Lollapalooza 2021 Preview

Lollapalooza not only lives on, but is returning to its regular four-day weekend at the end of July, 29th to August 1st, back at Grant Park in the center...
Lollapalooza 2021 Preview
Lollapalooza 2021 Preview

Last year saw almost all the music festivals cancelled while we were all were stuck at home on lockdown. Vaccines (and a competent American government) have come in 2021, and with it a slow reopening and return of what we’ve been missing. Yet still so many music festivals have either been cancelled or delayed for the fall.

But not Lollapalooza! Perry Farrell’s dream not only lives on, but is returning to its regular four-day weekend at the end of July, 29th to August 1st, back at Grant Park in the center of Chicago. The first giant American festival since COVID, Lolla ’21 stretches across genres and ages, for more than something for everyone:


THURSDAY, JULY 29th

 

Bud Light Seltzer Stage  

ILLENIUM, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

San Francisco DJ & producer Nick Miller, a.k.a. ILLENIUM (QRO photos at a festival), comes back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) for a third time, now headlining the Bud Light Seltzer Stage, bringing the crowd higher behind 2019’s Ascend.

ILLENIUM
   

Kaytranada, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Haitian by way of Montreal, Francophile DJ/producer Kaytranada won two Grammy Awards, including Best Dance/Electronic Album, for 2019’s Bubba, and is returning to Lollapalooza.

Kaytranada
   

Jimmy Eat World, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Jimmy Eat World (QRO photos) set the standard for emo-rock in 2001 with Bleed American and “The Middle” (QRO video). Though have never lived up to that (but did play it & prior Clarity in full – QRO live review), 2010’s Invented (QRO review) and songs like “Movielike” (QRO video) and “Coffee and Cigarettes” (QRO video) still kept the band in the top tier of emo – though they’ve kept repeating themselves with 2013’s Damage (QRO review) and the subsequent tour (QRO live review). They come to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2016’s Integrity Blues (QRO review) and 2019’s Surviving (QRO review), returning to the festival stage (QRO photos at a late ’19 festival).

Jimmy Eat World
   

Olivia O’Brien, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

After collaborating with Gnash of hit single “I Hate U, I Love U”, pop singer Olivia O’Brien broke out on her own with 2019’s Was It Ever Real? and her TikTok hit “Josslyn”.

Olivia O'Brien
   

Ant Clemons, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Come early to the Bud Light Seltzer Stage for R&B singer Ant Clemons, who’s worked with everyone from Kanye West to Beyoncé.

Ant Clemons
   
   
Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage  

Sebastian Paul, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

Catch yet another rising alt-pop act who has been called the sound of today & tomorrow by someone or other in Sebastian Paul.

Sebastian Paul
   

All Time Low, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Kind of the definition of emo-rock from a certain period in time, from their three-word name to starting by covering Green Day & Blink-182, All Time Low (QRO live review) come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Wake Up, Sunshine, after 2017’s Last Young Renegade, 2015’s Future Hearts (QRO review) and 2012’s Don’t Panic (QRO review).

All Time Low
   

LP, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Laura Pergolizzi, a.k.a. LP (QRO photos), has written for the big-name pop likes of Cher, Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, and Christina Aguilera (and before all that, the secret track “Cinderella” on 1998’s Gentleman’s Blues from Cracker). More recently she released Heart to Mouth, and returns to Lollapalooza.

LP
   

Also:

Ed Maverick, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Goth Babe, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Goth Babe
   
   
Grubhub Stage  

Oliver Tree, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

DJ/rapper Oliver Tree hit it up in 2017 with “When I’m Down”, the same year he played Lollapalooza. Now he returns behind last year’s much-delayed, much anticipated hit debut album Ugly Is Beautiful.

Oliver Tree
   

Lunay, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Next generation reggaeton star Lunay just hopped on the Lollapalooza bill, for his first concert since the release of EL NIÑO.

Lunay
   

Ashe, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Ashlyn Rae Willson, a.k.a. Ashe, got the attention of all the boys & girls with her 2019 single “Moral of the Story” when it was featured in the following year’s To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, but she also co-wrote Demi Lovato’s 2017 “You Don’t Do It For Me Anymore”. Ashe comes to Lollapalooza behind this year’s debut studio album Ashlyn.

Ashe
   

Also:

Paris Texas, 5:25 PM – 6:00 PM

Flo Milli, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Clever, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Almost Monday, 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

Night Lovell, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Tristan Simone, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

   
   
BMI Stage  

Migrant Motel, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

By way of Mexico and Peru is the Boston-Los Angeles rock duo Migrant Motel.

