How to do a South American Concert
So this week started off kind of rough, but all study abroad experiences have days that are up and down. This week we started classes, and I started taking an economics class at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella which is alot harder than I thought.
I was also having a general rough time with scheduling, because the concept of add/drop period doesn’t exist. The best way to have ended my week was going to a big concert, like Lollapalooza. This will be my first music festival in South America. So here we go, this is a how to concert in South America.
So an important thing to note about most things in Argentina, there are alot of steps involved for getting anything, food, drinks, bathroom. In order to get food, one has to wait on a line to get a ticket for the food, followed by another line to get the actual food you want. The same concept applies to getting drinks and any other merchandise. Also, like any music festival, food and drinks are ALWAYS more expensive in the festival. So, before the concert started, we decided to go to a nearby gas station and stock up on all our basic necessities. Then when we entered, we were ready to go!
Once we got into Lollapalooza, the first thing we did was run to the first band we wanted to see “Walk the Moon” and they were a hit. Most of these bands were American, so we were kind of surprised to see how many people LOVED these bands and knew all the words to the songs. One of the last songs “Walk the Moon” played was called Shut up and Dance which is one of their most famous songs. When this song came on, people went literally insane. We got to experience our first “Mosh pit” which is basically when everybody stands really close to the band, jumps up and down, and almost kills you and everybody moves around like an ocean of crazy drunk music fans. It was quite different than any music festival I had eve been to in the United States.
When we tried moshing once, there was no going back and we had to just keep trying it. We got really good at it too, figuring out when to jump and when to push people out of our ways. We stayed jumping around for hours, with the occasional stopping to take pictures of the scenery. As night time came around, we started to get hungry and angry because we were hungry: thus hangry. We decided to stop and eat something, even if it meant waiting in like 10 epic lines to get a small choripan. The sunset was beautiful over the Lollapalooza green concert venue. It made me really appreciate coming to this concert.
At night, it seemed like the crowds were getting bigger(also, there were less bands playing at the same time). The signs for the bands glowed at night and it was amazing watching confetti fall all over us as we jumped to mumford and sons playing. Night concerts in South America are amazing because while people are alive during the day, they are even more alive at night. This DJ came on called JackU which I had never heard of before, but Argentines LOVED him. It was a mosh pit that was unimaginable and it stretched for miles with fans cheering and jumping. They were also able to play a lightshow that was probably my favorite part of the whole experience. Imagine a light show plus confetti flying all around while jumping? That is how to do a South American music festival, istead of backing down, you have to jump right in! It was completely surreal and it just made me feel like I will never get that same experience again.