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We hadn’t come to Santiago for Santiago per se. Two of us were there to see a familiar face from a prior time and place, while the other two were Lollapaloozas. Bands like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Arcade Fire, The Wailers, New Order and Nine Inch Nails headlined that year, expelling artists like Phoenix and Vampire Weekend to the ranks of “rest of the line-up”.
One day, we were sitting on a warm slope of Santa Lucia hill when Vampire Weekend’s lead singer Ezra passed by.
“Hey Ezra,” one of my friends shouted at the unsuspecting guy, shuffling up the hill with his book, “see you tomorrow!“
“On Sunday,” was all he replied into the Friday air.