Scorpions and Megadeth set for next weekend’s Fronterizo Fest in Tijuana

La Mesa native and Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine holds his band’s first Grammy Award, which the group won in 2017. Megadeth is one of the headlining acts at next weekend’s Fronterizo Fest in Tijuana.
(Photo by Mike Blake / Reuters)

Tijuana will become a mass haven for headbangers at Fronterizo Fest.

To be held Friday through Sunday, April 25-27, at Estadio Caliente — the stadium formerly known as Agua Caliente Racetrack — the heavy-metal marathon boasts more than two-dozen bands on three outdoor stages.

It culminates April 27 with Scorpions, Megadeth, and nine other acts, including Nukem, the El Cajon thrash-metal trio that won a Fronterizo battle of the bands. (Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine is a La Mesa native with a home in Fallbrook).

Mastodon, Gojira and Suicidal Tendencies headline Saturday, while Brazil’s Sepultura tops Friday’s bill, the smallest of the weekend. A dozen house and techno DJs, including Pete Tong, will play on two indoor stages.

The earth will rumble and rock you like a hurricane. Fists will pump. Lighters (or the cell phone app equivalent) will be held aloft by the thousands. Household pets in nearby homes may be alarmed by the din. So, perhaps, will their owners.

Fronterizo Fest, featuring Scorpions, Megadeth, Mastodon, Sepultura, Pete Tong and more

Friday, April 27, through Sunday, April 29 (times vary daily). Estadio Caliente, Boulevard Agua Caliente 12027, Tijuana. (Free shuttle buses will run every 30 minutes from the San Ysidro border crossing). $40-$116 single-day tickets; $98-$280 three-day passes.

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