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After the great success of its second edition in Chile, and its first one in Brazil, the Lollapalooza announced the line-up for the 17th edition of the U.S. festival, taking place in Chicago next August.
Speculations had been circulating for months, and at the end of March the organization gave some hints about this year’s headliners in an unconventional way. Posters appeared on the walls of Chicago’s streets, citing lines of several artists’ songs, such as “I won’t let love disrupt, corrupt or interrupt me” with the hashtag #Lolla at the bottom.
Now the complete line-up has been announced. Among others, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jack White, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Justice, Florence + the Machine, and the Shins will inflame the Chicago event next summer.
Foo Fighters’ frontman Dave Grohl, whose band headlined both of the Latin American Lollapalooza events, praised the festival saying that it ‘changed the world.’ The story of Lollapalooza started in 1991, a very important year for rock and its innovations. Back then, Lollapalooza was a touring festival for different cities in North America.
It was then suspended between 1997 and 2003. Since 2005, the location of Lollapalooza has been Grant Park in Chicago, with the recent addition of the events taking place at O’Higgins Park, Santiago, Chile since last year, and the ones at the Jockey Club, São Paulo, Brazil this year.
Since its beginning, the festival’s musical heart, which mainly concentrates on alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip hop and dance, has been enriched by alternative forms of arts, also promoted through craft stalls. One of the main features of Lollapalooza is its political and social message, present since the festival’s early stage.
Lollapalooza keeps on being socially active this year as well: an example is the ‘Green Spirit’ promotion which will go on until Chicago and was already started at the Lollapalooza Festival Chile 2012. Several stalls were installed to promote recycling, healthy and organic food, and eco-friendly groups, in order to encourage sustainable development as part of the Chilean culture and of the world’s habits.
The Chicago edition will follow this trend, with several greening initiatives. “Keeping Grant Park and the planet healthy and around for future generations are key missions of the Lollapalooza.
That’s why Lollapalooza is planned through an aggressively ‘green’ lens,” reads the official website. Among other initiatives, the Green Street Art Market at the festival will feature stalls of art vendors chosen according to their individual social causes. The Green Street will add up to the many differentiated recreational activities proposed by the festival in addition to the musical performances.
Read the full line-up, list of activities and get tickets here.
Image Courtesy of Lollapalooza