Below you’ll find full listings for all the major music concerts in Peru in 2018, including gigs by both local and international artists, as well as the biggest music festivals taking place in Peru this year. This post will be updated regularly, so bookmark it or check back for all the latest confirmations (and cancellations).
Tickets can normally be purchased offline and online, often going on sale through Teleticket (with ticket booths inside Wong and Metro supermarkets in Lima) and through the Tu Entrada website. Most of these concerts are in Lima, but some major acts occasionally venture to other big cities such as Arequipa and Trujillo.
Note: The monthly listings below go by on a rolling basis. I thought about archiving older concerts in Peru, but it didn’t really seem necessary.
‘Bad Habit’ by The Kooks (playing Lima on May 6, 2018)
‘Money’ by The Drums (playing Lima on May 10, 2018)
Erasure — May 1; Mall Aventura Plaza, Paucarpata, AREQUIPA: Well done Erasure! It’s good to see a major international act playing outside of Lima.
Erasure — May 2; Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición, Central Lima: The old-school English synthpop duo are still going, somehow.
Gilberto Santa Rosa — May 5; Jockey Club del Perú: Puerto Rican band leader and singer known as “The Gentleman of Salsa.”
The Kooks — May 6; Domo Art, Costa Verde, San Miguel: English pop rock band. I listened to these guys for a whole summer back in the day.
Future Islands — May 7; C.C. Barranco: American synthpop band based in Baltimore, Maryland.
The Drums — May 10; C.C. Barranco: American indie pop band from New York City.
Daniel Cavanagh — May 12; La Casa Roja, Barranco: English guitarist and singer who formed the British band Anathema in 1990.
Alejandro Fernandez — May 12; Jockey Club del Perú: A hugely popular Mexican singer.
Therion — May 17; C.C. Festiva, Central Lima: Swedish symphonic metal.
Vivo X El Rock 10 — May 19 and May 26; Estadio Nacional: One of Peru’s biggest rock festivals returns, this time over consecutive Saturdays. Fifty bands will play, including 24 international acts.More details at the Facebook page.
Jorge Drexler — May 21; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: Uruguayan Latin pop musician and actor.
Jean Pierre Magnet — May 25; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: Saxophonist, composer and music producer who fuses jazz with Peruvian rhythms.
Carl Palmer — May 30; Teatro Municipal de Lima, Central Lima: The drummer from Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
Rosario Flores — May 31; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: Latin pop and flamenco from the two-time Latin Grammy Award-winning Spanish singer and actress.
Human Tetris — May 31; Discoteca Cocos, Lince: Russian post-punk and new wave.
‘Hang My Head’ by The Flatliners (playing Lima on June 3, 2018)
‘Vamos a Tocache’ by Miki Gonzáles (playing Lima on June 21, 2018)
Fito Páez — June 1; Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición, Central Lima: Argentine popular rock and roll pianist, lyricist and singer-songwriter.
The Flatliners — June 3; venue TBA: Punk rock band from Ontario, Canada.
Armored Saint — June 5; Discoteca Cocos, Lince: American heavy metal featuring the guy from Anthrax.
Caloncho — June 7; La Noche de Barranco, Barranco: Mexican musician and singer.
Drab Majesty — June 7; Nébula, Miraflores: Los Angeles-based musical project playing darkwave, post-punk and electronica.
Los Espíritus — June 9, Fuga, Barranco: Rock band from Buenos Aires.
Una Noche de Salsa — June 9; Estadio Nacional: If you like salsa, then don’t miss this one. Ten salsa bands all on one stage.
Festival Cumbiazónico 2018 — June 9; C.C. Festiva, Central Lima. A whole night of cumbia music. Sounds like absolute torture to me.
Angra — June 10; C.C. Festiva, Central Lima: Brazilian metal band formed in 1991.
Ha*Ash — June 13; Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición, Central Lima: Mexican-American pop duo.
Miki Gonzáles — June 21; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: A Peruvian pop-rock icon known for mixing rock with traditional Afro-Peruvian and Andean music. “Vamos a Tocache!”
Juan Diego Flórez — June 27; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: Award-winning Peruvian operatic tenor.
Festival Selvámonos 2018 — June 29 and 30; Fundo Cemayu, OXAPAMPA: One of Peru’s biggest and best festivals returns for another year, providing a great excuse to head out of Lima to Oxapampa.
La Lá — July 13 and 14; Centro Cultural Universidad de Lima, Surco: La Lá, aka Giovanna Nuñez, is a Peruvian singer-songwriter.
Eva Ayllón — July 21; Auditorio del Colegio Santa Ursula, San Isidro: Arguably Peru’s foremost Afro-Peruvian musician, and a living legend to boot.
Gondwana — July 26; C.C. Festiva, Central Lima: Reggae group from Santiago, Chile.
Rock en Lima 2018 — Aug 11; Estadio Monumental: Featuring Maná, Café Tacvba, Vicentico, Mar de Copas, Raúl Romero, Zen and more.
Laura Pausini — Aug 14; Jockey Club del Perú: Italian pop singer-songwriter.
Soy Luna — Aug 23; Jockey Club del Perú: This has something to do with the Disney Channel. I couldn’t be bothered to find out any more than that.
Tarja Turunen — Sept 4; C.C. Festiva, Central Lima: Finish singer-songwriter and soprano, and former lead vocalist of the Finnish symphonic metal band Nightwish.
Stick Men (and David Cross) — Sept 8; Teatro Municipal de Lima, Central Lima: The U.S. progressive rock band will be supported by English electric violinist David Cross.
Dorian — Sept 13; Discoteca Mango’s, Lince: Spanish band playing a mix of new wave, electronic music and indie rock.
Yuja Wang — Sept 29; Gran Teatro Nacional, San Borja: Chinese classical pianist.
Mon Laferte — Sept 29; Anfiteatro del Parque de la Exposición, Central Lima: Chilean singer-songwriter and actress who mixes rock, blues, pop, bolero and electronic.
Vance Joy — Oct 3; C.C. Barranco: Australian singer and songwriter.
Roger Waters — Nov 17; Estadio Monumental, Ate: The legendary bassist and Pink Floyd co-founder comes to Lima as part of his Us+Them tour.