The past two years have seen some huge international acts come to Peru. Major concerts in 2012 included Elton John, Maroon 5, Evanescence and Lady Gaga, while the 2013 schedule featured the likes of Jamiroquai, The Killers, Keane, Morrissey, The Offspring, Alice in Chains and Blur.
Peru has also seen a welcome rise in music festivals. Acustirock, Rock en la Playa, Festival de los 7 Mares, Selvámonos and Rock en el Parque all returned in 2013, as well as the Creamfields Peru electronic music festival.
So what’s in store for 2014? Well, the list is still in its infancy, but there’s a good chance that this year could be the best yet. Concerts will be added as and when confirmed, so check back regularly for all the latest updates...
- Summer of Dub 2014 -- January 17, Certes Dub (Fernando Teran 990, Chorrillos, Lima): A one-day dub event headlined by the Mungo’s Hi Fi sound system from the U.K., also featuring Solo Banton, Loko Bonó and others.
- Hathaways -- January 18, Gabinete Rock Bar (Av. Bolognesi 743, Barranco, Lima): Siblings Kate and James play an intriguing blend of modern indie-pop mixed with Andean folk music, including the use of a traditional Andean stringed instrument called a charango.
- Electro Selvámonos -- January 18, Punta Rocas (km 46 of the old Panamericana Sur, Lima outskirts): the electronic instalment of the annual Selvámonos event, with 12 hours of music from the likes of French artist MR NÔ and Peruvian acts such as Jumi Lee, Dengue Dengue Dengue and Coba Sound System.
- Alesana -- January 21, Discoteca Céntrica (Real Plaza): American rock from Raleigh, North Carolina.
- CNBLUE -- January 28, Estadio Monumental (explanada sur): South Korean rock and pop bands are coming to Lima in increasing numbers these days. CNBLUE is the first to touch down in 2014.
- Motorama -- February 6, Discoteca Mangos (located on Avenida Arequipa 1530, Lince): Russian post-punk in Lima, Peru. Now there’s something you don’t see every day...
- Fiesta en la Calle -- February 6, 13, 20 and 27, Lima: Free street concerts in Lima's historic center; read more here.
- Vilma Palma e Vampiros -- The Argentine rock band sets off on a mini tour of Peru, with gigs scheduled as follows: Feb 7, Vocé del Sur, Punta Hermosa (Lima, located at km 43.5 of the Panamericana Sur); Feb 14, C.C. Embarcadero 41, Barranco (Lima); Feb 15, Explanada Mall Aventura Plaza (Trujillo).
- Diego El Cigala -- February 8, C.C. Mari Angola (Miraflores): The Grammy Award-winning Spanish Romani Flamenco singer comes to Lima for one night only.
- Amen -- February 14, Aura Arequipa, Arequipa: Classic Peruvian rockers Amen will play Arequipa on Valentine's Day.
- Eva Ayllón -- February 15, Teatro Municipal Alejandro Granda Relayza (Jr. Pedro Ruiz Gallo, Callao): Peru's foremost Afro-Peruvian musician and música criolla legend returns to Callao after a 15 year absence.
- Rock de los 80 Sinfónico -- February 15, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición (Av. 28 de Julio, Lima): A special occasion for fans of 80s Peruvian rock, featuring two classic acts: Rio and Miki González.
- Rock en la Playa -- February 16, Playa Barlovento (km 21 of the Panamericana Sur, Villa el Salvador, Lima): The festival returns in 2014 with 10 hours of Peruvian punk rock on the beach, and it’s free to enter.
- Raphael -- February 27, Mall Aventura Plaza, Trujillo: See March for more details
- Acustirock -- March 1, Estadio San Marcos (north stand): Acustirock returns for its fifth incarnation, featuring classic Peruvian rock bands like Mar de Copas, Libido and Fragil.
- Raphael -- March 1, C.C. Real Plaza de Piura (Piura); March 3, Jockey Plaza (Lima); March 5, Teatro Metropolitano de Arequipa (Arequipa); March 8, Coliseo Cerrado (Cusco): Acclaimed Spanish singer Miguel Rafael Martos Sánchez will be bringing his blend of Latin ballads and charismatic showmanship to a handful of major cities in Peru.
