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Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival

glasto latinoImagine Salsa in wellies…Imagine Salsa in wellies on a farm in the heart of Somerset…Sound like an experience not to be missed? Believe it or now, we’re talking about the Salsa tent (Glasto Latino) at the Glastonbury Festival. And whilst you will probably not need the wellies once we have this heat-wave that is right around the corner, you will certainly love what Glasto has to offer. As ever, we’ve done the research to come up with the definitive guide to Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival.

What’s on offer?

This is a great chance to start dancing Salsa or to experience some live Salsa music for yourself. They have beginners Salsa classes going on throughout the afternoon which are interspersed with a Cuban Carnaval with  costumed dancers from the Cutumba Dance Troup of Santiago de Cuba, Latin percussion jam sessions, and many other treats. Then brilliant live Salsa bands come on around midnights, after the main stages have finished.  (please double check as some nights the bands will be on slightly earlier. )

This year features:

mayito riveraBANDS
Mayito Rivera and the Sons of Cuba 
Salsa Celtica
Edwin Sanz’s San Agustin Salsa Orchestra Ft Alex Wilson
(new album out 16th June 2014)
Son Yambu
Aji Pa’Ti

Beginners’ Salsa classes by some of UK’s top teachers 
Mauricio Reyes and Nigel May (Resident teacher)

Why should we go?

Just the chance to experience world-class live Salsa bands on our own soil make it well worth getting your bums along to the festival. Previous years have seen music from the likes of Sur Caribe, Charanga Habanera, La Excelencia (renamed Salsa con Conciencia) , Alex Wilson, and Salsa Celtica and top UK Salsa teachers like Moe Flex, Nigel May (now resident) and Nicolai & Helena.

Cast your mind back to this year’s LUKAS Awards, and you’ll remember that Roberto Pla and His Latin Ensemble won Best Concert of the Year for their performance at Glastonbury 2013.

You can also expect to see up to 1,000 people in the Salsa tent, busy beginners’ Salsa classes, 30 expert dancers to inspire, dance with and help you along if needed and all the other great stuff on offer.

Glasto Latino 2013Why do they have Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival?

The Salsa tent’s organiser Alister Sieghart told us that the aim of Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival  is to introduce more people to Salsa, make it accessible to all and to attract young people.  The great memories that everyone will take away from the event will hopefully inspire them to continue to dance once the festival is over. Of course, the Glastonbury Festival is also a great opportunity to present live Salsa music in the UK.

When and where is it?

The Glastonbury Festival takes place at Worthy Farm, Pilton, Glastonbury, Somerset on Weds 25th- Sun 29th June this year. The festival has been taking place since 1970 and Salsa has been featured there since 2007.

Can you still get tickets for this year?

Sadly, no,  the Glastonbury Festival continues to be on the most popular festivals of the year, and even the re-sale sold out very quickly. Make sure you get your hands on some tickets for next year by going to the Glastonbury Festival website (glastonbury.seetickets.com) (Be warned: security measures mean that you can’t get in with second-hand tickets.)

Fancy A Taster?

Firstly, here’s a great video of the event

(Salsa at Glastonbury Festival from Yolanda Iseley on Vimeo.)

Roberto Pla and his Latin Ensemble at Glasto in 2013 (The Winning Performance)

Alex Wilson at the Glastonbury Festival in 2009

Can you believe we didn’t know about this for so long? I am definitely planning to experience a little Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival next year. Will you join me?

Find more information about Salsa at the Glastonbury Festival on Facebook see the Current GlastoLatino Facebook page or for archives check out the old Facebook group

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