Lollapalooza is a festival that goes beyond music, especially in Chile. There, one of the main attractions is O’Higgins Park, the venue where the festival takes place in Santiago, which allows concert goers to experience live music in the midst of nature.
In terms of music, the festival is a meeting point of multiple musical genres. But this year, Lollapalooza pushed its boundaries to include music that five years ago would have been unthinkable on this stage.
The 2019 edition of Lollalapalooza 2019 had a lot of exclusive and first time performers on Friday and Saturday (March 29 and 30). Here are some of the most memorable shows of these first two days.
Grammy winners Monsieur Periné brought their eclectic mix of sounds and good vibes to the main stage. It was the second time at the festival for the Colombian trio, which debuted at Lollapalooza Chile in 2014. Dressed in colors and flowers, the band fronted by Catalina García threw a big party with Chileans Moral Distraída and Denise Rosenthal as special guests.
The charming and talented Ziggy Marley was, along with the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, one of the most remarkable artists included in the Lollapalooza Chile lineup this year. They were exclusive to this version of the festival; neither Argentina nor Brazil put them on their lineups. During his set, Bob Marley’s son sang against war and for love, including “One Love,” his father’s still relevant anthem.
The Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra took the stage on Friday at the same time of two heavyweights: Lenny Kravitz (who had to stop his show for thirty minutes due to technical issues) and Paulo Londra, the Argentinian trap sensation. It would have been a problem for anyone else except the Japanese Ska band, which are virtually locals in Latin America. While the group played on the Lotus stage, people danced under the trees.
Trap music is everywhere and Chile’s most popular representative of this genre is up-and-comer Paloma Mami, performing her first Lolla even though she has yet to release an album. Although her set was the shortest of the festival (only 20 minutes) the singer had an unexpectedly large audience.
Chile… What makes you so special?
Lollapalooza Chile was the first iteration of the festival held outside United States. On Friday (March 29), which also happened to be his birthday, he was awarded with the Orden al mérito artístico y cultural Pablo Neruda -- the Pablo Neruda Order of Artist and Cultural Merit -- just before the start of this ninth edition of the festival.