After every festival around the world taking a hiatus in 2020 & the beginning of 2021, many festivals are coming back safely & responsibly; Lollapalooza is on schedule to do the same. Lollapalooza 2021 will be held in Grant Park, Chicago July 29th-August 1st & boasts a world renowned multi-genre lineup for all types of music lovers.
This years lineup includes names like Foo Fighters, Post Palone, Tyler the Creator, Miley Cyrus, Dababy, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan the Stallion, Roddy Rich, Young Thug, Jack Harlow, Polo G, Slander, Steve Aoki, Jimmy Eat World, Jauz, Tchami, Big Wild, Yellowclaw, Subtronics, Dabin, Lost Kings, Riot Ten, Saymyname, Wooli, Sullivan King, & many many more.
Lollapalooza was conceived and created in 1991 as a farewell tour by Perry Farrell, singer of Jane’s Addiction. The first Lollapalooza had a diverse collection of bands and was a commercial success. It went to more than twenty cities in North America. Lollapalooza then ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. In 2004 the festival decided to expand to multi-city & multi-day events, but had to cancel the tour due to poor ticket sales. In 2005 the festival was revived & revamped into a multi-day, one city festival, based in Grant Park, Chicago where it has been ever since. The word “Lollapalooza” dates from a late 19th-century/early 20th-century American idiomatic phrase meaning “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance”.
Even thought the first Lollapalooza tour was meant as a farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction, it featured a multi-genre lineup as well including Nine Inch Nails & Ice-T. The very first tour started in Phoenix & ended in Seattle, was covered by MTV & was talked about as the best festival of that summer. By the second year they were booking bands like Soundgarden & Red Hot Chili Peppers, which weren’t small names by any means to music listeners at the time. Spin wrote that it “changed the trajectory of the ’90s, helping usher the alternative era into the mainstream. […] Lollapalooza provided a common home for artists on the mainstream periphery. […] Lolla became the template for what became the modern American festival.”
While Lollapalooza has had its own ups, downs, & changes, it is one of the longest standing & most respected festivals in North America & around the world. They continues to change and adapt to modern trends, now booking major EDM artists from sub-genres that didn’t even exist 25 years ago. Lollapalooza is estimated to host over 400,000 people over the course of 4 days every year, & in past years has continuously sold out. Head to their website to purchase tickets before its too late !