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Lollapalooza releases four-day 2016 lineup including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem & J. Cole

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With festival season fast approaching, Chicago-based behemoth Lollapalooza has revealed it’s 2016 festival line up, which includes top bills of Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, and J. Cole. The festival, which celebrates it’s 25th anniversary this year by adding a fourth day of music, will take place at Grant Park from July 28 – 31.

Other notable acts include Lana Del Rey, Future, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction, Flume, G-Eazy, M83, Halsey, Grimes, Leon Bridges, Bryson Tiller, Miike Snow, ZHU, Years & Years, and Danny Brown, among others.

Four-day passes are already sold out, but single days are still available at lollapalooza.com.


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Lollapalooza is adding another day to its Chicago festival

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Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th birthday this year by adding a fourth day to the Chicago-centric festival in 2016. Held in the city’s heart of Grant Park, the concert will now feature over 170 musical acts over a four-day span. Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell had this to say:

“It’s our 25th Anniversary and we wanted to do something really special and different for our fans.  There’s a lot of really great music coming out in 2016; with the abundance of talent that wanted to help us celebrate 25 years we got to thinking…’How are we going to fit all those great artists in one weekend?’ Then we thought about what a special day Thursday has become. When the party can’t wait for the weekend, the movers and shakers make it happen on Thursday!  So, we’ve put together an entire additional day of music to celebrate our milestone year.  It’s going to be a fantastic party!”
Lollapalooza 2016 will take place Thursday, July 28 and continue through Sunday, July 31. Four-day General Admission tickets will be available for $335 (including fees) and single day General Admission tickets will be available for $120 (including fees) beginning Spring 2016.


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The Best of Lollapalooza 2015 Playlist

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Are you still hungover from Lollapalooza last weekend? Or even worse, did you not even get to go? Well have no fear, the #SunsetFam’s got your back with a superawesome playlist! Relive the sounds from this year’s best acts with the SoundCloud playlist below. Let’s make Lolla never end, sound good?

Also, don’t miss our recap of the 2015 festivities here and here.


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Lollapalooza 2015: The Good, the Not So Good, plus the Weird, Crazy and Unexpected

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For the 11th straight year, Chicago’s Grant Park played host to Lollapalooza. 2015’s version certainly didn’t disappoint, though, it did have its usual share of ups and downs. So, here is your day-by-day recap of some of the Good, the Not So Good, plus the Weird, Crazy and Unexpected of Lollapalooza 2015…

By guest contributor Robert Sixsmith

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Lollapalooza 2015: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Recap

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For the first time in what seemed like years, a drop of rain didn’t hit the Lollapalooza grounds. Sure, a looming thunderstorm threat caused the festival organizers to evacuate concertgoers Sunday afternoon for a bit (and they even shut down headliners that night 30 minutes early), but Lollapalooza 2015 looked more Coachella than Tough Mudder competition for once. It was three days overflowing with underdressed teenagers melding and moshing to classic rock, new age hip hop, electronic dance, and blissful pop while the sun beamed down and set to a perfect Chicago skyline each evening.

Between A$AP Rocky, Kygo, Paul McCartney, and everybody in between, #SunsetFam was represented over the long Lollapalooza weekend. Below, enjoy a day by day recap of the most righteous sets, and be on the lookout for an official Sunset SoundCloud playlist to relive the sounds from the festival over and over again in the coming days!


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Lollapalooza 2015: 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners

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With Lollapalooza about to hit Chicago like a fiery, musical comet this weekend, hundreds of thousands of concertgoers will flood Grant Park to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd among others, rock the fuck out. Sure, the headlining acts typically prove to be the best sets. They’re polished, have an expensive stage design, and possess a catalog of hits that, in some cases (cough Sir Paul cough), stretches decades.

But what about the ‘little’ guys? The blog-certified up-and-comers. The indies about to boil to mainstream. The sub-headliners that could very well be taking the main stage in the not so distant future. Not to worry, we got your back. Here are the 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners at Lollapalooza this year, conveniently broken down by day and set time.


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BØRNS (5:40-6:20)

Believe it or not, Garrett Borns (or simply BØRNS) earned his chops as a professional magician before he hit it big with jams like “10,000 Emerald Pools.” Don’t miss his groovy, psychedelic brand of pop at Lollapalooza this year. He’s sure to have a trick or two up his sleeve.

