For the first time in the festival's seven-year history, this
year's Lollapalooza midway attractions will focus exclusively on the
environment and toxic waste.
First up is the BrainForest, a multi-media
tent designed by festival organizer Perry Farrell, described as a "haven from
the summer elements with a performance space and showroom for thematic art and
music." The BrainForest tent will house a roving collection of electronica
DJ's, performance artists and spoken word performers who will entertain the
overheated masses among the foliage-filled earth-themed tent.
a 32-foot tower will undoubtedly be the visual focal point of the midway, as it
rises high above the action and is adorned with eclectic pagan and tribal art
from around the world. The nondenominational edifice will also be adorned with
mini-performance platforms for performance art pageantry and a sound system
that will beam out spiritual messages. On the political front, the Greenhouse
will be a center for a variety of social and political groups whose main focus
is environmental issues, while The Agora is the spiffy Greek-themed name for
the food and crafts concourse where kids can buy their $12 bottles of water and
get eyebrow piercings between bands.
As for the all-important order of acts
on the Main Stage (so you can judge how much time you have to chug beers in the
parking lot), they are as follows:
Julian and Damian Marley will open all
shows, with Manchester's James (who recently had to cancel a string of West
Coast dates due to a whiplash-style injury to lead singer Tim Booth), taking
the second slot, except on June 28-29.
The next five spots, all booked for
the duration of the tour are, in order, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion,
Korn, Tricky, Snoop Doggy Dogg and Tool.
And, for the first time in the festival's history,
the closing spot (the spot formerly known as the Headlining Slot) will be
filled by a rotating series of acts. Orbital will do the honors from June
25-July 15, followed by Devo (July 16-19, July 25-27), the Prodigy (July 20-23,
July 29-August 10) and The Orb (August 13-18).
For the Lolla '97 revised
tour dates, please use "Continued" icon below.]