Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell has confirmed that the music festival will be traveling South of the border next year.
Since 1991, the festival Lollapalooza has reunited and taken to the stage the cream of the crop of the Alternative music world.
In 2005, the once travelling gig took Chicago’s grant park as its home, and has since become a staple fest for music lovers looking to spice their August with rock, pop and the oh so many outfits that musically challenge known genres and fall into the alternative category.
2011 will see the summer festival explore summer in the other hemisphere, after all, while Grant Park is still covered in snow, is bikini and crowd surf weather in other places; on April 2 and 3 of next year, the festival will rock the summer of South Americans, from a venue that is in fact quite similar to Grant Park: O’Higgins Park in the Chilean Capital, Santiago.
“Santiago was chosen because it boasts a similar urban setting to the Chicago festival, with easy access to hotels, restaurants and clubs. The festival will be held April 2-3, 2011, at O’Higgins Park, with capacity of 100,000 people a day” promoters say.
Sebastian De La Barra of Lotus Producciones, was chosen by producers to create a “musical foreign exchange” between the two festivals, said Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell in a statement.
“Local talent is essential to rounding out the experience of a Lollapalooza,” Farrell said. Some of the Chilean artists booked for the Santiago festival will also be invited to next year’s Chicago Lollapalooza.
This is the first time Lollapalooza leaves the US, where it draws a quarter of a million spectators every year.
The headliners for Lollapalooza Chile will be announced at a later date.