It’s Official: Eminem, Skrillex, Lorde to Headline Lollapalooza
Summer music festival season was kicked off by South by Southwest in Austin earlier this month, but if you didn’t get to make it out to Texas for that, you still have plenty of options to spend a long weekend rocking out this summer. Those options are shrinking, though, as music fans are scooping up tickets to the summer’s biggest festivals, including Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Lollapalooza, among many others.
The popular Chicago-based festival Lollapalooza sold out of three-day passes before even officially announcing the event’s lineup earlier this week. Now, only day passes costing $100 a pop are left. Fans could buy one of these for each day of the event, but they’ll pay an extra $50 more than the $250 three-day ticket. Lollapalooza is set to take place in Grant Park from August 1-3. One-day passes went on sale Wednesday morning, just after the lineup was officially announced.
The Chicago Tribune leaked the possible headliners for Lolla last week, saying industry sources had told the publication that the four biggest headliners would be Detroit rapper Eminem, alternative Brits the Arctic Monkeys, dubstep king Skrillex, and southern rockers Kings of Leon. All four acts have played the festival before. It’s likely that all those people who scooped up the three-day passes believed the Tribune’s report or made the decision based on the festival’s overall reputation for attracting a wide variety of huge acts.
The Tribune’s guesses were confirmed on Wednesday, when Lollapalooza released the official lineup. In addition to the four acts the paper correctly guessed, other headliners include Lorde, Outkast (confirming Spin’s guess that the hip-hop duo would be there), the Avett Brothers, Calvin Harris, and Foster the People.
According to the Tribune, last year’s event drew a crowd of 300,000. Lollapalooza began as a touring festival in 1991 as a part of Jane’s Addiction’s farewell tour. The festival made Chicago its permanent home in 2005, drawing big crowds and big names across a variety of genres, which is again reflected in the 2014 lineup.
The festival in recent years has been particularly friendly to the burgeoning electronic dance music movement. The inclusion of DJs Skrillex and Calvin Harris as major headliners show how far EDM has come from being a fringe genre. If you’re more interested in rap and hip-hop, Nas, Outkast, Childish Gambino, and Chance the Rapper will perform in addition to Eminem. Alternative fans will find Broken Bells, Cage the Elephant, Chvrches, and Portugal. the Man as well as headliners the Arctic Monkeys.
Overall, the festival will feature more than 100 bands across eight stages. Like South by Southwest, Lollapalooza is held within city limits, which can make it a more desirable festival destination for those opposed to camping and generally being dirty than events like Coachella and Bonnaroo, although the lack of camping means you better make those expensive hotel reservations early. If you waited for the full lineup to be released before making the decision to buy tickets, you can get three one-day passes for $300 total.
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