Lollapalooza is jumping off in Chile and Argentina, March 16-18 before hitting Chicago, August 2-5. It’s also popping in São Paulo (March 23-25, 2018), Paris (July 21-22, 2018), and Berlin (September 8-9, 2018), making it one of the most expansive music festivals in the world.
Launched by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell in 1991 when alternative rock was on a roll, Lollapalooza was supposed to be a farewell tour for the band. Instead, it’s become one of the longest running festivals and was amongst the first to take its show on the road. Despite a few bumps in the late 1990s, it has remained one of the most progressive festivals on the circuit. Now in its 27th year, “Lolla” delivers an appropriately international and homegrown mix of electronic music, indie rock, and hip-hop at each of its satellite cities. At last count, Lollapalooza was pulling in over 160,000 music lovers to its 2-3 day festivals worldwide.
“Since Lolla was born in 1991 our mission has been to stretch the boundaries of music, art, and culture all the while championing movements that make the world a better place,” Perry Farrell said recently while discussing Jane Says, a new gaming initiative allows fans to engage social causes as well as have a good time. Clearly, its mission is still very much alive and kicking out the jams.
Here’s a look at each of the festivals to get you amped up, wherever you get your “Lolla” on this year.
Chicago, USA: launched in 1991
There’s no place like sweet home Chicago. Going strong since 2003, Lolla Chicago is one of the biggest Festivals in North America for breakthrough music, countless friends, and sweet memories. Honestly, who can say no to over 130 performances in Grant Park, right in the middle of gorgeous summertime Chi season?
Santiago, Chile: launched in 2010
Fun fact: Lolla Chile was our first fest outside of North America in 2011. Today, the festival in Chile grew to a 3-days event, where 80,000 fans per day have thrown their hands in the air for legends like Metallica, Pearl Jam, Robert Plant, Eminem, The Weeknd, and many more.
São Paulo, Brazil: launched in 2011
Since 2012 Lollapalooza Brazil annualy lands in São Paulo and brings some of the biggest names of the music in the world, like Foo Fighters, Black Keys, Pharrell Williams, Metallica and The Strokes. In 2018, it will be no different: Pearl Jam, The Killers, Red Hot Chili Peppers and many others will whip up the legendary Interlagos Speedway.
Buenos Aires, Argentina: launched in 2013
Lolla has love for Buenos Aires. Lolla Argentina joined the South America roster in 2014, and we’re honored to call this vibrant city a home. This year Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, LCD Soundsystem and Chance The Rapper will be the headliners of its fifth edition. Lolla Argentina will last 3 days including more than 100 artists for the very first time.
Berlin, Germany: launched 2014
Lolla Berlin kicked off in 2015 with a lot of noise and sun, claiming a new ground in one of the greatest cities in the world. Each year, the German edition of Lollapalooza fuses tons of international and nationally known acts together for 2 days of incredible music and fun-loving fans. 2018 is sure to be another memorable occasion as Lollapalooza Berlin makes its home in Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.
Paris, France: launched 2017
Lolla Paris is the newest addition to the Lollapalooza family. With it’s inaugural edition taking place in 2017, headliners like Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Rey, and many more brought action to one of the world’s most beautiful cities.