The 20th Anniversary Lollapalooza Festival will take place August 5-7 in Chicago, IL this year, and will feature headlining spots from Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and Muse.
Additional artists on the bill, which barring a few notable acts is beginning to blend in with all the other festival lineups this year, include Deftones, Arctic Monkeys, A Perfect Circle, Death From Above 1979, Ween, Bright Eyes, Lykke Li, Cold War Kids, Big Audio Dynamite and Explosions in the Sky. Try not to shit yourself in shock at the staggering originality of the lineup.
In addition to the largely standard festival-fare of the main stage events (what, were Kings of Leon tied up?), a 15,000-capacity dance tent will host performances by Girl Talk, Kid Cudi, Pretty Lights and Skrillex. Festival founder Perry Farrell will also play on that stage as part of a PerryEtty Vs. Chris Cox set. The full lineup is at the bottom of the page.
The news comes as a bit of an interesting contrast to the just-announced Kanrocksas Festival, who named Eminem and Muse as headliners, stealing a bit of the Lolla thunder with a very solid lineup (especially for an inaugural year) including The Black Keys, A Perfect Circle, The Flaming Lips and Arctic Monkeys. The multiple double-bookings between the two festivals will do more than clog up air traffic over the festival weekend – Lollapalooza organizers are undoubtedly foaming with fury at having been upstaged by an unheard of rookie fest with an even more ridiculous name than its own.
The insistence on showcasing Eminem as a headliner is a perplexing one, with festival organizers willingly entering into a scenario in which their night-closing heavyweight raps to a backing track and relies heavily on collaborators to establish a solid live presence. He’s a master in the studio, but the big-scale concert production always seems to dwarf and caricaturize the spiteful Michigander. Perhaps he’ll evolve his show for such a monumental event?
Full Lollapalooza 2011 lineup:
Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, the Cars, Ween.
Other Lollapalooza acts:
An Horse, Arctic Monkeys, Atmosphere, Beats Antique, Beirut, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Cards, Black Lips, Boy & Bear, Bright Eyes, Cage the Elephant, Chico Trujillo, Christina Perri, City and Colour, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, Cults, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Death From Above 1979, Deftones, Delta Spirit, Disappears, DJ Mel, Dom.
Electric Touch, Ellie Goulding, Explosions in the Sky, Fences, Fitz & the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Foster the People, Friendly Fires, Gold Motel, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Grouplove.
Imelda May, Iration, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Julia Easterlin, Kerli, Kids These Days, Lia Ices, Lissie, Local Natives, Lord Huron, Los Bunkers, Lykke Li, Manchester Orchestra, Maps & Atlases, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, Noah & The Whale.
OK Go, Patrick Stump, Phantogram, Portugal the Man, Ratatat, Reptar, Rival Schools, Ruby Jane, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Ryan Leslie, Sam Adams, Skylar Grey, Sleigh Bells, Smith Westerns.
TAB the Band, Tennis, the Chain Gang of 1974, the Drums, the Joy Formidable, the Kills, the Kingston Springs, the Mountain Goats, the Naked and Famous, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Pretty Reckless, the Vaccines, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Two Door Cinema Club, Typhoon, White Lies, Wye Oak, Ximena Saritana, Young Man, Young the Giant.
To order tickets, head to Lollapalooza.com. Given the current festival trends, we’re pretty sure this one’s going to sell out – especially since tickets have been on sale for some time now.