Update, Wed. March 26, 2014: Lollapalooza has released the full lineup of bands. See the list after the story.
Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys. Those are four of the six headliners at this year’s Lollapalooza music-fest, a three-day affair from Aug. 1-3 in the Windy City’s Grant Park, according to Chicago music insider Greg Kot.
Kot broke the news last week (and he’s usually right), adding that the rest of the 130 bands scheduled to play on eight stages in downtown Chicago likely would be announced today or tomorrow.
The announcement sparked a lukewarm reaction from many fans, who noted that Eminem already had headlined the fest – now in its 10th year – in 2011. And Kings of Leon?
Nevertheless, by 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Early-Bird and Regular three-day passes already had sold out. Three-day VIP and Platinum passes are still available, although the VIP passes, which get you mini-spa treatment, preferential viewing areas and your own bathroom, will run you $1,500 a pop. Platinum passes, which allow access to the bands, are so expensive you have to call Lollapalooza to buy them.
Plenty of single-day passes are available, however, for $100 each. Buy them here.
Kot said Lollapalooza drew 300,000 people last year, and many Costa Ricans made the journey for one of the best summertime festivals in one of the greatest cities in the United States. But let’s hope the rest of the lineup offers something a little more exciting. After all, it is a seven-hour flight.
Here’s the full list. Thanks to Chicagoist.com for actually typing this out.
Aug. 1: Eminem, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Zedd, Above & Beyond, Broken Bells, Interpol, Lykke Li, Phantogram, Chvrches, The Glitch Mob, Portugal the Man, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, AFI, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, the Kooks, Rudimental, Iggy Azalea, Bombay Bicycle Club, Warpaint, Kodaline, Sander Kleinenberg, Lucius, Blood Orange, Perry/Etty vs Joachim Garraud, Jagwar Ma, Temples, Vic Mensa, Francisca Valenzuela, Into It. Over It, Courtney Barnett, San Fermin, Roadkill Ghost Choir, Brillz, Jacob Plant, the So So Glos, Cash Cash, Bebe Rexha, Wallpaper, Dugas, Bagheera, Of Verona, Highly Suspect.
Aug. 2: Outkast, Calvin Harris, Foster the People, Krewella, Nas, Spoon, the Head and the Heart, Chase & Status, Cut Copy, Fitz & the Tantrums, Grouplove, Gramatik, Jenny Lewis, Manchester Orchestra, John Butler Trio, Martin Garrix, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont, the Temper Trap, Joachim Garraud, Typhoon, Z-Trip, Kate Nash, Vance Joy, Rich Homie Quan, Parquet Courts, Smallpools, Jungle, Wildcat! Wildcat!, Papa, the Districts, heRobust, Royal Blood, Ratking, Meg Myers, Joywave, Desert Noises, Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Benjamin Booker, The Last Internationale, Johnnyswim, Charlie Hirsch, Anna Lunoe, Rocky Business.
Aug. 3: Kings of Leon, Skrillex, the Avett Brothers, Sebastian Ingrosso, Childish Gambino, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, Chance the Rapper, Flosstradamus, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Rebelution, Glen Hansard, Gesaffelstein, Flume, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Run the Jewels, The Airborne Toxic Event, London Grammar, White Denim, Delta Rae, RAC, GTA, jhene aiko, Kongos, Nonono, Gemini Club, Crizzly, Bomba Estereo, Bleachers, Bear Hands, Kausea, Bronze Radio Return, Lindsay Lowend, Betty Who, Fly Golden Eagle, Crass Mammoth, Cardiknox, Space Capone, Plastic Visions, Oyinda.