Lollapalooza turns twenty years old this year. Can you believe it? We can't. Doesn't seem like it was two decades ago when Perry Farrell introduced America to his roving festival in 1991. The inaugural version, which made a stop at Fiddler's Green, featured Farrell's band Jane Addiction, along with Nine Inch Nails (not on the Colorado date, though), Butthole Surfers, Ice T, Rollins Band and Siouxsie and the Banshees, among others.
The tour became a little more diverse and compelling each year until 2005, when it stopped being a tour and set up shop in Chicago at Grant Park and became a destination festival. Lollapalooza has since hosted an array of acts from Lady Gaga and Kanye West to Radiohead and Depeche Mode to the Killers and MGMT to Arcade Fire and Mumford and Sons.
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This year's edition of Lollapalooza, slated to take place August 5-7, is being headlined by Eminem, the Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse, and has a pretty healthy undercard that includes Deadmau5, Deftones, Bright Eyes, the Cars, Lykke Li, Local Natives, Crystal Castles, Sleigh Bells and Best Coast, along with a few locals -- the Chain Gang of 1974 and Tennis, among a host of others. Deeply discounted advance tickets have already sold out, but three-day passes are still available for $215, if you're so inclined.
Here's the full lineup: • Eminem • Foo Fighters • Coldplay • Muse • My Morning Jacket • Deadmau5 • A Perfect Circle • Cee Lo Green • Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas • The Cars • Ween • Bright Eyes • Arctic Monkeys • Big Audio Dynamite • Deftones • Beirut • Explosions in the Sky • Death From Above 1979 • Ratatat • Crystal Castles • Flogging Molly • Atmosphere • Cold War Kids • Lykke Li • Cage the Elephant • Ok Go • Local Natives • The Kills • White Lies • Portugal. The Man • Two Door Cinema Club • Ellie Goulding • Delta Spirit • Beats Antique • The Mountain Goats • Sleigh Bells • Manchester Orchestra • Smith Westerns • Best Coast • Grace Potter & the Nocturnals • The Drums • Black Lips • Fitz & The Tantrums • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart • City and Colour • Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses • Cults • Noah & The Whale • Sam Adams • J. Roddy Walston and the Business • Tinie Tempah • Lissie • Dom • The Vaccines • Foster The People • Titus Andronicus • Mayer Hawthorne & The County • Chico Trujillo • The Naked and Famous • Phantogram • Rival Schools • Friendly Fires • DALE EARNHARDT JR. JR. • Reptar • Maps & Atlases • Fences • Tennis • An Horse • Young The Giant • Los Bunkers • Imelda May • Grouplove • Wye Oak • The Joy Formidable • Lord Huron • Disappears • Walk The Moon • Gold Motel • Iration • Ryan Leslie • TAB the band • Skylar Grey • Christina Perri • Black Cards • The Pretty Reckless • Boy & Bear • Patrick Stump • Kids These Days • Young Man • The Kingston Springs • Lia Ices • The Chain Gang of 1974 • Ximena Sariñana • Typhoon • Electric Touch • Kerli • Ruby Jane • Julia Easterlin • DJ Mel
Perry's • Girl TalkGirl • Pretty Lights • KiD CuDi • The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 • Afrojack • Modeselektor • Skrillex • PerryEtty vs Chris Cox • Chuckie • The Glitch Mob • Busy P • Joachim Garraud • Super Mash Bros. • Jay Electronica • 12th Planet • Daedelus • Feed Me • Jackmaster • Collie Buddz • Savoy • Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite • Ana Tijoux • MIDNIGHT CONSPIRACY • L1ght • LADY D