Pal Norte Festival 2019: on stage and backstage with The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Good Charlotte and more

NME photographer Jenn Five ventured to Pal Norte in Monterrey, Mexico, to catch the action on stage and off at one of Central America’s best fests. Check out the pictures here, and here’s the full NME review.

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Pal Norte party people

Oh look! It’s the party people at Pal Norte, the huge festival that took place in Monterrey, Mexico on March 22 and 23.

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Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner and co headlined the Friday night at the two-day festival, and they were on absolutely blistering form. The setlist included ‘…Dancefloor’, ‘Teddy Picker’, ‘Brianstorm’ and a smattering of ‘Tranquility Base’ highlights.

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Arctic Monkeys

Turner’s look for the occasion was strong. Top half: safari, bottom half: Carnaby Street dandy. We like.

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Goodness me, it’s Good Charlotte

Here’s Good Charlotte practising their game faces backstage at the festival. Those hardworking Madden boys played two separate sets at Pal Norte: one amped up, one acoustic. If you’re wondering what the latter is like, they had stools and acoustic guitars, like a gnarly Westlife.

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Kings Of Leon

Kings Of Leon closed the second day of the festival with a 22-track setlist that covered most of the hits.

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Kings Of Leon

Here’s Matthew Followill cracking out opening track ‘Crawl’.

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Kings Of Leon

It’s 25 since Kurt Cobain’s untimely death, so it’s nice to see Jared Followill channeling his style on stage. Grunge is back.

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LANY

LA band LANY played to a huge and devoted crowd, finishing their set with ‘ILYSB’. Here’s frontman Paul Klein visually interpreting the giant steps his band are making right now.

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LANY

It’s LANY chilling backstage.

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Carlos Santana’s hot licks

When Carlos Santana plays his haunted guitar, it conjures a large apparition Carlos Santana to appear behind him, which he’s never able to see because he’s concentrating so hard.

OK, that’s not true, but the Mexican-American axeman did conjure up some ‘Black Magic Woman’ for the adoring crowd.

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The 1975

Here’s The 1975 chilling backstage. For the curious, they don’t normally sit like this, we made them.

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The 1975

Here’s Matty Healy’s pre-show workout.

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The 1975

Who’s a little teapot? Yes, Matty is. The frontman threw some funky and sassy shapes on stage…

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The 1975

This one is funky…

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The 1975

…and this one is sassy.

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The 1975

The band played an hour-long set, a condensed version of their recent stadium tour, that left no room for slack.

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The 1975

Bassist Ross plays it cool.

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The 1975

Keyboardist Adam Hann knows all the notes.

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The 1975

And here’s drummer George Daniel. The 1975, ladies and gentlemen.

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It’s The Hives!

Ever-reliable festival stalwarts The Hives brought their crowd-pleasing show to Pal Norte. Here they are backstage trying not to spill anything on their whites.

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Hit me like a pinata, baby

Here’s Hives frontman Howlin’ Pelle getting festive in the local fashion.

Fact: Howlin’ Pelle was the only man wearing a sombrero at Pal Norte.

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The Hives

You know when you can’t work out if you wanna wear the white suit or the black suit…?

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A Day To Remember

Florida emo-metalcore-pop-punks A Day To Remember were an explosive force in their first gig back on the circuit for some months.

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