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Mexican wrestlers take over Camden as Lucha Libra returns for 2019

The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre returns to London on 11 May.

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Returning to the capital this May for one day only is the spectacular Greatest Show Of Lucha Libre. Turning Camden’s Roundhouse into a sports arena, superstars of Mexican wrestling will battle it out on Saturday 11 May 2019.

Lucha Libre has been a popular cultural phenomenon since the early 20th century and is known for its vibrant fashions, creative techniques and high-flying moves. Spectators can watch in awe as Good battles Evil in a series of fierce and fabulous wrestling matches. The Luchadores will be wearing their signature outrageous costumes and colourful masks as they showcase their acrobatic skills. Lucha Libre translates as ‘free fighting’ and sees wrestlers either be ‘Rudos’ (using underhanded tactics and breaking the rules) or ‘Técnicos’ (using more spectacular and complex rules and playing by the rules).

This year’s line-up includes firm favourites, such as El Hijo del Santo, El Hijo del Fantasma, former WWE rebel Juventud ‘Juvi’ Guerrera, Cassandro El Exótico, Silver King, Laredo Kid, and Nacho Libre star Ramses and the rookie, El Charro del Mysterio.

In the spirit of equality, there will be plenty of female wrestlers too, including the Wrestling Cholitas of Bolivia making their debut. They will be joined by Elizabeth La Roba Corazones and Juanita La Cariñosa.

Meanwhile, representing the UK from the Lucha Brittania posse will be Cassius the Neon Explosion, Pavo Real and Metallico. Guests on the day will also be able to enjoy live mariachi music, DJs and referee Black Terry taking charge.

  • Lucha Libre takes place on Saturday 11 May 2019. Matinee: 2pm (family-friendly) or Evening: 7pm. Tickets: £20-£50. At the Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, NW1 8EH. Nearest station: Chalk Farm. For tickets and more information, visit Lucha Libre World or the Roundhouse websites.

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Mexican wrestlers square up as Lucha Libre returns to London

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The Greatest Spectacle Of Lucha Libre is back at York Hall
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Mexico’s best fighters are returning to London this summer for The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre. For two days in June, spectators will gather in York Hall to see masked superheroes battle it out in the ring. A host of wrestling legends and new Lucha stars will take part in exciting live confrontations of Good vs. Evil. Expect to see flamboyant costumes, acrobatic moves and high-flying fun.

For those who don’t know, Lucha Libre – which translates as ‘free fighting’ – is a Mexican style of wrestling where the participants perform acrobatic moves and high jumps while dressed in flamboyant outfits and masks. Fighters generally fall into two groups: Rudos (the bad guys) who break the rules and use underhand tactics and Técnicos (the good guys), who follow the rules and wow the crowd with more complex moves.

This year marks 100 years since the birth of one of Mexico’s greatest Luchadores, El Santo. His son and one of Mexico’s top Luchadores El Hijo del Santo and his grandson, Santo Jr, will be taking to the ring. Other Luchadores flying in for the big fights include Nacho Libre star Silver King, the Liberace of Lucha Libre Cassandro, the highflying luchador Laredo Kid, WWE mini wrestler Mascarita Dorada and the original Octagoncito.

Meanwhile, during the two-day extravaganza, there will be authentic Mexican food and cocktails so you can really immerse yourself in Central American culture.

  • The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre takes place on 23 – 24 June 2017 at York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. Doors open 7pm. Tickets: From £20. For more information or tickets, visit Lucha Libre World website.

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Wrestlers assemble! Three days of Mexican food, fighting and culture as Lucha Libre comes to York Hall

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Electrifying: Mexico’s acrobatic masked superheroes will put on a show at Lucha Libre at York Hall
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This July, Mexico’s best fighters will be converging on London for three days of fighting, revelry and fun. The Greatest Spectacle Of Lucha Libre will feature Mexican masked superheroes, Bolivia’s Fighting Cholitas and the UK’s own Lucha Britannia battling it out in a retro-style Mexican Arena at York Hall in East London. As well as the action in the ring, there will also be Mexican street food, Agave cocktails and special edition Lucha Libre beer, carnival dancers and cabaret acts.

Hijo del Santo

El Hijo Del Santo will be taking to the ring

For those who don’t know, Lucha Libre – which translates as ‘free fighting’ – is a Mexican style of wrestling where the participants perform acrobatic moves and high jumps while dressed in flamboyant outfits and masks. Fighters generally fall into two groups: Rudos (the bad guys) who break the rules and use underhand tactics and Técnicos (the good guys), who follow the rules and wow the crowd with more complex moves.

Every day will feature different shows, including family-friendly matinees, a huge Grand Finale and a wild Friday night cabaret for adults-only. Headling the show will be Mexico’s greatest luchador, El Hijo del Santo (The Son of The Saint), along with some of his country’s top luchadores.

Meanwhile, before the three-day extravaganza kicks off, two films about Lucha Libre will be premiered at Oval Space on 8 July. A screening of El Hombre Detrás De La Mascara will be followed by a Q&A session with El Hijo del Santo and producer Gabriela Obregón, with the second film, Mamachas Del Ring followed by a Q&A with Carmen Rosa and director Betty M. Park plus a conversation with ‘The Queen of the Ring’ Cassandro El Exótico. There will also be two after parties on 9 and 10 July at the Resistance Gallery.

  • Lucha Libre takes place on 9 – 11 July 2015 at York Hall, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ. Nearest station: Bethnal Green. Tickets: £20-£45 (discounts available for children). For more information or tickets, visit Lucha Libre World website.

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