Migrant Motel
   

Absofacto, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

A member of Michigan rock outfit Mason Proper, Jonathan Visger has his own solo project, Absofacto.

Absofacto
   

Also:

Hoko, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Lauren Sanderson, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Taylor Janzen, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Julian Lamadrid, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Taylor Janzen
   
   
Perry’s Tent  

Steve Aoki, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

One of the longest-lasting super-star house DJs, Steve Aoki (QRO photos at a festival) has done everything from make & market his own brand of headphones, jump on trampolines (QRO photos), found powerful electronic dance label Dim Mak Records (QRO photos at a Dim Mak party), to play (QRO photos at a festival) the opening of Oliver Queen’s new club on Arrow – not to mention playing around the world (QRO photos at a far-off festival), returning to Lollapalooza.

Steve Aoki
   

Tchami, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Returning to Lollapalooza is holy French producer & DJ Tchami, a pioneer in the future house genre.

Tchami
   

Cash Cash, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The trio of DJs that is Cash Cash (QRO photos at a festival) come back to Lollapalooza out of New Jersey, and in addition to countless official remixes for everyone from Bruno Mars to Icona Pop, as well as this year’s full-length studio album Say It Like You Feel It.

Cash Cash
   

Also:

Saymyname, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Dombresky, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Justin Jay, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Blossom, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

DJ Mel, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Justin Jay
   
   
Lake Shore Stage  

Kim Petras, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Germany’s Kim Petras exploded onto the music scene while just a teenager with hist singles like “I Don’t Want It All”, “Feeling of Falling”, “Heart to Break”, and “1, 2, 3 Dayz Up”. She put out her debut album Clarity in summer of ’19, following it up quickly with that October’s Halloween-theme Turn Off the Light, and now gets to do a proper pop star summer tour.

Kim Petras
   

SAINt JHN, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

It’s been international success for Guyanese-American rapper SAINt JHN, whose single “Roses” became a worldwide hit after being remixed by Kazakhstan’s DJ Imanbek, which topped the charts from Australia to the Netherlands. He’s also written for the likes of Usher and Kiesza, now returning to Lollapalooza.

SAINt JHN
   

Dayglow, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Sloan Struble brings his Dayglow to Lollapalooza, indie-pop on sophomore full-length Harmony House.

Dayglow
   

MAX, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

MAX (QRO photos) Schneider rose from being a Nickelodeon kid to pop stardom, along the way working with everyone from BTS’ Suga to touring with Fall Out Boy & Wiz Khalifa on the Boys of Zummer Tour (QRO photos), now returning to Lollapalooza.

 

Also:

Christian French, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

MAX
   
   
T-Mobile Stage  

Miley Cyrus, 8:45 PM

As The Soup would say, “It’s Miley!!!” The one-and-only Miley Cyrus has done everything and more, and you know it. The daughter of Achy Breaky Billy Ray Cyrus (which has become a footnote in her biography), she’s been one of the most successful artists of the twenty-first century. Yes, she was Hannah Montana, yet has managed to come out of being a Disney star into her own giant career under her own name. She’s had massive hits like “Party in the U.S.A.” and “Wrecking Ball”. She introduced twerking to all the white folks who’d never heard of it. She’s worked with the likes of alt-psych icons The Flaming Lips and DJ/producer Mike Will Made It (QRO photos with Mike Will Made It) for Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz. She’s coached on The Voice; she’s done great covers of classics from across the spectrum. Now she headlines Lollapalooza. It’s Miley!!!

Miley Cyrus
   

Playboi Carti, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Atlanta’s Playboi Carti does everything from rapping to modeling, including his own gothic fashion. He comes back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ‘18) after a two-year hiatus, behind last year’s chart-topping Whole Lotta Red.

Playboi Carti
   

Black Pumas, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada have quickly launched into the big-time as Black Pumas. Their psychedelic soul brought them a Grammy nomination as Best New Artist, and their 2019 self-titled debut was nominated for Album of the Year. They’ve even played the inauguration activities for President Joe Biden and this year’s Tibet House Benefit (QRO live review), albeit virtually, so see them live & in-person at Lollapalooza.

Black Pumas
   

Orville Peck, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

While it’ll likely be very hot in Grant Park at this height of summer, don’t expect the unknown cowboy Orville Peck to take off his signature fringe mask, which has gotten him a ton of attention. So, check out Peck live to see whether or not he’s all mask, no cattle…

Orville Peck
   

Aly & AJ, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Come early to the T-Mobile Stage for pop sister duo Alyson & Amanda Michalka, a.k.a. Aly & AJ.

