Lollapalooza 2012 Festival Line Up

Lollapalooza 2012 Festival Line Up

Controversy Leading To Line Up After much anticipation and speculation the Lollapalooza line up was announced earlier this week. People were especially excited this year as some controversy revealed itself in the months before the actual announcement. Lolla Leaks, a Twitter handle held by an anonymous 22-year-old Chicagoan sprouted in early February promising to leak artists every time the account hit a specific number of followers. The account gained the attention of several national media outlets and even started somewhat of  an online feud with Lollapalooza creator Perry Ferrell. The fire created by Lolla Leaks eventually died down. The creator admitted publicly on tumblr that the whole thing was an experiment that went further than he ever expected. None of the artists he listed were never confirmed. With Lolla Leaks out of the picture people were once again free to speculate, especially when a photo emerged a week ago. The photo of a "memo" combined with creative advertisements throughout the city of Chicago started giving way to more founded predictions. Shortly after the photo emerged the actual line up was announced and revealed that the memo was spot on. So without further ado, here is your 2012 Lollapalooza lineup.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Return To Headline Lollapalooza 2012 This With New Guitarist Josh Klinghoffer

New and Old Faces, Indie, Electronic, and Hometown Favorites


  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • The Black Keys
  • Black Sabbath
  • Jack White
  • Florence + The Machine
  • At The Drive In
  • Bassnectar
These headlining acts do a great job of covering music genres across the board and making sure there is something for everyone once the sun starts to set in Grant Park. The Red Hot Chili Peppers return as a headliner for a second time, this isn't The Black Keys, Bassnectar, Jack Black, or Florence + The Machine's first time at the festival either.

(Possibly) Perry's Tent

Avicii leads the crew of electronic artists, the EDM genre has really exploded over the last few years and you can be sure that these artists will bring dance parties to the stage. Justice, Passion Pit, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, Miike Snow, Skream & Benga, Big Gigantic, SBTRKT, Madeon, ZEDD, Neon Indian, Porter Robinson, DEV, DJ Nehal, DJ Zebo, Paper Diamond, The White Panda, Zeds Dead, Washed Out, Star Slinger, DJ Mel, Kid Color, Nadastrom,  and Nero are all on the bill to keep people moving all day and night.

Small(er) Stages

The bands on the bill are equally as impressive spanning genres across the board. Funk, soul, alternative, indie rock, singer & songwriters, and heavy metal all make their presence felt at Lollapalooza this year. Some of the names include The Shins, Sugar Ros, Bloc Party, M83, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, Delta Spirit, Santigold, Metric, The Temper Trap, Dawes, Tune-Yards, The Head & The Heart, The Big Pink, Twin Shadow, The Tallest Man On Earth, Toro Y Moi, Fun., Little Dragon, Dr.Dog, Of Monsters and Men, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Amadou & Mariam, The Walkmen, Tame Impala, Band of Skulls, JJ Grey & Mofro, Dum Dum Girls, Trampled By Turtles, Bear In Heaven, Pilot Blind, Chairlift, The Black Angels, Yellow Ostrich, Givers, Polica, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, DoomTree, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Devil Makes Three, Oberhofer, The Wars On Drugs, Bowerbirds, Orchard Lounge, Mona, The Growlers, Hey Rossetta!, Jeff The Brotherhood, Anamanaguchi, First Aid Kit, Fidlar, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Mile Greene, Los Jaivas, Kopecky Family Band, The Jezbels, LP, Yuna, Walk Off The Earth, Animal Kingdom, Salva, The Sheepdogs, The Dunwells, Empires, Kevin Devine, Dry The River, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, Amabassadors, The New No2, Moon Taxi, Chancellor Warhol, Laura Warshauer, and Red Oblivion.

M83 Is A Newcomer That People Are Excited About At This Years Festival

Hip-Hop, Reggae, Funk, and Soul are also present this year,  although not as heavily as some may wish. Some of the artists above could have possibly made this section (Santigold, JC Brooks,  Amadou & Mariam). Either way here are some notables. The Weeknd, J.Cole, Childish Gambino, Wale, Die Antwoord, Little Dragon, O Rappa, Wax, and Overdoz.  Don't miss out on the city's largest and most diverse music festival taking place at beautiful Grant Park August 3-5! 2012 Lollapalooza tickets are available now at!
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