Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator & Miley Cyrus Top Lollapalooza 2021 Lineup
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Foo Fighters will headline this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago Here, the band performs at Rio de Janeiro’s Rock In Rio, Sept. 28, 2019.
A day after confirming its 2021 return, Lollapalooza announced its lineup.
Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator and Miley Cyrus top the bill for the festival, which will descend on Chicago’s Grant Park from July 29 to August 1.
All four Lollapalooza headliners are booked for major 2021 festivals, including Tennessee’s Bonnaroo (Foo Fighters, Tyler, the Creator), Northern California’s BottleRock (Foo Fighters, Miley Cyrus), New York’s Governors Ball (Post Malone), and San Francisco’s Outside Lands (Tyler, the Creator).
Other major booked artists for Lollapalooza 2021 include DaBaby, Marshmello, Illenium, Journey, Megan Thee Stallion, Roddy Ricch, Kaytranada, Brockhampton, Playboi Carti, Young Thug, Modest Mouse, Limp Bizkit, Jack Harlow, Polo G, Trippie Redd, Steve Aoki, Brittany Howard, Band of Horses and Jimmy Eat World.
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This year’s Lollapalooza is headlined by Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler, the Creator and Miley Cyrus.
“In alignment with our public health guidance, the world class festival returns to the city later this summer,” wrote Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a Twitter post on Tuesday, along with a video announcing Foo Fighters as one Lollapalooza headliner. “However, full COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enjoy the festivities.”
Lightfoot further detailed the decision in a press release, explaining that “in Chicago, the word ‘Lollapalooza’ has always been synonymous with summer, great music and four days of unforgettable fun – which made last year’s decision to postpone it all the more difficult. Now, less than a year later and armed with a vaccine that is safe, effective and widely available, we are able to bring back one of our city’s most iconic summer music festivals.”
More than any specific artist booked, the most significant aspect of Lollapalooza might be that it’s happening on its traditional dates in late July and early August, and that it’ll take place at full capacity.
Some festivals, such as Chicago’s Riot Fest, Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful and Southern California’s Ohana, are taking place in 2021 on their traditional September dates, but most major festivals that typically take place earlier in the season pushed their events to September and October. For instance, Governors Ball, Tennessee’s Bonnaroo and Chicago’s Pitchfork all moved from June or July to September.
Even San Francisco’s Outside Lands, usually held in mid-August after Lollapalooza, moved to late October.
Lollapalooza will now take place several weeks before Pitchfork and Riot Fest vie for the patronage of Chicago festivalgoers on consecutive weekends. Pitchfork, scheduled for Sept. 10-12, announced its lineup Monday, topped by Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu. Last week, Riot Fest, slated for Sept. 16-19, shared an updated version of its lineup, pushed from 2020, topped by Nine Inch Nails, The Smashing Pumpkins and Run The Jewels.
Lollapalooza, which typically announces its lineup in March, never announced a 2020 lineup due to the coronavirus pandemic that ultimately forced its cancellation. In 2019, the Chicago event was headlined by Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin.
In 2020, the event went virtual in conjunction with YouTube Music.
Charles Attal and Charlie Walker, co-founders of Lollapalooza promoter C3 Presents, appeared on the 2021 edition of Pollstar‘s Impact 50 list.
“We have been working on festivals and projects that we had underway prior to the pandemic, gearing up for a lot of festivals and concerts in the pipeline for the end of 2021 and into 2022,” Attal said in an interview for the list.
Tickets for Lollapalooza 2021 go onsale at 12 p.m. CT.