As Lollapalooza comes to a close, Chileans can sit back and relax, comfortable in the knowledge that this weekend they hosted a massive, world-class musical event.
The festival was such a success that the organizers and Chilean government have already declared it will happen again in 2012.
Around 25 thousand spectators flocked to Santiago’s Parque O’Higgins to see a gigantic line-up featuring Kanye West, The Killers, Cypress Hill, Deftones, The Flaming Lips, Ben Harper and The National.
Of all the performances, however, the ones which really churned the butter were those of home-grown Chilean bands. “Chico Trujillo was definitely a highlight,” said one reveller, about the Chilean Cumbia band who returned to their homeland after recently touring Europe.
The nine-piece brass, strings and percussion band played a steaming afternoon set as the sun went down, opposite a towering wall of mountains that make up the Andes skyline. The off-kilter Cumbia rhythm, that originated Colombia but was brought by Trujillo to Chile, sparked a mass of feverish dancing, bare skin and the sporadic spraying of water bottles across the crowd.
A press release by Lollapalooza written on the Sunday afternoon declared that the band attracted the largest crowd so far at the festival – no mean feat considering the set was preceded by a full day and a half of music.
The party is far from over. Today, Chile’s Minister of Culture confirmed that Chile will host Lollapalooza once again next year. The series of concerts took place with no hitches, and authorities were delighted with the crowd’s behaviour.
The massive show of public support at the concerts of other Chilean bands such as Los Bunkers, Javiera Mena and Anita Tijoux should be a good indicator about where promoters should focus their attention for next year.