After a triumphant return as a destination festival last summer, Lollapalooza is spreading its wings ... while staying put. The granddaddy of American summer fests will add a third day to its lineup and double its size when it returns to the Chicago waterfront from August 4-6.
According to organizers, the former touring extravaganza will again set up shop in Chicago's scenic Grant Park, where it was reborn last year after going on hiatus in 2004 (see "Weezer, Killers, Pixies, Dashboard Confessional On Board For Lollapalooza"). Though no acts have been announced yet, this year's plans call for an increase to eight stages hosting 130 artists spread out across the Chicago waterfront in the shadow of the city's skyline.
"Lollapalooza is a place where young upstarts become legends, and legends return to claim their fame," said festival co-founder and former Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell in a statement. "For three days this summer, people will come to Chicago to witness musical history in real time."
Though plagued by triple-digit heat, last summer's July 23-24 event was considered an unqualified triumph by the city and organizers with few hitches and solid attendance of 65,000 fans, who saw the likes of the Pixies, Killers, Dashboard Confessional, Death Cab for Cutie, the Arcade Fire, Weezer and Dinosaur Jr (see "Lollapalooza Thrives In Withering Heat With Killers, Weezer, Pixies"). With the increase in size of this year's event, promoters estimate that as many as 225,000 people could attend the show, according to a Chicago Tribune report.
"It was love at first sight when we visited Grant Park as a possible location," said Charlie Jones, principal and executive producer at CSE, one of the festival's co-presenters. "The setting is as much of a star as the headliners on the stage." With four stages set up at the corners of baseball diamonds in the heart of downtown, fans were easily able to walk from set to set, or escape the heat by lounging under the trees that surrounded the site. The family-friendly event also drew plenty of toddlers, who had their own play area and side stage that, at one point, hosted Farrell playing an acoustic set of Porno for Pyros songs (see "Perry Farrell Promises Top-Flight Rock, Family Fun At Retooled Lollapalooza").
In addition to the stages on Lower Hutchinson Field and the area leading up to the city's iconic Buckingham Fountain, the expanded site will also include the Petrillo Music Shell, a popular summer destination in the city for outdoor concerts.
Organizers have not announced ticket prices, which they said they intend to do within the next two months.