Aly & AJ
   
   
Bud Light Seltzer Sessions  

Clever, 6:30 PM

Almost Monday, 4:30 PM

Christian French, 2:30 PM

Christian French

 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 30th

 

Bud Light Seltzer Stage  

marshmello, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Inspired by the masked DJ likes of deadmau5 and Daft Punk, masked DJ marshmello (QRO photos at a festival) remains a mystery (QRO photos), even as he headlines in his return Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival). And he was the inspiration for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow’s DJ S’More Money…

marshmello
   

Lauv, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Pop singer Ari Staphrans Leff, a.k.a. Lauv, has written songs for the likes of Charli XCX, Cheat Codes, Demi Lovato, and even Celine Dion. He comes back to Lollapalooza behind last year’s debut album How I’m Feeling.

Lauv
   

Polo G, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Polo G is not lacking in self-esteem with albums like 2019’s Die a Legend and last year’s The Goat, not to mention this year’s chart-topping single “Rapstar”. Catch him in his hometown of Chicago at Lollapalooza.

Polo G
   

Also:

Mick Jenkins, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Tai Verdes, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Mick Jenkins
   
   
   
Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage  

Brownies & Lemonade All-Stars, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

DJ duo Brownies & Lemonade promise to bring some friends when the close out Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage on Friday.

Brownies & Lemonade
   

Arizona Zervas, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Rapper Arizona Zervas came to worldwide attention in 2019 with hit song “Roxanne”.

Arizona Zervas
   

Cam, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Camaron Marvel Ochs began as songwriter for the likes of Sam Smith and Miley Cyrus, but has risen on her own in the last decade including Grammy nomination and more. She comes to Lollapalooza behind last year’s The Otherside.

Cam
   

Black Pistol Fire, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Check out the raw rock n’ roll of Austin’s Black Pistol Fire (QRO photos at an Austin festival), who return to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’15) to set things alight with this year’s Look Alive (QRO review).

 

Also:

Rookie, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Black Pistol Fire
   
   
Grubhub Stage  

Omar Apollo, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

From working at Jimmy’s Johns and living in an attic to the big time streaming success; such has been the way of Omar Apollo, who returns to Lollapalooza for his second time in a row (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’19), now behind debut full-length Apolonio.

Omar Apollo
   

AG Club, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Catch the next iconic hip-hop group, AG Club. Out of the Bay Area, Baby Boy, Jody Fontaine, Mick Anthony, and 777MEDIA.

AG Club
   

boy pablo, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Chilean-Norwegian singer Nicolas Muñoz made his own name as boy pablo with 2017’s YouTube algorithm hit video “Everytime”. He returns to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’19) behind last fall’s Wachito Rico.

boy pablo
   

Elohim, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Los Angeles electro-pop songstress Elohim comes back to Lollapalooza behind her beautiful self-titled debut and this year’s Journey To the Center of Myself Vol. 1 EP (QRO review), picking up her ‘Group Therapy Tour’ after it was called off last year due to COVID.

Elohim
   

Emotional Oranges, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

An audio engineer for Drake and vocal couch for Adele met at a bat mitzvah, and the rest is Emotional Oranges.

Emotional Oranges
   

Also:

Jawny, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Njomza, 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

Mob Rich, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Renforshort, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Mob Rich
   
   
BMI Stage  

Mothica, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Contradash, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Elephant Heart, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Kenny Mason, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Sa-Roc, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Jake Wesley Rogers, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Mothica
   
   
Perry’s Tent  

$uicideboy$, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

From the underground rap scene of New Orleans has emerged $uicideboy$. Their dark content and abrasive beats has mixed with everyone from EDM to metal, now returning to Lollapalooza to headline Perry’s Tent.

$uicideboy$
   

Jauz, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Out from San Francisco to spin the beats is Sam Vogel, a.k.a. Jauz, returning to Lollapalooza behind last year’s Dangerous Waters EP.

Jauz
   

Subtronics, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Philly dubstep DJ Subtronics first got notice thanks to his collaboration with GRiZ on “Griztronics”, and followed it up with his mixtape series Now That’s What I Call Riddim.

Subtronics
   

Also:

Riot Ten, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Wooli, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Dabin, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Chomppa, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Level Up, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Riot Ten
   
   
Lake Shore Stage  

Jack Harlow, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

In just the last few years, rapper Jack Harlow has come from deep Kentucky to Saturday Night Live earlier this year, behind his hit debut record, That’s What They All Say.

Jack Harlow
   

White Reaper, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Giving Lollapalooza another kick in the ass is White Reaper (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’17), coming off of 2017’s oh-so-humble The World’s Best American Band (QRO review) and 2019’s major label debut You Deserve Love.

