Lollapalooza 2016: The lineup is announced for its 25th year(Read article summary)
Acts performing at the Lollapalooza 2016 festival will include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, and Radiohead. The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
Headliners for the music festival Lollapalooza will include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, and Radiohead this year.
This summer's music festival at Chicago's Grant Park will be held from July 28 to July 31. Other acts will include Lana Del Rey, Major Lazer, J. Cole, Jane’s Addiction, Haim, and The 1975. Also performing at the festival are Chris Stapleton, Future, Ellie Goulding, Disclosure, Flume, and M83.
Lollapalooza is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year (an extra day was added as a bonus). The musical festival, featuring hip-hop, alternative rock, and EDM, among other genres, was originally created by Perry Farrell of Jane’s Addiction as a festival that toured the United States and Canada, before it settled in Chicago in 2005.
Even though the California festival Coachella remains the most popular music festival, ranking as the top-grossing music festival of 2015, Lollapalooza, CBS News staff notes, was a "festival pioneer." Britt Julious of Chicago magazine has called Lollapalooza a "beloved stalwart."
As American music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Electric Daisy Carnival, Firefly Music Festival, and Governors Ball have all gained popularity, Lollapalooza continues to stand out from the pack. Last year, it tied its own record by drawing 300,000 festival-goers and music critics have noted with approval that the lineup of featured artists continues to adapt to the changing preferences of its youthful attendees.
"The festival has reinvented itself as a mainstream hodgepodge that mirrors the smartphone playlists of its young audience," writes Chicago Tribune writer Greg Kot.
Billboard writer Jason Lipshutz noted last year that the festival continues to combine a good amount of genres for its lineup and that it "contains a commendable amount of musical diversity that is stoking our anticipation." Mr. Lipshutz also noted that last year's event lacked "a major rap draw," but praised those behind Lollapalooza for selecting the group Florence + The Machine as one of the 2015 headlining groups.
“It's a win for one of rock's most reliable voices, and for everyone who has noticed how few female performers appear at the top of these lineups,” he wrote.