CHICAGO — In one of the stranger sets of strange musical fest-fellows this writer can recall, Lollapalooza announced today that Paul McCartney, Metallica and Florence + The Machine will headline this year’s three-day music festival in Chicago.
I’ll just gloss over the fact that two out of three are repeat offenders from recent years. At least, unlike some recent headliners, these guys are all capable of commanding a festival stage. I can personally attest that F+TM did a stellar job their last time around. But, though I love Paul McCartney as much as the next Beatlemaniac, he seems a tad out of place here. I’m just not sure what’s going on with him these days in general. I suppose he and Lollapalooza are doing the same thing, really: throwing a little bit of everything at the wall and seeing what sticks. Good on ya…? Here’s hoping for a Kanye West appearance!
Other highlights from the list of 100+ performers include Alt-J, Kid Cudi and Shakey Graves. Despite this being the tenth year the festival’s been hosted by Chicago, there’s not much local flavor—but it’s good to see rockers Twin Peaks and rapper Mick Jenkins on the bill. If I were going, I would make sure to check out Alabama Shakes, whose Lolla debut three years ago was canceled due to a downpour. By all accounts they’re one of the best live bands around.
Friday, Saturday and three-day passes are already sold out, but you can still grab premium passes and tickets for Sunday. See the full lineup and get tickets while you can at http://www.lollapalooza.com/.