LatinoLife In The Park Festival Announces Lucy Calcines, Candela Sound System, Alvarez Funk, Salsa Stage, Food & Drink Pops Up - Saturday August 5th

RnB/Hip Hop | Tuesday 25th July 2023 | Nicky

The biggest date in the London Latin calendar, LLITP brings together all the communities of South American, Spain and Portugal alongside Londoners to enjoy a day showcasing the best in Latin dance and drumming with a 300-strong Parade to kick things off at Midday plus Live artists Lucy Calcines (The Voice, Alvarez Funk, Lokandes and many more. 

Reggaeton is represented by the Candela Sound System and its stable of talents helmed by Angelo Flow and flanked by Guala, JDogg and female artists, A Nahomy, Georgia Scott and Lisey Tigra. Earlier in the Reggaeton Explosion bring their own heat with Faqundo Gonzalez & dembow don, Tatto RD, La Frecuencia, R Louis, Dukus and Yvli.

With a Viva Salsa stage playing salsa, bachata and merengue all day featuring DJs Frank, DJ Brito and Javier La Rosa, live percussion, animations and dance shows from Talentos Salsa and Latin Funk Machine.

Featuring special areas Little Brazil and Little Colombia plus food pop ups, bespoke bars and activities, LLITP is one of the capital's friendliest and most inclusive Festivals.


On this year’s Main Stage ‘The Voice’ sensation Lucy Calcines  headlines with a Special set paying homage to the anthems of the Great Latin Divas -  Selena, Celia Cruz, Gloria Estefan, J-Lo and La India. Other highlights include Alvarez Funk’s Afro-Cuban extravaganza and Andean folk funksters, LokandesThe Candela Sound System and Reggaeton Explosion sets present the very best homegrown urban Latin talent. The Biggest Dance Extravaganza - A parade of up to 300 dancers and drummers, their colourful costumes and diverse sounds pulsating through the festival – will deliver a guaranteed feast for the senses!


After its ‘taster’ stage at the Lambeth Country Show in June, LLITP sprinkles its unique Latin magic over West London's Walpole Park (W5) with a day encompassing the best in Live Latino music in the UK, dance troupes, artists, special areas such as Little Brazil and Little Colombia, food pop ups and bespoke bars for what promises to be the best LatinoLife in the Park yet.




8.30pm: Lucy Calcines - A Tribute to The Great Latin Divas

Lucy takes on some of Latin music’s most iconic anthems alongside her own hits ‘Fresa’ and ‘Bombon’ plus salsa version son ‘Alas’ and ‘Pop’ and her version of J Balvin’s ‘Mi Gente’ which bought the house down on The Voice TV show.


7.15pm: Alvarez Funk

James Brown meets Irakere is how we describe this electrifying and high-energy Cuban funk band, fronted by Rene Alvarez. The award-winning Santiago-born singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist was Europe’s most sought-after salsa vocalist and bandleader before living his life-long dream of combining his Afro-Cuban roots with his passion for North American funk.


6pm: Candela Sound System 

Candela Sound System brings the exciting roster of artists from the UK’s first ever record label dedicated to Urban Latin Music. Featuring London’s Venezuelan Angelo Flow, the reggaetón poster-boy still buzzing from his latest release ‘Hot Steppa’ with dancehall legend J Spades and Dutch producer Diztortion, plus gifted Tottenham-raised Ecuadorian lyricist Guala and Chilean rapper JDogg. Leading ladies of the label A Nahomy, Georgia Scott and Lisey Tigra bring their Latina flygirl style. On the decks DJ Jovy.



4.45pm: Adrian Garcia

Mexican singer-songwriter and producer, Adrian Garcia’s energetic music style fuses Latin, Pop, Funk, Rock and R n’B.



3.30pm: Reggaeton Explosion 

London’s hottest Latin-Caribbean performers from the UK’s burgeoning urban Latin scene featuring Dominicans Faqundo Gonzalez & dembow don, Tatto RD, and La Frecuencia, who killed it on the Viva Reggaeton Stage at The Lambeth Country Show recently. They are joined by Panamanian rapper, R Louis and Colombia’s finest, Dukus and Yvli.


2.15pm: Lokandes

Fronted by musical maestro, Kanti Qena, whose improvisational skills on the Andean pipes are the envy of jazz musicians and the delight of audiences. The band fuse the melodies and energy of Andean music with traditional roots and Afro-Andean rhythms with Reggae, Cumbia, Ska, Jazz, and Rumba.


