Lollapalooza Argentina 2016: Eminem, Tame Impala, Jack U & More Day 1 Highlights

Diego Fioravanti
Twenty One Pilots perform at Lollapalooza held at Hipodromo de San Isidro on March 18, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Lollapalooza arrived in Argentina for its third consecutive year with its most eclectic lineup yet. In its first day on Friday (March 18), the wide range of genres went from Eminem -- in his first-ever visit to Argentina -- to Tame Impala's neo pshychedelia and Jack U's frantic dubstep.

Eminem, Jack Ü Lead Lollapalooza 2016 South American Lineup

The festival is taking place March 18-19 at Hipodromo de San Isidro (12 miles from Buenos Aires), a traditional racehorse track temporarily disguised as a concert venue just to receive this monster of a global festival.

“Monster” was also one highlight of Eminem's set, the most highly anticipated performance of day one and certainly the best attended. Local promoters estimated 80,000 people went to the first day of Lollapalooza, and the bulk of them stayed til the end to watch Eminem’s set.

Slim Shady brought Rihanna's voice to Buenos Aires with the track that conquered the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, and also with “The Way You Lie,” which he dedicated to the women in the crowd. The rapper's retrospective of hits also included “Without Me,” “Til I Collapse” and “One Shot,” always backed by Royce Da 5'9'.

"Argentina, this is our first time here and now we don't want to leave. But we have to tell you where we’re from,” Eminem said before launching into “White America.”

Tame Impala, Twenty One Pilots, Eagles of Death Metal & More

Argentines are getting used to seeing Tame Impala, which has made four visits to the country. But this was the first since the birth of Currents, the album that introduced Kevin Parker (performing barefoot, as usual) to a much bigger audience, and was a key player of the evening.

During Eagles of Death Metal's set, there was a feeling that the band's Jesse Hughes might refer to his recent controversial comments regarding the Bataclan Theatre, but he only made a passing mention of the Paris terrorist attacks. "We've been through hard moments, but you make it worthwhile", he told the audience.

Pleasant surprises of the day included Twenty One Pilots, which brought their typical schizophrenic energy for the group's first Argentine show, performing at times in platforms above the audience’s head and wearing Argentine soccer T-shirts. Another one was Halsey, who stripped of her colorful hair still offered a convincing performance in her Argentine debut.    

Jack U recovered quickly from a rocky start when the sound stopped by accident for a few seconds. Skrillex blamed the "great energy of the crowd," which went crazy when the DJ's performed Justin Bieber's recent hits “Sorry” and, of course, “Where Are U Now?” the track Diplo, Skrillex and Bieber recorded together. However, the act's high point came when Die Antwoord joined on stage, taking everybody by surprise. Perhaps both duos became friends the night before, when they shared a sideshow in La Rural, a fairground in Buenos Aires.

While Argentina is enjoying the last days of the festival -- with Noel Gallagher, Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons, Alabama Shakes and more -- Eminem, Tame Impala, Jack U and company are heading to Chile for the last stop of Lollapalooza's Latin leg.