The Beastie Boys, Jane’s Addiction, Depeche Mode and Kings of Leon are among the bands that will reportedly headline this year’s Lollapalooza Festival, taking place August 7-9th at Chicago’s Grant Park. Multiple sources confirmed to the Chicago Tribune‘s Turn It Up blog that Jane’s, Depeche and the Beasties would perform at the event, while Billboard added the Kings of Leon to the list. The entire lineup will be officially announced in April.
Reps for C3 Productions told Rock Daily last week that the rumored headliners were not confirmed just yet, but that’s not exactly a denial either. As per Lollapalooza tradition, two more marquee acts will likely join the four already announced. If the rumors are right, the festival has once again tapped into its late-’80s/early-’90s roots by signing three headliners that were all around when the festival first began in 1991.
The reunited Jane’s Addiction’s involvement in Lollapalooza seemed all but a guarantee, considering Perry Farrell’s role in establishing the festival and the band’s suspicious lack of Chicago dates when their joint tour with the Nine Inch Nails rolls into the Windy City. Similarly, in those Depeche Mode tour dates we revealed last week, there was a convenient week-long gap between stops in New York and Seattle in early August. And the Beasties have already been confirmed for Bonnaroo, so they’re evidently traveling the festival circuit.
Last year’s Lollapalooza featured Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, Wilco, the Raconteurs and Kanye West. So how does this year compare so far? Leave your criticism — and suggestions for who should round out the lineup — in our comments.