Brutal Fest's 2014 Cuba festival 
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 by John Walters
 
 
A festival that insisted on letting the world know that Cuban music is not only salsa and reggaeton, but also has a heavy metal tradition with enthusiastic fans

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Brutal Fest takes place twice a year is the most important international metal music festival in Cuba. It consists in a 10-day tour of Cuba with both Cuban and 6-7 international bands. Organized by the French Brutal Beatdown Record Label in association with the Agencia Cubana de Rock (Cuban Rock Agency) and the Instituto Cubano de la Música (Cuban Institute of Music), this year’s festival will include INSANITY (Switzerland), CARNAL DEMISE (Finland), DEAD COWBOY'S SLUTS (France) and NEID (Italy).

Fri, Aug 15 Holguín
Sat, Aug 16 Bayamo
Sun, Aug 17 Santiago de Cuba
Tues, Aug 19 Camagüey
Thurs, Aug 21 Santa Clara
Fri, Aug 22 Habana
Sat, Aug 23 Habana
Sun, Augt 24 Pinar del Río

Fans will enjoy the most radical sounds of contemporary metal such as grindcore, death metal, hardcore and black metal. And like the name of the CD launched in 2008, this is Not Salsa, Just Brutal Music.

Since 2012, Tattoo’s Party runs parallel to Brutal Fest and is held at Maxim Rock in Havana, headquarters of the Cuban Rock Agency and Brutal Fest. This tattoo convention and contest is organized by Brutal Beatdown Recs, Toy Store Producciones and the Cuban Rock Agency and has been gaining in popularity ever since.


The event is organized by the French Brutal Beatdown Record Label with the collaboration of the Cuban Rock Agency and the Cuban Institute of Music. It is also sponsored by the Institute Français, the French Embassy in Cuba, Havana Club Internacional, Cuba Autrement and Los Portales.

The event is organized by the French Brutal Beatdown Record Label with the collaboration of the Cuban Rock Agency and the Cuban Institute of Music. It is also sponsored by the Institute Français, the French Embassy in Cuba, Havana Club Internacional, Cuba Autrement and Los Portales.

Brutal Fest's 2013 Cuba festival
August 2014
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