Chileans rock out at Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival

Rockers Astro and DJ duo RVSB brought a little Chilean spice to this year’s multi-day festival, entertaining and exciting the massive crowds with international hits.


Last month, Lollapalooza kicked off its 22nd year with more than 100,000 people streaming into Chicago’s Grant Park for the three day event. This year the massive music festival showcased two Chilean acts who tore up the stage, pumping up the crowds and showing everyone Chileans know how to put on a show.

Alongside major international acts like Mumford and Sons and The Cure, Chilean music shone brightly with performances by Astro and DJs Raff and Bitman, known jointly as RVSB. The two groups followed in the footsteps of other Chilean artists such as Los Bunkers, Chico Trujillo and Anita Tijoux  who have all performed at the massive festival in the past few years.

Indie rockers Astro, made up of Octavio Cavieres, Nicolás Arancibia, Daniel Varas and Andrés Nusser, took the stage on the third day with everything from timpanis to bongo drums and synthesizers.

The Chilean band, who formed in 2008 and released their first EP just four years ago, have made a name for themselves in Latin America, touring all around the region and even performing at Mexico’s Vive Latino festival. At Lollapalooza they had the crowds jumping with hits like “Panda” and “Ciervos.”

Astro was joined by fellow Chileans,  DJs Raff and Bitman. The pair excited fans with their breakout hit “Cruz Del Sur” while spinning a full set of exciting fresh music.

The DJ duo, who individually have found huge success around the world, have been performing at some of the globe’s biggest music festivals including Sonar, Mutek, Celebrate Brooklyn, Cypress Hill’s Smokeout Festival, Vive Latino, SXSW, and Lollapalooza in Chile and Brazil. The crowds in Chicago no doubt recognized some of RVSB’s beats from campaigns with top brands like Coca-Cola, Verizon, and Taco Bell and popular shows like “Dexter” and “Nip Tuck”.

RVSB kept the party going even after leaving the festival stage. They continued to entertain at one of the festival’s biggest afterparties alongside Dillon Francis and Flux Pavillion.

Although Chicago’s Lollapalooza is miles away from home, the festival is not foreign to Chileans.  In 2011, Santiago hosted the first international Lollapalooza festival which saw tens of thousands make their way to Parque O’Higgins to hear international heavy hitters like The Killers, The National, Kanye West, Empire of the Sun, Fatboy Slim.

Since then the Chilean version of the festival has only continued to gain momentum.

The first presale tickets for next year’s festival have already sold out despite the fact that the lineup has yet to be released, a clear demonstration that Chileans are as excited as ever for next year’s music festival.