And so we head boldly into the music festival season! It's still a little chilly in Northern Europe and most of the United States, but down in South America the weather is warming up nicely and an outdoor music festival is very much a realistic possibility as the people of Santiago and Sao Paulo will find out with the addition of their venues to the ever burgeoning Lollapalooza franchise.
The original Lollapalooza was a touring event which has been running since 1991, although there was a hiatus between 1997 and 2003. It then settled on a permanent venue at Grant Park, Chicago in 2005 and since then it has gone from strength to strength, now becoming one of the fist major music festivals to take itself on the road, adding the event in Santiago, Chile in 2011 then Brazil's Sao Paulo a year later.
Any concerns that the quality of the performers at the satellite events would be impacted by the shifting of venue to a relatively remote location have been seriously allayed with the announcement of genuinely impressive lineups, as you can see below.
In the Santiago event in Chile particular attention is paid to the local bands and performers who are given the chance to appear in the same lineup as the more established international acts, giving a great potential boost to the careers of up and coming Chilean artists.
2016 Lollapalooza lineup to follow.
Lollapalooza in Chicago was streamed live online again in 2014, this year's coverage provided by Red Bull TV:
In the meantime, you can enjoy watching highlights of past festivals on the ever-reliable Youtube:
There is also an official Lollapalooza mobile app available this year - download it here:
If you're in for the festival weekend you'll find it's still early days in the main holiday season so should still be plenty of hotel places available. You can search for hotels, check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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