From a modern football stadium in Brazil to an historic horse-racing track in Argentina, tonight’s concert is in San Isidro, a plush suburb on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires.
Opened in December 1935 and occupying an area of some 148 hectares, the Hipódromo de San Isidro is used to music revellers; Lollapalooza Argentina is held here and will return for two long days in March.
As is proving common among locations chosen for this short but special tour of South America (hats off to those who chose them), the racecourse is surrounded by stunning parkland. Indeed, it would appear that San Isidro is another peaceful and picturesque part of the world best toured on foot. To give just one example: set among the leafy and cobblestoned streets is a spectacular neo-Gothic cathedral in San Isidro’s historic quarter, Plaza Mitre, standing 223 feet tall. What a majestic sight that must be.
Apparently this is Argentina’s most affluent neighbourhood. It is also its rugby union capital, with two clubs – the CASI (Club Atlético de San Isidro, founded in 1902) and San Isidro Club (SIC), fierce rivals since the 1930s – making a significant contribution in the development and popularity of the sport in this football-mad nation. The Pumas, currently ranked fifth in the world, were Rugby World Cup semi-finalists this year.
Argentina, with no disrespect to your rugby heroes, you gave the world Diego Armando Maradona, quite possibly the finest footballer who ever lived, so it seems only fair that you experience the most incredible performance tonight at the Hipódromo de San Isidro. I hope so much that you enjoy it; I’m sure you will.