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Who’s playing Lollapalooza 2013?

on March 04, 2013, 4:33pm

lollapalooza Whos playing Lollapalooza 2013?

This time last week, little was known about Lollapalooza’s 2013 lineup. Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z both ruled out possible appearances by booking a show at Solider Field, Daft Punk continue to be missing from every major festival announcement, and who knows how Kim’s pregnancy will affect Kanye’s tour schedule. But then, Nine Inch Nails reunited, reportedly for a headlining appearance, and two Canadian festivals taking place right around Lollapalooza revealed lineups boasting Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and Queens of the Stone Age. And just like that, predicting the lineup became a whole lot easier.

Nine Inch Nails have announced plans for a string of summer performances, one of which Billboard reports to be at Lollapalooza. The band has already confirmed gigs in Japan and Germany, but the weekend of Lollapalooza remains wide open.

– The inaugural Grove Music Festival takes place in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario the same weekend as Lollapalooza and boasts acts such as Phoenix, Hot Chip, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Pretty Lights, Earl Sweatshirt, Wavves, and Bob Mould. Phoenix and Hot Chip are both European-based acts, so presumably their travels to America would extend beyond one date. Macklemore played Lollapalooza last year, but could their meteoric rise propel them to a bigger slot on this year’s bill? Pretty Lights would be a candidate to serve as one of Lollapalooza EDM headliners, while OFWGTA’s Earl Sweatshirt is following a similar trajectory to Frank Ocean, heaving confirmed his first big solo appearance at Coachella. Wavves and Bob Mould could be playing Lollapalooza, or they could be playing Pitchfork — Mould is playing Forecastle Festival just a week before Pitchfork.

– The Squamish Valley Music Festival takes place in Squamish, British Columbia the weekend after Lollapalooza. Topping the bill are Vampire Weekend and Queens of the Stone Age, who both have long been tagged as favorites to play Lollapalooza. Vampire Weekend have yet to schedule a Chicago show and will certainly not repeat at Pitchfork. Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age have a storied history with Lollapalooza and may want their first American festival in 2013 to be alongside Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. Other Squamish acts who’d make sense on the Lollapalooza lineup include Jurassic 5, Gogol Bordello, Fitz and the Tantrums, and Divine Fits.

– Other possible candidates: The Postal Service, who have yet to announce a Chicago show as part of their reunion tour; Father John Misty, whose current tour is also bypassing Chicago; Disclosure and Reignwolf, both of whom have previously mentioned Lollapalooza on their respective websites; and Atoms For Peace, whose current tour ends in London a week prior to Lollapalooza. Plus, if Coachella and Bonnaroo can both snag them, surely Lollapalooza organizers can make the Wu-Tang Clan happen.

An official lineup announcement is expected in April. Stay tuned to Festival Outlook for additional lineup news and updates.


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Brandon Lee
March 11, 2013 at 3:22 pm

I’m thinking Mumford and Sons will be there. Also, Smashing Pumpkins have a neat little window of time in between doing fests in Europe and Japan that includes the first weekend in August. Just throwing that out there.

March 5, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Imagine Dragons has confirmed on their website that they are playing Lolla and made mention of it last night’s Chicago show.

Rory Biller
March 5, 2013 at 1:08 am

I just hope they break the mold and bring in some surprises. As soon as I saw the Squamish lineup I got giddy because I think it pretty much seals the deal for QOTSA at Lolla. Hoping for a 2005 repeat: NIN, QOTSA and DFA 1979.

Iggy and the Stooges, Descendents, Atoms For Peace, David Byrne & St Vincent, Cloud Nothings would all be welcome additions. Just sayin…

Still wonder about Daft Punk

Brian Nac
March 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

What About the Lips and Wilco? And a wildcard Bowie?

Gabe Halverson
March 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Why is Blur out?

March 5, 2013 at 5:58 am

They are playing in ireland on aug. 1 so it seems unlikely but i don’t think
that definitely rules them out.

March 4, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Mumford & Sons have to play at Lolla!!

March 5, 2013 at 6:03 am

Id rather they didnt.

March 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Arcade Fire-Nine Inch Nails-The Cure

Interpol-My Bloody Valentine-Underworld

Iggy and the Stooges-Animal Collective-Stevie Wonder-The Stone Roses

Blur is out, the National will be at Pitchfork
Phoneix will do a after show as will Porno for Pyros

March 4, 2013 at 11:29 pm

The National will not be at P4k. Headliners already announced and they headlined a few years ago. Not sure they’re big enough to headline Lolla, but maybe the 6th slot? Already did sub-headline 2 or 3 years ago.

March 5, 2013 at 6:00 am

Interrpol and arcade fire definitely wont be there. I doubt the stone roses as much as i would love it.

March 4, 2013 at 5:34 pm

The Knife wouldn’t be likely as they have festival dates at the Oya fest a few days after Lollapalooza. I doubt they would schedule a one-off show in between a whole summer of Euro dates. I don’t see them making to the US until the Fall.

YYY’s look like a safe bet. They were the last minute headliners for Lolla back in 2009 when the Beastie Boys cancelled. And with a new album out this year, they coud easily be a legit headliner for 2013.

And what about Depeche Mode? They have a new album this summer and are doing tour dates in Europe for the first half of the summer. They could fill that Soundgarden/Black Sabbath role of established headliner.

March 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm

What about The National? They are doing a few festivals and do not have a Chicago date. Here’s hoping…

March 4, 2013 at 4:54 pm

I mean, Yeah Yeah Yeahs NEED to play Lolla…… Would like to see The Knife play a festival


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