Last week, the Lollapalooza festival released its 2014 schedule, which will be held in Grant Park on Aug. 1-3. Across its eight stages, Lollapalooza offers an act to please a wide variety of tastes, from jazz lovers who will clap their hands to Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue on the Bud Light stage on August 3 to hip hop fans who are looking forward to Nas on the Palladia stage on August 2 to indie music devotees who will arrive early to be in the front row for Grammy Song of the Year winner Lorde at the Bud Light stage on August 1.
This year’s headliners include such diverse artists as Eminem, OutKast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, and the Avett Brothers. While old favorites like Mumford and Sons, The Cure, and Vampire Weekend will not return to Lollapalooza this year, some lesser-known acts will make their first appearance at the much-beloved Lollapalooza, which, according to Chicago Tribune journalist Greg Kot, drew a capacity audience of 300,000 for its 2013 festival (see Greg Kot’s coverage of the Lollapalooza lineup).
Former Artist Relations Assistant for Invisible Children Nonprofit Alex Naser-Hall has weighed in on two exciting new acts that should not be missed at this year’s Lollapalooza. He mentions Australian electronic artist Flume as producing one of the best albums of last year and says he’s “glad he’s getting some shine stateside.”
He also recommends Bleachers, the solo project from Jack Antonoff, of the band fun. and “Some Nights” fame. Naser-Hall describes Bleachers as “this angsty, high school Queen type band.” It’s a can’t miss for anyone who desperately misses Freddy Mercury.
The main problem that Naser-Hall and other music aficionados foresee with the 2014 Lollapalooza schedule is the need for the Flannel-Clad Hipster and other Lollapalooza lovers to make difficult decisions in planning their schedules.
Eminem will face off against Arctic Monkeys and Phantogram on August 1. OutKast will conflict with Calvin Harris and Cut Copy on Saturday. Finally, Darkside, Chance the Rapper, Skrillex, and Kings of Leon will battle it out on Sunday.
These are just the overlaps in major headliners. Those who want to take in as many up-and-coming acts as possible will have to make some tough choices and perhaps some painful sacrifices. Spin Magazine and Pitchfork have weighed in on other potentially contentious conflicts.
But choices and sacrifices aside, Lollapalooza’s tenth year promises to bring a wide variety of old and new favorite bands to every Chicago music lover. As in its previous nine years, 2014 Lollapalooza looks primed to bring Chicago together and teach its many residents to sing in perfect harmony.
Find more information about Lollapalooza’s schedule and find remaining ways to buy those coveted tickets at www.lollapalooza.com.