In case any of you were music-lovers and hesistant to buy tickets, just wanted to throw out there that I attended Lollapalooza this year, and it was fantastically organized. And trust me, I had my doubts...
We rode the metro both days Line 1 and 2 at peak times, and although it was crowded and they were closing the entrances to keep overcrowding from reaching dangerous proportions at Parque O'Higgins, at no point did I feel unsafe and all 4 trips went smoothly (much more smoothly than trying to access public transportation to/from a soccer game or, say, work!) They kept the metro open until midnight thus allowing the 100,000+ ticket holders to disperse without rushing to catch the last train.
It was sunny and quite hot both days, but they had people giving out drinking water with lemon, the drink, food, and bathroom lines were never more than a 10 minute wait (and often less) and all of the performers started and finished on time. Furthermore, they weren't selling alcohol in the general area, so although a few folks managed to sneak in booze, most attendees were well-behaved.
Even better, the ticket checkers and security lines were extremely efficient. Oh, and lastly, listening to the bands try to communicate in Spanish boosted my language confidence to no end! lol...
My only complaint is that Amadou and Miriam pulled out at the last minute, and they were one of the groups I was most looking forward to seeing
So, hope to see you all out there next year!
I realize maybe you think I'm a spammer? But I'm not, I've been reading posts here since August 2012 just never joined until now
Anyways, feel free to throw out complaints about Lollapalooza as well, maybe other people had bad experiences, just want to build up knowledge about big events in Chile to allow for better planning in the future..
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A frequent observation by non-locals was that there was no alcohol for sale, apparently not like that in other major events in other countries. They seemed to think this had a positive effect. There certainly seemed to a lot of families there.
There were in fact hundreds of families, apparently any children 10 years and younger were free, so they got to rock out with the rest of us! The family-feel made it pretty calm over all, and considering its pretty common procedure not to sell alcohol at any major events here, I suppose its just par for the course now..