Foo Fighters and Arctic Monkeys to headline Lollapalooza 2012

The impressive line up includes a long list of top performers, with a broad range of musical styles from rock to funk.

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The inaugural Lollapalooza festival in Santiago last April was deemed a huge success with groups like Jane’s Addiction, the Deftones and local cumbia band Chico Trujillo creating a cracking atmosphere.

And now that organizers have revealed the line up for the 2012 event, due to take place at Parque O’Higgins on March 31 and April 1, it looks certain that the second edition is going to be just as good – if not better.

Local newspaper La Tercera made a list of seven unmissable acts scheduled for the event and we think they’re on to something. So here they are.

Foo Fighters: It will be the first time the explosive rock band led by former Nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl, have played in Chile and expectations are high. And rightly so. The Foo Fighters stole the show at this year’s Lollapalooza festival in Chicago with an intense performance that not even a torrential downpour could put an end to. This show is going to rock and if the group’s recent set lists are anything to go by, expect to hear plenty of songs form their seventh studio album, Wasting Lights, along with a stack of old favorites including My Hero, Best of You, All My Life and Everlong.

Arctic Monkeys: This exciting indie quartet from Sheffield, England will also make their Chilean debut at Lollapalooza 2011. After being discovered on YouTube in 2006, the Arctic Monkeys have gone on to prove that they are one of the most important groups to come out of the UK in the past decade. With four successful albums to their name, including the recently released Suck It and See, this versatile group has plenty of talent to go with their quirky approach.

MGMT: Another big name that has never played live in Chile, MGMT will arrive in Santiago on a high after receiving plenty of critical acclaim for their first two albums. The alternative rock group is known for producing psychedelic shows and hits like Time to Pretend, Kids and Congratulations. There are also high hopes that MGMT could use the Lollapalooza stage to provide a sneak-preview of some of the songs from their upcoming, self-titled album, due for release next year.

Björk: Yes, the Icelandic singer-songwriter has come to Chile before but that won’t make this appearance any less special. Every time Björk takes to the stage you know you’re in for an audiovisual treat with eye-catching costumes, lighting and scenery. The eclectic singer is currently performing songs from her eighth album, Biophilia, which was recorded on an iPad.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts: After making an impact with all-girl rock band The Runaways, Joan Jett went on to forge a career as one of the genre’s leading ladies, receiving a nomination earlier this year to be included in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jett is expected to play a list of classics in Chile, with hits such as Cherry Bomb, Bad Reputation and I Love Rock’n'Roll sure to get the crowd involved in the show. Hopefully, the Foo Fighters will invite her to share the stage with them again as well, because it sounded great when they played together in Madison Square Garden just a couple of weeks ago.

Illya Kuryaki & The Valderramas: The Argentine funk duo, made famous in Latin America for hits like Abarajame, Jennifer del Estero and Coolo, has been confirmed for Lollapalooza just months after announcing they had reformed. In more good news for fans, Dante Spinetta and Emmanuel Horvilleur are also gearing up for a comeback tour which is set to take place after the mega-event in Santiago.

Gogol Bordello: This gypsy-punk band from New York knows how to put on a good concert. In fact, in 2007, Rolling Stone included them on its list of the best live music acts. Led by eccentric frontman, Eugene Hutz, Gogol Bordello will be out to impress once again at Lollapalooza Chile 2012.

Pre-release two-day passes are on sale for US$117 (CLP60,000) in general admission and US$311 (CLP160,000) for the VIP pass.

For a full list of confirmed bands and artists, go to the festival website.