Lollapalooza Chile is coming to Santiago for the third time in April next year, and the festival has not lost its reputation for attracting some of the biggest names in music.
U.S. rock giants The Black Keys will headline the event, playing in Chile for the first time. With six Grammy Awards and nominations and a sell-out show at Madison Square Garden all in the last two years, many would argue that the Keys are the hottest rock band in the world right now.
Vintage rockers Pearl Jam will return to Chile for the third time. Having headlined the festival in the U.S. twice before, the band members are Lollapalooza veterans with a substantial Chilean following.
After performing to thousands at the Maquinaria Festival in 2010, Queens of the Stone Age will return to Chile to make up the third headlining rock act.
The festival will also feature some of the biggest acts on the Chilean music scene, and all Chilean acts to play in Santiago will be invited to perform at Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2014.
Debutants to Lollapalooza, Chilean group Los Tres have been around for 25 years. Pioneers of a unique sound that blends modern rock with Chilean folk and jazz, the band’s most successful album La Espada & la Pared (The Sword and the Wall) swept through Latin America in the mid 90s and went gold in under two months.
National treasure Manuel García, one of the most awarded Chilean musicians, will also be playing Lollapalooza for the first time. García’s 17 year career has meandered through Chilean folk, rock, and spoken word poetry. The feel-good electro-pop rhythms of his 2012 album Acuario (Aquarium) are a major departure from anything García has produced before.
Newcomer Gepe is widely regarded as one of the most exciting new artists in Chile. Electro sounds with an indie vibe, Gepe’s music is also heavily influenced by the Chilean Nueva Canción Chilena (New Chilean Song) movement of the 60s and 70s, allowing his style to bridge generational divides.
Godfathers of Chilean funk rock, Chancho en Piedra have been together for 18 years now. Much loved for their oddball behavior, the band has been described as Chile’s answer to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, though their latest album is a multi-genre tribute to Chilean music.
More than forty other bands will be playing over the weekend of April 6-7. Electronic music fans are set to be entertained by three-time International Dance Award winner deadmau5, hip-hop fans are in for a treat with a performance from Nas, and a raft of other familiar names pepper the lineup including Kaizer Chiefs, Hot Chip, Passion Pit, Foals, and A Perfect Circle.
Lollapalooza started in the U.S. as a traveling music festival in 1991. Since 2005 it has played in Chicago’s Grant Park, coming to Santiago’s Parque O’Higgins for the first time in 2011, and Sao Paolo, Brazil, in 2012.
For the full lineup and ticket information visit the Lollapalooza 2013 website. Tickets are on sale and range from US$95 (CLP45,000) to US$340 (CLP160,000).