Every year thousands descend into Grant Park for another edition of Lollapalooza and I replace meals with bottles of wine. In 2016 the festival made the decision to extend to four days for its 25th anniversary. 2017 will also see four days of Lollapalooza in the heart of Chicago.
As usual the lineup is packed with talent from every genre imaginable . It is considered one of the nation’s “big four” festivals and is always packed with world class headliners. When I look back on my ten years of going to Lollapalooza I think of iconic moments like Daft Punk’s pyramid lighting up while my jaw dropped to the floor or screaming every single word to ‘My Hero’ by Foo Fighters as the rain poured down – each year something new to remember. We can only assume that 2017 will be just as packed with memorable moments like those. Here’s some of Run The Trap’s favorite acts from the 2017 lineup.
Perry’s Stage 1:15 PM
I saw Unlike Pluto for the first time at Phoenix Lights 2017. His set had an energy to it that was unmatched by any performer on the lineup. His set kept me guessing at every turn. I heard some of the prettiest sounds of the weekend along with some of the most absurd in your face sonic warfare. Playing 1 PM on Thursday is tough. But I think he will be up to the challenge
Perry’s Stage 8:30 PM
What can we say about Porter Robinson that hasn’t already been said? Since the release of his revolutionary Worlds album he has spent countless time on the road. Every few months we see edits to his live set. It’s familiar enough that we know all the words but enough edits to have us freaking out when we think we hear something new. Many think that the Worlds show is coming to an end soon. Close out day 1 with a feels-trip unlike any other.
Going to an aftershow day one can be dicey. You still have three days ahead of you – but festival weekends are for making poor decisions. Join me at Logan Square auditorium for one of the prettiest shows that will come to Chicago ever. The 1-2 punch of Gryffin and Jai Wolf will take you through a flurry of emotions – most importantly the need to dance.
Pepsi Stage – 4:00 PM
Hot off the release of his debut album – it will be interesting to see what kind of set Mura Masa will bring to Lollapalooza. His unique take on dance music will have the Pepsi Stage in a daze quicker than you can say “Lotus Eater.”
Brownies and Lemonade ft. Special Guests
If you have never been to East Room then you are missing out on one of the coolest venues in Chicago. This loft like venue features a different kind of artist almost every day of the week. I am guilty of juking at East Room until way past my bed time. The Brownies and Lemonade crew will be taking it over with nothing more but a promise of ‘Special Guests.’ Their EDC Vegas art car set featured a huge b2b2b with Louis The Child, Ekali and Jai Wolf. So let’s start guessing – who will show up for this one?
Perry’s Stage 6:00 – 7:00
Alison Wonderland has come a long way. Her last time playing Lollapalooza was a 1 PM set. This time she will have a 6:00 set and she is ready to destroy Perry’s once again. She is sitting on a load of unreleased tunes – let’s see what she will bring to Lolla 2017
Tito’s Stage 8:00 – 8:45
This one is my sleeper act for the weekend. Similar to NGHTMRE in 2015 – I believe that this set will be the one that people talk about as the biggest surprise of this year’s Lollapalooza. He wrangles disco and future bass together into to one beast with an unforgettable energy. Join Wingtip for his Lollapalooza debut – because soon he will be at the top of lineups.
If you haven’t been to Soundbar in Chicago yet then you are missing out on one of the cities’ best sound systems. They seem to improve on something every time I go. I cannot wait to hear Joyryde’s insane pedal to the metal flavor of bass house on the speakers at Soundbar.
Perry’s Stage 5:45 – 6:45
Borgore lives for huge stages full of people ready to party – and that is exactly what he will get at Perry’s Stage on Sunday. People will be running on fumes, warm bud light and Giordano’s. Ten minutes at this set will put a second wind into you I promise. Borgore’s sets have been killer as of late. His aggressive style of dubstep, trap and everything in between will leave you wanting more.
Tito’s Stage – 8:00
This has the potential to be the hometown throwdown that occurred during Louis The Child’s set in 2016. At just 18 and from Chicago, Whethan is ready to tear up his hometown festival. His strong catalog of releases and masterful song selection will make this an unforgettable set.
It’s day four. You might have work the next day – but at this point you’re too far in to say no. End the weekend with some throttling dubstep at Concord Music Hall with the Zeds Dead boys. They have a reputation of playing Incredible aftershows in Chicago – I guarantee that Lollapalooza will be no different.
With a festival as legendary and as stacked as Lollapalooza – there is very little you can do to go wrong. Watch out for one another and enjoy some of the world’s best music in one of the greatest cities in the world. Hope to see some of you out there!
Photo Credit : Maclay Heriot for Lollapalooza 2016