With over 120 bands performing at Lollapalooza, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. We break down the festival by genres for those looking to focus on one specific sound while in Chicago. Thankfully, there’s enough to satisfy fans of hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar), pop (Lana Del Rey), rock (Queens Of The Stone Age) indie/alt rock (Vampire Weekend) and folk/country (The Lumineers). Of course, electronic and techno fans should just plan to hang out at Perry’s tent most of the weekend where things go none-stop from 12 to 10 pm each day.
If you like Vampire Weekend…
Indie and alt-rock fans have the most to choose from at Lollapalooza. These are some of the key acts people should check out.
Start the three-day festival with The Neighbourhood at 12 pm. This mysterious quintet sounds like a harder Vampire Weekend. Another way to kick off Friday is with American Authors, who plays at the same time at the BMI stage. San Cisco keeps the party going at 1. Australia’s Atlas Genius takes The Grove stage at 3:30. No word if they will perform their cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Prepare to do some white-boy dancing at 4:30 with Pacific Air. Then it’s to the Lake Shore stage for the unexpected summer hit, “Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons. Their sound is generally lighter than their hit single. Finally, The Killers close out the first night at 8:25.
The Los Angeles band, Family Of The Year, kicks things off with a relaxing start at 12 pm on Saturday. Beast Patrol and Wild Club keep the indie rocker vibe going with back-t0-back sets starting at 1:10. For a more fuller sound, fans should check out the Dublin folk rock quintet, Little Green Cars, at 1:30. After Wild Club, fans should move over to The Grove stage for a performance by HAIM at 3:30. Fans should take a short R&R to gear up for The National at 6 pm or the Foals at 5:45. Then it’s one of two options to close out the night: The Postal Service or Mumford & Sons.
The final day starts things off right with Guards at 12 pm. The group is an off-shoot of The Cults. For a funkier sound, fans should check out the siblings that form Wild Belle at 1:30. Then it’s over to the BMI stage for The Mowgli’s, who will somehow cram all their members on stage at 3:20. They are followed by Wavves at 4:45 on The Grove stage. Then it’s on to Bear Mountain at 4:50. Finally, Vampire Weekend takes the Bug Light stage at 6:30. The group opens for Phoenix, who is closing out the festival at 8:30.
If you like The Lumineers…
This year’s festival boasts a number of country and folk rock groups that are perfect for those long summer nights.
Friday is a slow day with three must-see performances. At 3:15 pm, Father John Misty steps out on his own after leaving Fleet Foxes last year. His folky vibe is the perfect way to kick off a chill weekend. At the same time, Houndmouth takes the stage on the other side of the festival. The quartet mixes folk, rock and beards to create their unique sound. End the night with Hey Marseilles at 5:40 at the BMI stage.
Saturday is much busier. Day 2 kicks off with Wheeler Brothers at 12 pm. Expect them to bring Austin vibe to Chicago during their set. At the same time over on the BMI stage is Frontier Ruckus. Then Shovels & Rope bring the banjos, guitars and hand claps at 12:45. Fans can hang out at the same stage for Ben Howard, who channels Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell. At 3 pm, two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks take the stage with their new group, Court Yard Hounds. To keep the country vibe going, fans should check out Eric Church, winner of the CMA’s 2012 Album Of The Year. The Lumineers take the Lake Shore stage at 7:15 and make the perfect opening act to Mumford & Sons, who close out Saturday at 8:15 on the Red Bull Select stage.
The last day starts with a performance by the Chicago quintet, Rivals of the Peacemaker, at 12 pm. Fans may enjoy the folky/R&B singer, Lianne La Havas, who takes the stage at 3 pm. Her performance is followed by Alt-J at 5 pm. The English rockers have taken the UK and Australia by storm and are slowly getting more buzz stateside. Fans should close out the festival with Cat Power, who is known for her Memphis soul and Delta blues. She takes the stage at 8:45.
If you like Kendrick Lamar…
Hip-hop and R&B fans have less options to choose from at this year’s festival. However, there are a few solid acts taking one of the many stages in Chicago.
Fans should plan to kick off Lollapalooza with R&B songstress, Emeli Sande, on Friday at 1 pm. Following the funky diva is a show by Jessie Ware, who takes the stage at 3:15 followed by rapper, Theophilus London at 4:45. Friday closes out with Chicago-born, Chance The Rapper. The 19-year-old first made noise in 2011 and has been building buzz ever since.
