Breaking the ice was a simple matter in the hands of Sassygirl, who started the engines with pure neoperreo from the Perry’s stage, Melanie Williams & El Tabloide with their rock show opening the Samsung, and Florian and his songs as love letters, confessions and pop laments with hints of urban genres and lo-fi textures, from the Flow stage. Delfina Campos was the first to take the Alternative stage, from where she played the rock songs with electronic overtones from her first album Como bailan los demás (2022) while Broke Carrey, from the Argentine RIPGANG, summoned the reggaeton audience to move.
The Argentine band 1915 arrived with the vertigo and electricity of their pop rock, and before finishing their set they surprised with an excellent version of “Cheques”, by Flaco Spinetta. At the same time, Friolento, the Chilean post-punk perreo band, surprised everyone with their own songs. For those who still wanted reggaeton, the former De la calle Papichamp came on stage and made everyone delirious with his urban music. For those who preferred to go into the afternoon of the second day of #LollaAR, the Paraguayan band Kchiporros distilled pop songs from their more than 15-year career. And a bit of neosoul? That’s what Nafta was for, quintessential groovers who broke it at the Samsung. Fans of urban and Latin rhythms went to the Perry’s stage to listen to Ryan Castro with his hits that have made him one of the most promising figures on the Colombian scene.
Madness and love in the same scenario
Brit Yungblud stormed onto the Flow stage in a pop punk whirlwind, having bought everyone out by giving a free show on the street. Wearing a silver shirt and moved by the good response from the people, he promised to return to the country this year. He spoke a lot in a very clear and funny Spanish, getting the word “empanada” to be chanted by everyone. Something striking was that, when they said goodbye and left the stage, the audience began to ask for “one more and we don’t screw around anymore”, something that does not usually happen at festivals of this magnitude, since, after the shows are over, they fly to the next stage without many detours.
Meanwhile, Elsa y el Mar, another of Colombia’s emerging figures, showed why she has been dubbed the queen of spiritual pop. To continue completing the style mood, Rusowsky + Ralphie Choo represented Spain and its incredible moment in urban music. Of course, the show did not lack the Argentine seasoning: Saramalacara took the stage to interpret an ft. to the delight of all the fans.
For those who wanted more rock, at around five in the afternoon they were given the opportunity to meet the North American trio Wallows, in unique harmony with the public in their second show in the country, since they played at the Vorterix theater as part of a #LollaAR sideshow. As night approached, South African DJ and producer Nora En Pure was in charge of an exquisite deep house set.
Around six o’clock in the evening, many people went to the Flow stage to see one of the Argentine bands of the moment: Usted Señalemelo. The trio is entering a new era, with several new singles playing alongside their longtime hits and even previously unreleased tracks. In another part of the venue, on the Alternative stage, the American duo Sofi Tukker presented their jungle pop songs in a memorable performance. Next, it was the turn of Mora, the Puerto Rican singer and producer known for collaborating with artists such as Bad Bunny and Jhay Cortez, who premiered songs from his latest release Paraíso while continuing to make songs from all his stages. Mora’s show came with a surprise: Quevedo and Pao Pao joined.
With very little to seven in the evening, Jane’s Addiction, Perry Farrell’s band, also founder of Lollapalooza, made the audience vibrate as night began to fall. This is a “very Lollapalooza” band, which is perhaps why Farrell created the event. A very difficult band to pigeonhole needed an equal place to play. The leader took advantage of the stage, the night and a bottle of wine started, to remember the drummer of Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, since, in that area and exactly one year ago, they had their last talks and hugs.
The 1975 led a magnetic performance on the Flow stage, led by the charismatic Matty Healy, while the legend Catupecu Machu, adored by the local public, moved from the first chord, reminding Gabriel Ruiz Diaz all the time. They shared the stage with Camilo and it was one of the highest moments of the night. Producer and performer Fred Again… is one of the new stars to keep up with. There were no doubts about that after his masterful show on the Perry’s stage, which in addition to everything gave fans the experience of seeing a shared set moment with Skrillex, which will be closing on the 3rd.
In a climate of long-awaited reunion, Tame Impala managed to hypnotize their fans as soon as they started their show with that sound that is their hallmark: psychedelia and dreamy loops. The band’s communion with the Argentine public has its history, and Kevin Parker mentioned it when he said that he had decided to come anyway despite having suffered an accident that complicated his mobility. There were hits that populate the auditory memory of several generations such as “The Less I Know the Better”, “Borderline”, and classics from their early days such as “Feels Like We Only Go Backwars”. For those in a more electronic mood, Germany’s Purple Disco Machine got you dancing with their mix of house, funk and disco.
At eleven o’clock at night one of the highlights of day #2 would arrive: Twenty One Pilots, perhaps the emblematic band of what the new rock band formats are. Known for their epic shows, the duo lived up to their reputation. They did a complete tour of their extensive discography and left no one wanting to hear their hits, such as “Stressed Out” and “Heathens” live. And, for those who still wanted Blink-182, they also reversed some of their songs.
For the pop fan audience, Melanie Martinez played at the same time, with her sonorous jewels between sweet and dark, with her naïve melodies that become profound with the force of her highly personal lyrics. The extravagant artist gave a show full of different climates, going through different facets of her repertoire.
Bresh, the party of the moment, turned up the heat with a fun and eclectic set in a show full of energy, dancers and hits. The final closure was in the hands of none other than the British Jamie XX, a central name in current music who plunged the public into the dance floor with an eclectic set, which summoned, as he usually does, both those who like the most mainstream electronica like those who move in the underground scene.
There is still the third and final day of Lollapalooza 2023, with some of the most anticipated artists of the edition such as Billie Eilish, Skrillex, Lil Nas X, Rise Against, Gorgon City, Claptone, Polo & Pan, Kali Uchis, Tokischa, and Modest Mouse. Representing the incredible Argentine musical culture will be María Becerra, Diego Torres and Callejero Fino, among many others.