The issue at hand? Lollapalooza’s infamous radius clause, which reportedly limits acts from playing shows within a 300-mile radius of Lollapalooza in the months leading up the festival. The festival has been known to waive its radius clause in the past, but consider this: as a user on the Lollapalooza message board notes, only twice before has a band headlined Summerfest and Lollapalooza in the same year — Weezer did so in 2005 and Wilco in 2006.
One possible scenario is that Lollapalooza promoters booked OutKast for their other festival, Austin City Limits, and opted for native son Kanye West to serve as this year’s rap headliner. Kanye is already confirmed to headline Bonnaroo in June and is also playing Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival in late July. (Last year, Fuji Rock and Lollapalooza shared The Cure and Nine Inch Nails as headliners.) It’s also possible that a competing Chicago festival such as North Coast — which last year booked Wu-Tang Clan to headline — may have wound up nabbing OutKast. Promoters for North Coast did not respond to our request for comment as of this posting.
All that being said, it’s hard to fathom OutKast’s reunion tour not hitting the country’s biggest music festival. We’ll find out one way or another when the lineup is officially revealed in April.
In the meantime, here’s a look at OutKast’s current tour scheduling:
04/11 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/18 – Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
04/25-27 – Kingston Downs, GA @ CounterPoint
05/02-04 – Tampa, FL @ Big Guava Festival
05/16-18 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
05/23-25 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival
06/06-08 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
06/19-22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
07/06 – London, UK @ Wireless Festival
08/03 – Toronto, ON @ OVO Fest
09/04-07 – Isle of Wight, UK @ Bestival