When: August 2nd-4th
Where: Chicago, IL
Who: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, The Killers, Mumford and Sons, The Postal Service, Phoenix, The National, Kendrick Lamar, The Lumineers, Queens of the Stone Age, New Order, Band of Horses, Vampire Weekend, Knife Party, Major Lazer, 2Chainz, Cat Power, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Tegan & Sara, Alt-J, Hot Chip, Crystal Castles, Disclosure, Father John Misty, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Smith Westerns, Icona Pop, Local Natives, Haim, St. Lucia, Matt & Kim, Ellie Goulding, Alex Clare, Atlas Genius, Reignwolf, Angel Haze, DIIV, Wild Belle, The Neighborhood, The Orwells, Blondfire and more (CoS has the full daily breakdown here).
Tickets: 3 Day passes $235 sold out; 1 Day passes $95 (on sale Wed.)
Tell Me More: One of the biggest festivals in the country couldn’t beat the leakers this year. After a few false lineups, someone spilled the beans and got a hold of the real 2013 Lollapalooza list and force C3 into delivering the goods more than a week early. Festival fans like myself were too mad though as the line-up was essentially gift wrapped before dropping $235 on a 3 day pass. It’s a good thing the information was available too because 3 day pass were long gone in record time, with 1 day passes sure to be snatched up quickly (Greg Kot says there are only 20,000/day) this Wed.
2013’s edition of the Perry Farrell’s 3 day fest was my favorite line-up of the year, but how about that Lolla 2013 lineup? Unless you thought Daft Punk was going to headline, most fans should definitely be pleased with this August’s headliners. Coachella went with surprises like Stone Roses and Blur, while Bonnaroo booked nostalgia in Sir Paul, Tom Petty. Lolla went for bigger nostalgic surprises in The Cure and Nine Inch Nails with must haves Mumford, Phoenix, The Postal Service and rock mainstays The Killers. Vampire Weekend should be rolling after the release of their 3rd album, while The National and Queens of The Stone Age should be feeling success of new releases. If those big acts don’t satisfy you, Lollapalooza excels in stacked undercards and 2013 is no different. Grizzly Bear, The Lumineers, Alt J and Band of Horses have or soon will be headlining smaller fests and Local Natives and Father John Misty should be on everyone’s “must see” list. The amount of female star power at Lolla is staggering with Ellie Goulding, Tegan and Sara, Cat Power, Lana Del Ray, Emeli Sande, Jessie Ware, Haim, Angel Haze and Icona Pop all making appearances. Perry’s Tent should be thumping with Steve Angello, Knife Party, Theivery Corp, Major Lazer, Flux Pavillion, Disclosure, Adventure Club, GRiZ, and Keys n Krates. Other buzzing acts not to be missed include Atlas Genius, DIIV, MS MR, Wavves, The Neighbourhood, and Blondfire.
The only genre Lolla faltered in is hip-hop. Kendrick Lamar, 2Chainz and Angel Haze were automatic bookings, Theophilus London fills the indie rapper void and hometown emcee Chance The Rapper is an excellent Chi-town act, but that is where the list ends. I can see avoiding Wu Tang Clan since they are already on the other majors’ lists, but what about Big Boi? How about Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Killer Mike, A$AP Rocky, Joey Bada$$ or even Pusha T. There’s always next year, I suppose.
Aside from more hip-hop, I can’t imagine there is much more C3 could have done to please the masses. I’m more than happy to be returning to Millenium Park for my second Lolla experience. The heat in Chicago during August is unbearable and the crowds are much larger than Hangout, but I like to think 4 Atlanta summers has prepared me for high temperatures on Lake Michigan. Chicago, here we come.