For the second time in its history, Lollapalooza returned to São Paulo Brazil, the largest city in South America. The gates of the Jockey Club opened as Festivalgoers from all over the country (and the world) awaited the highly anticipated performances of artists that would be performing over the next 3 days. It was finally time for everyone who had gotten themselves to São Paulo to enjoy the experience of being at one of the biggest contemporary music festival in South America, surely making Perry Farrel himself proud.
On the first day, despite the forecast for rain, the early acts took the six stages alongside a crowd that kept growing as the day progressed. Right after passing through the entrance one of the first things we noticed was the kickoff of Kidzapalooza, a place where families could enjoy music at Lollapalooza. We first went over to check in with Iggor Cavalera, best know as the former drummer of the world famous heavy-metal group Sepultura who was leading a drum workshop, teaching kids the mechanics of drumming with his wife Laima. Together they are the electronic project MIXHELL, one of the many artists performing on day 1.
At the same time, on the mainstage we noticed a performance of the folk group Agridoce, a side Project made up of members from the Brazilian rock group Pitty. Agridoce warmed up the crowd and set the mood for the first of many big names: Of Monsters and Men.
Of Monsters and Men traveled from Iceland to Brazil in order to perform at this year’s festival. They were the first big international act to kick off this year’s festival and they were fantastic. The five piece group played a charismatic set for the audience which was noticeably familiar to their debut album.
On the Alternative stage, located in the middle of the Jockey Club grounds, the Toronto based electronic experimental duo Crystal Castles performed a raw emotional set that impressed even those who had never heard of them. Starting with a blast of energy, the concert ended up with a crowd surfing by the vocalist Alice Glass.
As the day came to a close, concertgoers could watch several genres of artists wrapping up the event, from the Brazilian indie-pop group Copacabana Club with a mature performance, to the consistent Cake with an unexpected but satisfying Black Sabbath’s War Pigs version. One highlight of the day was the innovative Red Bull Technostalgia: an analogical mixing of electronic music classics, the project operates with a live band led by the Brazilian DJ Marky. This was a performance that even thrilled Perry!
The night came to a close with Deadmau5 who took the Butantã Stage on his own to perform an impressive set with amazing visual effects as the last act before the first headliner on Lollapalooza Brazil 2013.
At 9:30pm the first night came to a close on the main stage with the killer song Mr. Brightside. At this point the 51,000 music fans went crazy while The Killers played their biggest hit. Brendon Flowers sung the entire concert with a big smile on his face, playing all of the Killers greatest hits, and a few songs from the last Battle Born. As an additional bonus, the front man made sure to speak to São Paulo in Portuguese he recently learned between sets.