Where You Can Catch 8 of Lollapalooza’s Headliners Next
Lollapalooza, the one of the last big music festivals of the summer, took over Chicago’s Grant Park last weekend with a huge variety of acts. If you weren’t lucky enough to snag a ticket or didn’t make it out to Chicago for the weekend, here’s a look at the headliners from the festival and where they’re headed to play next.
Lorde is the teenage pop star with one of the biggest hits of last summer, the catchy and smart “Royals” that turned the New Zealand native into both a pop sensation and an indie darling, a highly difficult feat to pull off. Lorde has managed to retain her popularity while refusing to take her clothes off unlike many of her peers, continuing to write smart songs, and taking part in more serious projects like fronting the reformed Nirvana for a performance of “All Apologies” for the band’s entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this spring.
After her headlining slot at Lolla on Friday night, Lorde will be kicking off a U.S. tour at the Boston Calling Music festival the first weekend in September. She’s playing cities around the U.S., and you can check if she’s coming to a town near you here.
Legendary Detroit rapper Eminem is taking the main stage just three years after his last Lolla performance, which went so well that no one’s complaining they invited him back, especially after the release of last year’s well-received The Marshall Mathers LP 2. Last time he played the festival, Eminem included guest appearances from Bruno Mars and Skylar Grey. This year Lolla-goers are hoping that Rihanna might show up to duet with Eminem on their recent hit “Monster” or “Love the Way You Lie.”
After Lolla Eminem and Riri are doing a short stadium tour together, playing shows in his hometown of Detroit, New York, and Pasadena in August. The Motor City loves Eminem so much that tickets for the two shows there are already sold out, but you can still catch the pair on either of the coasts.
Outkast are continuing their festival reunion circuit at Lolla, and this is one of the final chances for audiences to catch the influential hip-hop duo before they separate again, perhaps for good. They’ve played Coachella, Hangout, Sasquatch, and Forecastle in addition to other festivals this summer, gaining lots of praise for how timely their decade-old hits like “Hey Ya” still sound.
After Lolla, Outkast are leaving the country to play festivals in Canada and Europe. They’ll be returning to the U.S. on August 22 for the Mad Descent Block Part in Boulder, Colorado; then the LouFest in St. Louis on September 6 and 7, and a bunch of other small festivals happening around the country, culminating their reunion on Halloween weekend at the VooDoo Experience festival in New Orleans.
Kings of Leon
Kings of Leon are Nashville natives that might not have had a hit in awhile, but they still put on an enjoyable rock show. The band’s lack of a recent hot single though has plagued their recent tour, with stadium shows under-sellling at arenas around the country. Kings of Leon are one of the final acts playing on Sunday night at Lolla, but they will compete with Skrillex and festival favorite Chance the Rapper for an audience.
Kings of Leon are touring around the country with Young the Giant and Kongos, so chances are you’ll be able to catch them at a mid-size arena somewhere near you sometime through mid-October.
British alternative rock band Arctic Monkeys have the tough job of competing with Eminem for an audience during their headlining Lolla slot on Friday night, but they’ll get the crowd that attends festivals for the purpose of seeing rock shows, plus their own fans. The band’s most recent album, AM, was praised by critics and the Monkeys are coming off a killer set at Bonnaroo earlier this summer.
After Lolla, the Monkeys are playing some dates in Canada and on the west coast, including a stop at Outside Lands, before heading overseas. They’ll be back for several dates out west in the fall, including stops in Utah, Texas, and Colorado’s famous Red Rocks amphitheater before a South American tour at the end of the year.
Every summer festival has to have at least one EDM act on the bill for the late-night partiers, and EDM popularizer Skrillex is the act to get from the genre. He has been busy converting electronic music skeptics since the beginning of his career, and played a highly reviewed set at Bonnaroo earlier this summer. Skrillex is both loved and hated by the EDM community, as he’s the guy that brought them all the attention, which has both caused the scene to blossom and pop stars to cash in on the fad.
Right after Lolla, Skrillex is headed down to Austin to play Austin City Limits and then across the pond to tour Europe, but he’ll be back in the states this fall for another long stint in Austin and the VooDoo fest in New Orleans.
Harris is another artist riding the EDM wave. The Scottish producer and DJ holds the title for being the highest-paid DJ of 2013, according to Forbes, and has had success both with his solo material and with writing for other people, most notably Rihanna’s huge hit “We Found Love.” While the Scottish artist has had more success with his solo material in the U.K. than in the States, he is another Lolla act sure to please audience members looking to dance.
After Lolla, Harris will be heading back to Europe for some touring there, but he’ll return at the end of August through mid October to play in Las Vegas and Austin.
The Avett Brothers
After all that electronica, there’s something for the folkies coming to Lolla. The Avett Brothers are one of the biggest acts of the new folk revival, combining a variety of genres in the music they make within their old-time stringband format. They are influenced by a variety of music including bluegrass, folk, rock and roll, country, blues, and punk. Their most recent album, Magpie and the Dandelion, was produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.
The Avett Brothers will continue touring in the U.S. through the fall, with dates all around the country scheduled through October.
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