Asuncionico 2019: Beyond The Headliners

Asuncionico 2019: Beyond The Headliners

Asuncionico 2020

Asuncionico 2020

Asunción, Paraguay

Asuncionico is Paraguay's biggest music festival, brining some impressively established acts to the country's capital across two days. But we all know that Arctic Monkeys are great, and we're sure you don't need us telling you to listen to The 1975, Twenty One Pilots or Lenny Kravitz at this point.

So instead, we've picked out some of the names further down the lineup – both internationally renowned and lesser-known Paraguayan acts – to give a flavour of what else to look out for. You can check out the full lineup here.

The Crayolas

These Asuncion natives take the same sonic cues and influences from 80s post-punk bands like The Cure and The Wake that The Drums did on their superb Summertime EP and debut album at the beginning of this decade.

That is to say, they make delightfully dreamy indie and catchy, lo-fi surf rock that has a timeless quality to it.

La Siega Roots

Another Paraguayan outfit, La Siega Roots bring a slight Latin feel to the classic reggae sound (or maybe that’s just the Spanish lyrics). Either way, I think you’d have to actively work to dislike their effortlessly smooth and laid-back sound.


Emerging out of the New York indie scene around the same sort of time as The Strokes, The National (and forming part of the post-punk revival of that time that arguably allowed The Killers to become one of the biggest bands in the world), Interpol have a long and storied history in the modern rock world.

More recently, however, the band spent 2017 celebrating the 15th anniversary of their debut album, before releasing their best record in over a decade in the summer of 2018.

Nine Bits

With just one song on Spotify and fewer than 300 monthly listeners it's fair to assume most people won't have heard much from Nine Bits. But the groovy guitar-based pop is deserving of a lot more attention than it is getting right now.

Asuncionico 2019 takes place on 28 March and 2 April. Book tickets, packages, and accommodation here.


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