That festival was called Lollapalooza, and to the surprise of some it wound up quickly — albeit briefly — becoming a pivotal cultural event for the next few years. While different in nature, it was sort of Generation X’s own Woodstock (ignoring the tragic attempts to revive that brand a few years later).
Catering initially to the burgeoning “alternative nation,” and then contributing to its ascent to the mainstream, the tour featured a mix of prominent acts representing an array of “left of center” genres (in addition to numerous other theoretically subcultural attractions). While wildly successful for its first few years, by 1997 its era of relevance had already drawn to a close. Farrell attempted to revive it in 2003, but to limited success.
In 2005, the event’s organizers kept the brand name, but changed the very nature of the event. Now, no longer a traveling package tour, it became a stationary three day festival, much more like Woodstock, and has since then been staged each August in Chicago’s Grant Park.
And now that it’s August, it’s time for this incarnation of Lollapalooza to occur again; August 1st through 3rd. The full line-up can be peeped here.
Saturday will be headlined by the reunited Outkast, who have been making the festival rounds this year. And Sunday will be headlined by Kings of Leon, who are evidently big enough to headline this sort of thing.
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