Well, we are less than a week away from Lollapalooza 2018, and it’s shaping up to be a big one. Once again the festival will take over downtown Chicago for 4 days of incredible music spanning every genre imaginable. Lollapalooza to this day is the most well-organized fest I have ever had the honor to be a part of. To take over a city the magnitude of Chicago for 3-4 days once a year is mindblowing. We are so excited that we rounded up a couple of our most anticipated acts from each day of the festival. This list isn’t going to have things like The Weeknd or Dillon Francis on there – we are trying to highlight some of the acts that may not be on your schedule already. Hope to see you out there!
American Eagle Stage – 6:30-7:15
Petit Biscuit’s Presence album was one of my favorite releases of 2017. His heartful take on electronic music has the perfect sound to fill out the newly named American Eagle stage. If you are going to Lollapalooza with someone who wants to be introduced to the softer side of electronic music, definitely take them to this set. With Lido being in town the day before for his own show at Lincoln Hall and Jaden Smith performing beforehand – we can only hope for a live rendition of ‘Problems.’
Tito’s Stage – 8:00-8:45pm
For the uninitiated, Virgil Abloh is one of the hottest names in fashion and the music industry right now. He is the creative director for Louis Vuitton and CEO of Off-White. Not only are his DJ sets an incredible display of what’s hot in the hip-hop world, Virgil has roots in Illinois being born in Rockford and attending the Illinois Institute of Technology. His close roots to Kanye West does get the gears moving on ‘What-if’ scenarios. Guest appearances or not, Virgil’s set will be much more than just hype.
Perry’s Stage – 12:40 – 1:20
12:40 pm on a Friday is early at Lollapalooza, and it takes more than just great music to get the crowd moving. You are not only battling the schedule, but also the heat that comes midday in Chicago in August. If you haven’t heard any of Kuuro’s releases, then let their Friday set be their introduction. Their aggressive take on bass music and journey through subgenres will be the perfect wakeup call.
Perry’s Stage 6:00 – 7:00
Since beating Cancer, no one has had more fun in the dance music industry than Rusko. Known for his contagious energy on stage and crushing bass music, he will be adding Lollapalooza 2018 to his ‘comeback’ tour. Come celebrate life with Rusko’s take on dubstep and try not to have the biggest smile on your face. I dare you.
American Eagle Stage 4:00-4:45
Hometown heroes, Autograf, will be making their Lollapalooza debut Saturday at Lollapalooza. The trio from Chicago has a fantastic live performance. Their emphatic blend of house music, future bass and everything in between will show you the organic side of electronic music. A perfect afternoon set.
Perry’s Stage 7:15 – 8:15pm
Since the release of his Awake album, Illenium has been going pretty much non-stop taking his take on melodic bass music all around the world. In a comment on the official Illenium subreddit, it was confirmed that the Illenium set at Lollapalooza would not be an ‘Awake’ live show – so it should give Nick the chance to dabble into some of his heavier selections. You’ll be wanting to sing along as the sun goes down.
Perry’s Stage 2:00 – 2:45
It’s the last day of the festival, it’s early, and you need something to really jumpstart your day so you can finish out the festival strong. The first set you see if really going to set the tone. Enter: Ekali. Whether he’s playing to an audience of 5 people or 5,000 people Ekali always puts his entire heart into every single performance. He blurs the line between genres flawlessly and will have Perry’s Stage turned on its head by 2:33 pm. I guarantee you that.
Perry’s Stage 3:00-3:45 pm
Starting your day at Perry’s on the last day of the festival could be dicey, but Chris Lake is one of the best names in house music right now and I’ll be damned if I’m going to miss it. He’s one of the most versatile producers and somehow makes noises I never thought possible. Daytime house music dance parties are the absolute best.
Photos courtesty of Lollapalooza : By Charles Reagan Hackleman,