Arcade Fire, Soundgarden close Lollapalooza as crowds exceed 160,000……
By Joseph Hinchliffe, Sam Edwards, Consuelo Fernanda Laclaustra and Charlotte Karrlsson-Willis
Published On : Tue, Apr 1st, 2014
With crowds of 80,000 plus each day this weekend, Lollapalooza’s Santiago offshoot cemented its status as the country’s biggest music festival this weekend, drawing both international headliners and local stalwarts, some of whom won them selves new fans, while others seemingly went through the motions.
Fernando Daniel Stern Britzmann, aka Nano Stern, showed why he is one of the leading exponents of a new generation of Chilean “canto popular” singers-songwriters.
Nano y banda Lollapalooza
Stern’s show was marked by a wide range of instruments, from cow bells to cellos, and many band members and support staff sported t-shirts plugging the “Mas Musica Chilena” campaign, which seeks to secure a mandate for radio hours dedicated to local artists.
The outspoken musician also weighed into the Chile-Peru border dispute by dedicating a Peruvian-inspired number to his “brothers and sisters” to the north who were being “treated like shit” by a handful of “wealthy Chilean families.” The song saw the band’s drummer beat a “cajón peruano” throughout a barnstorming 10 minute flute-off between Stern — on a traditional wind instrument — and his flautist.