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Lollapalooza sets up diverse lineup for fans on site or at home

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The American version of Lollapalooza opens today and runs through Sunday at Chicago’s Grant Park.

Similar to the fest’s original touring version in 1991, the lineup mixes superstars with up-and-coming acts, alternative rock with hip-hop, and in a nod towards the changing tastes in music, a presence from some of today’s hottest Electronic Dance Music artists.

Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Outkast are the top act on the bill with Arctic Monkeys, Calvin Harris, Lorde, Foster the People, The Avett Brothers, Zedd, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Young the Giant, Interpol, The Head and the Heart, Courtney Barnett, Chance The Rapper, Cage the Elephant, Flosstradamus, Phantogram, Bleachers, Lucius, Typhoon and London Grammar.

Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell will host his own stage, which will present electronic dance acts including Krewella, Above & Beyond, Flosstradamus and The Glitch Mob.

In a recent interview at “Billboard,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell admitted that he has less of a role in putting together a lineup but trusts booking agents that have worked with the fest for more than 20 years to pitch the right artists as well as taking in other variables.

“There's also the other side of it, which is the street side, who the people want and who the people are listening to and that is more of a Billboard thing in that Billboard accounts for taste. It literally is counting the taste. Then there are favorites and personal favorites. How you put a lineup together is one of those things where there are variables always. You're calculating economics, you're calculating if these guys are available, but who the hell do they think they are? That's gone on to bite bands in the ass, because they thought they were bigger than they are. So that's how this lineup was put together.”

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Previously, Lollapalooza events took place in South America last March and April with a number of alternative rock veterans and superstars including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Soundgarden, Nine Inch Nails, Arcade Fire, Pixies, New Order, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend and Imagine Dragons.

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