Ruido Fest
GenreLatin Music, rock, alternative rock
Years active2015–2019, 2021–present (2023 canceled)
Founded byMetronome Chicago, Riot Fest Presents, Star Events, Rock Sin Anestesia

Ruido Fest is an annual multi-day Latin American music festival in Chicago, Illinois held every July in Addams/Medill Park.[1]

Ruido Fest was first held July 10–12, 2015. The festival features "Latin post punk, electronic, hip-hop, rock, psychedelia, tropicalia, reggae and punk acts from all over the American continent and world".[2][3] Ruido is the Spanish word for "noise".[4]

Ruido Fest had been scheduled for August 19-20, 2023 but was abruptly canceled.[5][6][7][8][9]


Ruido Fest was founded in 2015 by a team of partners that include Chicago production company Metronome Chicago, alternative music festival Riot Fest Presents, Star Events, and Latin alternative music promoter Rock Sin Anestesia. Ruido Fest is the first large Latin American alternative music festival of its kind in America.[10] Owner of Metronome Chicago, Max Wagner said of the decision to make a Latin American music festival: "We are seeking to create a destination for Latin alternative music, not only for the people of this great festival city, but also for fans of quality Latin entertainment across the nation.”[11]


After taking 2020 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chicago's Ruido Fest welcomed festival-goers back to Union Park for the three-day event starting on August 20, 2021.[12] The festival was headlined by Caifanes, Panteón Rococó, and Café Tacuba.[13]


Ruido Fest's third year was held from July 7–9, 2017. The lineup included Cultura Profética, Bomba Estéreo, Titán, Duncan Dhu, Desorden Público, Gepe, Adan Jodorowsky, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Clubz, Silver Rose, Ácido Pantera, Molotov, Julieta Venegas, Los Amigos Invisibles, Silverio, Lucybell, A Band of Bitches, Javiera Mena, El Guincho, The Wookies, Camilo Séptimo, Sotomayor, Los Nastys, Extraperlo, Wet Baes, Intocable, Mon Laferte, Fobia, Álex Anwandter, Rostros Ocultos, Víctimas del DOCTOR Cerebro, Buscabulla, Pedrina y Rio, King Lil G, Simpson Ahuevo, Ruido Rosa, Las Piñas, and Disco las Palmeras! Mylko. [14] Many acts were performing in Chicago for their first time.[15]


For marketing purposes, Home Depot set up a small wall to allow Ruido Fest attendees to decorate tiles and try out a product for laying tile; the wall stirred up emotions related to Trump's border wall and was criticized by attendees.[16] The wall was dismantled.[17] A Home Depot representative called the situation "an unfortunate misunderstanding" in a statement.


Ruido Fest's second year was held from July 8–10. The lineup included Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Maldita Vecindad, Aterciopelados, Panteón Rococó, Natalia Lafourcade, Carla Morrison, Los Pericos, La Santa Cecilia, Cuca, Miranda!, Los Cafres, Le Butcherettes, Silverio, Mexrrissey, Adan & Xavi, Altocamet, Ayer Amarillo, Banda de Turistas, Comisario Pantera, Dromedarios Magicos, Estelares Helado Negro, Hong Kong Blood Opera, Ibiza Pareo, Instituto Mexicano del Sonido, Izcalli, Killer Moon, Las Robertas, Lng Sht, Los Blenders, Los Vicios de Papa, Marineros, Minimal, Mon Laferte, Monoplasma, Odisseo, Riesgo de Contagio, Sexy Zebras, Urss Bajo El Arbol, Vaya Futuro, and Yokozuna.


Ruido Fest's inaugural year was 2015. It was held on July 10–12. The inaugural lineup for Ruido Fest included Café Tacvba, Zoé, Molotov, Kinky, Ozomatli, Zero Kill, Nortec Collective, Mexican Institute of Sound, Enjambre, Porter, Estelates, Aj Davila & Terror Amor, Astro, Banda De Turistas, Bumbac Joe, Callate Mark, Cardiel, Carmen Costa, Ceci Bastida, Cumbia Machin, Dellarge, División Minúscula, Descartes A Kant, DJ Afro, Dos Santos Anti-Beat Orchestra, Esso! Afrojam Funk Beat, Hurakan, Jessy Bulbo, Kali Uchis, La Armada, La Vida Bohème, Los Aguas Aguas, Los Crema Paraiso, Los Rakas, Los Romanticos De Zacatecas, Master Blaster Sound System, Chicano Batman.

See also


  1. ^ Felix Contreras, Latin Alternative Music Fests Heat Up The Summer NPR July 27, 2017
  2. ^ "Exclusive: Ruido Fest Will Bring 3 Days of Latin Alternative Music to Chicago". April 22, 2015. Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  3. ^ Ruido Fest on facebook
  4. ^ Google Translate
  5. ^ ‘Painfully difficult decision': Ruido Fest abruptly cancels 2023 event in Chicago NBC Chicago, July 3, 2023
  6. ^ Ruido Fest 2023, the Latin alternative music festival, has been canceled CBS Chicago, ALEX ORTIZ, July 3, 2023
  7. ^ 2023 Ruido Fest is abruptly canceled Chicago Tribune, Doug George, July 3, 2023
  8. ^ Ruido Fest canceled for 2023 Chicago Sun-Times, Miriam Di Nunzio, July 3, 2023
  9. ^ Ruido Fest announces unexpected cancelation FOX 32 Chicago, July 3, 2023
  10. ^ Margasak, Peter. "Ruido Fest brings three days of Latin alternative music to Addams Park this summer | Gossip Wolf". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  11. ^ Stephanie Lulay (2015-04-23). "Team Behind Riot Fest to Launch Ruido Fest in Addams Park This Summer - Pilsen - DNAinfo Chicago". Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-10-13.
  12. ^ Flores, Griselda (August 21, 2021). "Ruido Fest Returns With Headliners Caifanes & Los Amigos Invisibles: 'Fortunately We're Here With You'". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  13. ^ Flores, Griselda (May 31, 2021). "Ruido Fest Set to Return With Star-Studded Lineup of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Cafe Tacvba & More". Billboard. Retrieved August 22, 2021.
  14. ^ Single Day Lineup
  15. ^ Isabelia Herrera, Ruido Fest Faces a Bright Future Despite Challenges of Creating a “Latin Alternative” Festival July 2017
  16. ^ STEPHEN GOSSETT, Home Depot Brought A Wall To Ruido Fest, & It Did Not Go Over Well Chicagoist, July 10, 2017
  17. ^ Anna Gaca, Protesters Dismantle Home Depot Wall Installation at Latin Music Festival Spin July 11, 2017