Our top picks for Chile’s biggest international music festival

Navigating the 60-band line-up may seem daunting. Fortunately, we’re here to help, and here we humbly offer our picks for two perfect days in Parque O’Higgins. Click the artists’ names for links to popular songs.


Day 1: Saturday, April 2

Start your day with some of Chile’s top performers. Chilean-American songwriter Francisca Valenzuela plays first on the main stage from noon-12:45.  Her set will finish just in time for a quick hop over to the Claro stage to hear Los Bunkers, probably Chile’s best known current rock band, slated to appear later this year at the Coachella Festival in California. When Los Bunkers finish their set at 1:30 you will have 45 minutes to get lunch before heading to the tech stage for a set from Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist Anita Tijoux, beginning at 2:15.

At 5:00, the Tech Stage will play host to antic indie pop ensemble Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, whose infectious single “Home” would be reason enough to stop by. Finishing at 6:00, Edward Sharpe leaves a short 15 minutes to skip across to the main stage to hear Brooklyn-based rock band The National, one of the festival’s highlights. At 8:00, head to the LG stage for theatrical Australian electro-pop duo Empire of the Sun – think Mayan drag Gods (Goddesses?), potentially accompanied by girls in dolphin masks. Alternatively, for another dose of Latin American tunes, head to the tech stage at the same time for a performance by Cansei de Ser Sexi, a São Paulo based pop-rock girl band.

To end your night, you can choose between headliners The Killers on the main stage, or Fatboy Slim on the LG Stage, or do what we’ll be doing and head out early to prepare for after parties out in Providencia. If you missed Cansei de Ser Sexi on stage, head to Alto Barcelona for DJ set headlined by those girls from Brazil, or check out Club Subterráneo for some cumbia-inflected hip-hop from Colombian band Bomba Stereo.

Day 2: Sunday, April 3

From 12:45 to 1:15, Chilean band Como asesinar a felipes will play their signature experimental hip-hip jazz on the tech stage, followed by rising Chilean pop star Javiera Mena on the LG stage from 1:15 to 2:00. At 3:30, choose between Chilean cumbia superstars Chico Trujillo and the masterful tunes of Caracas-raised songwriter Devendra Banhart on the Tech Stage. The Flaming Lips will explode onto the main stage from 4:30 to 5:30, their (literally) pyrotechnic performance making this one of the shows not to miss. If you’re looking for something slightly more mellow, come back to the Tech Stage from 5:00-6:00 for the music of minimalist songwriter Cat Power.

At 6:45 head to the LG Stage for an hour of hard dancing with German mix-master Boys Noize. Give yourself an hour for food before ending the weekend with a healthy dose of opulent hip-hop balladry from the frustratingly talented master of the public ego-trip, Kanye West. He might piss you off, but you’ll be hard-pressed not to enjoy two hours of some of the most extravagant pop music being performed today.

For the full line-up and schedule, visit lollapalooza.cl