Lollapalooza draws crowds of 115,000 in triumphant return to Santiago

Second edition of the festival in Chile’s capital featured Björk and Foo Fighters, among other top artists.  

The second edition of Lollapalooza Chile went out with a bang on Sunday as the Foo Fighters made their Chilean debut, closing off a hugely successful weekend.
The 2012 festival was even more popular than last year’s, with 15 percent more spectators – up to a total of 115,000 – and 64 artists performing, four more than last year.
And the band of ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, performing for the first time in Chile after 18 years, were not the only ones to whip the crowd into a frenzy in Santiago’s Parque O’Higgins. Joining the Foo Fighters were the Arctic Monkeys, MGMT and kooky Icelandic star Björk, who is following up her Lollapalooza performance with a vacation on Easter Island, according to La Tercera.
Maximiliano del Río, director of Chile’s Lotus Productions, said: “We are positioning ourselves at a global level. Now we have to make sure that every Lollpalooza maintains this level and that each one is a unique experience.”
Del Río told El Mercurio that “we are already working on Lollapalooza 2013 (…) There are conversations happening with all kinds of artists who have seen the festival’s impact and want to come.”
And although he would not name any names for the 2013 lineup, he did reveal that the dream of festival creator Perry Farrell, of Jane’s Addiction, was to add a fourth destination to the current trio of Chicago, Santiago and – making its debut this year thanks largely to the success of Lollapalooza Chile – Rio de Janeiro.

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