White Reaper
   

Jacob Banks, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

The first ever unsigned act to appear on BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge, singer Jacob Banks (QRO photos) has won big-name music competitions, been featured in everything from Game of Thrones soundtrack to Extra Gum commercials, and returns to Lollapalooza.

Jacob Banks
   

Also:

Tobi Lou, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Payday, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Tobi Lou
   
   
T-Mobile Stage  

Tyler, the Creator, 8:45 PM

Lollapalooza flirts with awesomeness and danger by booking the infamous Tyler, the Creator (QRO photos at a festival). In addition to fronting the ultra-chaotic Odd Future (QRO live review) collective, he’s released studio albums of his own, such as 2012’s Goblin (QRO review) and 2015’s Wolf (QRO review). He will come back to (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ‘18) for a third time, behind June’s Call Me If You Get Lost. Indeed, he’ll be headlining the big T-Mobile Stage, behind 2019’s Igor, the Grammy Winner for Best Rap Album, and the just-out Call Me If You Get Lost.

Tyler, the Creator
   

Roddy Ricch, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Out of a few 2018 mixtapes and single “Die Young”, Compton’s Roddy Ricch burst out big when featured on Nipsey Hussle’s hit single “Rack in the Middle”, and on Mustard’s “Ballin’”. The following year saw his chart-topping debut full-length Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial, and last year he was “Rockstar” by fellow Lollapalooza ’21 performer DaBaby (see below).

Roddy Ricch
   

GIVĒON, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

Coming to notice when featured in Drake’s “Chicago Freestyle” last year and Justin Bieber’s “Peaches” this year, Giveon Dezmann Evans was also nominated for Best R&B Album at the Grammys for When It’s All Said and Done EP.

GIVĒON
   

Grandson, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Canadian singer/songwriter Jordan Edward Benjamin comes Lollapalooza as Grandson, behind last year’s Death of an Optimist.

 

Also:

Gus Dapperton, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Grandson
   
   
Bud Light Seltzer Sessions  

Jake Wesley Rogers, 6:30 PM

Tai Verdes, 4:30 PM

Joy Oladokun, 2:30 PM

Joy Oladokun

 

 

 

SATURDAY, JULY 31st

 

Bud Light Seltzer Stage  

Journey, 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM

When the Lollapalooza ’21 line-up was announced, many wondered why Journey (QRO photos) was on the line-up (kind of the real world version Peter Frampton playing Hullabalooza on The Simpsons). But “Don’t Stop Believin’”! One of the best-selling bands in American history, they practically defined arena rock in the seventies & eighties, and have managed to change their lead singer not once, but twice. They certainly know how to play a big stage and make it a spectacle, and just admit it: you want to see Journey (QRO photos at an arena).

Journey
   

Limp Bizkit, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

The other act everyone was wondering about on the Lolla 2021 line-up was the very different Limp Bizkit (so of course they’re playing back-to-back on the same stage). The definition of nineties rap-rock, singer Fred Durst was – for better or worse – the face of bros everywhere, backwards baseball cap included, but actually more notable sonically & visually is guitarist Wes Borland, from his experimental guitars to elaborate costumes. Sure, they became the band that everyone hated (like at Woodstock ’99), but you can’t say you’re not curious to see them do it all, once again, for the “Nookie”.

Limp Bizkit
   

Trippie Redd, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Rapper Trippie Redd pushed into popularity with 2017 mixtape A Love Letter to You, and has since scaled the charts with the likes of “Dark Knight Dummo”, last year’s Pegasus, and even follow-up chart-topping mixtape A Love Letter to You 4.

Trippie Redd
   

Also:

Trevor Daniel, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Jessia, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Trevor Daniel
   
   
Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage  

Jake Duby, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Lexington, Kentucky’s DJ Jake Duby closes out Saturday at Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage.

Jake Duby
   

Whitney, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Shortly after Max Kakacek & Julien Ehrlich’s young Smith Westerns (QRO photos at a Chicago festival) broke up, the pair formed their new outfit, Whitney (QRO photos at a festival). And they’ve certainly grown up, as debut Light Upon the Lake was one of the best records of 2016 (QRO Top Albums of 2016). They followed that up in 2019 with the wonderful Forever Turned Around (QRO review), and come back to Lollapalooza behind that and last year’s covers record, Candid.

Whitney
   

Mt. Joy, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Enjoy the indie-rock of Mt. Joy, who have emerged from the troubles of the COVID pandemic with last year’s sophomore studio album, Rearrange Us.

Mt. Joy
   

Porches, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Pleasantville’s Aaron Maine makes very pleasant synth-pop as Porches (QRO photos at a Chicago festival), like on last year’s Ricky Music and October’s All Day Gentle Hold !.

