The Melbourne Latin Summer Festival concludes with an all-night after party at Copacabana, Melbourne's famed nightspot for the Latin dance crazies and Salsa-set. The evening starts at 8pm, so as soon as you have had enough of the daytime festival staged outdoors at the Royal Botanical Gardens, make your way to Salsa HQ and party-on hard. The festival winds up with the Salsaton After Party at 3am, Sunday morning.
This is the event where dancers can really embrace the classic Latin partner-dance styles that the Melbourne faithful know and love so well. Get-down and get-funky to classic Salsa, Bachata and Merengue rhythms made all the more rich by two live bands, Bahia and LA 45. Propelled by the energy of live music, Salsaton is set to bedazzle and bewitch: Bahia are particularly known for their New York rhythms and make Mambo (On-2) come alive. LA 45 play 100% Colombian-style Salsa which is a real treat for those who have learned to dance this style formerly or who have it 'in-the-blood': for the uninitiated, it is just fast, infectious and heaps of fun. If you are new to the Salsa scene or become so enthralled at the festival that you want to keep partying, then Colombian style, and Salsaton, is a must-do and must-see. Here, Salseros and Salseras from diverse Latin backgrounds and traditions will converge: it will be exciting to see the different styles that nevertheless confirm the heart and soul of Salsa: its unmistakable vibrant clave rhythms that entice even the most shy and bashful to get up, dance and to join the party.
Copacabana continues to support Melbourne's live music scene: this year, Bahia and LA 45 are Salsaton's featured bands. From Saturday's festivities right through the after party, the key note of Melbourne Latin Summer Festival is authentic Latin American rhythms.
If you are familiar with Bahia, LA 45 and the Latin dance scene, don't restrict your weekend activities to the usual dance-floor Salsa mania. At the Saturday free festival, you will get to see traditional or folk dances in the parade, special performances from musicians and dancers and dance troupes that represent Argentinean, Chilean, Brazilian, Peruvian and Colombian influences and heritages. If you are musically gifted or interested, you will be enthralled at the Batucada parade (Brazilian drummers) and try your hand at the artist hubs where instruments have been set up for an all-in improvised jam. Friday night's Launch Cruise Party will also appeal: two cruise boat decks buzzing with Latin rhythms and a program that represents classic and modern Latin dance styles and genres.
Salsaton After Party welcomes anyone and everyone who loves music, dance and partying!
It is to the credit of Casablanca Events, Melbourne City Council, Oxfam and the festival's many sponsors that these festival prices have been kept low. The Salsaton After Party has been priced at $8.50 per person if you book online. Full price tickets to the dance party are $13.50 or you can still purchase a 5-ticket combo for $40. Saturday's festivities are free and prices for the Launch Cruise Party on Friday night start at the very reasonable price of $35. Not only is Salsaton and the festival sensational value, it truly backs up the vision of creating affordable, accessible grassroots entertainment, supporting artists and promoting Latin American community cultures.
Copacabana, the heart of Melbourne's Latin Quarter, is the venue for this year's Latin Summer Festival after-party.