Lollapalooza is one of the most popular, music festivals in the world. What started as a touring event in 1991 by Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell, has now become a unique music experience.
History of the festival
In 1991, the lead singer of Jane’s Addiction, Perry Farrel, started Lollapalooza as a touring program for the farewell tour of his band and Lollapalooza traveled across the United States and Canada in 1991. What was supposed to be a one-off event became a hit and its success lead its organizers to revive Lollapalooza for the next years which continues until 1997.
The festival went into a loss and the shows between 1998 and 2003 were canceled. The festival finally kicked off and gained popularity in 2005.
The music genre of the festival is not limited to rock, but everything from heavy metal, punk rock, electronic dance music, and hip hop. Lollapalooza’s lineup has included Rage Against the Machine, Green Day, Metallica, Kanye West, Miley Cyrus, The Weeknd, Dua Lipa, and many more global artists.
The music festival is now making its debut in India from 28th to 31st January in Mumbai and the lineup will include popular artists from India and all around the world.
“What a CRAZY good time! I can check this off my bucket list. First time attending Lollapalooza and it was amazing! The weather was absolutely beautiful, photo ops everywhere, good food and drinks, fun games, free stuff and great music.” – Lisa P.
1. Lollapalooza is a family friendly music festival
Seldom do we see festivals which are family friendly, but Lollapalooza is a festival which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Various artists perform at the festival keeping the crowd in mind and it is because of this diversity, that the festival has a huge amount of fans and it is only growing.
2. Lollapalooza didn’t have an easy start
Unlike the other music festivals which were one-time events held at single venues, Lollapalooza toured around USA and Canada. The festival had a successful run from 1991 to 1997, but started losing money after that and had to be cancelled from 1998 for four years. The attempt to revive it in 2003 was done but it was only in 2005, Lollapalooza became profitable and gained back its reputation.
3. The Name of the Festival was inspired from a film
The name of the music festival Lollapalooza was inspired by a term which Perry Farrell heard in the short film “Three Stooges”. The character in the original festival’s logo also holds a lollipop to pay homage to the double-meaning term in the movie which means a large lollipop.
4. J-Hope of BTS created history at the festival
BTS’ J-Hope becoming the first South Korean artist to headline the main stage at a major US festival, with his Lollapalooza 2022 performance which was a huge hit as a massive number of fans gathered to watch him perform in Chicago.
5. Legendary artists have performed at Lollapalooza
Over the years, some of the most legendary stars of the world have headlined Lollapalooza. Singers like Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Ariana Grande, Paul McCartney, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga and Kanye West have given memorable performances and bands like Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Daft Punk have also blessed the stage with their thrilling performances.
6. The Festival travels all around the world
Ever since its inception, unlike other festivals which were one time events held at single venues, Lollapalooza toured across the US and Canada with diverse artists performing at the festival. After its massive success and popularity, the festival expanded internationally with venues in Chile, Brazil, Argentine, Germany, Sweden, France and Israel.
The Festival in 2022, announced its debut in India for its January 2023 edition. It will also be Lollapalooza’s first event in Asia.
7. Nirvana could never perform at Lollapalooza due to a tragedy
Nirvana was an iconic band which never got to perform at Lollapalooza as the week before they were due to headline the music festival, Kurt Cobain, who was the lead vocalist of the band tragically died in 1994. Her wife Courtney Love came on the stage to discuss her husband’s death.
8. The music genres at Lollapalooza include heavy metal, alt rock, hip hop, electronic dance music etc.
The music genre at the festival include heavy metal, alt rock, punk, rock, hip-hop and electronic dance music. But Lollapalooza is not limited to that, genres like pop, jazz, country music, indie rock have also been a part of the festival. The festival also gives stage to the new and upcoming artists from around the world.
Festival tips for rookies-
Keeping yourself hydrated is the key in any situation, specially when you’re at a music festival and need lot of stamina to dance and walk around looking for your favorite artists. Try carrying a water bottle with you, you’ll never regret that.
Sunglasses are a must
Don’t forget to carry your sunglasses as music festivals during the day can get really hot. You gotta protect your eyes from those rays and there’s nothing to lose, for it’ll only make you more chic.
Wear comfy shoes
There’s no denying the fact that music festivals can get really tiring especially for your legs as walking around the whole day and dancing your heart out is no joke. So it’s better to wear a pair of comfy shoes to make the most out of the festival and if those shoes don’t go with your OOTD, then you can always carry an extra pair.
Keep your valuables safe
Music Festivals can get really crowdy and you don’t want to ruin your experience by losing your valuables. So its always better to take precaution than cure, we’ll only advise you to keep a waist or fanny bag to keep your stuff safe so you can enjoy to the fullest.
Choose your festival gang wisely
When you’re going to a music festivals, it’s really important to be with the right people who will only make your festival experience a lot more comfortable and fun which is the purpose. So choose the tribe that matches your vibe and have a good time.
Lollapalooza has seen some of the most iconic performances of history and now the festival which will take place in India for the first time in January 2023 will not only have many international artists setting the stage on fire but also various Indian musical artists will be taking the stage and we can’t wait to witness their performances.
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