- Reggae Fest -- March 1, Punta Hermosa Beach (at km 41.5 of the old Panamericana Sur): The popular reggae festival returns for another year, this time headlined by Los Cafres from Argentina and Gondwana from Chile.
- Jack Johnson -- March 3, Parque de la Exposición: The American soft-rock singer-songwriter-surfer will be in Lima for the surfing scene in March.
- Doro -- March 4, Discoteca Céntrica (C.C. Real Plaza): Dorothee Pesch, better known as Doro, is a German singer-songwriter and former front-woman of metal band Warlock. Rock on. Tickets start at S/.120 nuevos soles.
- Pato Banton -- March 7 and 8, Dragón del Sur (km 44 of the old Panamericana Sur, Punta Hermosa): The English reggae singer will play two gigs in the popular beach town of Punta Hermosa.
- Sonata Arctica -- March 11, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: The Finnish power metal band comes to Lima for the second time after a successful gig back in 2008.
- La Oreja de Van Gogh -- March 19, Auditorio del Pentagonito: Power pop from Latin Grammy-winning and Grammy-nominated Spanish band La Oreja de Van Gogh (“The Ear of Van Gogh”).
- Metallica -- March 20, Estadio Nacional: The American metallers come to Peru in what so far is one of the most anticipated gigs of the year.
- Lucybell -- March 21, Discoteca Mangos (Av. Arequipa 1530, Lince): Popular rock band from Chile.
- 2 Minutos -- March 22, Oficina Bar (Jr. Cailloma 852, Central Lima): One of the prime movers in the Argentine punk rock scene.
- Soundgarden -- March 27, Estadio Monumental (explanada sur): Chris Cornell and company bring their seminal grunge sound to the Peruvian capital. Peruvian rock band Emergency Blanket will be the support act. Tickets range from S/.60 to S/.410 (US$21 to $146).
- Capital Cities -- March 30, Embarcadero 41: The American duo went from writing jingles to creating indie hits like "Safe and Sound" and "Kangaroo Court." They come to Peru as part of the Colors Night Lights – Summer 2014 schedule of bands.
- Enrique Bunbury -- April 1, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición: Bunbury (real name Enrique Ortiz de Landázuri Yzarduy) delivers a mix of rock en español and Euro indie rock.
- Natalia Lafourcade -- April 2, Auditorio Los Incas del Ministerio de Cultura (Av. Javier Prado Oeste 2465, Museo de la Nación): A solo appearance by the Mexican pop-rock singer and songwriter from the band Natalia y La Forquetina.
- Cut Copy -- April 6, Embarcadero 41: The Australian electronic band is yet another group coming to Lima as part of the Colors Night Lights – Summer 2014 schedule.
- Placebo, Pixies and Julian Casablancas -- April 8, Costa Verde de Magdalena del Mar: This Colors Night Lights – Summer 2014 fixture has become a mini-festival, with Placebo, Pixies and Julian Casablancas (lead singer of The Strokes) all taking to the stage.
- Kevin Johansen -- April 10, Embarcadero 41 de Barranco (Lima); April 12, Arequipa (venue TBA): The Argentine-American rock musician will play two gigs in Peru, first supported by The Nada and Liniers in Lima and then with just Liniers in Arequipa.
- Havok -- April 10 (Arequipa) and April 11 (Lima): The thrash metal band from Colorado will play two dates in Peru, the first in Arequipa (La Estación Disco Club) followed by an appearance at Wayrurock (Av. Arequipa 1505, Lince) with Peruvian bands Arsenal, Witchery, Katrocide and Hanneman.
- Acustirock Beach -- April 12, Conchán Beach (km 25 of the Panamericana Sur, Lurín): The Acustirock festival hits the beach, with popular Peruvian bands like Amen, Mar de Copas and Libido.
- Lunafly -- April 15, C.C. Scencia de La Molina: Due, presumably, to Lima's large Asian community, quite a few South Korean bands have come to the capital in recent years. Lunafly is the first (but not only) K-pop confirmation for 2014.
- Voivod -- April 24, Wayruro (Av. Arequipa 1505, Lima): Long hair and thrash metal from Quebec, Canada.