Saturday mixes up the vibe with a late start with Texas crooner, Charles Bradley, at 2:45 pm. If fans want to get their bounce on then they should head over to Perry’s Tent for the meme-turned-number 1 hit, “Harlem Shake,” from Baauer. The night closes out with the genre’s two biggest names at the festival, Kendrick Lamar (6:45) and Azealia Banks (8:45).
Sunday opens with Banks’ Twitter frenemy, Angel Haze, who kicks off the last day at 2 pm. Fans should immediately move over to the Lake Shore stage for a folky/R&B performance by Lianne La Havas. The break after her show is the perfect time to hit the festival’s Chow Town, a food truck gathering, for lunch and a beer before Major Lazer and 2 Chainz close the festival at 7 and 7:15 pm respectively.
If you like Lana Del Rey…
There’s a surprising number of smart pop acts taking the stage at Lollapalooza this year. Fans should be able to enjoy some radio hits in between all the indie rock bands flooding the festival with alt-rock sounds.
Friday kicks off with one the summer’s biggest hits, “I Love It,” by Icona Pop. The group leads the festival with a performance at 1:45 pm. Continue the fun with Timeflies at 2 in Perry’s Tent. Fans then can slow things down a bit with Jessie Ware at 3:15. For some electronic pop, Hot Chip should fill the void at 7:25 and serve as the perfect opening act for Lana Del Rey who closes the first night at 8:45. If fans want something more to dance to, they can head over to Perry’s Tent for a close out performance by Steve Aoki.
Day 2 of the festival is packed with some fun. St. Lucia starts the day off right with the perfect summer music at 2:15. Matt & Kim pick up the tempo at 3:45 pm. Though, the Times Square strippers are likely to stay clothed for this performance. Then it’s over to the Bud Light stage at 4:45 for another songstress of the summer, Ellie Goulding, who is heating up the charts with “I Need Your Love” with Calvin Harris. No word if she’ll cover “Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke, but here’s hoping! While Kendrick Lamar takes the stage before The Postal Service closes out day two, fans should check out Blondfire at 6:50. Their sound is a cross between Goulding and Goldfrapp’s ethereal phase. Following the groups performance, it’s back to Bud Light for a throwback to 2003 with “Such Great Heights” and other hits from Ben Gibbard’s side project.
Sunday is a more spread out day with fewer pop acts taking the stage. Fans should plan to enjoy a long brunch before heading over to MS MR’s performance at 3:30 pm. Then it’s over the Red Bull Sound Select stage at 4 pm for one the festival’s most anticipated shows, Tegan and Sara. Fans can hang out at the stage and check out the Grizzly Bear show before closing out the festival with Major Lazer.
If you like Queens Of The Stone Age…
For the slightly harder rockers, there are a number of acts that should satisfy the need to thrash.
Friday gets started with the female rock duo, Deap Vally, at 1:30 pm. The group has a vibe similar to The White Stripes’ heavier stuff. At 2:15, the head banging really gets going with the Swedish heavy metal band, Ghost B.C. If fans want some electronic sounds with a bite, they should head over to the Crystal Castles show at 4:15. Then it’s back to the Bud Light stage for back-t0-back performances by Queens Of The Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails all starting at 6:15.
Saturday is a lighter day for rock fans. Jordan Cook a.k.a. ReignWolf shreds the guitar at 2 pm. For a more classic rock-n-roll vibe similar to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Jimi Hendrix, fans should check out Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. at 3:20 at the BMI stage. If fans want to experiment with sound, they should check out the rap-noise duo Death Grips at 7:15.
The last day is more of a punk rock day with things kicking off with Palma Violets at 1 pm. Fans of The Clash will enjoy their set. The British vibe continues with Nightmare & The Cat at 2:10. Or fans can follow up Palma Violets with Alex Clare, who got a boost thanks to the Microsoft Internet Explorer ad. Then things get really heavy with Baroness at 4:30 on the Petrillo stage. Fans should plan to end the weekend with Goth-rock gods, The Cure, at 8 pm on the Red Bull Select stage.
For complete scheduling information, check out the 2013 line-up at Lollapalooza.com.