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Sonic Youth and Snoop Dogg to play Chile’s Maquinaria Festival

The two-day event has also confirmed Chilean and international performers like James Murphy, Down, Francisca Valenzuela and Gepe to play on November 12 and 13, 2011.

Thursday, July 14, 2011  
Linkin Park at the 2010 Maquinaria Festival. (Photo: ...ven y siente el RUIDO !/Flickr) Linkin Park at the 2010 Maquinaria Festival. (Photo: ...ven y siente el RUIDO !/Flickr)

Before there was Lollapalooza Chile, there was Maquinaria.

Featuring bands and DJs like Pixies, Yo La Tengo, Cansei de Ser Sexy, and Latin Bitman, the first edition of the festival in October 2010 was carried off with such success that it earned the young production team Transistor the opportunity to produce the first Lollapalooza outside the United States.

Now revving up for its second iteration on November 12 and 13, Maquinaria has been gradually confirming artists, and it is shaping up to be quite a lineup.

Most recently, Maquinaria confirmed Chilean bands like garage rockers The Ganjas, and rockabilly duo Perrosky, along with heavy metal stars Down. James Murphy, the New York-based producer behind the recently disbanded LCD Soundsystem, will also be appearing to play a DJ-set, while the legendary rock band Sonic Youth, also out of New York, will perform favorites selected from the 16 studio albums that have earned them a reputation as the godfathers of noise rock.

The confirmed headliners for this year’s Maquinaria are Megadeth – famous as one of the core bands in the thrash metal movement – and hip-hop superstar Snoop Dogg.

The lineup will also feature some of the best and brightest young stars in Chile. The Santiago-based group Matanza will play their distinctive mix of electronic, rock and Andean music on the Indi-electronic stage. The same stage will host young Chilean-American songwriter Francisca Valenzuela, one of the Chilean acts at Lollapalooza that made such a splash back in April.

Other Chilean performers slated to take the stage are Santiago DJ Matías Aguayo, and songwriter Gepe, who recently performed at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, Spain.

General entrance for both days of the festival will cost CP$50,000 (US$107) for the first 10,000 tickets sold, and CP$60,000 (US$128) after. General admission for one day of the festival will run CP$35,000 (US$75).