Nearly All the Big Acts Playing Lollapalooza 2013 Have Played Lollapalooza Before


Thanks to Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza‘s headliners have been revealed, and it appears that Perry Farrell & Co. are dipping into the past few years of the Chicago-based festival’s lineup history for a little inspiration. Mumford & Sons, Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, and the Killers have been announced as the fairly similar and not-at-all-diverse faces of 2013’s festival. A little disappointing.

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Of course, all of these bands have proven themselves to be popular festival acts internationally and have had successful commercial careers otherwise. But Lollapalooza has known that, which is why this year’s headliners have each been buzzy big-draw acts at the festival since it settled down in Chicago in 2005.

Both Mumford and Phoenix played the festival in 2010. And 2009 saw performances by the Killers and Vampire Weekend. Even The National, another act confirmed by Kot, popped up in 2010. And 2008.

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While the repetition is annoying, it’s not a first time offense for a festival that’s featured The Black Keys almost every year since ’05. Usually every year, at least one or two headliners are returning acts and the most exciting are the ones moving up from the small stage to top of the bill (see: Lady Gaga in 2007 and again in 2010). The true problem with this lineup is its lack of diversity. Lollapalooza has been known to pit unique acts against one another during the final spots of each evening throughout the weekend. In 2008, Kanye West and Nine Inch Nails played on opposite sides of Grant Park simultaneously.

Let’s hope the acts Consequence of Sound has been speculating about and leaking will be confirmed in the coming month when the full lineup is unveiled: Kendrick Lamar, The Cure, Big Boi, the Smashing Pumpkins, Earl Sweatshirt, and Nine Inch Nails seem like a good way to beef up the list after the pretty vanilla top picks. Maybe it’ll do the Coachella version of things this year where the acts in the slightly smaller font end up being the best reason to attend.

Lollapalooza takes place in Chicago, IL’s Grant Park August 2-4, 2013.

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