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.