- Paul McCartney -- April 25, Estadio Nacional: The ex-Beatle will take to the stage in Lima for the second time, having first played the Peruvian capital back in 2011.
- Trujillo Capital del Rock -- April 26, Mall Aventura Plaza: A new festival for Trujillo, featuring major Peruvian rock acts such as Amén, Libido, Mar de Copas, Rio and Jhovan.
- Festival 7 Mares -- April 26, Parque de la Exposición: One of Peru’s biggest festivals returns in 2014.
- One Direction -- April 27, Estadio Nacional: Excitable Peruvian fans have been screaming about this one for months already. The cheeky chaps from Britain will fly into Peru as part of their 2014 World Tour. It's going to be big, very big...
- Close Your Eyes -- April 30, venue TBA: Melodic hardcore from Abilene, Texas.
- Electo Selvámonos -- May 3, Club de Tiro, Jr. Cuzco 1600, Huancayo (Junín Region): The electronic offshoot of the Selvámonos festival arrives in the city of Huancayo.
- Viva Perú Tour -- May 3, Campo Ferial de Yauris, Huancayo: A 12-hour festival featuring some of Peru’s top singers and bands, including Mar de Copas, Amén, Río, Miki Gonzales and Laguna Pai.
- Juan Gabriel -- May 8, Jockey Club del Perú: The popular Mexican singer-songwriter mixes Latin pop with mariachi and ranchera.
- Illya Kuryaki and the Valderramas with Gondwana -- May 8, Costa Verde Magdalena: Two more bands appearing as part of the Colors Night Lights – Summer 2014 schedule, the first from Argentina and the second (Gondwana) from Chile.
- Thirty Seconds to Mars -- May 9, Parque de la Exposición: Alternative rock from Los Angeles, California. Oh, and if the lead singer looks familiar, that’s because he’s Hollywood actor Jared Leto.
- Juan Diego Florez -- May 13, Gran Teatro Nacional: The Peruvian operatic tenor returns to Peru accompanied by U.S. pianist Vicenzo Scalera.
- Juntos en Concierto 2014 -- May 24, Estadio Nacional: The “Together in Concert” event will see four major Latin American artists appear together for one night only in Lima’s Estadio Nacional. The four artists are Carlos Vives (Colombia), Gilberto Santa Rosa, Olga Tañón and Tito el Bambino (all from Puerto Rico).
- Festival Vivo X el Rock 3 -- May 24, Parque de la Exposición: Two stages and more than 20 bands, including some of Peru's most popular rock groups. Tickets cost S/.49.
- Alejandra Guzmán -- May 27, Jockey Club del Perú: The Mexican singer-songwriter is one of the most popular female pop-rock stars in Latin America.
- Vodka N Roll Fest -- June 6, Wayruro (Av. Arequipa 1505, Lince): Headlined by two European folk metal bands, Korpiklaani (Finland) and Týr (Faroe Islands). Other acts include Peruvian bands Folk & Roll, Viento Gris and Indoraza.
- MBLAQ -- June 13, Coliseo Eduardo Dibos (Av. Angamos with Av. Aviación, Lima): The MBLAQ boy band is the latest confirmed arrival from South Korea.
- Paty Cantú -- June 14, Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición: Mexican singer-songwriter and one half of former Mexican pop duo Lu.
- Selvámonos 2014 -- June 23 to 28, Fundo Cemayu, Oxapampa (Pasco Region): One of Peru’s most popular festivals returns for the sixth year running. Five DJs and 14 bands have so far been confirmed for the multi-day event in Oxapampa.
- Festival Barrio Latino -- June 28, Parque de la Exposición, Lima: 12 hours dedicated to latin beats such as bachata, reggaetón, salsa, cumbia and electro latin music. Major acts include Daddy Yankee, Prince Royce and Cumbia All Stars.
- Lima Vive Rock -- September (exact date TBA), venue TBA: the free open-air rock concert returns for another year. Details are scarce right now, but it will definitely happen in September.
- Zoé -- September 20, venue TBA: Alternative psychedelic rock from the Latin Grammy Award-winning band from Mexico.