It’s hard to believe that in just a few days, over 200,000 people will converge on Grant Park for one of if not the most well known music festivals in the world. Every year, Lollapalooza brings in some of the world’s hottest acts of every genre of music in one of the world’s greatest cities in the world. It’s hard to compete with the Chicago skyline as your natural backdrop to one of the main stages. Here’s a few of the acts we think you need to check out this year. Compiled by Nick Isasi & Max Chung.
(Perry’s Stage, Saturday 4:30-5:30)
RL Grime’s legendary status in dance music can be attributed to two things: his progressive and pioneering trap production as well as his incredibly turnt rap-influenced live performances. Catching the grimey one’s set is a no brainer for anyone trying to really go hard at Lolla. The trap lord playing at the infamous Perry’s stage this year is almost too good to be true.
(Palladia Stage, Friday 8:00 – 8:45)
Lollapalooza always tries to give some love to its local acts and Light Em Up is the perfect example. Light Em Up is a Chicago duo made up of resident DJs Zebo + PHNM. Their masterful track selection combined for the love they have for this city and their experience for controlling a dance floor week in and week out at some of the hottest clubs make these guys a must- see.
(Perry’s Stage, Sunday 12:35 – 1:20)
The early slot on a sunday of a festival is always a challenge. It’s the last day of the festival and mant attendees have been partying for 48 hours straight… trust me when I say that BTSM is up for the challenge. Their gritty electro sounds combined with their tron-like masks will give the crowd at Perry’s a breath of life to tackle day three head on.
(Bud Light Stage, Sunday 4:45 – 5:45)
I think it’s safe to say that Odesza is this Summer’s festival staple. After releasing their breathtaking sophomore album – In Return- they have taken their new live show everywhere from Coachella to Electric Forest and now Lollapalooza. After a cancellation by Stromae they will be thrust onto one of Lollapalooza’s main stages for their debut performance. See what everyone is buzzing about.
(Perry’s Stage, Saturday 1:00 – 2:00)
SNBRN’s beatifully laced version of tropical house he calls ‘sunset house’ has quickly thrust him to stages at festivals all across the nation. SNBRN’s early set at Perry’s on Saturday afternoon will be the perfect warmup to a great day. You can catch him opening up for Alesso at the aftershow at Aragon Ballroom on Saturday night as well!
Guys. He’s a Beatle. Seriously. He is the only act to have longer than 2 hours for their set Lollapalooza 2015. He will play songs you know, songs you might not and songs that will make you want to cry in happiness. Don’t miss out on this legend. Rant over.