By Michael Lopez
Twenty-two years in, Lollapalooza appears to be bigger than ever. This weekend, the three-day music festival brought in over 100,000 people to Chicago’s Grant Park (and a tidal wave of Tweets and Instagrams). And while names like Mumford & Sons and The Killers proved to be the big headliners, several Latinos became major fan faves.
The Chilean band Astro tore up the stage on day three, flossing colorful X-Men t-shirts and blending in a mixture of timpanis, bongo drums and synthesizers. Just four years after their debut EP, Astro has become one of South America’s breakout acts and they proved their worth on Lolla Sunday. Hits like “Panda” and “Ciervos” got the Chicago crowd jumping and made the guys a major trending topic.
And as a tribute to their fans, Astro even posted a Twitpic of their setlist just before taking the sage.
But Astro weren’t the Chileans rocking Grant Park on Sunday. DJs Raff and Bitman (also known as RVSB) spun some amazing instrumental tracks, including their breakout hit, “Cruz Del Sur.”
Primed to explode this year, RVSB have already provided music for brands like Coca-Cola, Verizon and Taco Bell. And they seemed to be reveling in the mayhem of Lollapalooza. Not only did Raff and Bitman perform at the park, they DJ’d one of the weekend’s biggest afterparties alongside Dillon Francis and Flux Pavillion.
As far as the rest of the weekend went, Lolla delivered on every level. Classic acts like Nine Inch Nails and The Cure proved they could still move the masses, while modern-day hitmakers like Kendrick Lamar and The Lumineers showed some long-term staying power. Hip-hop fans got an incredible set from 2 Chainz and EDM lovers powered up thousands of glowsticks for DJ Steve Aoki.
And just to prove that all the Chicago Latinos were acknowledged, Lolla kickoff act Ella Jenkins performed multiple songs in Spanish. It definitely made for a memorable weekend and (we imagine) a nice heap of cash for the festival organizers.
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