Festival Imperial is a major Costa Rican music festival organized by cerveceria Costa Rica and their flagship beer: IMPERIAL The first festival took place in April 2006 and brought world-known performers such as Sting, Jamiroqua, Diego Torres and the Rasmus. The second edition of the festival was held on April 2008 and featured: Duran Duram , Incubus and Smashing Pumpkings among others.
On January 31, 2012 Cerveceria Costa Rica revealed the official line up for the festival and also important information about the event. This year's festival is focused on indie and alternative music as opposed to previous years were the focus was rock music. They also increased the line up to 30 performers, a huge difference from previous years were they had about 10 performers.
Cerveceria de Costa Rica confirmed during their press conference that they are looking for a new audience and a new way to experience Festival Imperial. They explained that this year the intention is to go beyond just music, they are inviting people to listen to new musical trends and they are advocating for a new way to live the festival.
They made many modifications, besides the format of the activity. One of them is that this year there will be 12 hours of music per day, from noon to midnight.
Another change is that there will be 3 stages instead of one. One of them will be dedicated completely to electronic music.
The international performers for Festival Imperial 2012 are Maroon 5, Bjork, LMFAO, Moby (DJ set), Ximena Sarinana, La mala Rodriguez, Thievery Corporation, Cypress Hill, The flaming lips, sKrlliex, Tv on the radio, Gool Bordello, Major lazer, Mancheter Orchestra, Felix Martin & Al Doyle (DJ Set) and also Costa Rican bands.