Lollapalooza founder Perry Ferrell announced the headliners for this year’s version of the festival on Wednesday. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Jack White (formerly of The White Stripes) and Black Sabbath are the names at the top of the bill, but there are plenty of other bands to get excited about in the full lineup. The three-day festival takes place from August 3-5 in Chicago.
Black Sabbath is making Lollapalooza their only North American gig this year. At one point, the hard rock legends were rumored to be headlining the Coachella festival. However, they had to pull out of that event when member Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. However, Iommi has now finished chemotherapy and the group wants to play at Lollapalooza.
The full Lollapalooza lineup features 120 bands. There’s a nice mix of mainstream and underground, rock and hip hop. Bands are coming from all over the planet, from places like Malaysia, Australia and South America. Of course, there will also be the usual assortment of bands from the hot music markets in the U.S., like Austin and Portland.
Bands on this year’s Lollapalooza bill beyond the headliners listed above include Florence and the Machine, Sigur Ros, Bloc Party, Franz Ferdinand, At The Drive-In, M83, Justice, J. Cole, Childish Gambino and The Shins. You can see the full lineup on the official Lollapalooza website.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the continent, preparations are underway for this year’s Coachella festival. The first weekend of Coachella (it’s actually broken up into two identical weekends) starts tomorrow. The headliners are The Black Keys, Radiohead and Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Many of the same bands that will be at Lollapalooza are playing at Coachella, including Florence and the Machine, At The Drive-In, M83, Justice, The Shins and Childish Gambino.