Keeping the music flowing are DJs Jovy, Saul Maya, Flecha, Cano, Luigi 


Keeping the party going are Presenters Cariana, Jemelin Artigas and Richard Marcel




For the first time LLITP dedicates a whole stage to salsa, bachata and merengue with the best DJs from Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela, live percussion, animations and dance shows on stage. 


Non-stop classic rhythms with DJs Frank, DJ Brito and Javier La Rosa with Animation and Dance from Talentos Salsa, Latin Fun Machine and more. Hosted by Cafecito 




12 Midday: Dance Extravaganza


Bringing together a selection of Latin America’s finest dance and drumming troupes for the largest parade a London park has ever seen! Up to 300 dancers and drummers in colourful costumes playing diverse sounds and a guaranteed feast for the senses!

  • Tribu (Brazil)
  • Talentos (Colombia) 
  • Morenada Bloque Kantuta (Bolivia)
  • Tinkus Puros (Bolivia)
  • Mestizo (Mexico)
  • Ñustas (Peru)
  • ArtPeru (Peru)
  • Peru Fusion (Peru)
  • Ñukanchik (Ecuador) 

      •    CofoChilex (Chile)

      •    Eirete (Paraguay)



• Named Britain’s ‘Most Inclusive Festival’* - made by Latinos, for Everybody

• An authentic immersive experience of Latin music and culture

• Two unique stages with the hottest new talent from the Latin music scene 

• Includes the Candela Sound System, the only UK festival showcase dedicated to homegrown urban Latin music


The UK's largest Latin music festival returns on Sat 5 August. After its ‘taster’ stage at the Lambeth Country Show in June, Britain’s ‘Most Inclusive Festival’ sprinkles its unique Latin magic over West London's Walpole Park (W5) with its authentic Live music, dance troupes, artists, special areas such as Little Brazil and Little Colombia, food pop ups and bespoke bars for what promises to be the best LatinoLife in the Park yet.


LatinoLife in the Park’s fantastic stages deliver high-quality entertainment, showcasing the best UK-based Latin American, Spanish and Portuguese (Latin) artists as well as exciting international guests. Taking audiences on a journey through salsa, reggaetón, samba, jazz, fusion, folk, funk, Andean, bolero, hip-hop and more, culminating in a party that no-one wants to leave.


Other notes on what makes LLITP unique 

  • The only Latin music festival made and run by Latinos, using their our own lived experience to ensure authentic and high quality Latin music and dance, as opposed to clichéd, low-quality expressions (as say on Strictly). 
  • Showcases the diversity of Latin genres within their cultural contexts, not lumped with other so-called ‘World’ music, diluting their meaning and value. 


Listings info:



Event: Latino Life In The Park Festival 2023

Date: Saturday 5th August 2023

Location: Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, London W5 5EQ 

Time: 12 noon - 10pm

Midday 12: London’s biggest Dance & Drumming Parade  with over 11 troupes of performers


Main Stage: Lucy Calcines - homage to the Latin Divas Live show 

  • Alvarez Funk 
  • Candela Sound System featuring Angelo Flow, Guala, JDogg, A Nahomy, Georgia Scott and Lisey Tigra.   
  • Adrian Garcia 
  • Reggaeton Explosion featuring Faqundo Gonzalez & dembow don, Tatto RD, La Frecuencia, R Louis, Dukus and Yvli.



DJs: Jovy, Saul Maya, Flecha, Cano, Luigi 


Presenters: Cariana, Jemelin Artigas and Richard Marcel


Viva Salsa Stage:  DJs Frank, DJ Brito and Javier La Rosa with Animation and Dance from Talentos Salsa, Latin Fun Machine and more. Hosted by Cafecito 



+ Special Areas: Little Brazil- a Brazilian corner of music and dance, with Caipirinha bar and Brazilian snacks, free Brazilian percussion workshops, Capoeira demonstrations and amazonian face painting


  • Little Colombia - serving Colombian delicacies - pan de bono, empanadas, papas rellenas, coffee and slush puppies - Aguardiente and Colombian rum cocktail bars, folk dancers and free Colombian salsa lessons

Food pop ups, Bespoke Bars, Folk Dance Parade ++

Tickets from £6 at


Getting there: Tube and train to Ealing Broadway (Central, Elizabeth, District line and South Western Railway) + 10 minute walk or a 2 minute taxi drive to the site.


By Bus:  65 & N65, 112 & 226, E1 E9,E10, E2,E7.E8,N7,N11, 207,483,607,E11,N83,N207