Lollapalooza is one of the staple festivals in America. Every year, during the first week of August, Chicago's Grant Park is transformed into the music-lovers dream. It's diversity of bands, artists, and DJs attracts every type of music fan, creating an energetic atmosphere wherever you are inside the festival grounds. Years previous have seen acts like The Cure, Mumford and Sons, Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, and so much more. I hope you were able to snag a 3-day pass yesterday, because this lineup announcement just made my week. Incase you weren't, single day tickets go on sale today at 11am ET. And for your convenience, the lineup is broken down by day below.
Friday, July 31st: Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, Father John Misty, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips.
Saturday, August 1st: Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets.
Sunday, August 2nd: Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars
My top 10:
- Paul McCartney - Maybe it's the obvious choice, but if you don't find yourself at Macca's set on Friday night you will certainly be missing out. Seeing him perform at Bonnaroo in 2013 was one of the best musical experiences of my life, and I'm sure this summer will be just as special.
- Glass Animals - I haven't turned off Zaba in quite some time now, and am itching to see them live. Hopefully they will have an after show as well.
- Tallest Man on Earth - His new single, "Sagres", brings a new sound for the Scandinavian guitarist. Seeing it transferred to the stage is sure to be amazing.
- Django Django - I luckily stumbled into Django Django's set at Bonnaroo 2013. They're psychedelic rock is unique and a blast to dance to.
- Misterwives - Their debut album lived up to any hype there was about it. When I think about summer, music, and Lollapalooza, their sound fits perfectly. I predict a lot of dancing.
- Circa Waves - These British rockers could be due for a big break, and I want to see it in action. We also got to sit down with them for an interview last week, so look for that in the coming days!
- Alabama Shakes - Some southern, bluesy rock will be a breath of fresh air with a lineup like this. And they have new music on the way which I am very excited for.
- TV On The Radio - I remember listening to these guys in high school a lot, but then lost track of them. With a new album out last November, I think it's time to catch up with the indie rockers.
- Of Monsters and Men - They have a spring tour set for the United States, but not too many summer festival appearances. This could be one heck of an opportunity.
- Alt-J - I could never leave these guys off of any top 10 list of mine. I hope it's at least a little dark for their set so their light show can be fully appreciated too.
Grab day by day tickets here, and let us know what your top 10 might look like below.
By Ben Lowden