Young Thug (6:50-7:30)

Thugga Thugga has been a surefire hit machine between his own cuts and guest verses alike. His eccentric flow, fashion-forward style, and summer-friendly beats will make for a must-see set on Friday night. I know there’s gonna be good times.

Sylvan Esso (7:45-8:30)

If you’re searching for something that’s equal parts folky and electronic, look no further than the duo Sylvan Esso. Chilled out, synthesized beats will meet seductive female vocals at this set. Expect lots of eyes closed swaying and swooning.

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Lollapalooza drops 2015 lineup with Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence and The Machine

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A day after Outside Lands revealed its top bills, Lollapalooza has joined the party with its official 2015 lineup. The Chicago-centric festival takes place in Grant Park on July 31 – August 2.

Rock legends Paul McCartney as well as Metallica highlight the big names. Other notable acts include Florence and The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Of Monsters and Men, Kaskade, Alesso, Tame Impala, Asap Rocky, and Kid Cudi.

Weekend passes are already sold out, with single-days going on sale this morning via the festival’s official website. Peep the entire lineup below.

If you’re heading to the Windy City this August, who are you most excited to see?

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The Best Of Lollapalooza 2014 Playlist

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This time a week ago, there were roughly 100,000 large gathering in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park to down copious amounts of alcohol, consume various narcotics, and oh yeah, listen to some  good ass music by their favorite artists.

What’s that you say? You’re still not over Lollapalooza, or even worst, didn’t even get to attend the festival? Well then, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together a comprehensive playlist for your (ab)use to relive the sounds from Lollapalooza 2014.

Enjoy this 21-track mixtape that features everyone from Chance The Rapper to Young The Giant and everybody in between.

Until next year.


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The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014

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Every year for what’s now been 10 years running, Lollapalooza has invaded the grounds of Grant Park in Chicago, IL and grips the city in an awesome and unavoidable way. In the week leading up to the festival, you can feel the metro area swelling up, as if to prepare for the oncoming chaos. And regardless of what you thought of this year’s lineup (meh), Lolla is always a party full of spectacular moments.

This year’s fest was no exception to this rule. It’s a tall task to sum up 72-hours of music, mud, and general mayhem in just 7 small yet encapsulating moments, but I did my best for everybody’s fleeting attention spans.

Here are  The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014 below.

7. Portugal. The Man Covering It’s Always Sunny’s “Dayman”

Covers can be cheesy and predictable. Sure, we’ve all heard the indie band who does a rendition of an old Snoop Dog song or something and people go nuts over it. But, what about when a band dramatically covers a song from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Awesome.

6. Toothless Gosling and Prison Mike Sinage

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Festival signage usually falls within the realm of inside joke or completely and randomly awesome. These are both examples of the later.

5. Andre 3000 Bringing Girls On Stage To Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

It’s impossible to not dance when “Hey Ya” comes on. It’s perfect. To prove this point, Andre 3000 brought some Beyonce’s and Lucy Lu’s on stage to get down to his now classic hit. I’m not complaining.

4. Grouplove Covering Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage”

Sooo, remember that thing I said about indie bands covering hip-hop songs earlier? Yeah, still awesome.

3. Malia Obama Snapping Photos With Concertgoers Like It’s No Big Deal

The First Lady was recently spotted with her daughters at the Chicago stop of the “On The Run” tour just the other week. These gals have a pretty good taste in music, I’d say.

2. Rihanna Joining Eminem for a Rendition of “Stan”

With Em and Ri kicking off a tour in Detroit soon, many expected the duo to share the stage at some point during the legendary emcee’s Lolla set. Well, it happened and it was especially awesome that she stuck around for “Stan.”

1. Chance Bringing Out R. Kelly for “Ignition (Remix)”

Chance’s set was something of a momentous event. A hometown kid headlining Perry’s stage with a crowd that arguably rivaled next door neighbor headliners Kings of Leon and Skrillex. And then Chano brought out another Chicago legend just to put icing on the cake. Nailed it.

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Lollapalooza 2014: 7 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners

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Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?

If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.

7. Iggy Azalea

Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.

6. Phantogram

Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.

