Lollapalooza is an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop bands, dance and comedy performances and craft booths. It has also provided a platform for non-profit and political groups and various visual artists.
Conceived and created in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band, Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997, and was revived in 2003. From its inception through 1997 and its revival in 2003, the festival toured North America. In 2004, the festival organizers decided to expand the dates to two days per city, but poor ticket sales forced the 2004 tour to be canceled.In 2005, Farrell and the William Morris Agency partnered with Austin, Texas–based company Capital Sports Entertainment and retooled it into its current format as a weekend destination festival in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois.
Inspired by the Gathering of the Tribes concerts produced by Bill Graham, Perry Farrell, Ted Gardner, Marc Geiger, and Don Muller, conceived of the festival in 1990 as a farewell tour for his band Jane’s Addiction.Unlike previous music festivals such as Woodstock, A Gathering of the Tribes, or the US Festival, which were one-time events held in one venue, Lollapalooza was a touring festival that traveled across the United States and Canada.The inaugural 1991 lineup was made up of artists from various genres, drawing in headliners from post-punk to industrial music.There was a tent for display of art pieces, virtual reality games, and information tables for political and environmental non-profit groups promoting counter-culture and political awareness.
It was at Lollapalooza where Farrell coined the term “Alternative Nation”.The explosion of alternative rock in the early 1990s propelled Lollapalooza forward; the 1992 and 1993 festivals leaned heavily on grunge and alternative acts, and usually featured an additional rap artist.Punk rock standbys like mosh pits and crowd surfing became part of the canon of the concerts. These years saw great increases in the participatory nature of the event with the inclusion of booths for open-microphone readings and oratory, television-smashing pits and tattooing and piercing parlors.After 1991, the festival included a second stage (and, in 1996, a third stage) for up-and-coming bands or local acts.Attendee complaints of the festival included high ticket prices as well as the high cost for food and water at the shows.
In 2010, it was announced that Lollapalooza would debut in South America, with a branch of the festival staged in Chile’s capital Santiago on April 2–3, 2011. The Lollapalooza Chile line up included Jane’s Addiction, Thirty Seconds to Mars, The National, Manny and Gil The Latin, The Drums, The Killers, Los Bunkers, Ana Tijoux, Javiera Mena, Fatboy Slim, Deftones, Los Plumabits, Cypress Hill, 311, The Flaming Lips and many others.
A Brazilian version of the event was confirmed in 2011,and had its inaugural edition at the Jockey Club in São Paulo on April 7 and 8, 2012.In the following year, Lollapalooza was again held at Jockey Club during Holy Week, this time expanding to three days that filled the whole Paschal Triduum – March 29-31, 2013.The third edition was moved to the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo’s borough of Interlagos, happening on April 5 and 6, 2014.Interlagos will again host the festival for the 2015 edition, to be held on March 28 and 29.
On September 10, 2013, it was announced that the following year the festival will also be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina; thus expanding the South American branch after the festivals in Santiago and São Paulo.
Germany On November 4, 2014, it was announced that the very first Lollapalooza Festival will be held in Europe, in the German capital of Berlin. It is scheduled for September 12-13, 2015, the proposed location is the historical airport ground of Berlin-Tempelhof. In the official press release, festival founder Perry Farrell stated that, “Berlin’s energy, vibrant art, fashion and music scenes are a mirror reflection of what Lollapalooza is all about and I can’t wait to share in this cultural exchange”.
On August 7, 2012, Perry Farrell announced that Lollapalooza will be debuting in Tel Aviv, Israel. The event was scheduled for August 20–22, 2013 in Hayarkon Park, the city’s largest urban park. However, the event has been postponed to an unknown date.
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