 

Also:

Charm La’Donna, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Porches
   
   
Grubhub Stage  

Marc Rebillet, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Improvisational French artist Marc Rebillet has become known worldwide for his livestreams where he uses loops & more to make on-the-spot songs with comical lyrics. So, who knows what he’ll come up with at Lollapalooza?…

Marc Rebillet
   

iann dior, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Puerto Rico’s Michael Ian Olmo, a.k.a. iann dior, got notice last year for his contribution on 24kGoldn’s chart-topping single “Mood”.

Iann dior
   

cavetown, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

London’s Robin Daniel Skinner is barely old enough to drink in these United States, but he’s already accomplished way more than you ever will as cavetown, bedroom pop, Spotify streamers, and on his fourth studio album, last year’s Sleepyhead.

cavetown
   

Tate McRae, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

While Tate McCrae first got notice at the tender age of thirteen by being the first Canadian finalist on America’s So You Think You Can Dance, but we also think she can sing, thanks to viral hits “One Day” and “You Broke Me First”, even last year getting on Forbes magazine’s precious ’30 Under 30’ list.

   

Also:

Drama, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Bia, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Michigander, 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

Laundry Day, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Glove, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Michigander
   
   
BMI Stage  

Phem, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Featured on Machine Gun Kelly’s 2019 hit album Hotel Diablo, go to the intimate BMI Stage for Phem and say you saw him when.

Phem
   

Serena Isioma, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Chicago’s own Serena Isioma has embraced 2021, the non-binary artist opening the year with her new video for “Meadows in Japan”.

Serena Isioma
   

Kid Quill, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Mitchel Quilleon Brown from over in Indiana’s Shelbyville comes to Chicago (Indiana is the Shelbyville to Illinois’ Springfield…) as Kid Quill.

   

Joy Oladokun, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Mixing everything from folk to R&B is Joy Oladokun, who just this year released In Defense of My Own Happiness.

Joy Oladokun
   

Also:

Rence, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Sophie Cates, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Sophie Cates
   
   
Perry’s Tent  

SLANDER, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

The self-described “heaven trap” of the DJ duo Derek Anderson & Scott Land, a.k.a. SLANDER (QRO photos at a festival), come back to Lollapalooza to headline Perry’s Tent.

SLANDER
   

Oliver Heldens, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Rotterdam DJ Oliver Heldens (QRO photos at a festival) is a pioneer in the future house genre, and brings that future back to the house of Perry.

Oliver Heldens
   

Lost Kings, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The DJ duo of Robert Abisi and Nick Shanholtz form Lost Kings, who have done official remixes for everyone from Rihanna to Imagine Dragons, not to mention their own progressive house music.

Lost Kings
   

Vintage Culture, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Brazilian DJ & producer Lukas Ruiz is Vintage Culture.

Vintage Culture
   

Also:

Cid, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Vnssa, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM PM

Wenzday, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Kooze, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Cid
   
   
Lake Shore Stage  

Angels & Airwaves, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

After Blink-182 went into hiatus in 2005, frontman Tom DeLonge formed his own band Angels & Airwaves, which has continued through Blink’s reunion (QRO photos) and DeLonge later leaving 182 (QRO photos without DeLonge at Lollapalooza ’17). Oh, and he’s also become pretty much the face of today’s UFO renaissance, getting actual attention & respect from the mainstream & government like Fox Mulder wished he could have.

Angels & Airwaves
   

Freddie Gibbs, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Originally from Gary, Indiana (QRO photos in Middle America – hey, that’s the same hometown as the Jackson clan…), Freddie Gibbs (QRO photos at a festival) has been compared to none other than Tupac Shakur – and even got shot at outside of Rough Trade NYC (QRO venue review) to boot! He comes to close-to-home Lollapalooza behind last year’s Grammy-nominated Alfredo.

Freddie Gibbs
   

Cautious Clay, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

The breakout hip-hop/R&B star – with the greatest name since Nipsey Hussle – is Cautious Clay (QRO photos at a festival), who comes back to his second Lollapalooza in a row, now with his first studio album, this year’s Deadpan Love.

Cautious Clay
   

HINDS, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

From all the way over in Madrid, female foursome HINDS (QRO photos at a festival) have been charming folks on both sides of the Atlantic with their cheery, if not very original, garage-rock, like on last year’s The Prettiest Curse.

 

Also:

Jac Ross, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

HINDS
   
   
T-Mobile Stage  

Post Malone, 8:45 PM

While he is perhaps best known for being a breakout hip-hop artist (or his many, many face tattoos), Post Malone (QRO photos) traffics in many genres. He comes back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’18) now as a massive headliner, having made the long climb like his hit “Circles”. Post Malone tops the T-Mobile Stage (QRO photos at a festival) off of 2019’s Hollywood’s Bleeding.

