Carrying on the theme of amazing festival lineup announcements this year, such as Fuji Rock and Glastonbury – where “every band in the universe” including the Rolling Stones are playing – the acts for Lollapalooza 2013 have been announced.
Featuring the likes of The Cure, Mumford & Sons, Nine Inch Nails, and The Killers, the eight-stage, three-day event is set to be as big as ever.
This marks the return of Nine Inch Nails after a four-year hiatus, during most of which frontman Trent Reznor spent writing filmscores. The band’s “reinvented” lineup includes members of Jane’s Addiction, whose lead singer, Perry Farrell, curates the Chicago festival.
Despite over 30 years in the industry, British modern rock legends The Cure are Lollapalooza virgins. Surprised that they have never graced the stages of Grant Park before, Perry Farrell told the BBC, “It’s always frustrated me and made me feel incomplete and now I can feel complete and die.”
The biggest news for Australian fans though, is that among the internationals are four bands representing Australia, who already making inroads to the American market. Namely, hip-hop sensation 360, Western Australian indie darlings San Cisco, self-proclaimed “seizure music” duo Knife Party, and Adelaide brothers Atlas Genius.The biggest news for Australian fans though, is that among the internationals are four bands representing Australia, who already making inroads to the American market
The Lollapalooza addition comes off the back of a string of successes for Fremantle teenagers San Cisco, including becoming the first Australian act to score an international record deal with Mississippi independent label, Fat Possum, in a collaboration with RCA Records last year.
Meanwhile, Knife Party – the spin-off project from Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen of Pendulum (R.I.P.) – got their first taste of Lollapalooza last year, when they were one of four Aussie acts on the bill, along with The Jezabels, The Temper Trap, and Tame Impala.
Atlas Genius have already won fans in the USA after their debut single, “Trojans”, sold over 45,000 copies on iTunes early last year when the band was still unsigned. After touring America, they inked a deal with Warner Bros Records and were one of the standout acts at this year’s SXSW.
Last but not least, 360 (aka Matthew Colwell) has been kicking goals overseas as well, currently on tour in the USA after playing at South By Southwest 2013 in March. He was also one of many impressive acts to wow the crowds at this year’s Big Day Out shows, which were for the first time presented in collaboration with C3 Presents, the booking agency in charge of Austin City Limits and of course, Lollapalooza.
The new partnership with C3 Presents was conceived so that Big Day Out could establish greater artist buying power and look at expansion of both the Big Day Out and Lollapalooza brands. With over 200,000 tickets sold to Lollapalooza each year, this international expansion could mean great things for Australian bands looking to ‘crack’ the American market.
There was some much-appreciated crossover between last year’s Lollapalooza and this year’s Big Day Out, with music greats like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Childish Gambino and Gary Clark Jr. playing both festivals.
Though it may be jumping the gun, Australian audiences could hope for a similar chain of events with the 2014 edition of Big Day Out. Most notably, Queens Of The Stone Age are due for an Australian visit, particularly given they’ve begun hitting the festival circuit in support of their forthcoming star-studded album, Like Clockwork.
Joshua Homme and co. were already locked in to play Lollapalooza Brazil, and given they’ve already made noises about a world tour, an Australian visit around the summer festival isn’t out of the question.
You can drool over the full Lollapalooza 2013 lineup – by day – below:
Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup & Details
Grant Park, Chicago Illinois
Friday 2nd August – Sunday 4th August, 2013
Friday, Aug 02
The Killers Nine Inch Nails New Order Queens Of The Stone Age Steve Aoki Thievery Corporation Imagine Dragons Lana Del Rey Flux Pavilion Band Of Horses Hot Chip Crystal Castles Frightened Rabbit Dillon Francis Smith Westerns Disclosure Father John Misty Ghost B.C. Modestep Emeli Sande Jessie Ware Atlas Genius Timeflies Theophilus London Monsta IO Echo Icona Pop Chance The Rapper Lance Herbstrong Robert DeLong Deap Vally Twenty One Pilots San Cisco Hey Marseilles Keys N Krates The Neighbourhood Pacific Air American Authors Houndmouth Brick + Mortar D-Pryde Brite Lite Brite
Saturday, Aug 03
Mumford & Sons The Postal Service The National The Lumineers Kendrick Lamar Eric Church Steve Angello Ellie Goulding Azealia Banks Local Natives Dada Life Matt & Kim Foals Death Grips Court Yard Hounds Adventure Club Ben Howard GriZ Charles Bradley Heartless Bastards Baauer HAIM Unknown Mortal Orchestra St. Lucia Shovels & Rope Little Green Cars Family of the Year 360 The Bright Light Social Hour Reignwolf Pujol Planet Hemp Cole Plante Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. Blondfire Frontier Ruckus Wheeler Brothers The Dunwells Supreme Cuts Cherub Wild Cub Brooke Waggoner Beast Patrol
Sunday, Aug 04
The Cure Phoenix Vampire Weekend Knife Party Grizzly Bear Major Lazer Dog Blood Two Door Cinema Club Tegan and Sara Beach House Cat Power 2 Chainz Alt-J The Vaccines DIIV Alex Clare Baroness Lianne La Havas Wild Nothing Angel Haze Wavves Alvin Risk Jake Bugg Wild Belle Art Department MS MR Guards Kill the Noise Skaters The Orwells Palma Violets Astro Machines Are People Too Yawn Half Moon Run The Mowgli’s Wake Owl Bear Mountain O’Brother Makeshift Prodigy