A Few Lollapalooza Details

With the April 1st relaunch of its Web site, Lollapalooza has revealed that its two-day concert in Chicago’s Grant Park July 23-24 will feature five stages and 70 bands. Reports at press time, however, claimed that a permit for the revived fest has not yet been approved.

But a promoter said the show will go on.

“I can tell you we’ve had great conversations” with the Park District and the Parkways Foundation, a fund-raising arm for park programs, Capital Sports & Entertainment’s Stacey Rodrigues told the Chicago Tribune.

CSE along with Lollapalooza co-founder (and William Morris agent) Marc Geiger will produce the event. Perry Farrell is also said to be involved on the creative side.

According to the Tribune, Chicago city officials said March 30th that announcing such a major lakefront festival was “premature.” Apparently, the city has been notoriously hostile about hosting “edgier” rock concerts in Grant Park.

The next Park District meeting that could address a permit is reportedly scheduled for April 13th.

Shelby Meade at Fresh and Clean Media – who’s handling press for Lollapalooza – could not tell Pollstar whether a permit has been attained.

“Stuff is being worked out,” she said, adding that an April 22nd press conference in Chicago would reveal more info.

Meanwhile, it has been announced that Charles Attal Presents is booking the event. Rumors that Beck, The Killers, Kings of Leon, and Widespread Panic will be on the bill could not be confirmed by Meade.

From April 7th to 14th, a two-day Lollapalooza pass will be offered for $35, while supplies last. There will be a two-ticket limit per credit card.

Along with the bands, the two-day concert will feature a DJ Spin Temple, performance artists, fashion, food and “freaky stuff,” according to the Web site.

Last summer’s Lollapalooza was canceled because sales faltered despite sharply reduced ticket prices at most venues.