Launched in 1991 by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell, Lollapalooza began as a touring festival, travelling all over the USA.
The festival was originally started as a farewell show for the band, when organising it Perry Farrell was influenced by Gathering Of The Tribes Music Festival (a two day music festival organized by The Cult's Ian Astbury in 1990). The Gathering Of The Tribes Festival was seen as a highly influential event as it mixed all genres of music from Rap to Metal, which has inspired the Lollapalooza line-up ever since.
Lollapalooza prides itself on eclecticism and the open-mindedness of the crowd to support it. When the weather is hot the days are busy but relaxed with the collective energy ramping up as the bigger bands take to the stages during the evening.
2014 sees Eminem, Outkast and Kings of Leon all headline. Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex and Calvin Harris are among the acts too which also includes Lorde, Nas, Interpol, Foster the People and local Chicago hip hop star, Vic Mensa.
Sunday night features a mystery act: Kausea, which are billed to play before the headliners. In previous years this slot has been filled by DJ acts, so it is rumoured that an electronic artist will play again in 2014.
- Lollapalooza USA (August 2nd - 4th 2013) The Cure, Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenux, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, New Order, Queens Of The Stone Age, The National and many more,
- Lollapalooza BRAZIL (March 29th - 30th 2013) / Headliners include Pearl jam, The Killers, The Black Keys and many many more.
- Lollapalooza CHILE / To be announced
- Lollapalooza ISRAEL (August 20-22 2013) / For 2013, the first ever large scale international music festival in Isreal will be held by Lollapalooza. The event will take place in Tel Aviv's Yarkon Park, with an expected 50 shows of leading singers and bands from all over the world in 3 days.
2012 line-up and past highlights
2012 line-up included the following: USA - Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, Bassnectar, Kaskade, and [many many more].
BRAZIL - Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys, Jane's Addiction, MGMT, TV On The Radio, Thievery Corporation, Skrillex and many more. CHILE - the event featured the same Brazil highlights, as well as Gogol Bordello, Tinie Tempah and many more
The 2011 USA Lollapalooza featured Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, Cold War Kids, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo, Bright Eyes and City and Colour.
Location and travel
Grant Park in downtown Chicago is the annual host of Lollapalooza. There's a Main Entrance to Lolla at Michigan & Congress, in addition to the North Entrance at Columbus & Monroe.
The Chicago Transit Authority has train and bus routes to Grant Park, throughout the city and to both major airports, while Metra's commuter rail is the best way to travel in from the suburbs.
Convenient and security patrolled 24-hour parking is available directly beneath Grant Park in four underground garages as well as Soldier Field's North Garage.
If arriving by bike there are racks located north and south of Balbo Avenue, near Michigan Avenue. You will need to bring your own lock.
Located at Grant Park, Chicago the festival is across 115 acres between Downtown Chicago and Lake Michigan.
There are two entrances, the main is at Michigan & Congress and the North Entrance will be at Columbus & Monroe.
Camping and other accommodation
As the festival takes place in Grant Park in downtown Chicago there is no camping on site. However there are hostels and hotels in the area.
Music stages and other entertainment
The festival features eight stages, each with 10 hours of music per day. Gates for Lollapalooza open at 11am CST and the music will end at 10pm CST.
Promoted as a ‘festival within a festival’, Kidzapalooza is the children’s area at Lollapalooza. There will be a stage featuring family-friendly music and activities including the chance for children to create their own music as well as various arts and crafts.
There are also various lounges - past years have seen them sponsored by Dell and Google+, which provide food, drink, shade and even watch the live music on a video stream.
Food and drink
There are two 'Chow Towns' at opposite ends of the festival, featuring food from the best restaurants in Chicago trying to cater for many tastes including burgers, pizza, Mexican and Indian fare.
The festival also features a Farmer’s Market which will be served locally-sourced, consciously-selected food.
VIP ticket holders will be granted access to both the North and South Lolla Lounges. VIP perks include:
Unlimited access to Lolla Lounge North and South.
Access to VIP golf cart shuttles for transport between Lolla Lounge North and South.
Viewing platforms of the Main Stages with premium sightlines.
Beer, wine and specialty libations all day.
Catered food servings daily.
Mini-spa treatments from The Elysian Spa & Health Club.
Reserved Lolla Lounge air conditioned restrooms.
Shaded and relaxed lounge seating.
Souvenir: $75 SOLD OUT
Early Bird: $200 SOLD OUT
Regular: $250 SOLD OUT
There are travel and accommodation packages still available. Prices vary but start from $824.50 per person.
Lollapalooza is a child friendly festival. It includes an area called Kidzapalooza where family-friendly activities and music are organised so that the entire family can enjoy the festival together.
Children aged 10 and below get in for free.
Lollapalooza runs and Access Programme to try and ensure the festival is open to all. There will be accessible toilets, wheelchair accessible routes and designated ASL interpreted musical acts.
Contact access [at] lollapalooza [dot] com if you have any further questions.
The average temperature for Chicago in August is lows of 70 and highs of 85 Fahrenheit.
Lollapalooza runs a volunteer programme which helps enhance the festival experience for all. There are a range of volunteering activities available from welcoming revellers and answering questions to supporting the festivals environmental programmes.
Volunteers must be over 18 on 1st of August 2014, reside in Chicago and there is a $10 fee due for applications.
Lollapalooza runs a strict drugs policy. Upon entrance, security will check bags and implement pat downs. 2013 saw police perform on site arrests for drug deals.
History & facts
In 2012, the USA event was temporarily halted due to a serious storm, with attendees ask to leave and find temporary shelter, the festival continued once the storm had passed, with a revised schedule.