Attention: there are some last minute changes to the Planeta Terra lineup as a result of Kasabian being unable to play due to illness. New times for the main stage below;
and don't miss our interview with bassist and co-founder of Suede Mat Osman – that's here.
- 15h15 – Mallu Magalhães
- 16h45 – Best Coast
- 18h30 – Suede
- 20h15 – Garbage
- 22h00 – Kings of Leon
There’s no doubt about it: in certain parts of São Paulo, indie rules. A wander down the buzzing Rua Augusta on a Friday night is proof of that, where indie crowds sporting blunt fringes and plaid shirts spill out of clubs like Beco 203 and Studio SP. And with the sixth edition of the annual Planeta Terra music festival on the horizon, they’ll all be having a field day.
The one-day event features bands including Gossip, Suede and Garbage, and takes place on 20 October at a new venue for the festival: the Jockey Club. The city skyline setting may make up somewhat for the lack of extra adrenaline that used to be provided by the rollercoaster – the festival was formerly held at the Playcenter theme park, which has since closed.
Also in compensation, the festival’s new home has space for a much bigger audience: 30,000 people, which is 10,000 more than last year. And, for those who don’t get a ticket, there’s a chance to check out one or all of the festival’s 13 shows by tuning into a live stream online.
The lineup includes a dose of late-1990s rock in the form of the US band Kings of Leon (Main Stage headliner, 10pm) and the UK’s Kasabian (Main Stage, 6.30pm), who in their second time round at the festival are sure to please the crowds with their indie-punk-hip hop mix, pulled together smoothly by the loveliest of riffs.
Garbage (Main Stage, 10.15pm), the Scottish band led by the charismatic Shirley Manson, return to the scene after a seven-year hiatus with a new album Not Your Kind of People, released earlier this year. And Suede – the indie group par excellence, which mutated into one of the Britpop pack – take the stage in the early evening (Main Stage, 5pm).
Cut from the same cloth but with a thoroughly different style, Gossip winds up proceedings on the Indie Stage at 10.15pm, with the electro-power vocals of the one and only Beth Ditto to get you moving (read Time Out London's interview with Beth Ditto). And then fast forward ten years and be pleasantly surprised by the presence of contemporary, upbeat bands like The Drums (Indie Stage, 10.45pm). In The Drums’ music, echoes of 1980 reverberate in highly melodic vocals, with a dash of electro here and there.
The London quintet The Maccabees, who recently released their third album, Given to the Wild, perform on the Indie Stage at 5.45pm. With just the right amount of desperation in their sentimental and melancholy melodies, the band hits the right tone with a blend of rhythmic surprises, crystalline vocals and beautiful chords.
But watch out for the Californian duo Best Coast, which takes the prize for melodic pop thanks to the childlike voice of Bethany Cosentino – they play the Main Stage at 3.30pm. Also don’t miss the captivating voice of Azealia Banks (Indie Stage, 7.15pm). The sassy 20-year-old rapper from Harlem is in the throes of creating her first album, and hers promises to be a riveting performance. Her unique version of Interpol’s ‘Slow Hands’ has already attracted lots of attention – almost as much as did last year’s sexy, sweary belter, ‘212’.
The three Brazilian artists who kick off the day, couldn’t be more different: singer-songwriter Mallu Magalhães opens on one, while Madrid – a new band buoyed up by the harmonious songs of its members, Adriano Cintro, formerly of Cansei de Ser Sexy and Marina Vello, previously of Bonde do Rolê – on another. But why not start out with some pure fun courtesy of the tecnobrega band Banda Uó, performing at 3pm.