Post Malone
   

Megan Thee Stallion, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

From freestyling on Instagram to massive success for thee Megan Thee Stallion. She had a hit mixtape, 2019’s Fever, hit EP, last year’s Suga, hit LP, last year’s Good News. Her “Savage (Remix)”, featuring Beyoncé, was a number one hit, as was the song that got everyone hot, when she was featured on Cardi B’s one-and-only “WAP”. Grammy winner for Best New Artist, one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, catch her on the big stage, but get there early, as you know there’s going to be a so-big-she-should-be-headlining crowd.

Megan Thee Stallion
   

Young the Giant, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

These Irvine natives toiled for years as The Jakes, but when they changed their name to Young the Giant (QRO photos at a festival), things finally took off (QRO photos at a festival), with their self-(new) titled album & TV performances, including at MTV’s Video Music Awards. They’ve since been gracing bigger (QRO photos) and bigger (QRO photos) stages & shows (QRO live review), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival), like Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’14). YtG (QRO live review) come behind 2017’s Mirror Master (QRO review), 2016’s Home of the Strange (QRO review), and 2014’s Mind over Matter (QRO review), but they also play their classic (QRO livestream review of Young the Giant).

Young the Giant
   

Also:

The Backseat Lovers, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Cannons, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

The Backseat Lovers
   
   
Bud Light Seltzer Sessions  

Rence, 4:30 PM

Charm La’Donna, 2:30 PM

Charm La'Donna

 

 

SUNDAY, AUGUST 1st

 

Bud Light Seltzer Stage  

DaBaby, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

After putting out several great mixtapes, DaBaby put out not one, but two hit albums in 2019, Baby on Baby and Kirk. Last year he followed that up with Blame It on Baby, including chart-topper “Rockstar”, featuring none other than fellow Lollapalooza ’21 performer Roddy Ricch (see above).

DaBaby
   

Brockhampton, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Formed in an online forum, making them “the internet’s first boy band,” Brockhampton (QRO photos at a festival) bring the twentieth century phenomena into the modern age, including hip-hop and mixtapes – and not being just lily-white pretty faces. They were a huge hit in 2018, including playing Lollapalooza (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ‘18), with the chart-topping Iridescence, but have slowed down or faded away, with further LPs Ginger in 2019 and Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine this year.

Brockhampton
   

Dermot Kennedy, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Catch the soul-bearing beauty of the impressive new Dermot Kennedy. The Irish singer-songwriter has been promoted by even the likes of countrymen U2. His single “Giants” (QRO review) last year was an ode to what 2020 could have been, with the video (QRO review) seeing him running through the empty COVID streets. He returns to Lollapalooza, so if you missed him then, be sure to catch him now.

Dermot Kennedy
   

jxdn, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Chattanooga’s Jaden Isaiah Hossler, of jxdn, burst to fame via TikTok, then getting the notice of Travis Barker with single “Comatose”. His debut album Tell Me About Tomorrow, produced by Barker and featuring Machine Gun Kelly (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’17), comes out just before he comes to Lollapalooza.

 

Also:

Peach Tree Rascalls, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Music In the Key of Chicago, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

jxdn
   
   
Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stage  

Nez, 8:15 PM – 9:00 PM

One half of production duo Nez & Rio, Nesbitt Wesonga Jr. has worked with everyone in the hip hop game – and the Chicago native is playing his hometown festival.

Nez
   

Surfaces, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Mixing everything from jazz and reggae to hip hop and calypso is Texas’ Surfaces, who come to Lollapalooza behind last year’s Horizons.

Surfaces
   

Brittany Howard, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Alabama Shakes (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ‘15) energetic frontwoman Brittany Howard (QRO photos solo) decided to do the solo album thing in 2019 with Jaime, winning the Grammy Award for Best Rock Song with “Stay High”. See her return to Lollapalooza (QRO photos solo at a festival).

Brittany Howard
   

RMR, 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

Just before everything shut down in March of last year, Atlanta’s RMR went viral on YouTube with his song “Rascal”. He’s since signed to Warner Brothers for his upcoming debut full-length Hotel, and now comes to Lollapalooza.

RMR
   

Also:

Sofía Valdés, 1:15 PM – 2:00 PM

Brooke Alexx, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Sofía Valdés
   
   
Grubhub Stage  

Big Wild, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

After a trip to Big Sur in California, Boston DJ Jackson Stell became Big Wild, and returns to Lollapalooza.

