Every year in late July or early August, Grant Park in Chicago is turned into the epicenter of everything that’s hot in music and the epitome of what summer should be like. This year will be no different as Lollapooza just released one of the most impressive lineups of the year, featuring Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper, The Killers, Muse, and Arcade Fire.
Lollapooza’s talent buyers never fail to impress, and they seem to always deliver to a variety of fans’ wants and needs, whether it be legacy acts, hip hop/ R&B, EDM, metal, alt rock, rap, and everything in between. Highlights from the second and third lines include alt pop superstar Lorde, recent Grammy winners Cage the Elephant, the band they beat out for that Grammy in Blink-182, hip hop trailblazers Run the Jewels, consistently popular EDM star DJ Snake, and the recently-emerged-from-hibernation British alt-rockers The XX. Lollapalooza tends to fall perfectly in line with many of the 170 total acts’ summer tour schedules and album releases, ensuring high quality performances.
The quality of Lollapalooza’s lineup runs deep. You can pick out would be headliners at almost any other festival throughout the first four or so lines of Lollapalooza’s lineup. Of the 170 total acts, there’s not one to overlook. The organizers behind Lollapalooza are able to piece a lineup together from top to bottom almost better than anyone else. Not too long ago, a then-unheard-of Lady Gaga performed on one of the smallest stages at Lollapalooza and whose name could be found in tiny print near the bottom of the lineup poster.
A true testament to the experience Lollapalooza’s organizers are able to curate, four-day passes sold out practically instantly, going on sale a full day before the lineup was released. Some single day tickets are still available, but they will probably disappear as the day ends.
The by-day line up:
Thursday, Aug. 3: Muse, Lorde, Cage the Elephant, Wiz Khalifa, Porter Robinson, Liam Gallagher, Migo, Spoon, Lil Uzi Vert, Jon Bellion, George Ezra, Capital Cities, Kaytranada, Baauer, The Drums, A-Trak, Tritonal, Gryffin, CRX, Temples, Suicideboys, Hippo Campus, Honne, Cheat Codes, Kevin Devine, Paper Diamond, Middle Kids, The Hunna, Oliver Tree, Jain, The O’My’s, Declan McKenna, Unlike Pluto, Atlas Genius, Arizona, Gibbz, Pham, Michael Blume, Elohim, Stanaj, Kweku Collins, Max
Friday, Aug. 4: The Killers, Blink-182, DJ Snake, Run the Jewels, Foster the People, Ryan Adams, Grmatik, Phantogram, Tegan and Sara, Crystal Castles, Kaleo, Little Dragon, 3Lou, Whitney, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Majid Jordan, Getter, The Pretty Reckless, Slushii, Cloud Nothings, Jidenna, Mura Masa, Bishop Briggs, Dokay, the Districts, PUP, Moose Blood, Skott, The Lemon Twigs, Mondo Cozmo, San Holo, The Frights, Saint Jhn, Bibi Bourelly, Missio, Cobi, Moksi, Slothrust, Allan Rayman, Frenship, Harriet Brown, Jess Malin
Saturday, Aug. 5: Chance the Rapper, the XX, Alt-J, The Head and the Heart, Kaskade, Glass Animals, Vance Joy, Mac Demarco, Russ, 21 Savage, Banks, Sylvan Esso, Alison Wonderland, Live, Royal Blood, Nghtmre, Warpaint, Highly Suspect, Zara Larsson, Jai Wolf, Ephwurd, Alvvays, G Jones, Amine, San Fermin, The Japanese House, Leon, The Shelters, Blossoms, Jacob Banks, Michael Christmas, Flint Eastwood, Ron Gallo, Madeintyo, Young Bombs, The London Souls, 888, Wingtip, Colony House, Brayton Bowman, Lady Pills
Sunday, Aug. 6: Arcade Fire, Justice, Big Sean, The Shins, Zed’s Dead, Rae Sremmurd, Tove Lo, Milky Chance, Grouplove, DVBBS, Borgore, Lil Yachty, London Grammar, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Noname, Joey Badass, Charli XCX, Car Seat Headrest, Slander, Machine Gun Kelly, 6lack, Sampha, Maggie Rogers, NF, Joyryde, Joseph, Barns Courtney, Vant, Grace Mitchell, Blaenavon, Lo Moon, Dirty Audio, Whethan, Sofi Tukker, Xavier Omar, Boogie, Wax Motif, The Walters, Duckwrth, Spencer Ludwig, Flor, Goody Grace, Tucker Beathard