The reimagined festival series will feature headlines such as Paul McCartney, Chance The Rapper, Outkast, and more.
On June 9, Lollapalooza announced that the yearly festival held in Grant Park would be postponed until 2021. At the time the news dropped, Lolla announced that they would instead feature a four-day broadcast of previous festival performances. This week, that broadcast begins.
Back in early June, Lollapalooza postponed (cancelled) the festival — a move that came to the surprise of no one seeing as other how major festivals scheduled for the summer had already done so. When the announcement dropped, it accompanied the news that a number of big name festivals in Chicago would be cancelled as well, including Taste of Chicago, Chicago SummerDance, and more.
“We wish we could bring Lollapalooza to Grant Park again this year, but we understand why things can’t move forward as planned. The health and safety of our fans, artists, partners, staff and community is always our highest priority,” Lollapalooza organizers wrote on their website.
Addressing the disappointment of eager attendees, Mayor Lori Lightfoot promised a series of reimagined events to take place instead of in-person events, Lollapalooza included.
Starting this Thursday, July 30, the Chicago-based festival will begin a free four-day broadcast packed with archival sets, performances from Chicago and beyond, as well as never-seen-before footage from the 90s.
“Lollapalooza will commemorate this year’s festival weekend with Lolla2020, a free four-night broadcast event taking place on the original dates of the Chicago-based festival, Thursday, July 30 through Sunday, August 2. The broadcast will air exclusively live on YouTube beginning at 5pm CT each night, with the full schedule to be revealed on Wednesday, July 29,” the festival wrote in a press release.
As mentioned, the festival will take place solely on Youtube via Lollapalooza’s channel. With the official scheduling dropping later this week, the festival will include over 150 performances and appearances.
Lolla 2020 is set to feature “epic past performances” from artists such as Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Outkast, LCD Soundsystem, Run The Jewels, Arcade Fire, Alabama Shakes, and Lorde. Listeners will get to channel into performances by local legends such as Jamila Woods, Chance The Rapper, Vic Mensa, and more.
Michelle Obama, Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Common, Founder and former Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, as well as Chuck D, and Lars Ulrich are among those scheduled to make appearances throughout the virtual streaming of the events.
“Rest assured, we will be working hard behind the scenes to deliver Chicago a spectacular celebration of Lollapalooza’s 30th Anniversary in the summer of 2021, and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.”
[Featured image via lollapalooza.com]