9. Lollapalooza – August 1-3
Grant Park – Chicago, IL
Being around for a span of more than 20 years now, Lollapalooza sure has evolved over that time. Conceived by Jane’s Addiction’s lead singer Perry Farrell for what was supposed to the bands farewell tour in 1991, this festival has still managed to expand and live on more than two decades later. Despite taking a break for several years throughout the 1990’s, in 2003 Jane’s Addiction found a reunion happening and ultimately decided to revive Lollapalooza as a touring festival. 2004 saw the festival try to expand as a two-day touring festival but was canceled in the long run due to low ticket sales. Farrell still wasn’t finished with his creation, so he ended up partnering with C3 Entertainment (who also produces the Austin City Limits festival). Together, they put together an incredible lineup of artists that debuted in Grant Park, Chicago, IL, in 2005.
Ever since then, the festival has thrived and in recent years has seen the festival travel overseas to South America. Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Daft Punk, Rage Against the Machine and several other headliners have made their way onto the festival as headliners. Popular EDM acts such as LCD Soundsystem, Girl Talk, Boys Noize, and Deadmau5 have found themselves performing alongside the festival over recent years as well.
Tickets start out at $225 for early bird tickets for GA, then rise to $250 for regular-priced GA tickets. VIP ticket information will be available very soon. If the festival itself isn’t enough, there is a never-ending list of after-parties you can purchase ticket to separately.
Visit www.lollapalooza.com for more information on this festival.
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