CHICAGO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — With the recent announcement of the 2-day “destination festival” format for this year’s Lollapalooza festival, details are rapidly leaking on the lineup and concert plans. The July 23-24 concert planned for Chicago’s Grant Park, plans to draw fans from across the country.
Festival promoters, Capital Sports & Entertainment of Austin, Texas, have declined to discuss any plans until an April 26 press conference.
A spokesperson from the Chicago Park District told the Chicago Sun-Times that the festival has not yet been approved by the city.
Perry Farrell, former Jane’s Addiction and Porno For Pyros frontman, who launched Lollapalooza in 1991, is on board as creative consultant, and promoters are remodeling the event after southern California’s Coachella Festival, which draws 50,000 fans per day.
So far, rumored acts booked by Charles Attal Presents include Beck, Widespread Panic, The Killers and Kings of Leon. Pending some larger names to guarantee a crowd amongst the city’s highly competitive summer concert season, there is still question of whether the festival can succeed.
After a five-year hiatus from 1998-2002, Lollapalooza returned as a conventional tour in 2003. Last year’s bill, featuring headliners Wilco and Sonic Youth, was cancelled after slow ticket sales in at nearly every stop, except for Chicago, which may explain the location of this year’s attempt.
A two-day Lollapalooza pass will be offered for $35, between April 7 and 14.
Along with the full lineup which will be announced at the press conference on April 26, the two-day concert will feature a DJ Spin Temple, performance artists, fashion, food and "freaky stuff," according to the Web site. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers