Rock Al Parque is a Colombian music festival that has been running since 1995. Despite it's estimated attendance of 88,600 people a day, the festival is free of charge.
It is highly regarded as the most important rock festival in Latin America, and its programme focuses on rock, ska, punk, hardcore, metal and rock.
2012 line-up, rumours, news and our predictions
Rumours regarding the 2012 event have not yet surfaced.
2011 line-up and previous line-up highlights
Bands that featured on the 2011 programme include Prime Ministers, Overkill, D.R.I, Against Attack, The Pestilence, Black Uhuru, Polycarp And Vices, Choc Quib Town, Cold Cave, and Delorean. For full details of the lineup click here
For details of past line-ups click here
Due to the free nature of the festival, attendees can expect it to get very busy around the afternoon.
For those from the Latin American culture this festival is key in highlighting the most important bands to keep an eye out, whereas for those who are not Latin American, the festival is a great chance to experience some of their music culture, especially in regards to their love for rock and metal.
Because of the diversity of the lineup, organisers have chosen to integrate the artists on stage as opposed to keep stages genre specific.
History and facts
Before Rock Al Parque became a festival, The 'Youth Music Meetings' took place at the city's Planetarium since 1992.
Organized by Mario Duarte and Julio Correal, the initial aim of this event was to gain support and involvement from Bogota's Insitute of Culture and Tourism.
The festival's first edition finally took place in 1995 over several venues, all venues were free admission apart from the Santa Maria Bullfighting Ring.
The mentioned venue was abandoned after 1996, as organisers like the sound and reputation of Rock Al Parque being a festival "free of charge for admission".
The line-up was predominately rock music, however in recent years the festival has expanded to include ska, reggae and blues.
Music stages and other entertainment
Rock al Parque has three stages, however on the first day only one stage operates as a warm up for the whole festival.
On Site Information
Important security issues to consider The sale of alcohol is actually prohibited at Rock Al Parque, as is smoking anywhere on site regardless of its outside. Attendees wearing metallic belts will not be allowed entry as security consider them to pose a threat as weapons, and entry security inspection involves removing shoes and socks.
Festival ticket and contact information
The festival does not have a direct email, however there is a contact form on the main website here