Artists You Oughta See at Lollapalooza

With over 100 bands performing at Lollapalooza this weekend, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. Everyone from Kings of Leon to Calvin Harris are performing representing a variety of genres from EDM, alt rock, hip-hop and indie pop.

Among the performers on the festival’s eight stages — one being Palladia, marking its debut at Lolla — are a number of VH1 You Oughta Know alums, including Lorde and Foster the People, that have been storming up the charts over the past year. Many are first-time performers and sure to bring a new flavor and sound to the long-running festival.

Check out our guide to the artists you oughta see at Lollapalooza:

Bleachers
(Sun, 1:30 pm, Lake Shore)

August’s YOK artist, Bleachers is as fresh as they get. The side project fronted by .fun’s Jack Antonoff just released their debut album, Strange Desire, on July 15. The group, which blends together alternative rock and indie pop, is a perfect match with Cut / Copy (Sat, 9:00 pm, The Grove), Grouplove (Sat, 4:45 pm, Bud Light), and The Temper Trap (Sat, 3:15 pm, Lake Shore).

Chvrches
(Fri, 5:30 pm, Lake Shore)

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This synthpop group first got our attention back in April. Drawing influences from Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, and Kate Bush, they are the perfect starter to Lolla. The band should be followed up by performances from Betty Who (Sun, 5:40 pm, BMI), Jenny Lewis (Sat, 7:45 pm, The Grove), and Nonono (Sun, 2:15 pm, The Grove).

Fitz & the Tantrums
(Sat, 4:15, Samsung Galaxy)

One of VH1’s early YOK alumni, Fitz & the Tantrums have been building buzz ever since. A recent appearance on Big Morning Buzz Live, in support of their latest album, More Than Just a Dream, proved they are one to see in person. Their indie pop vibe and live energy is something that blends nicely with Broken Bells (Fri, 6:30 pm, Samsung Galaxy), Chromeo (Sun, 4:45, Bud Light), and Spoon (Sat, 6:45, Bud Light).

Foster the People
(Sat, 6:15 pm, Samsung Galaxy)

The group first broke out in 2010 with the dance-ready hit, “Pumped Up Kicks,” and their finally back with a new album, Supermodel, which came out earlier this year. The group continues to deliver on all the hype that made them a YOK artist in the first place. Add them to a must-see list of Calvin Harris (Sat, 8:45 pm, Bud Light) and Phantogram (Fri, 8:45 pm, The Grove).

Johnnyswim
(Fri, 3:20 pm, BMI)

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This married duo is one of the most heartwarming groups of the past few years. Their love transcends the stage and bleeds into surroundings. If you want to enjoy a folksy weekend, follow them up with The Avett Brothers (Sun, 6:00 pm, Samsung Galaxy), John Butler Trio (Sat, 3:45 pm, Palladia), and Kodaline (Fri, 1:30 pm, Lake Shore).

Kongos
(Sun, 12:15 pm, Palladia)

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This South African alt rock band comes with plenty of funk and energy. Their lead single, “Come With Me Now,” makes you want to march into Lollapalooza and demand “more live music!” That’s part of the reason they were May’s YOK artist. Their edge is great to pair with Arctic Monkeys (Fri, 8:30 pm, Bud Light), Kings of Leon (Sun, 8:15 pm, Samsung Galaxy), and White Denim (Sun, 2:15 pm, Samsung Galaxy).

Lorde
(Fri, 6:45 pm, Bud Light)

There hasn’t been a much more buzzy YOK artist of the past year than the queen B herself. Lorde stormed out of New Zealand and dominated the charts with her lead single, “Royals.” Now she’s making the festival rounds and creating a unique blend of indie pop, rock and hip-hop. Add her to the list of ladies at the festival, including Anna Lunoe (Sat, 12:30 pm, Perry’s), Courtney Barnett (Fri, 2:15, The Grove), Iggy Azalea (Fri, 4:30 pm, Perry’s), and Kate Nash (Sat, 2:45 pm, Bud Light).

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