Lollapalooza is going big for its big 2-5.
The July 28-31 mega-music festival in Chicago's Grant Park will expand from two days to four during its 25th run, with headlining talent that includes J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, Future, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, and many more.
Tickets — $120 per day GA; various/expensive VIP packages — go on sale at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lollapalooza.com. Four-day GA passes sold out Tuesday. Around 100,000 festivalgoers will flood downtown Chicago, so it's not too early to begin scouting hotels.
For Minnesota fans of Radiohead and LCD Soundsystem, the seven-hour drive to the shore of Lake Michigan will prove very tempting. Radiohead last played the Twin Cities in 1997 (!); James Murphy's LCD Soundsystem played St. Paul's Roy Wilkins Auditorium in 2010 before splitting up the following year and reuniting in 2015.
No Minnesota bands made the cut for this year's Lollapalooza. Last year Hippo Campus served as our lone ambassadors. As always, expect plenty of Lolla spillover in local clubs before and after the fest. Superstar rapper Future, along with indie-rap fave Danny Brown, will both perform May 29 at Minnesota's Soundset festival.
Lollapalooza founder and Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell offered this quote via Wednesday's press release:
"I've immersed myself in this experience for 25 years now, but it's in a constant state of evolution, living and breathing. As long as we always try to find the eye of the hurricane, the epicenter of the music that is truly connecting right now, I think we can go for another 25 years! And we'll do it by always making sure to keep it fresh.Just for the fuck of it, here's an iconic clip of Gen X satire from the classic 1996 "Homerpalooza" Simpsons episode:
Four days this year, over 170 of the best bands, including acts from all over the world as the music community connects globally more than ever; the best sound, staging and lights. We promise the festival will always strive to be the 'lifeblood' of the music scene"
And, more appropriately, here's the complete 2016 Lollapalooza lineup:
July 28: J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, G-Eazy, the 1975, Flosstradamus, Bastille, the Last Shadow Puppets, Excision, the Arcs, City and Colour, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Daughter, Danny Brown, Tchami, Cashmere Cat, Yeasayer, Kehlani, Melanie Martinez, Alunageorge, Towkio, Wavves, Haitua Kaiyote, Bob Moses, Don Diablo, Grandtheft, Mr. Carmack, Bas Cozz Omen, Somo, Bad Royale, Cloves, Frances, Wild Child, Autolux, Alle Farben, Jazz Cartier, the Noisy Freaks, Tennyson, Pinegrove, Firekid, Skate Maloley, Lucy Dacus, Arkells, the Greeting Committee
July 29: Radiohead, Future, Major Lazer, M83, Martin Garriz, Miike Snow, Griz, Foals, Ghost, Mac Miller, Cherub, Frightened Rabbit, A$AP Ferg, Duke Demont, Alessia Cara, M0, Lettuce, Frank Turner & the Sleeping Souls, The Struts, Wolf Alice, Saint Motel, Bro Safari, Rufus Du Sol, Audien, Modern Baseball, Skepta, Lewis Del Mar, Boombox Cartel, Kiiara, Hayden James, Day Wave, Party Favor, PVRIS, Haelos, Con Brio, Illenium, Saba, Sunflower Bean, Jahkoy, Race Banyon, Muddy Magnolias, Polly A., Horse Thief
July 30: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Jane's Addiction, Two Door Cinema Club, Chris Stapleton, Hardwell, Grimes, Leon Bridges, Big Grams (Big Boi + Phantogram), Big Gigantic, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Vic Mensa, Jauz, Mutemath, St. Lucia, Oliver Heldens, Tory Lanez, Houndmouth, X Ambassadors, the Front Bottoms, the Joy Formidable, Chairlift, Jack Garratt, Marshmello, Alina Baraz, Dua Lipa, Lolawolf, AC Slater, Slumberjack, The Strumbellas, Baio, Nothing But Thieves, Jarryd James, Tor Miller, Generix, Lazyboy Empire, Drowners, Nothing, Secret Weapons, Potty Mouth, Audiodamn!, Honeysuckle
July 31: LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, Flume, Haim, Halsey, Die Antwoord, Bryson Tiller, Bloc Party, Local Natives, Adventure Club, Zhu, Yellow Claw, Silversun Pickups, Vince Staples, Years & Years, Lindsey Stirling, Third Eye Blind, Seven Lions Snails, Fidlar, Oh Wonder, Snakehips, Marian Hill, Classixx, Aurora, Flatbush Zombies, Muna, Mija, Jackal, Louis the Child, Lapsley, Panama Wedding Banners, Burns, DRAM, VHS Collection, Sir the Baptist, Smino, Unified Highway Mothers, Totem, Dreamers, Lanco.