Big Wild
   

EARTHGANG, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Atlanta hip hop duo EARTHGANG (QRO photos) is rappers Olu (a.k.a. Johnny Venus) and WowGr8 (a.k.a. Doctur Dot). They released a trio of EPs before 2019’s acclaimed Mirrorland, and come to Lollapalooza with word of new LP Ghetto Gods.

EARTHGANG
   

Rico Nasty, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Maria-Cecilia Simone Kelly is not your average rapper as Rico Nasty, with a punk aesthetic to “Smack a Bitch”. In 2019 she released her latest mixtape, Anger Management, a collaboration with Kenny Beats, and last year put out her debut studio album, Nightmare Vacation.

Rico Nasty
   

JPEGMAFIA, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

From Flatbush to the Air Force to rap stardom for Barrington DeVaughn Hendricks, a.k.a. JPEGMAFIA (QRO photos). He’s a Veteran, and to him, All My Heroes Are Cornballs.

JPEGMAFIA
   

mxmtoon, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

mxmtoon rocks the ukulele (“The thinking man’s violin,” Krusty the Clown) and more.

mxmtoon
   

Elderbrook, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Stretching from pop to electronic dance is Elderbook.

Elderbrook
   

Noga Erez, 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

If Feist was launched into stardom by “1,2,3,4” being in an iPod commercial, Tel Aviv’s Noga Erez has done the next generation of that with her “Dance While You Shoot” being in an ad for Apple’s streaming service.

Noga Erez
   

Radkey, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

A decade ago, St. Joseph, Missouri’s trio of brothers – Dee, Isaiah, and Solomon (QRO photos at a festival) – rebooted punk rock as Radkey.

 

Also:

The Aquadolls, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Radkey
   
   
BMI Stage  

Riz La Vie, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Ant Saunders, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Ottto, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Sarah Barrios, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Neal Francis, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Shy Carter, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Riz La Vie
   
   
Perry’s Tent  

Alison Wonderland, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Sydney’s Alex Sholler began as a classically trained cellist, but has since stepped through the looking glass to become world-known DJ Alison Wonderland (QRO photos at a festival), playing her third Lollapalooza, now headlining Perry’s Tent.

Alison Wonderland
   

Yellow Claw, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Dutch DJ duo Yellow Claw (QRO photos at a festival) incorporates everything from trap to big room house to moombahton. They return to Lollapalooza behind last year’s Never Dies.

Yellow Claw
   

PEEKABOO, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Matthew Lucas brings his style of dubstep, a freeform space bass, to space-out Lollapalooza at PEEKABOO.

PEEKABOO
   

Also:

Sullivan King, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Dr. Fresch, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

William Black, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

LP Giobbi, 12:45 PM – 1:45 PM

Moore Kismet, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Sullivan King
   
   
Lake Shore Stage  

Band of Horses, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Before the current, unceasing wave of alt-country, there was Seattle’s Band of Horses (QRO live review), who broke through with debut Everything All the Time and “Funeral” in 2006. While guitarist/co-founder Matt Brooke left after that for Grand Archives, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell kept on the trail, with the following year’s Cease to Begin (QRO review). Band of Horses (QRO photos at a festival) dropped a little off the radar following that, but came back (QRO live review) in 2010 with Infinite Arms (QRO review), a more polished record in ways good & bad, but picked it up in 2012 with Mirage Rock (QRO review) and 2016’s Why Are You OK (QRO review), and are riding (QRO live review) from festival (QRO photos at a festival) to festival (QRO photos at a festival), including a COVID era livestream (QRO livestream review) of Cease.

Band of Horses
   

The Front Bottoms, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

New Jersey punks The Front Bottoms have only been growing since their 2011 self-titled debut full-length (QRO review), and rock their second Lollapalooza behind last year’s In Sickness & In Flames.

The Front Bottoms
   

Also:

Toosii, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Flipp Dineroo, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Chiiild, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Toosii
   
   
T-Mobile Stage  

Foo Fighters, 8:00 PM

For some people, Dave Grohl will always be, first and foremost, the drummer of Nirvana, but he’s forged a massively successful career fronting his own Foo Fighters (QRO photos at a festival) for over twenty-five years now. Along with former Sunny Day Real Estate bassist Nate Mendel, Pat Smear (of iconic punk act The Germs), and Chris Shiflett (QRO photos at a festival), they’re up to record number ten with this year’s Medicine at Midnight (QRO review), 2017’s ambitious Concrete and Gold (QRO review), 2014’s Sonic Highways (QRO review), 2021’s Wasting Light (QRO review), and more.

There has even been pseudo-Nirvana reunions, like Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Nevermind producer Butch Vig on Wasting, plus Grohl’s documentary & album about their old recording studio, Sound City (QRO album review). Grohl even broke his leg on stage, finished the performance, and toured with his leg in a cast while sitting on a specially made throne. They’re reopening Madison Square Garden (QRO venue review) with its first full-capacity show, and this fall they’ll be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so see them as they return to headline Lollapalooza.

