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Electronic dance music festival Mysteryland returns to Chile

Chilean underground experimental rock institution Electrodomésticos to headline alongside top international talent at three day dance fest in the Andean foothills.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013  
Flames erupt over the main stage of Mysteryland Chile 2011. Photo Courtesy of Mysteryland Chile 2012 Flames erupt over the main stage of Mysteryland Chile 2011. Photo Courtesy of Mysteryland Chile 2012 / Facebook.



For the third year running, tens of thousands of electro, pop and rock fans will gather in the forested glades of Picarquin for three days of nonstop dancing as local and international DJs and bands unleash their anthems aside the natural amphitheater of the Chilean Andes.

The Southern Hemisphere’s answer to the Dutch festival phenomenon, Mysteryland Chile brings Santiago’s hard partying club scene to pristine outdoor pastures 30 km from the capital, for three days of music and summer-time camping.

And if the lineup is anything to go by, Mysteryland Chile 2013 — which runs Dec. 20-22 — promises to be every inch the success it was last year. Here are some of the headliners …

Chilean Acts

Electrodomésticos

More a myth than a music group, experimental and electronic rock act Electrodomésticos were the monarchs of Chile’s underground scene in the 1980s, setting the standard with avant-garde albums “¡Viva Chile!” and “Carreras de éxitos.”

After a hiatus in the 1990s, the band briefly reformed to produce the 2004 album “La Nueva Canción Chilena,” though fans had to wait just under a decade for the release of the band’s latest effort, 2013’s “Se caiga el Cielo.” Far from a departure from their usual sound, Electrodomésticos use the same bag of tricks in this aggressive and innovative fourth album ensuring that hard core fans will be on board from note one.

Electrodomésticos are set to electrify the crowd Sunday.

Astro

In the space of a few years, Astro has swapped gigging cramped bars around Santiago for worldwide acclaim. The indie band’s self titled 2011 album is replete with infectious tracks and spread like wildfire across Latin America, the United States and Europe. Introductions such as “they’re like the Chilean MGMT” or “South America’s Passion Pit” are no longer needed — Astro’s sound is its own internationally recognised entity. The band will take the stage Sunday.

International Acts

Fedde le Grand

After a presiding over a thousand-strong dance army at last year’s Creamfields Chile, house giant Fedde le Grand is back in the country to deliver his chart topping tracks to the masses at Mysteryland. Since his break-out hit “Put Your Hands Up 4 Detroit,” the  Dutch DJ has cemented a place among Europe’s EDM elite, and his latest effort “Where We Belong” continues to rack up millions in Youtube plays. See him play live on Saturday.

Riva Starr

House DJs sat up when Riva Starr broke onto the scene in 2009. The Polish act quickly gained a reputation as one of the most versatile producers around, though it wasn’t until 2012 when he collaborated with Fatboy Slim on the successful hit “Eat, Sleep, Rave, Repeat” that his popularity extended from his peers to the mainstream. Riva Starr plays the mainstage Saturday.

For the full lineup, click here. Three day camping begins at CLP 83,000 (US$ 160) — for further ticketing information visit the English language site. For information about renting cabins for the weekend, email fran@streetmachine.cl, and for directions and transport options click here.

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