Chile’s first Lollapalooza to feature Javiera Mena, Ana Tijoux and many of Chile’s best new acts

By 16 March, 2011

If you happen to be in Chile this April you can do a lot worse than attend the first Lollapalooza to be taking place there. As well as the normal, boring acts like Flaming Lips, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cat Power and CSS (okay, so we do actually like those too!) it is the best place to see some of the best new bands in Chile. The big two are no doubt Javiera Mena and Ana Tijoux, two artists who have defined the past few years of Chilean music. In addition to these though are a healthy smattering of fine indie and alternative bands including Denver, Fother Muckers, Astro and Fractal.

In fact, over half of the festival is devoted to artists from Chile, reflecting exactly what a good state Chilean music is in right now. Read the full line-up for the festival HERE. The list of Chilean artists worth seeing, at least in our opinion, are:

  • Chico Trujillo – the band that brought Peruvian cumbia back into the limelight
  • Javiera Mena – queen of electro, one day she will be known all over the world!
  • Ana Tijoux – makes hip-hop as it should be; dirty, gritty, funky, impossible to resist
  • Denver – probably our favourite indie band from Chile, a gorgeous din!
  • Francisca Valenzuela – American-born but Chilean-raised, there has been a lot of fuss about this singer, most of it deserved
  • Fother Muckers – great indie rock
  • Astro – more indie rock. Again, it’s great!
  • Latin Bitman – a DJ who knows his stuff. He has collaborated with pretty much all our favourite artists, and always puts on a good show!
  • DJ Raff – a big player in Chile’s hip-hop scene, who now spends a lot of time in Spain and Mexico. Definitely worth a listen
  • Joe Vasconcellos and Fractal – Vasconcellos is a legendary Chilean singer. Fractal are a couple of upstarts playing a variery of instruments, normally in a myriad of styles. The fusion of the two can only be interesting!
  • Also worth checking are Argentina’s Todos Tus Muertos and Bomba Estereo from Colombia, as well as Toy Selectah, a man who has given a ridiculous amount to Latin American music over the years, first with Mexican hip-hop and now with his hugely addictive and irreverent approach to cumbia.

    Lollapalooza Chile 2011 is one of two major festivals Javiera Mena is playing this summer. In addition she will be performing at Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival. If you have never been to Primavera here’s a quick summary: Primavera is the best festival in Europe. And that’s the truth. Every year they put together the best festival line-up in Europe and 2011 will be no different. Ana Tijoux will be playing at the Adidas stage which is normally one of the smaller stages, therefore making it a great intimate gig! Have a look at the full line-up for Primavera HERE and then get really excited and buy some tickets! Especially once you see that there is a growing South American contingent playing, including Argentina’s El Mató A Un Policía Motorizado, and Perrosky and Fernando Milagros from Chile.

    Lollapalooza 2011 in Chile will be taking place at Parque O’Higgins in Santiago from April 2nd to April 3rd.

    More info:
    Lollapalooza Chile 2011

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