Lollapalooza Moves to Chile

 

But not permanently…
the Chicago
event is still on, too.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Perry Farrell has announced he will bring his
Lollapalooaz to South America.  For the first time in its history, the music
festival lands overseas in Santiago,
Chile on
Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3, 2011 at O’Higgins Park as the first
LOLLAPALOOZA INTERNATIONAL.

 

Line-up details will be available at a later date.

 

Similar to its Chicago
home Grant Park in North America, O’Higgins
Park is a gorgeous scenic locale in the middle of a bustling urban hub. Farrell
said in a statement that musicians from the international community will perform
and also emphasizes that Lollapalooza will partake in a “cultural
exchange,” by featuring Chilean artists at this summer’s North American
event in Grant Park.

 

Below is a Q&A with Farrell that was circulated this
morning to the press.

 

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What
inspired you to bring Lollapalooza to what many might think of as an unlikely
location of a city in South America?

PERRY FARRELL: There are a series of prerequisites
when selecting a destination. Number one is space. It must be open and lovely;
scalable up to 100,000 patrons. Second is the proximity to the city. We provide
the entertainment.  The city provides the
culture, hotels, restaurants and clubs. Then, most important are the people.
The people of Santiago
have a passion for contemporary music and lead international lifestyles.
Perfect.

 

 

 

We
understand you have made a trip to Chile and have seen the park. Can
you talk about the beauty of the location?

PF: Yes, O’ Higgins
Park has a gentle sloping grass
viewing area with the Andes
Mountains in the
distance. There are many trees for shade. One of my favorite aspects to the
park is a large round discotheque that houses up to 10,000 people. It is
attached to an amusement park with a roller coaster and people scream on it all
day. Right now you’ll see families spending time in the park. Little kids
roaming all over.

 

 

 

Can music
fans expect the same eclectic music that Lollapalooza is known for in America?

PF: Yes, we found that there are so many groups and
artists that have never been to Chile.
It’s been fun figuring out with Lotus, C3 and WME, who will be the first to get
there.

 

 

 

The promoter
in Chile
is Sebastian De La Barra of Lotus Producciones. What did you see in him that
made him the right choice to bring Lollapalooza to Chile?

PF: When first meeting Sebastian, I noted that he had
a disposition reminiscent of the best promoters I have had the pleasure to work
with. He is smart, relaxed and having fun in the driver’s seat.

 

 

 

We
understand that the festival will also feature musicians and bands from Chile. Can you
elaborate on that?

PF: Local talent is essential to rounding out the
experience of a Lollapalooza. Sebastian has strong opinions on who will be
best. We can not say who just yet. We are also looking to bring some of those
artists out to Chicago
for a musical foreign exchange.

 

 

 

As with any
festival in its first year, there is always a learning curve.

PF: We are confident a massive music audience is
awaiting us in Santiago.
What we are very interested to learn is how widely spread the demographic will
be. In Chicago
we have hipsters as well as young parents with children in attendance. It is
one of the few places in the world where a generation gap doesn’t exist.

 

 

 

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