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Chilis, Kanye Lead Lollapalooza '06

Flaming Lips, Common, the Raconteurs also join three-day Chicago fest

March 16, 2006 2:03 PM ET

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Matisyahu, Manu Chao, Jack White's the Raconteurs, the Flaming Lips, and locals Kanye West, Common and Wilco are among the more than 130 artists slated to perform at this year's Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago, August 4th through 6th. The festival is the only U.S. date scheduled for the Raconteurs and will also include a rare U.S. appearance for the French-born Manu Chao.

Additional performers at the expanded three-day festival include indie pop favorites Death Cab for Cutie and the Shins, as well as rockers Queens of the Stone Age, Ween, Sonic Youth and Sleater-Kinney. Newer buzz bands making appearances are the Secret Machines, She Wants Revenge, the Hold Steady, the Go! Team, the Subways and Panic! at the Disco.

Ryan Adams, Umphrey's McGee, Iron and Wine, Nickel Creek and Blues Traveler also make the bill, as well as Canadian talents the New Pornographers, Broken Social Scene, Stars and Feist.

Last year -- Lollapalooza's first as a stationary festival since it's inception in 1991 -- more than 30,000 music fans descended on Chicago's Grant Park for the two-day event to see more than sixty performers.

Tickets are currently on sale at lollapalooza.com. An unannounced pre-sale sold more than 3,000 discounted three-day passes in half an hour.

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