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Lollapalooza returns to Chicago’s Grant Park 8/3-8/5 with headline performances by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Black Keys, and Jack White. Also on board: M83, the Shins, Franz Ferdinand, the Walkmen, the Weeknd, and the reunited At The Drive-In and Afghan Whigs. Check out the full line-up below.

Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Avicii, The Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Sigur Ros, The Weeknd, M83, Miike Snow, The Afghan Whigs, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, Frank Ocean, J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Delta Spirit, Metric, The Temper Trap, Wale, Die Antwoord, Dawes, tUnEyArDs, The Head & the Heart, The Big Pink, Twin Shadow, The Tallest Man on Earth, Toro y Moi, Dr. Dog, Of Monsters and Men, Gary Clark Jr., Alabama Shakes, The Gaslight Anthem, Amadou & Mariam, Band of Skulls, SBTRKT, Tame Impala, The Walkmen, JJ Grey & Mofro, fun., Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Washed Out, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Bear in Heaven, Blind Pilot, Chairlift, The Black Angels, Yellow Ostrich, Givers, Polica, Bombay Bicycle Club, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, Doomtree, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Devil Makes Three, Oberhofer, The War on Drugs, Michael Kiwanuka, O Rappa, Bowerbirds, Orchard Lounge, Mona, The Growlers, Hey Rosetta!, JEFF the Brotherhood, Anamanaguchi, First Aid Kit, Wax, FIDLAR, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Milo Greene, Los Jaivas, Kopecky Family Band, The Jezabels, LP, Yuna, Walk Off the Earth, Animal Kingdom, Dev, The Sheepdogs, The Dunwells, DJ Mel, Empires, Kevin Devine, Dry the River, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, Overdoz, Ambassadors, DJ Zebo, Chancellor Warhol, Laura Warshauer, Red Oblivion

Perry’s stage: Bassnectar, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, NERO, Santigold, Knife Party, Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic, Skream & Benga, Little Dragon, Porter Robinson, Sub Focus, Madeon, Zedd, Paper Diamond, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Star Slinger, Nadastrom, DJ Nihal, SALVA, & Kid Color.

(via Chicago Tribune)

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UPDATE: Here’s the daily breakdown of performers:

Comments (70)
  1. no shabazz palaces? i’m out.

  2. And the 0.01% of doubt that I had earlier today when I posted this same exact lineup has now been successfully resolved.

  3. Looking forward to the after shows.

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  5. People who go to this: whether or not you like his record, no one kills as reliably at festivals as Twin Shadow. He seems to play every one, and it’s a serious “Who the fuck IS this?” show every time. See him if you can!

    • Agree 100%. I saw him at this music festival in Memphis called Rites of Spring two weeks ago. I was very ambivalent towards his record, but he blew me away. It was a very small crowd too, maybe 200 people all packed under a tent, but he still put everything out there for us. Definitely one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been to.

  6. Is it me or is there a big discordance with the headliners and the rest of the festival?

    • I agree, the lesser bands that I am usually most excited about are…lesser and not exciting.

      Obligatory comment about who I believe should be attending: I was hoping for some Refused/Modest Mouse/Animal Collective action.

      • I read that Animal Collective hated the experience of playing Lollapalooza when they were there last time. I’m curious if they would even consider playing again.

        • So I know the crowd at last year’s Coachella hated Animal Collective. My friend was up front and was seriously disappointed by all the people close up booing them (which is a dick thing to do). The problem with festivals is that if you are a smaller band coming before a popular band of another genre, the people up close may not be into you, which sucks hard if you are experimental like Animal Collective

          • The fact that they never really seem to play many of their actual songs at festivals would make me think they don’t care too much about whether the audience is into them or not.

          • Animal Collective is not a very good festival band in my opinion. I first saw them live at Pitchfork and was quite disappointed. I’ve seen them several times since and they have been great. I mostly wanted them at Lolla because of the likelyhood that they would play an aftershow

  7. bloc party makes donny say “EEEEEERRRRRRRRNASHAAAAAAaAAAAAA!!!!! :) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D <==3 ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D 7734 ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D 777(heaven) ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D ) :( ;) :D <3 <3 <3

  8. I really like this lineup – especially the electronic music selection. As a Moombahton fan it’s good to see the genre starting to grab some attention. Also, from what I’ve seen SBTRKT puts on an amazing live show.

    P.S. On Perry’s stage it’s Nadastrom not Badastrom

  9. You guys. Sigur Ros is touring. Quit yer whining.

  10. I honestly had to check to see if Haley Reinhart was a parody band or actually the American Idol contestant. Good for her.

    • They were just in Chicago, though. So were the Walkmen, and Dum Dum Girls, and the Black Keys, Chairlift, First Aid Kit, Tune-Yards, M83, Alabama Shakes, etc. There’s like 6 bands I would actually go out of my way to see, and at least five of them have played here within the last 12-18 months. I suppose it’s a great festival for people from out of town who don’t have access to good shows, or who would rather see a few good bands in the same weekend, but in the latter case, you’re playing schedule roulette.

      Afghan Whigs would be cool, though.

  11. most excited for Franz Fergindon. surprised they’re so far down the list…below Aviici? Are more ppl more excited for them than FF? But really who gives a shit

  12. Easily the best lineup they have had in several years right?

  13. good to see (my)hometown artist at Lolla (Yuna)

  14. I went back and took another look at the Coachella and Bonnaroo lineups and I gotta say Lollapalooza has the best lineup.


  16. You get to see SABBATH….thats worth it alone

  17. *Presses Control + F*
    *Types ScHoolBoy Q*
    0/0 = :(

    • I think Pitchfork has him, don’t they? I don’t know if this is true or not but I’m pretty sure there’s some sort of contractual thing going on between Pitchfork and Lolla that only lets bands play one or the other per year. As far as hip-hop goes, Pitchfork is better off this year.

      • Bands who play at Lolla can’t play in Chicago for several months before or after except for aftershows. Not sure if Pitchfork has similar rules. I was actually a little surprised to see that The Weeknd announced a chicago show May 3rd, I guess that was long enough before Lolla.

        • that’s not true the black keys played Chicago 3/19 and red hot chili peppers are playing Chicago 5/28/2012 so what are you talking about?

  18. Why is there a dragon in my Chinese takeout?

  19. Sigur Ros & At The Drive In. If they don’t come to ACL or FunFunFunFest I might have to fly up to this.

  20. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis + Doomtree + Childish Gambino + J. Cole

    I don’t even like hip hop that much and that alone is a huge boost for Lolla. I’ll be really excited to see a mix of artists this year.

  21. Certainly Black Sabbath and Afghan Whigs

  22. I Think Lollapaloosa has Coachella Envy and Is Just As Confused About Music As Its Demographic.

  23. But where’s Phil Collins?

  24. Still think Lollapalooza 08 was the best. Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, AND Nine Inch Nails headlining? GTFO!!!

  25. It has been a decade since the red hot chilly peppers were headlining material for any festival. Also, who are the black keys?

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