Lollapalooza has had its ups and downs. Conceived in 1991 as a farewell to the band, Jane’s Addiction, the festival was intended and idealized as a traveling show. Heavily based upon the developing culture of the ’90s, grunge and punk acts became a large part of the show’s appeal in its formative years… Plus, unlike other large festivals, Lollapalooza brought their acts to the fans, which resulted in the festival having one of the largest audiences in the country.
In 2004, however, low ticket sales forced the cancellation of the then six-year old travelling festival. (The death of Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain came a day following the festival’s cancellation; Cobain and his band were to headline the event.) Fortunately for ‘Looza lovers, the festival was reincarnated as a permanent destination festival in Chicago’s Grant Park in 2005 under the partnership of Capital Sports & Entertainment, who also co-produces the Austin City Limits Music Festival. This affiliation promised the festival’s return to the park until 2011.
Living up to the reputation it gained in the late ’90s, acts have yet to disappoint – the festival has brought forth acts like Sonic Youth, Iggy Pop & The Stooges, Pearl Jam, Interpol, The Hold Steady, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and even “Punk’s Poet Laureate”, Patti Smith.
With both audiences and performers happy, Lollapalooza, it would seem has made a comeback. Had it not been for the resolve of those dedicated to the evolution of punk-turned-grunge-turned-, well, the conglomeration of genres that has become present-day alternative music, this festival dedicated to such would be but a drunken reverie of the ’90s. When it comes to supporting the arts, there shouldn’t have to be 2004s — Keep Lollapalooza in its inevitable evolution.
Location: Chicago, IL
Date(s): August 1 – 3, 2008
Tickets: Not yet available.
2008 Artist Line-Up: Not yet available.
We’ll post updates on Lollapalooza’s ticket prices, 2008 artist line-ups, and other news as it becomes available… So keep in touch!