Stage set in Chile for mega-music festival Lollapalooza

Massive international event ready to arrive in the heart of Santiago for its fourth year.

In just over one week Parque O’Higgins in the center of the Chilean capital will be transformed into a mecca of national and international music as Lollapalooza rolls back into town.

The massive music festival is returning to Santiago for the fourth year after making its international debut in 2011 when big names such as Jane’s Addiction, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Fatboy Slim and The Killers made their way to the Andean nation. This year the lineup is just as exciting with the Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining and such popular groups as Arcade Fire, Vampire Weekend, and Lorde — the young breakout star from New Zealand.

Of course the Chilean version of the U.S. based event will also host some of the country’s favorite artists. Taking to the stage this weekend will be Chilean singer-songwriter Francisca Valenzuela and local favorite Joe Vasconcellos. Ana Tijoux, a staple of the Lollapalooza Chile stage, will also be performing.

The venue is not just for the young stars, however. One of the country’s most beloved bands, whose music has moved generations of fans, Inti Illimani, are also on the line-up  for this year’s festival.

Alongside the main stages will also be Kidzapalooza, an area set aside for children and families. This zone of the festival will include family-friendly games and activities as well as musical performances.

Slotted for this section of the event are performances by the classic Chilean show 31 Minutos. The show, a favorite of children and adults alike, is set up as a mock news program with scenarios played out by puppets who entertain through song and dance. The show gained popularity across Latin America and has spawned CD’s and even a 2008 movie.

The two-day international festival kicks off Saturday March 29 in Parque O’Higgins, reachable by metro and bus. For ticket and schedule information, check the festival site here.