Lollapalooza Chile confirmed for 29th/30th March 201414 August, 2013
Funky wellington boots designers and wacky sunglasses vendors are celebrating in Chile after the Lollapalooza festival in Santiago was confirmed for the weekend of the 29th and 30th March 2014, the fourth consecutive year that the festival will be staged in the Chilean capital. Lollapalooza has been a huge success since it was launched in 2011 as Chile became the first country outside of the United States to stage the festival, and in that time it has been headlined by international megastars such as Kanye West, Arctic Monkeys, The Black Keys and Bjork. Once again taking place in the city centre’s O’Higgins Park, the festival is expected to attract in excess of 100,000 people over the two days. There have been no announcements made regarding the line-up, although rumours have been circulating about Depeche Mode being possible headliners, the eighties Essex boys enjoying a level of popularity in Chile far beyond that of their home country.
As you would no doubt expect, Lollapalooza is focused firmly on big-name, international stars whose appearances send ticket prices way up but attract massive crowds. The very nature of Lollapalooza is that of a global brand, a franchised music event that is plastered with images and slogans of big business and is testament to the rampant commercialisation of popular culture. There is little to distinguish Lollapalooza Chile as a large-scale event from the United States version, in the same way as Pizza Hut or the Apple Store are the same all over the world.
Having said that, the daytime and early evening slots are often given over to Chilean and South American bands, allowing them a good degree of exposure and limelight, even if audiences pale alongside the swathes of screaming punters at the big-hitting nighttime shows. There have been some excellent Chilean musicians to play at the festival, including We Are The Grand, Juana Fe, Banda Conmoción and Föllakzoid to name a very few, and Lollapalooza 2014 should again showcase much of the contemporary national music scene.
Tickets are already on sale, with weekend entry costing between $65,000 (roughly £85/US$130) and $105,000 (£140/US$210) depending on availability. For full details of pricing and updates of confirmed acts, check the official Lollapalooza Chile website.
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