Lollapalooza, the musical playground created by Jane’s Dependancy frontman Perry Farrell in 1991, has developed into one in all America’s most notable music festivals. The Chicago mainstay — which is going down from Aug. 3-6 in Grant Park this yr — started as a multi-city farewell tour for Jane’s which featured acts like 9 Inch Nails, Rollins Band and Ice-T. Unbeknownst to Farrell on the time, the competition can be an immense success resulting in the occasion changing into a yearly incidence. Regardless of being cancelled a number of instances as a result of monetary difficulties, the competition discovered new life in 2005 and finally turned a four-day occasion in 2016. Earlier than it formally kicks off this yr, let’s revisit each epic line-up since Lolla’s inception.
Lollapalooza’s modest however mighty beginnings are laid out completely within the inaugural competition line-up. It doesn’t get any extra legendary than a invoice that includes Jane’s Dependancy, Siouxsie And The Banshees, Residing Color and 9 Inch Nails.
The second annual Lollapalooza featured Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers, who launched their traditional album ‘Blood Sugar Intercourse Magik’ only one yr earlier. Pearl Jam, Ice Dice and Soundgarden additionally carried out.
Lolla saved pushing boundaries with its expertise curation in 1993 by reserving the likes of Primus, Alice In Chains, Fishbone, Dinosaur Jr. and Arrested Growth.
Nirvana had been scheduled to headline Lollapalooza in 1994, however in the end withdrew. As a substitute, the Smashing Pumpkins headlined alongside Beastie Boys, George Clinton and the P-Funk Allstars and A Tribe Known as Quest.
This yr’s line-up consisted of Sonic Youth as a main-stage headliner in addition to Gap (that includes a newly widowed Courtney Love). The late Sinead O’Connor additionally carried out earlier than leaving the tour early, in addition to Cypress Hill and Pavement. The late Coolio, Moby and Superchunk appeared on the aspect stage.
The competition leaned towards heavier musical stylings, with the likes of Metallica and Rancid gracing the invoice in 1996. Nonetheless, the competition was critiqued by followers for the absence of communal vibes that Lollapalooza was beforehand lauded for and what they believed was the rising presence of company sponsorships.
This eclectic line-up featured burgeoning skills like The Prodigy, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Julian and Damian Marley. It will additionally mark the final Lollapalooza for six years because of the competition taking a break for monetary causes.
Lollapalooza was revived in 2003 with headliners like Jane’s Dependancy, Audioslave and Incubus. Nonetheless, followers shied away from the occasion due to excessive ticket costs and the competition was cancelled the next yr.
In 2005, Lollapalooza had new monetary backers and have become a everlasting Chicago fixture. Weezer, Arcade Fireplace and Pixies led the newly rebuilt competition, whereas acts like Loss of life Cab For Cutie and Dashboard Confessional offered emo vibes.
Kanye West headlined his hometown competition with shock appearances from Widespread, Twista and Lupe Fiasco throughout his set. My Morning Jacket, Wilco and Sleater-Kinney additionally carried out.
A two-day format proved so profitable in 2006 that in 2007 Lollapalooza transitioned right into a three-day format. Farrell raged together with his new side-project, Satellite tv for pc Celebration, whereas Daft Punk made a uncommon look and Yeah Yeah Yeahs proved to be a formidable indie aspect.
Kanye West headlined once more in 2008, whereas different acts like Radiohead and 9 Inch Nails had been additionally fan favourites. Cat Energy, The Kills and Saul Williams additionally carried out.
Arctic Monkeys strengthened their promise as indie darlings throughout this instalment of Lollapalooza, whereas Device and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs had been the cut up headliners for a similar night time. The Killers additionally introduced all their hits to headline.
This yr introduced a merging of a number of genres as pop princess Girl Gaga introduced out her legion of loyal followers. Phoenix, The Strokes and Soundgarden additionally offered an array of enjoyable units.
Whereas music giants like Foo Fighters and Coldplay had been valiant headliners, different acts brimming with promise like Crystal Castles, Cults and The Mountain Goats additionally placed on unforgettable performances.
This yr’s line-up offered an up shut and private have a look at the enigmatic Frank Ocean whereas Jack White and Justice battled it out as headliners for the ultimate night time. Farrell additionally devoted a stage nearly solely to EDM this yr.
The Treatment carried out for the primary time at Lollapalooza, Likelihood The Rapper introduced out the lots, Kendrick Lamar impressed onlookers and Skrillex and Boys Noize teamed up for his or her be a part of act Canine Blood. An epic line-up, certainly.
2014 marked a decade of Lollapalooza going down in Grant Park, with the line-up being extra rap-friendly than typical. Eminem headlined whereas acts like Outkast, Nas and Run The Jewels proved to be spectacular additions. Lorde, Interpol and Infantile Gambino additionally carried out.
Rock impresario Gary Clark Jr. confirmed off his sheer expertise whereas the one and solely Paul McCartney closed out the competition. The Weeknd, Florence And The Machine and FKA Twigs had been additionally a pull for competition goers.
This yr marked the start of Lollapalooza changing into a 4-day competition. LCD Soundsystem, Radiohead and M83 topped the lineup, along with acts like Future, Danny Brown and Haim cemented their performative prowess.
Lollapalooza welcomed again The Killers, Lorde and Likelihood The Rapper (whose entrance featured a video message from Michelle Obama). Liam Gallagher additionally carried out, though these in attendance believed his angle marred his efficiency. There was additionally the addition of a curler skating rink this yr.
Bruno Mars made his Lollapalooza debut (excluding an look throughout Eminem’s set in 2011) whereas St. Vincent dialled up the bizarre throughout her set. LL Cool J reminded attendees why he’s the best of all time and Lil Pump’s disastrous set–which featured the emcee arriving half-hour late and his DJ’s laptop computer overheating–went down in infamy.
Lil Wayne followers confirmed up and confirmed out for his or her favorite emcee as Ariana Grande–one in all pop’s greatest superstars–delivered hit after hit throughout her headlining set. J. Balvin additionally made historical past as the primary Latino headliner within the historical past of Lollapalooza.
Because of Covid, Lollapalooza at Grant Park was cancelled however supplied a digital competition without spending a dime as an alternative. Artists like H.E.R., Metallica and Paul McCartney delivered intimate digital renditions of their most notable songs.
The primary Lollapalooza since 2019 didn’t disappoint. Miley Cyrus’ set was affected by visitor appearances (Billy Idol, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa), whereas artists like Flo Milli and Kim Petras gained a brand new legion of followers. Tyler The Creator and Foo Fighters additionally gave energizing performances.
Punk gods Inexperienced Day closed out the 2022 version of Lolla with an arsenal of hits that felt neverending. Dua Lipa gave it her all in a sequined jumpsuit throughout her energetic set, whereas Huge Sean received the gang going (and introduced out then-pregnant girlfriend Jhene Aiko throughout his set). Metallica, who additionally headlined, introduced out the thrashers once more in any case these years.
Lollapalooza returns greater and higher than ever this yr–and the line-up is monumental. Kendrick Lamar will deliver the stylings of ‘Mr. Morale & The Huge Steppers’ to Grant Park whereas Pink Sizzling Chili Peppers show why they’re nonetheless headliner standing 4 a long time after changing into a band. 2023 additionally marks Tomorrow X Collectively changing into the primary Ok-pop band to headline the unique American competition.