5. Foster The People

You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.

4. Nas

This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.

3. Flume

Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.

2. Chromeo

Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.

1. Chance The Rapper

Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.

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The Best of Lollapalooza 2013: Sunday Recap

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Lollapalooza’s Sunday (and final day) was the most comfortable I’ve ever been at a music festival. Honestly, like, there were times I wouldn’t have minded a fashionable cardigan to don with the brisk breeze from Lake Michigan blowing in. The atmosphere was the perfect cool down to a high energy weekend.

Something interesting that I noticed during Day Three’s activities was a slight difference in the crowd age. Lolla tends to be packed full of teens since it’s so accessible and relatively cheap, but Sunday saw a much more mature crowd showing. Of course, the festival organizers had planned this when they booked 80s English rock band The Cure. Smooth move Lolla. And in all honesty, it’s a refreshing thing when anybody from ages 16 to 40-something can enjoy and share the same music festival.

Notable highlights:

-Alt-J: This was the second time I got to catch the English indie rockers, who are often dubbed the new Radiohead, and one thing I can applaud them for is their consistency. Alt-J is a band with a very dynamic sound, and every high and low from their album was translated to a T on the stage. Of course, “Breezeblocks” and “Fitzpleasure” were crowd favorites, but the triangle lovers even debuted some unheard sounds which was a thrill.

-Dogblood: Say what you will about Perry’s Stage, but when you’re there, you’re having a fucking awesome time. Yeah, it’s a huge fist-pumping, brofest coupled with skimpy-dressed  raverchicks, but it’s one of the better stages on the whole grounds. Flashing lights, jumbotrons in the middle of the crowd, and the sound is crisp and deafening. Perfect. Oh, and not to mention the peanut butter and chocolate combo of Skrillex and Boyz Noize that actually sound different in a world full of cookie cutter EDM artists.

-Phoenix: These guys are consummate pros. Sometimes, I really didn’t know whether or not I believed the sounds I was hearing. Like, was I just listening to Thomas Mars’ iTunes playlist or were they actually performing? They’re that good. Their set also brought one of the coolest moments of the weekend, with Mars dashing out to the center sound stage to rock out in the middle of the crowd with the band raging on in the background. Then, he crowd surfed all the way back to the stage in a a rioting climax of drums, riffs and lights. Bravo.

Peep the video highlights of Sunday below, and definitely listen to the five-song highlight playlist I put together to recap the third and final day of another great Lollapalooza.

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The Best of Lollapalooza 2013: Saturday Recap

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Saturday always serves as a de facto climax of sorts for Lollapalooza. Friday is full of fashionably late goers with many working earlier in the day (myself included), and Sunday is significantly more relaxed with Monday looming around the corner. So, Day Two is always packed and popping with people ready to go balls to the wall (also myself included).

Notable highlights:

-Ellie Goulding played a fully stocked 5 o’clock set that could of easily been a headliner. Her wispy, seductive vocals carried through the crowd, but her talents seemed boundless as she picked up a guitar and even a pair of drumsticks during her hour-long set. A true musician, through and through and not to mention humble. Multiple times Ellie stopped herself, presumably taken aback by the crowd and dizzied in the moment.

-Just an hour after Ms. Goulding, Compton-native Kendrick Lamar took the same stage to a massive gathering gearing up for a  Good Kid, M.A.A.D city medley. Kendrick is easily one of the most hype and polished performers in the rap realm right now. K-dot glided through each of his tracks with ease and CDQ bravado, from a raw “Backseat Freestyle” to a climatic “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”.  But, even Kendrick couldn’t ignore probably the most unique moment of the entire festival weekend: a man being crowd surfed, in a wheelchair, across the sea of fans to the front of the stage. The show legit stopped for what seemed like a full two minutes, with Kendrick applauding the spectacle (“this is gonna be on the Internet”).

-The most momentous main stage headliner had to be The Postal Service. TPS’ career was short and sweet, only really active for a few years in the early 2000s, but they always sort of served as an indiepop ambassador. They absolutely killed their set with fervor and a genuineness that made things seem very melancholy, with their tour acting simultaneously as a reunion and a goodbye.

Check out video highlights from Saturday below, and be sure to check out the five-song playlist featuring some of the day’s best sets.

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