MEXICO CITY ( Associated Press) – The Corona Capital Festival was packed with great performances Saturday. While Arctic Monkeys topped the bill, Liam Gallagher and Yes Yes Yes almost stole their spotlight, luckily for fans the three artists’ schedules don’t overlap.
Other bands that stood out that day were Paramore, Foles and The Kooks, while Bob Moses’ Canadian and Ibey’s French-Cuban bands performed powerfully in more alternative settings at the festival, which attracted 85,000 attendees on its second day. collected.
The British Arctic Monkeys were the most anticipated of the day by fans of all ages, who yearned for their return to the country, following their concert at the massive Foro Sol in Mexico City in 2019. Singer Alex Turner cheered them on with “Do I Wanna Know?”, “Brianstorm,” “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor” and songs from his album “The Car,” which followed in late October with the Grammy-nominated “There D”. Better be a mirrorball”.
“It’s definitely good to see them again,” Turner said before performing “Four of Five”.
Vocalist Karen O of New York’s Yes Yes Yes took the stage wearing a sleek black hat with red metallic trim, long gloves and a hat with red fringe. The band’s performance was one of the night’s most notable performances, including classics like “Heads Will Roll” and “Zero” along with songs from their 2022 album “Cool It Down,” which was recently released as “Spitting on the Edge of The Edge” was nominated for a Grammy. World (with Perfume Genius)” and “Wolf”.
“Yeah yeah it’s been nine years, nine years! But we’re back baby,” O said in a mix of English and Spanish. Or he started “Blacktop” again because he said the cape was strangling him. Moments later he dedicated his romantic hit “Maps” to his bandmates.
“For the fighting girls,” she said. “And above all to all of you, lovers of Mexico City. We love”.
The other Grammy nominees arriving in the Mexican capital were Texas band Spoon, who are competing for the Best Rock Album award for “Lucifer on the Sofa.” Their concert in Corona had psychedelic moments with Brit Daniels’ guitar.
Hayley Williams of Paramore invited fans on stage to sing along with her, and drummer Zac Farrow donned a Mexican soccer team jersey.
Gallagher’s first solo concert was in Mexico. The former Oasis band member toured the country with his brother Noel in 1998, 2000, 2006 and 2008.
“It’s amazing to be back in Mexico City, they are still crazy, amazing, never change!” Gallagher followed up with his presentation to an enthusiastic audience.
Noel was the band’s main composer, one of the most important figures in the 1990s Britpop movement, and Liam the unmistakable voice to their songs. After years of lawsuits and disputes, the Gallagher brothers finally decided to go their separate ways. Liam released his first solo album “As You Were” in 2017 and this year he released “Someone You Know”.
But in Corona, he put his pride aside and mesmerized fans by singing Oasis songs like “Champagne Supernova” and “Don’t Go Away.” Gallagher dedicated another Oasis song, “Live Forever”, to his fans in Paraguay after his performance at Killfest in Asuncion was canceled due to recent rain.
Among those who apologized for a previous cancellation were the British The Kooks, who did not appear at Corona in 2021 due to the birth of their singer Luke Pritchard’s firstborn son. The audience welcomed them with open arms and sang “Ooh La”, “Junk of the Heart (Happy)” and “Sofa Song” despite heavy rain.
It started raining in the afternoon during a performance by Franco-Cuban twins Ibey, for about an hour it seemed to have stopped, but it returned when British band Foles took over the main stage.
Twin singers Lisa-Cande and Naomi Diaz of Ebay sing “Sister 2 Sister”, dedicated to filmy love and love in general, about when they were young and using pacifiers.
“We wrote it for each other, because we’re twins, we’re sisters, and we’ve never had time to celebrate,” she said. “It’s a love song for all the brothers, sisters, friends, family.”
Ibei also performed “Lavender and Red Roses”, “Juice of Mandarins” and her song “This Is Not America” with Residente.
Corona will continue on Sunday with performances by Miley Cyrus, Lil Nas X and The 1975.