On the world stage

Three Chilean acts perform at Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago

Event organizers also recently confirmed that a second Lollapalooza festival will be held in Santiago next year.

Friday, August 12, 2011  
Chilean group Los Bunkers rocked the Lollapalooza music festical in Chicago. (Photo: warĸoнolιc™/Fli Chilean group Los Bunkers rocked the Lollapalooza music festical in Chicago. (Photo: warĸoнolιc™/Flickr)

Chilean pop music achieved a new milestone last weekend, with three acts from the South American nation performing at the 20th anniversary of the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago.

Los Bunkers, Chico Trujillo and Anita Tijoux took to the stage at the prestigious musical event in front of thousands of US music fans.

The inclusion of the Chilean artists was organized following the success of the first Lollapalooza festival outside the United States, which was held in Santiago in April.

Los Bunkers made their US music festival debut on August 5. The Beatles and Chilean folk music-inspired band rocked the event's Playstation stage, playing No Me Hables de Sufrir (“Don't Talk to Me About Suffering”) and Y Volveré (And I Will Return).

“It [was] a great day for Chilean music. Very nice,” guitarist Mauricio Durán, told Chilean newspaper La Tercera. “I realized that there is a lot of support for Chile among the US public. There were lots of Chilean flags and soccer shirts in the crowd but there were also a lot of [US] fans.”

At the same time, acclaimed Spanish-language hip hop artist Anita Tijoux performed on the festival's electronic stage, known as Perry's in honour of Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman, Perry Farrell. Dressed in black, she performed in front of close to 3,000 fans.

The following day, Chile's biggest cumbia group Chico Trujillo stole the show, leaving the crowd swaying to their catchy rhythms.

Festival organizers also confirmed from Chicago that they would hold a second Lollapalooza event in Chile next year.

The festival will be held from March 31 to April 1 in Parque O'Higgins. The following week, the Lollapalooza festival will debut in Brazil.