Chile’s largest music festival returned to Parque O’Higgins for the third annual Lollapalooza Chile this weekend, bringing a total of 138,000 people together across six stages for an unforgettable celebration of local and international music.
Saturday, April 6
Saturday’s sold-out event kicked off at noon with the sultry sounds of Mexican singer-songwriter Carla Morrison. The Latin Grammy-winner showed off her impressive voice range and memorable stage presence at this powerful performance.
British electro-pop band Hot Chip got the party going midday with a full hour of upbeat dance music. Their peppy set was the perfect match for the day’s summery weather and high-spirited crowd.
The Alabama Shakes shook things up with their soulful performance at the tree-lined Playstation Stage. Their twangy blues-rock jams – led by singer Brittany Howard’s uniquely smooth yet raspy voice – transported fans straight to the American south.
Lollapalooza Chile’s lineup was an electronic dance music fan’s dream. Saturday’s explosive performance by Canadian electronic band Crystal Castles was especially notable, with innovative interpretations of the duo’s popular dance songs and soul-grabbing distorted shrieks from vocalist Alice Glass.
One of Lollapalooza Chile’s most memorable performances came from Swedish band The Hives, a group well-known for their interactive stage performances. Much to the delight of the Chilean crowd, The Hives incorporated their limited Spanish language skills into their show with hilarious results. The band’s garage-rock style sound kicked the festival’s energy level up a notch, preparing attendees for the night’s much-awaited headliners.
Chile is a country known for its fervent hard rock fans, and it’s no wonder that bands Queen of the Stone Age and Pearl Jam provided Saturday night’s climactic conclusion. Fans received the special treat they were hoping for when Pearl Jam’s lead singer Eddie Vedder joined Queens of the Stone Age onstage for a special vocal and percussion collaboration on the song “Little Sister”.
Sunday, April 7
Another radiant fall day met festival goers as they anxiously bustled to Parque O’Higgins for Lollapalooza Chile’s second and final day.
Well-known Chilean star Manuel García played to an adoring crowd in the early afternoon. Saluting Chile’s indigenous Mapuche people, García donned a traditional Mapuche poncho and performed a native jig.
A highlight of Sunday’s impressive lineup came from Gary Clark Jr., an Austin, Texas native whose tunes mesmerized the audience with their bluesy, funky, rocky mélange. Clark Jr.’s ridiculous guitar solos were complemented by his potent voice that switched from soft and gentle to growling and ferocious at a dime’s drop.
Looking to temporarily escape the heat, concert goers who slipped into the indoor Lotus Stage in the mid-afternoon were shocked to find Resina LaLa, an explosion of energy and intergalactic costumes. Resina Lala hails from Colombia and boasts a jumpy, punk rock style that had the audience pogo-hopping.
Later on that same stage, Chilean indie-rock band Protistas played a powerful set, inviting Chilean folk singer Camila Moreno to sing a handful of tunes with them.
While the day waned and the sun set behind the coastal mountains, the party at Lollapalooza Chile was just beginning. Boy genius DJ Porter Robinson hosted an epic dance party fit for the end of the world with confetti, laser shows, and a ravenous football-field-sized mosh of bodies.
Meanwhile, Franz Ferdinand played to massive throngs at the Coca Cola Stage. From there, back to back evening shows featured Nas, A Perfect Circle and Los Tres with attendees bopping from stage to stage trying not to miss a beat.
From atop his massive light-up DJ platform, DeadMau5 had a sea of fans rolling to his hypnotic electronica beats on Sunday evening. Deep into the set, the DJ removed his iconic mouse helmet revealing a hardened visage and neck tattoos, inspiring roars in the audience.
The event closed with stellar performances from rock legends The Black Keys and house DJ Steve Aoki. After two spectacular days, exhausted yet euphoric fans wandered home, sad that the weekend was over, but excited for Lollapalooza 2014.
By Liz Rickles and Gwynne Hogan