With this year’s highly anticipated Coachella Festival just three days away, rival festival Lollapalooza just stole a bit of their thunder tonight by announcing the lineup for their 2012 festival, which will be held in Chicago’s Grant Park from August 3-5. This year’s festival will be headlined by a powerful array of rock royalty (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White), a historic reunion (the only scheduled North American tour date for Black Sabbath) and, for the first time ever, big-draw DJ acts (Avicii, Justice).
VH1 was able to exclusively ask Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell (Jane’s Addiction) what kind of traits he looks for in his headlining acts, and he answered in typically awesome Farrell fashion:
We’ve got the complete Lollapalooza press release, which just hit the wires, for you below!
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Jack White, Avicii, Justice, Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In Slated for Lollapalooza 2012
For the eighth consecutive year, Lollapalooza will transform Grant Park into North America’s biggest music extravaganza, bringing together over 130 diverse acts from around the world. Leading the charge in 2012 are the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, The Black Keys, Jack White, Avicii, Justice, Florence + The Machine, At The Drive-In, Bassnectar, The Shins, and Passion Pit.
This summer, Lollapalooza will play host to long-awaited reunions including the only North American date for heavy metal legends Black Sabbath. Plus, The Afghan Whigs will tour together for the first time in a decade, while quintessential post hard-core band At the Drive-In will be returning to the stage after an eleven-year hiatus.
Lolla is also welcoming back some big names to the festival. 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Red Hot Chili Peppers return six years after their last appearance in Grant Park, and twenty years since touring with Lollapalooza in 1992. Festival alums The Black Keys, Miike Snow, Bloc Party, The Temper Trap, and Delta Spirit are once again gracing the bill, along with Jack White in his latest solo incarnation.
The 2012 line-up is loaded with international acts like Sigur Ros (Iceland), The Weeknd (Canada), M83 (France), Bloc Party (England), Franz Ferdinand (Scotland), Metric (Canada), The Temper Trap (Australia), Amadou & Mariam (Mali), and Die Antwoord (South Africa). As part of the ongoing cultural exchange between Lollapalooza Brazil, Chile and Chicago, O Rappa (Brazil) and Los Jaivas (Chile) will also be bringing their South American sounds to Chi-town.
In keeping with its signature tradition of artist discovery, Lollapalooza will once again deliver an undercard of fresh talent to the stage like Alabama Shakes, Yellow Ostrich, LP, Oberhofer, Dry The River, Fun., Of Monsters And Men, and Doomtree.
This year, two electronic heavyweights, Avicii and Justice will hit the main stages. But not to worry. Perry’s will once again be the ever-beating dance and electronica heart of the festival with appearances by Bassnectar, Kaskade, Calvin Harris, NERO, Santigold, Knife Party, Zeds Dead, and Big Gigantic, to name a few.
“This year our multi-colored lollipop swirls black and white with Black Sabbath, Jack White, and The Black Keys,” says festival founder, Perry Farrell after visiting Lollapalooza Chile and rocking Lollapalooza Brazil with Jane’s Addiction. “Two Electronic acts, Justice and Avicii will be presented on the main stages… Can it get any heavier in the park?”
We’ll have more Lolla news, including the complete lineup and a couple of additional video clips of Perry Farrell commentary, for you in the morning!