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Lollapalooza Argentina 2016: Florence + the Machine, Mumford & Sons & More Day 2 Highlights

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Diego Fioravanti

Florence and the Machine perform at Lollapalooza held at Hipodromo de San Isidro on March 19, 2016 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The second chapter of Lollapalooza Argentina 2016 was marked by unusual cold. The estimated 100,000 in attendance had to bring coats, scarves and sweaters the day before summer's end, and it started drizzling during the last performances. It still didn’t dampen the mood, with memorable performances by Mumford & Sons, Die Antwoord and Florence + the Machine, among others.

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Early in the day, the powerful voice of Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard brought the necessary serving of blues and soul to the table, always welcome in a country with a strong attachment to the genre. Alabama Shakes rocked the afternoon with “Don't Wanna Fight,” “Gimme All Your Love” and “Future People” -- all from the band's latest album, Sound & Color -- and of course, the act's biggest hit, “Hold On.”

As for Noel Gallagher, the musician was adamant about any possibility of an Oasis reunion. "Maybe if I ran out of ideas for my solo thing. And I've got plenty of ideas," he told Billboard before his show.

Accordingly, Gallagher was quick to reveal he was working on a new album. He was in Argentina presenting his latest album, Chasing Yesterday, with his High Flying Birds. His set also included a few Oasis classics like “Listen Up,” “Wonderwall” and “Don't Look Back in Anger.”

Meanwhile, Mumford & Sons’ Argentine debut came at the band’s peak. With a renewed sound and their instrumental versatility, the group's performance was boosted by a blistering set of hits such as “Babel” and “I Will Wait.” Certainly, the band's country and folk influences were not lost among its newfound stadium rock sound.

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"With this third album we definitely wanted to explore further,” bassist Ted Dwane told Billboard before the band took the stage. “Some fans maybe were not so sure, not so happy about it. But I think now that people have seen us playing those songs live, as we go around they say 'Oh, it’s still Mumford & Sons,” he said.

The real change of pace came with South Africa’s Die Antwoord, who let all hell break loose in the Perry Stage.

Ninja, wearing an Argentine soccer T-shirt,  dove into the hands of the crowd and also performed the raucous Pitbull Terrier using the scary mask that appears in the video.

Towards the end of the day, as rain started pouring, out came Florence + the Machine for their Argentine debut.

Wearing a see-through pink dress and barefoot -- as Kevin Parker was the day before -- Florence Welch was masterful. In the final moments of her performance, she climbed to the sound tower from where she sang “Dog Days are Over,” one of the most brilliant moments of the day.  

Other impressive performances included Brandon Flowers, who replaced Snoop Dogg (he canceled last week due to family issues), Marina and the Diamonds' indie pop, and blues soul rockers Vintage Trouble. Alternative local artists such as Babasonicos, Leo Garia and Eruca Sativa performed early in the day.
 

 

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