Buenos Aires Rock Concerts

Big name acts like Foo Fighters will have to book more intimate venues next year in Buenos Aires.

September 27, 2013 will be remembered as the day the music died at the Estadio Monumental, the largest venue for sporting events and concerts in Buenos Aires.

The City of Buenos Aires’ Government Control Agency (AGC) just slapped a one-year moratorium on all “events and shows” at the 67,000-seat venue, because of the unauthorized sale of alcoholic beverages during an Iron Maiden concert on September 27.

According to Ambito, “As a result, any permit request coming from the (stadium) for the organization of shows during a period of one year will be denied.” The moratorium will not impact sporting events like River Plate futbol matches. A similar one-year concert moratorium was leveled earlier this year on the 21,000-seat Estadio Islas Malvinas in the BA barrio of Floresta.

The Monumental moratorium is a blow to major acts looking to book the country’s largest venue to justify a Southern Cone swing. Roger Waters played nine consecutive sold-out shows to over 400,000 concertgoers last year, and other rock headliners like Foo Fighters and AC/DC typically sell-out the Monumental for multiple night engagements.

Over the next twelve months, more big name bands are likely to play the 53,000-seat Estadio Ciudad de La Plata and other smaller venues like the Club GEBA in Palermo and the Al Rio riverside complex in Vicente Lopez. (Full Story in Spanish)

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