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Mexico's ‘Corona Capital’ Music Festival Played On Despite Heavy Rains

Corona Capital Festival. Photo taken by the author, J. Tadeo.

Corona Capital Festival. Photo taken by the author, J. Tadeo.

Poor weather and complaints from fans about the concert's faulty electronic bracelets marked the fourth annual Mexican music festival, Corona Capital, which took place on October 11 and 12, 2014 at the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez (Rodríguez Brothers Racetrack) in Mexico City.

The festival featured popular bands and international musicians such as the Black Kids, MGMT, Weezer, Belle & Sebastian, Jack White, and Damon Albarn. On the first day, Massive Attack, one of the most awaited performances, had to wrap up early due to inclement weather, upsetting many attendees. Giggy Zúñiga made the following comment on Twitter:

Meanwhile, Armando Prssr E stated:

The best of #cc14, that is, #MassiveAttack, is canceled for “technical reasons”, this made @CoronaCapital look really bad.

As it rained on Saturday, Twitter user D a m expressed her disappointment:

Nevertheless, there were some that enjoyed the weather, such as Ana Laura Calzada:

The severe climate conditions, heavy rains, and muddy terrain recalled the experience at Glastonbury Festival, the planet’s biggest and most important music festival, where performances are hardly ever canceled due to bad weather.  

Another reason for people’s dissatisfaction were the electronic bracelets that organizers, among them a renowned beer company, introduced to the Mexican concert industry. All attendees had to have them activated when turning in their tickets upon admission.

Sergio Villalobos noted that donning the bracelet did not help speed up entry to the event:

UserCynthia mentioned a “failed bracelet system”, meaning they no longer worked as designed, resulting in cash and credit cards being used as a substitute in order to purchase food and drink.

The bracelets would be the used as a system to get access to the event as the only payment method for food, drinks and official merchandising, and for checking in at the different locations for the festival. They ended up working only for entering and not that well.

Jack refers to Jack White, another artist that took part of the festival. Oscar Ro wrote to OCESA, a Corona Capital organizer and the ones responsible for the bracelets, the following message:

At the end of the festival, Andrés Olascoaga pointed out the problems he faced when trying to remove the bracelet:

Last year’s festival experienced a letdown when John Talabot canceled his performance a few days prior to the event due to the insecurity posed by the country’s organized crime, becoming yet another one of its victims. 

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