Caracas, Venezuela, has proven to be a popular pit stop for some of the top musicians traveling to Brazil for the massive Rock in Rio festival.
Sting and Sheryl Crow performed there Thursday, and Christina Aguilera, Oasis and Five will hit the Venezuelan capital over the weekend. The artists are gathering at the Caracas Pop Festival, the biggest music festival in the South American country’s history, according to Reuters.
“It used to be much more common to see artists stop in Caracas,” festival spokesperson Pedro Rodriguez told the Associated Press. “Now it’s different because of our economic situation. We want Caracas to be considered like an international capital for music just like Buenos Aires, Rio and Mexico City.”
Several Venezuelan bands are also performing at the festival, including Grammy nominees Los Amigos Invisibles and Malangas. Mexican rockers Mana and Panamanian salsa legend Ruben Blades top the lineup on Friday (January 19), while Aguilera and Five will headline Saturday and Oasis will take over on Sunday.
Organizers hope to attract around 30,000 people each day to the festival, which is being staged at the Central University of Venezuela’s Olympic Stadium.