If you have a chance to see live music on your trip in Argentina, do yourself a favor and book tickets immediately. Tickets for upcoming shows can be purchased at here.
Witnessing a concert in Argentina is like nothing I have ever experienced before. People chant guitar solos, scream lyrics, gyrate to and fro, dive from stages, plunge into the air, bob up and down, lose their voices and clothes, cry passionately, and most importantly come together as one to share a collective musical experience. But in my opinion the most impressive component of big concerts in Argentina is what’s called el pogo.
What is el pogo? The pogo is when a large group of concertgoers begin to jump up and down in unison with the music and, depending on the potency of the music, push each other back and forth. It’s similar to a mosh pit, but differs in Argentina because of the size; it’s absolutely ginormous and can be stunningly overwhelming. The dance gets its name from the pogo stick for obvious reasons and was originally exclusively affiliated with punk rock music and Sid Vicious.
Throughout the years as social tribes and musical styles have converged and crisscrossed, the aggression of the pogo depends on the music, the band, how close you are to the stage, and the general vibe of the show. At more laid back shows fans will jump up and down together peacefully and sing together with the band. In the most turbulent of concerts the epicenter of the pogo, which is like the eye of a molten flesh hurricane, becomes a meeting point for the most maniacal fans to thrust themselves at each other with belts, biffs, and blows. Imagine more than 50,000 people upsurging high and low in unison. From a distance this massive collection of energy looks like waves of human beings.
According to Pearl Jam, Megadeth, ACDC, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, Guns and Roses, Green Day, Queen, Metallica, The Pixies, The Ramones, The Offspring, Kiss, Tame Impala, Artic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, and many more, Argentine people are the most passionate music fans in the world.
Many locals claim that the song “jijiji” by Los Redondos has yielded the largest pogo ever. You can be the judge of that with the video below.
The following 10 part video series demonstrates why Argentina is the best country to see live music.
Written by Brian Athey