau y Ricky, are Venezuela-born brothers (and son of singer-songwriter Ricardo Montaner) who were nominated for 2017 Latin Grammys for Best New Artist and Song of the Year. Manuel Turizo is a platinum-selling Colombian reggaetonero best known for the singles "Una Lady Como Tú" and "Bésame." Alex Sensation is a Colombian-born DJ whose mix albums Alex Sensation y Sus Amigos and La Mega Mezcla earned him an Association of Latin American Entertainment Critics (ACE) Award.

Fuego Music Festival. 6 p.m. Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24, at Mana Wynwood, 318 NW 23rd St., Miami. Tickets cost $60 for a two-day general-admission pass and $120 for a two-day VIP pass via fuegomusicfestival.com.

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