With August nearing – that means one thing in Chicago…Lollapalooza is right around the corner. Every year, Lollapalooza rents out Grant Park for what is now a 4-day music festival filled with almost every genre imaginable. This year’s festival is being headlined by the likes of Flume, The Chainsmokers, Childish Gambino, and Ariana Grande. We’re headed back to Lollapalooza this year, and picked out some of our favorite acts playing the fest, that may not necessarily be headliners.
Jeremy Zucker is the singer/songwriter you didn’t know you loved. Odds are you’ve heard one of his viral songs at one point. But don’t take the word ‘viral’ wrong. There are no gimmicks here – just some incredibly pretty music. Let Jeremy Zucker kick off your Lollapalooza the right way.
From the outside, it’s easy to write off Fisher. I’ve seen plenty of people do it across various Lollapalooza message boards. If you’ve been to any electronic music shows in the last year or two you have definitely heard Fisher’s Grammy Nominated Track, “Losin’ it.” But he is no one-trick pony. Fisher is there to have a great time – and is going to make sure you are too.
Win and Woo
Hailing from Chicago, Win and Woo are tasked with the holding down the 7:45 slot at the Tito’s stage. In years past, this slot has been reserved for acts right on the cusp of breaking into another level. Acts like NGHTMRE, Whethan, Wingtip, and Medasin have all played this set – and now Win and Woo will be handling the duties. Check out why these Chicago natives have been killing it lately.
Said The Sky
For those that have not experienced a Said The Sky set – then stop by Perry’s at 3:30 for the most euphoric hour of music you’ll hear all weekend. Said The Sky’s set combines live instrumentation with his take on melodic bass music. Plus it will probably be the only time all weekend where you’ll be able to sing along to “Fireflies” by Owl City.
Baynk blew me away during his Electric Forest performance. He brought future bass in a way that wasn’t repetitive, or overused – but instead his own flavor. Expect to hear a lot from his two EPs, along with some other music that will make you wish you are watching with someone special.
Chelsea Cutler used to be the name that you would recognize as the feature on many different songs. She was featured on songs by the likes of Manila Killa, Chet Porter, Kasbo, and Louis The Child. But she’s much more than that. Her career has taken off with the help of her Sleeping With Roses mixtapes and her performances are emotional, energetic, and emphatic.
When Madeon was first announced for Lollapalooza – there was no news about a new album yet – so the question immediately became, would it be a DJ set or some kind of live set? We now know that it will be his first live show for his forthcoming album – Good Faith. He already announced that the show isn’t fully finished – but nonetheless, Lollapalooza will be getting a preview of a show before anybody else in the world.
Louis The Child
Hometown heroes, Louis The Child, will be making their return to Lollapalooza. The last time they played Lollapalooza was 2016, and they played the Grove Stage (Now American Eagle Stage.) They are finally back, and this time at a main stage. It’s going to be much more than just a dance music set. It’s going to be a proud performance from two young Chicago native producers. Come join the party.
With a lineup like this, it’s impossible not to have conflicts – Lane 8 vs Manic Focus is one of my biggest conflicts. Luckily, there is no wrong choice here. Lane 8 is set to make his Lollapalooza debut at the gorgeous American Eagle stage. His unique take on melodic house music takes you on a journey unlike any other. It will be a shorter Lane 8 set, but don’t underestimate what he will be able to do in 45 minutes.
Manic Focus is bringing electro-soul to Perry’s stage – and it will be glorious. Manic Focus is the only artist like this on this year’s lineup, so he has quite a battle in front of him. It’s going to be unlike any set you’ll see all weekend, but if you want to just get down – then put Manic Focus on your schedule. With a new album coming out in the fall – we can expect to hear some album previews. Let’s groove, Chicago.