Lollapalooza Turns 25

Lollapalooza Turns 25

In 1991, Perry Farrell, created a music festival called Lollapalooza as a farewell tour for his band, Jane's Addiction.  The festival toured North America annually until 1996 when Farrell shifted his focus to ENIT, a one night festival aimed more towards electronic music.  The absence of Farrell caused Lollapalooza to suffer when the new festival organizers booked Metallica as the event's main headliner which was against the original practice of featuring "non-mainstream" artists.  Farrell believed that Metallica's macho image contrasted with the original vision of Lollapalooza, a peaceful approach & against macho behavior which caused Farrell to protest & quit the tour.  The following year, Lollapalooza tried regaining its original audience by booking more electronic artists like The Orb & The Prodigy.  But that would be the final year of Lollapalooza, the tour.

Lollapalooza attracts over 160,000 fans from across the country for its 3-day festival. This year's attendance is expected to be higher with the added 4th day of Lollapalooza's 25th anniversary. Image source:

In 2005, Farrell partnered with C3 Presents (formerly Capital Sports & Entertainment or CSE) which co-owns & produces the Austin City Limits Festival.  The new partnership included the William Morris Agency & Charles Attal Presents, with hopes of reviving Lollapalooza after sub-par results during its last couple years.  But instead of being a nationwide tour, they decided to hold the festival in Chicago for 2 days with an even greater variety of artists compared to a touring festival.  The adjustments in 2005 made the festival a general success & Lollapalooza returned to Grant Park the following year.  In October 2006, the Chicago Park District & CSE agreed to a 5-year deal which kept Lollapalooza in Chicago until 2011.  After a successful 2008 show, another deal was signed that extended the festival's stay in Chicago through 2018.

Grant Park will host the festival through 2018 thanks to a new deal struck after Lollapalooza in 2008. Image source:

This year marks the 25th anniversary of its conception and to celebrate, Lollapalooza will be a 4-day festival instead of its normal 3 compared to previous years.  The lineup features some veteran artists like Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem and Jane's Addiction as well as some fresh new artists who have recently come into the spotlight.  From alternative rock, to hip hop, electronic to country, nearly all genres of music will be represented in the 4-day 25th anniversary spectacular that begins on July 28th.  Wristbands for all 4 or single days are available for purchase by clicking here.
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