Preview: Festival Nrmal 2012


Right before SXSW gets into full swing, and the lines for the food trucks grow exponentially in Austin, Festival Nrmal takes place in San Pedro Garza García, Mexico on March 10th. It’s only a 6-7 hour drive from Austin…a road trip to Mexico could be fun, right? Festival Nrmal is the namesake of the Mexico-based independent music promoter and music/art blog, who is has produced the festival for the past two years as a way to showcase art and emerging bands from Latin America, United States, and all over the world. This year NYC promoter Todd P is involved with co-curating the “MtyMx stage” with Nrmal, which will not surprisingly features a slew of NYC-based buzz bands such as Prince Rama, The Babies, Widowspeak, Liturgy, and Dive.

The Nrmal stage will feature some bigger bands like Girls and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, along with the much talked about Grimes. This stage will also feature new and emerging Latin American bands to check out, like El Columpio Asesino, who are very reminiscent of The Pixies, and the electronic dance of Javiera Mena. Have a listen to both below:

For the full lineup, there’s this fun little video for all three stages, accompanied by samplings from the artists:


Festival Nrmal is all ages, and goes all day, from Noon to 2am. Tickets are MX 350 pesos advance ($28 USD) / MX 400 pesos at the door ($32 USD). That’s only a fraction of what SXSW will suck from you, and you can brush up more on your espanol. Keep up with the latest Nrmal haps on their Twitter, read more on Facebook, and listen to mixtapes on Nrmal’s blog – they’ll make for great road trip soundtracks.