Hello, and welcome back to the main event of summer in Chicago.
As you may know, or are still refusing to accept, Lollapalooza is right around the corner. And by right around the corner, we actually mean Friday.
Oh my god, Becky, you totally forgot to buy a ticket. Relax, everybody knows that Chicago is overrun with conniving ticket brokers who will be standing outside of Millenium Park with passes to buy (in cash all weekend).
Can we please continue?
With only four days to spare until the most significant music festival in the Midwest begins, we’ve prepared a complete and utter breakdown of who to see and why to see them.
A Completely Opinionated Guide To Lollapalooza 2015
Every good music festival has scheduling conflicts. And in the case of Lollapalooza, it seems to be their niche. But as we said last year, “the best part about Lollapalooza is that it appeases all tastes. It cures all cravings, hits all spots.”
If you’re not seeing an act you already love, you’re witnessing one that you’ll be obsessed with a year from now. And with everyone from alt-J to A$AP Rocky (one of our personal favorites) filling in some of the assorted “pre-headliner” slots, this year is no exception to Lollapalooza’s knack for providing a deep and sophisticated roster of music talent.
Can’t decide who to see? We know the feeling.
So here’s some help in the form of our must-see artists at Lollapalooza 2015.
11 Artists You Must See At Lollapalooza 2015
Day 1 | Friday, July 31st
1. Tove Lo | 3 pm @ Sprint Stage
Rolling Stone calls her “Sweden’s darkest pop escort.”
We call her Queen of the Clouds.
2. Dillon Francis | 7 pm @ Perry’s Stage
If you have to choose between alt-J and Dillon, we’re recommending you choose the latter. Yes, Lollapalooza is defined by its live performances.
But if you’re going to attend one show at the Perry’s Stage this year, you’d better make sure it’s Dillon God Damn Francis.
2b. Paul McCartney | 7:45 pm @ Samsung Galaxy Stage
Duh. It’s one of the goddamn Beatles, with this background behind him.
Day 2 | Saturday, August 1st
3. Tame Impala | 6 pm, Samsung Galaxy Stage
If you’re looking for a rock band to love, Tame Impala is everything you could want and more. Led by their genius frontman Kevin Parker, the Australian outfit with a unique psychedelic rock sound is back at Lollapalooza after an early Friday set in 2012.
This time, on the heels of hit single “Let It Happen” and their masterful new album Currents, Kevin Parker and company have absolutely reached “can’t miss” status in 2015.
Check out Blake’s full review of Currents here.
4. Chet Faker | 6:30 pm, Pepsi Stage (formerly known as “The Grove”)
You’ll have to leave Tame Impala a little early to catch this up-and-comer, but it could be worth the move.
This 27-year-old plays his debut Lollapalooza set Saturday evening at the Pepsi Stage – formerly known as “The Grove.” Which is pretty fitting, considering fellow Australian producer Flume did the same on Sunday of last year.
Even more so when you consider Chet Faker’s biggest hit is their collaboration, “Drop The Game.”
5. Carnage | 7 pm, Perry’s Stage
The big guy is getting a big slot for a reason. If you’re looking for something to blow your face off, head to Perry’s for this sunset performance.
6. Metallica | 8 pm, Samsung Galaxy Stage
Speaking of things that will blow your face off, we have a feeling this performance will rival (and possibly top) a significantly more low-key setting across Grant Park at Sam Smith. The four headliner performers on Saturday night certainly present some conundrums, with Alesso and G-Eazy joining Sam Smith and Metallica.
That said, these guys do have a bit more experience. And we’re sticking with the veterans on Saturday night.
Day 3 | Sunday, August 2nd
7. Galantis | 3:30 pm, Perry’s Stage
It’s almost hard to believe Galantis isn’t playing later than 3:30, but then again, this is Lollapalooza. The Swedish duo should put on one of the more fun shows all weekend, thanks to their trio of jams: “Runaway (U+I),” “Gold Dust,” and “Peanut Butter Jelly.”
Don’t blink, this 45-minute set will go pretty darn fast.
8. ODESZA | 4:45 pm, Bud Light Stage
Duh. This American, live electronic duo from Seattle is playing a mid-afternoon set at Lollapalooza’s signature stage, the Bud Light stage.
Need we say more?
9. A$AP Rocky | 6:45 pm, Bud Light Stage
Every Lollapalooza has one hip-hop show that everyone won’t stop talking about. Two years ago it was Kendrick Lamar. Last year it was Run The Jewels. And this year, it’ll be A$AP Rocky.
10. NGHTMRE | 7:45 pm, Palladia Stage
It’s pretty impressive this young up-and-comer from Mad Decent snagged a 7:45 slot, but the LA producer certainly earned it. Since debuting during Skrillex’s Ultra Set in March, NGHTMRE’s single “STREET” has been all over the place.
And if you like to dance, you’ll be all over the place during his set on Sunday night.
11. Bassnectar | 8:30 pm, Bud Light Stage
Tough to miss Kygo during his Lolla debut, but this is Bassnectar’s “big-time Lollapalooza” performance – and that’s the definition of must see.
The fact that one of EDM’s most significant artists isn’t playing at Perry’s says about all you need to know. That, and Lorin Ashton’s well-known obsession with the city of Chicago.
If you want to experience electronic music at it’s finest, do not miss Bassnectar’s performance on Sunday night.