On August 1st, Lollapalooza’s 15th annual 4-day music festival returns to Grant Park, Chicago. Featuring the very best of today’s alternative rock, hip hop, and electronic music artists, Lollapalooza plays host to more than 160,000 music fans each year.
A highly anticipated event, Lollapalooza’s previous line-ups have included Arctic Monkeys, The Killers, Avicii, and The Cure. This year the festival collaborated with some cute pooches from PAWS, an animal shelter based in Chicago, to announce it’s 2019 lineup – and it doesn’t disappoint. With over 180 bands and artists billed to perform, Shaquille O’Neal is perhaps the most unexpected – returning for his musical comeback after more than twenty years to perform under the stage name ‘DJ Diesel.’
Making history as the first Latin headliner act of the festival, J Balvin is joined by fellow headliners and musical heavyweights Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Flume, Twenty One Pilots, The Chainsmokers, The Strokes, and Tame Impala. J Balvin is no stranger to giving festival audiences a show they won’t forget, having been invited to perform his hit ‘Mi Gente’ on stage with Beyonce at last year’s Coachella. Originally from Colombia, J Balvin’s album ‘Vibras’ won critical acclaim from Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best albums of 2018. With a surge in Latino music’s popularity, Lollapalooza is wise to capitalize on its mainstream success by featuring one of the hottest Latin artists in the music industry right now.
Historically, Lollapalooza has been famed for its inclusive lineup, and it’s championing of the alternative music scene. Originally set up in 1991 by Perry Farrell, the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, Lollapalooza was inspired by Reading Festival in the U.K. With deep roots in the grunge and alternative scene, Lollapalooza 2019 is taking a small step away from the mainstream by giving the stage to less well-known independent artists, heavy metal and punk bands. Featuring performers such as Bring Me The Horizon, a Grammy-nominated heavy metal band, who is still relatively unknown by mainstream music fans, and Kacey Musgraves, a rising country-pop artist who recently won a Grammy award for her album ‘Same Trailer, Different Park.’
Other announced performers include; Janelle Monae a seasoned and theatrical performer, H.E.R., Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Hozier, 21 Savage, 6lack, Tenacious D, Gary Clarke Jr, Death Cab For Cutie, Judah & The Lion, Louis The Child, and many more.
Four-day ticket packages are currently available from the Lollapalooza website, but act quickly – they sell out fast! Ranging from $340 for a general admission ticket to over $4000 for the platinum package ticket, which includes the use of climate controlled luxury lounges, alcoholic drinks and premium viewing areas. Single day tickets go on sale soon and start at $130 for general admission, going up to $2000 for a single day platinum option. For the more discerning festival goer, Lollapalooza offers a ‘Lolla Insider’ package that gives guaranteed front stage access, as well as backstage access. If the insider option sounds more like your bag, pricing and information can be found by emailing Lollapalooza.