When you look at the 2017 Lollapalooza lineup released yesterday, a lot of those names might look familiar. Of the nine BIG FONT headliners only one (Blink-182) has never played Lolla before. Extending that to the 22 artists comprising the top five rows adds three more newbies: Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, and Liam Gallagher. If … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2017 lineup: Look familiar?
It’s been 25 years since Perry Farrell kicked off the annual freak show of Lollapalooza. The definition of “freak” has changed a lot since then. Back in 1991 it was still strange to have blue hair and a bunch of tattoos. All of the imagery that made Jane’s Addiction so outlandish back in the day … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2016: Has it really been 25 years?
Good old Perry Farrell has changed his tune on EDM at Lollapalooza. Back in 2011 he told USA Today: “My mission is one day there’ll be live music on one side and electronic music on the other side,” Farrell says. “It looks like the world is really going in that direction where dance music is … Continue reading Perry Farrell changes his tune on EDM at Lolla
Father John Misty is one of my favorite artists of the past several years. His two albums are both awesome, and he played my favorite set at Lollapalooza 2013. I already bought my tickets to (finally) see him in a non-festival environment in September. So I was definitely excited for his set this year. But … Continue reading Photos: Father John Misty at Lollapalooza 2015
GLONO photographer Jolie Brown got a bunch of great pictures of Chali XCX at Lollapalooza. Here are some of the best.
GLONO photographer Jolie Brown got a ton of great pictures of Gogol Bordello. Here are some of the best.
Remember when Lollapalooza was alternative? You’re forgiven if you don’t. They gave up on that idea by 1996 when they first booked Metallica as a headliner. Remember when fests had their own identities? Bonnaroo was a rootsy jam band festival, etc. These days bands just rotate through the major summer music festivals, year by year. … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2015: I Don’t Care, I Love It
While I was researching my Lolla 2014 piece I was surprised and disappointed that I could not find the original 2005 Lollapalooza map online anywhere. I stumbled across Jim DeRogatis’ 2006 news item about the fest’s expansion for its second year, which reminded me that in 2005 everything had been crammed south of Buckingham Fountain. … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2005 Map and Schedule
Ten years. Ten Lollas in Grant Park. I had a cutting edge mobile phone in 2005 — the Motorola RAZR — but I didn’t know how to text properly. There were no iPhones, no Twitter, YouTube hadn’t officially launched yet, and Facebook was still exclusive to college students. Lollapalooza 2005 seems quaint in retrospect. It … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2014: Drives You Crazy Getting Old
Friday There’s something thrilling — maybe even masochistic — about entering a big music festival on the first day. So many people at the gates, squeezing in, getting hassled by security goons, all intent on making it inside. Once you’re finally in, you can take a deep breath and get your bearings. Bar, porta-potties, stages. … Continue reading Lollapalooza 2013: Fun Times in Babylon