The Lollapalooza name carries certain prestige for music fans thanks to its history. This year’s edition in Chile, the fifth in the South American country, is no sleeper; featuring internationally renowned bands and smaller acts that are among the best the Latin American scene has to offer.
Since you don’t need us to tell you about how you should not miss Jack White or Ana Tijoux, we have rounded up five acts that you might not know yet but promise a fresh set of sounds and exciting shows.
Esteman at Lotus Stage, March 14th
The Colombian upbeat folk hero will bring rays of sunshine and trademark silliness with him to the stage. Esteban Mateus Williamson’s take on music —happy with some nods to decades past— will have people fall in love during his set. After all, it’s music that has made fans out of Carla Morrison and Andrea Echeverri, both whom have collaborated with him.
RVSB at d-Box VTR Stage, March 15th
A pair of DJs (Raff vs Latin Bitman) that are known to be some of the best in South America, backed by their label Nacional Records, collaborations with ex-Talking Heads member Tina Weymouth, and Thievery Corporation’s Natalia Clavier, and tunes that will make you shake your butt till you lose control. The Chilean act will make their home show something to be remembered.
MKRNI at d-Box VTR Stage, March 14th
Javiera Mena is not scheduled to play the fest, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be acts rocking synth-heavy retro grooves. The MKRNI trio are not trying to jump on the Javiera bandwagon —their stuff is a little less happy-go-lucky— yet fans of her and similar music can get going and dance till they drop. Especially if you’re not into Mena, maybe MKRNI will have something for you you might not expect.
Miss Garrison at Lotus Stage, March 15th
The Spain via Chile trio play a very exciting brand of music that will make passersby turn their heads, thanks to frontwoman Fran Straube‘s haunting harmonies, predilection for guitar arpeggios, and busy laptop beats. In short, where Radiohead end their experimentations in melodic music, Miss Garrison pick up and run with those ideas to make something all their own. They are sure to make a big impression.
Las Aventuras Del Barco Volador at Kidzapalooza, March 15th
Try this for size. The live rendering of an audiobook for children with colorful illustrations and music (courtesy of the Kundalinni Surfers). Bringing the concept and execution to life, Barco Volador is in the business of appealing both to children and adults. Chile has a great track record doing this kind of stuff right (anyone who has seen 31 Minutos know what I’m talking about) so get on board for a unique experience.