Foo Fighters
   

Modest Mouse, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Washington State’s Modest Mouse (QRO photos) broke through to mainstream success in 2004 with Good News For People Who Like Bad News, and followed that up by adding Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr for 2007’s We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (QRO review) – unfortunately, Marr left to join the even younger Cribs and then solo. But they’re still big and great outdoors (QRO photos at a Chicago festival), and in 2015 finally put out their first new record since Sank, Strangers To Ourselves (QRO review). They will come back to Lollapalooza behind June’s The Golden Casket and single “We Are Between” (QRO review).

Modest Mouse
   

Young Thug, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Atlanta’s Young Thug (QRO photos at a festival) gained major recognition in 2014 with hit singles “About the Money” and “Lifestyle”, plus mixtapes I’m Up and Slime Season 3. He’s risen further & further, like featuring on “Havana” by Camila Cabello (QRO photos at Lollapalooza ’18), to being award the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 2019 for “This Is America”. While we wait for sophomore full-length Punk, see him return to Lollapalooza.

Young Thug
   

Princess Nokia, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Get ready for the in-your-face hip-hop of Princess Nokia, including crowdsurfing and shirt removing (QRO live review, with both), because for her, Everything Sucks and Everything Is Beautiful.

 

Also:

Sir Chloe, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Princess Nokia
   
   
Bud Light Seltzer Sessions  

Sarah Barrios, 6:30 PM

Riz La Vie, 4:30 PM

Mob Rich, 2:30 PM

Mob Rich

 

Official after-shows:

Tuesday, July 27th
Omar Apollo, with Serena Isioma & Oston @ Metro
Drama @ Lincoln Hall

Wednesday, July 28th
Dominic Fike, with Kenny Mason @ House of Blues
LP, with Lauren Sanderson @ Metro
MAX & Olivia O’Brien, with Sebastian Paul @ Park West
Orville Peck @ Thalia Hall
All Time Low, with Chloe Moriondo @ Bottom Lounge
Dayglow, with Renforshort @ Lincoln Hall
Black Pistol Fire, with Waltzer @ Empty Bottle
Ed Maverick @ Schuba’s

Journey

Thursday, July 29th
Journey @ Aragon
$uicideboy$, with slowthai @ House of Blues
Jack Harlow @ The Vic
Limp Bizkit @ Metro
Lauv, with Sophie Cates @ Park West
boy pablo, with Jawny @ Thalia Hall
AG Club, with Payday @ Bottom Lounge
Elohim @ Lincoln Hall
Jacob Banks @ Sleeping Village
Grandson, with Mothica @ Subterranean
Cam @ Schuba’s

SLANDER

Friday, July 30th
Slander @ Aragon
Young the Giant @ House of Blues
Jimmy Eat World, with The Aquadolls @ Metro
SAINt JHN @ Park West
Mt. Joy, with Rookie @ Thalia Hall
Cautious Clay, with Joy Oladokun @ Bottom Lounge
Ashe, with Jake Wesley Rodgers @ Lincoln Hall
Mick Jenkins, with Jean Deaux @ Reggies
Post Animal, with Valebol @ Sleeping Village
HINDS @ Empty Bottle
The Backseat Lovers, with Girlhouse @ Schuba’s
Trevor Denial, with Jessia @ Chop Shop

Dermot Kennedy

Saturday, July 31st
Dermot Kennedy @ Aragon
Big Wild, with Cannons @ House of Blues
Modest Mouse, with Sir Chloe @ The Vic
Band of Horses, with Michigander @ Metro
Surfaces, with Goth Babe @ Park West
Brittany Howard, with Noga Erez @ Thalia Hall
EARTHGANG, with Benji @ Bottom Lounge
The Front Bottoms, with Sincere Engineer @ Lincoln Hall
jxdn, with QVE @ DJ Travis Mills @ Reggie’s
JPEGMAFIA @ Sleeping Village
White Reaper, with Glove @ Subterranean
Porches @ Empty Bottle
Peach Tree Racals @ Schuba’s
Brownies & Lemonade All-Stars & Friends @ Chop Shop

Marc Rebillet

Sunday, August 1st
Marc Rebillet, with LP Giobbi @ House of Blues
Freddie Gibbs @ Metro
cavetown, with Sydney Rose @ Thalia Hall
Princess Nokia, with Riz La Vie @ Lincoln Hall
Whitney, with V.V. Lightbody @ Sleeping Village
Elderbrook @ Chop Shop


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