Lollapalooza will mark its 25th anniversary in 2016 by expanding to a four-day format. The festival will return to Chicago’s Grant Park from Thursday, July 27th to Sunday, 31st, with the promise of a lineup featuring over 170 performers.
In a statement, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said, “It’s our 25th anniversary and we wanted to do something really special and different for our fans. There’s a lot of really great music coming out in 2016; with the abundance of talent that wanted to help us celebrate 25 years we got to thinking … ‘How are we going to fit all those great artists in one weekend?’ Then we thought about what a special day Thursday has become. When the party can’t wait for the weekend, the movers and shakers make it happen on Thursday! So, we’ve put together an entire additional day of music to celebrate our milestone year. It’s going to be a fantastic party!”
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lollapalooza has not had discussions with the city about expanding to a four-day format beyond 2016. C3 Presents co-owner Charlie Jones said next year’s expansion was prompted by “by two factors: the 25th anniversary of Lollapalooza’s 1991 origin and a glut of bands that want to play the festival next year.” Over 1,500 “credible” artists requested to play the festival this year.
Four-day general admission tickets will be priced at $335. One-day tickets will also be available, at $120 per ticket. An on-sale date has yet to be announced, but will occur alongside the lineup reveal in spring 2016.
In addition to its Chicago event, Lollapalooza will hold festivals in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Germany, and Colombia in 2016. The lineups for Brazil, Argentina, and Chile have already been announced and include Eminem, Mumford and Sons, Florence and the Machine, Tame Impala, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and more.