For its first Asian edition, Lollapalooza takes up residence in Bombay

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The rock, hip-hop and electronic music festival Lollapalooza kicked off on Saturday in Bombay, for the first edition in Asia of this musical event born in the United States, which has spread across the planet. For this biggest musical event in the Indian financial center since the end of the pandemic, crowds flocked to the Mahalaxmi racecourse.

“It’s the first major American festival to come to India, I couldn’t miss it,” said 29-year-old Narayani Anand. “The live music scene is really rebounding,” she added. “It’s almost as if that means the end of the dark days.” The Strokes, Diplo and Imagine Dragons headline the inaugural concert.

Overpriced tickets

But Binjal Shah, 30, is among those who decided not to go. “Tickets were exorbitantly priced. I couldn’t justify such an expense,” she said. “There was a huge hype before the lineup was announced. But this one is really not terrible! My friends who bought tickets in advance were really disappointed”.

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The Lollapalooza was launched in 1991 in Chicago by Perry Farrell, the leader of Jane’s Addiction, during the boom of alternative music in the United States. Criticized for its alleged commercialism, it closed in the late 1990s but was revived in the early 2000s in the United States. The festival has since expanded to Latin America, with versions in Argentina, Brazil and Chile, as well as Europe (Sweden, Germany and France).

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