Latin America’s Lollapalooza is usually held in March, but Estéreo Picnic, a 100% colombian festival, is usually the main attraction during that month.
Not too long ago, Bogotá’s media was praising the arrival of Lollapalooza Colombia. This extremely well known music festival was born in the backstreets of Chicago, Illinois and grew to be a widespread phenomenon in Chile, Brazil, Argentina and Germany.
The organization in charge of the logistics of the event, T310| Absent Papa, publicly announced that Bogotá would be slowly but surely placing itself on the map of renowned music festivals. Sergio Pabón, CEO of T310, stated that they wanted to attract more concert goers from Venezuela, Ecuador, Panamá, Costa Rica, as well as tourists from other countries that don’t have international festivities pertaining only to music.
Sadly, only months after this confirmation, the same organization announced that the festival, Lollapalooza Colombia, had been cancelled and that all the money invested in the event would be returned. Everyone seemed to be at awe at the thought of such a great concert coming to this South American country, so why was it cancelled?
Well, there seemed to be a slight mishap when it came to setting the date. Latin America’s Lollapalooza is usually held in March, but Estéreo Picnic, a 100% colombian festival, is usually the main attraction during said month. Being that the case, T310|Absent Papa were forced to change the month to October but then, once again, it was modified to the 17th and 18th of September. By changing the dates, they were also hoping to avoid scheduling conflicts with the artists that could possibly be starring in both concerts.
Around the month of July, T310/ Absten Papa wrote a letter to the general public officially shutting down Lollapalooza Colombia. According to the spokesperson, the headlining artist scheduled to perform cancelled and there were left with a non appealing lineup. Various sources stated that said artists was Rihanna who, as consequence to the Zika scared that was going around during 2016, cancelled her South America tour.
The other artists that were scheduled to perform were:
Lana del Rey, Disclosure, Wiz Khalifa, The Chainsmokers, Bomba Estéreo, Nicky Romero, Silversun Pickups, Cage the Elephant, Vance Joy, Robin Schulz, Pennywise, Breakbot, Matt and Kim, City and Colour, Esperanza Spalding, Monsieur Periné, Markus Schulz, Anderson Paak and The Free Nationals, Yellow Clar, Felix Jaehn, Dr. Krápula, Wild Nothing, Mutemath, Mutemath, Lost Frequencies, Toy Selectah, Goldroom, Diamante Eléctrico, Lewis del Mar, Louis The Child, Esteman, Jack Novak, Tiano Bless, El Freaky, Árbol de ojos, Fatso, Mavidip and Steinlausky, Maoloading, Ságan, Felipe Gordon, Fatso, La Frenh Toast, and Clubsz. With little to no surprise to most, the Lollapalooza Colombia’s lineup is no different from Estéreo Picnic’s which hurt its popularity.
Some state that the real reason why the show was cancelled was because the colombian music scene did not want foreigners to meddle in what they alone had accomplished. Even though no official sources have spoken out about said rumor, it did lead to split opinions between the almost attendees. Some argued that they would much rather attend an event that’s 100% colombian and very well known around the world rather than an american music festival that seems to be no different than it’s colombian rival. On the other hand, people affirmed that they wanted to be a part of the international music festival scene, especially when it came to Lollapalooza. Regardless of anyone’s stand on the matter, T310 handled the situation well and everyone that bought tickets to the event had their money refunded with little to no hassle.
No matter what the real reason was, the organizers of both events have agreed that if Lollapalooza Colombia is still a thought in the making, it better have an interesting lineup that would attract a more diverse crowd instead of just trying to engage with those who are devoted followers of the Estéreo Picnic music scene.