April 3, 2011 by staff
Lollapalooza Chile, Is 12 noon on Saturday April and Francisca Valenzuela’s voice is felt throughout the O’Higgins Park, marking the beginning of the first international edition of the Lollapalooza festival.
Meanwhile, dozens of people waited outside the theater named The Dome-Tech Stage on this occasion to open the gates, to see the other beginning of the festival, which went to the rock & roll Devil Presley, who were used as “making noise makers.” And it’s true: very few rock bands such as this made it into the Lollapalooza lineup of Chile.NTQuMjA1LjE3My4yMzA=
It is no coincidence that the Chilean artists have been responsible for initiating the festival, which in addition to bringing several top international events, wanted to provide a space to local talent.
Between each track played by Devil Presley is reaching more people at The Dome, where no daylight enters. “Rabid Dog” sounds mighty close to the end of half-hour presentation duration.
Upon leaving La Dome, still heard the voice of Francisca Valenzuela who signs off with “Bite your tongue.” And almost immediately after the guitar sound of The Bunkers, who inaugurated the Stage course with a repertoire suitable for a diverse festival like this. Topics such as “Do not speak of suffering”, “Min~o” and “Rain City”-the latter with a guest-Manuel Garcia become the first hymns of the day, with hundreds of people corea’ndolos at the foot of the stage.
By now it is clear that one of the great challenges of the organizers was exceeded, the entire family called Lollapalooza, offering as an attraction the Kidzapalooza, an area designed especially for children, which has its own stage. But children are not only in that space, but also in all areas of the park.
Minutes before 3 pm, when the public looks forward to Cypress Hill, the sun forcing many of the people to disperse in search of a shadow. However, when B-Real and Sen Dog start rapping, it gives the feeling that the day is increasing. Looking to the Light Stage from a distance during the presentation of hip hop quartet from California, is a sea of arms swaying back and forth to the rhythm of the music.
A little later, the veteran English band James, who seems to have lost the attention it deserved to be immersed in a lineup as wide-marks one of the highlights of the day, when Tim Booth (vocals) and Larry Gott (guitar) surprised kicking off their show with an acoustic version of “Sit Down”, playing while walking through the barricade, as close as possible to the public.
It’s already 5:15 pm and it’s time for Ben Harper, one of the rarest jewels Lollapalooza brought to Chile. The American singer leaves the stage with his band of four musicians to show with songs like “Better Way” and “Boots Like These” refined their sound rock, which blend folk, blues and soul.
The sun becomes a nuisance at dusk, when to be just behind the two main stages, makes it difficult to see the bands. But courage cannot fail, because the best is yet to come.
Following the trend to respect the schedules ruled, The National is presented in the Coca-Cola Stage at 6:15 pm to offer a -minute show that marked his debut in Chile. Meanwhile, Perry Farrell was presented with his wife Etty and DJ Chris Cox to dance to those who took refuge inside the Movistar Arena, electronic stage Lollapalooza and they had a greater number of artists in the Saturday.
Outside the Arena, the calm of The National is passed to the violent and powerful harmonies Deftones, a band whose unique personality completely conquered the public, who accompanies them without hesitation in the intense emotional journey covered by their repertoire, from the apparent passivity of “Digital Bath” to the emotion of “Risk”-dedicated to Chi-Cheng, from before the aggressive “Hexagram” Chino Moreno sang standing on the fence that prevented his followers reach the stage.
Everything happened as planned, tempers were to stop as it approached the end of the first day of the festival.
Minutes after pm, a K vials filled with lights and the public know that it’s time for The Killers. Brandon Flowers and company came on stage with energy, but without euphoria, to perform hits like “Somebody Told Me,” “Bones”, “Read my mind”, the recent “Human” and the inevitable “When You Were Young”, which put an end to the first day of Lollapalooza Chile.
In short: stages, 30 artists and proposals for everyone condensed into 12 hours of music marathon … And do not forget that we still have Sunday.
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