Rubén Blades New Years Eve México City
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As the clock ticks towards 2024, Mexico City prepares to host a monumental New Year's Eve celebration. The party will be headlined by the iconic Panamanian singer-songwriter Rubén Blades, with a free concert.

This event, titled "Fiesta de Año Nuevo 2024," is more than just a celebration. According to Martí Batres, the interim head of government in Mexico City, the New Year's Eve show is "a cultural landmark in a year marked by extraordinary free concerts."

Rubén Blades will welcome 2024 in Mexico

The artist, a renowned figure in the Latin music industry, will grace the stage accompanied by the Roberto Delgado Big Band, also hailing from Panamá. This dynamic collaboration, known since 2010, has left its mark across prestigious festivals and venues in Europe, the United States, and Latin America.

Fans can anticipate a mesmerizing performance of Blades' greatest hits, including classics like "Plástico," "Decisiones," "Amor y control," "El Cantante," and "Pedro Navaja."

Salsa by El Ángel de la Independencia

The venue, Paseo de la Reforma, nestled between the Ángel de la Independencia and Glorieta del Ahuehuete, will transform into a hub of festivity and culture. The event, starting at 10:30 PM, follows an evening packed with music and activities beginning at 8:30 PM local time, culminating in a countdown to welcome the New Year 2024.

According to the local authorities, access to Reforma will be open from multiple points, including the Ángel de la Independencia and neighboring streets.

El Angel de la Independencia in Mexico City is an iconic monument and a symbol of Mexican independence. While the golden statue stands tall and majestic, often illuminated by lights, the citizens of the Mexican capital congregate at its feet to celebrate sports and other victories.

El Angel de la Independencia is also a popular spot for personal celebrations. It's not uncommon to see groups of teenagers dressed in elegant attire celebrating quinceañeras.

2023 has been a remarkable year for concerts in Mexico City. El Zócalo, the main square of the megalopolis, has been the scene of record-breaking performances by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Rosalía's "Motomami World Tour," and a plethora of acts as "El Cumbión en el Zócalo." These events set a high bar for cultural and musical gatherings.

According to Claudia Curiel de Icaza, the Secretary of Culture, Blades' concert as the perfect finale to a year of accessible cultural programs and diverse musical genres. With an expected audience of at least 100,000 people, local authorities believe the coming 2.5-hour show will not just be a concert, but a cultural phenomenon, blending music, festivity, and the spirit of unity.

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