Tickets are now officially on sale for Lollapalooza 2007, August 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park. Among the 120-plus artists are behemoths Pearl Jam
— in their sole U.S. show this year — as well as Daft Punk
, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
, Iggy and the Stooges
, Kings of Leon
, Modest Mouse
, My Morning Jacket
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
, Perry Farrell
’s Satellite Party
, Snow Patrol
, The Roots
, Paolo Nutini
, Femi Kuti and The Positive Force
, and many more.
The 2006 edition of Lollapalooza filled Grant Park with more than 166,000 attendees of every stripe—figuratively and literally—with a healthy diet of favorites and a diverse array of new discoveries. Esquire Magazine said, “The best festival lineup of the summer? Lollapalooza, hands down.” Delivering a melange of pop, indie, funk, avant-garde, garage, and solo performers, it’s a show with few boundaries. A distinctive and essential element of Lollapalooza is its location: Grant Park in downtown Chicago. The show embeds itself into the fabric of the city’s most vibrant public space, in the shadow of the skyline and alongside Lake Michigan, making it a part of the city—not to mention the ease of travel to and from the site, hotels, restaurants, and downtown life. One happy fan glowed, “Watching the bands perform as night fell…with the skyline lighting up the backdrop is incredible.”
“I wonder if the music fans know that their attendance helps fund neighborhood park projects?” said Laura Barnett, president of Parkways Foundation. The local beneficiary is the fundraising partner of the Chicago Park District, and Lollapalooza raised more than $928,000 in 2006 for Parkways. “Lollapalooza accelerates our ability to fund new developments, youth programs, and greening initiatives throughout Chicago”, said Barnett. Founder, creator, and cultural architect Perry Farrell continues to push a creative agenda of exploration and multidimensional lifestyle. Farrell explains; "We're readying to entertain, enlighten, and soul-satisfy. We want people to expand their limits using music as a vehicle; Grant Park as their spectacular environment.”
In addition to the obvious headliners, the 2007 bill is packed with meteors and indie stalwart stars like The Black Keys, Regina Spektor, Spoon, Lupe Fiasco, G. Love & Special Sauce, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Yo La Tengo, The Hold Steady, Jack's Mannequin, Amy Winehouse, Stephen Marley, Blonde Redhead, Sparklehorse, Sean Lennon, Son Volt, Peter Bjorn and John, Roky Erickson & the Explosions, Tapes 'n Tapes, Heartless Bastards, and more.
Music is the main attraction, but Lollapalooza is bulging with sights, sounds, and activity. A few of these distinctly-Lolla elements are:Kidzapalooza:
The wildly popular area for young Paloozas and their adult guests features music, break dance classes, a drum circle, a rock & roll petting zoo, cool interaction and gaming with sponsor PlayStation, and a recording studio. In 2006, kids painted more than 700 tiles to beautify nearby Washington Park and designed 700 t-shirts by sponsor Small Paul, as well as mini-moshed to the hottest talent for kids and by kids.Green Initiative:
Lollapalooza’s green initiative will be in practice across the park. Highlights include a repeat of the hugely popular recycling program, which offers incentives to patrons to participate; souvenir beer cups can be taken home by patrons or recycled on site. Festival merchandise will include environmentally sustainable options, and purchases will be placed in “plastic bags” made from corn. All food vendors, backstage and front of house, will be serving on compostable or biodegradable plates. Styrofoam is strictly banned across the board. Lollapalooza will use biodiesel in generators and purchase renewable energy credits to offset the impact of the show. At the close of the show, every attempt will be made to reduce waste: leftover food items will go to a local food pantry and construction materials will be reused or recycled. New for 2007 is Green Street that includes dynamic eco-demos, modern & fashionable sustainable goods for home and human, and eco-interaction on the solar stage. Lollapalooza offers a rare opportunity to reach out to thousands of patrons to educate, to influence, and perhaps even to inspire to a greener way of life.Mindfield:
A brainchild of Perry Farrell, this element is part guerilla theatre, part technology, and part game show. The concept mixes improv from Chicago’s legendary Second City troupe, a short film festival, PlayStation SingStar competition, scavenger hunting, and mobile messaging to create a chaotic, surreal, and interactive demonstration of technology and live gaming. Mindfield participants receive text message clues that lure them into a Mindfield prank, all caught on film. In 2006, almost 30% of attendees interacted with Mindfield. Last Band Standing:
An online battle of the bands, the 2006 LBS received more than 2,000 submissions, streamed 420,000 songs, and generated more than 800,000 votes. Bands from around the country participate and advance to a culmination gig in Chicago. The winner gets a spot on a Lollapalooza stage. Yippee!
Service Charge-Free Ticketing. Although not an actual show feature, it is a customer-pleaser nonetheless—and a first in the concert industry. Organizers have done away with additional service charges traditionally attached to ticket prices at the cash register. In addition, buyers will have the option of printing tickets themselves to avoid shipping fees.
Lollapalooza 2007 sponsors include AT&T, Bud Light, adidas, PlayStation, Citi, BMI, Blackstone Winery, Virgin Megastore, Gibson, Glaceau, Small Paul, Sweet Leaf Tea, mp3.com, and Southern Comfort.Complete Lollapalooza 2007 Lineup:Pearl JamDaft PunkBen Harper & the Innocent CriminalsMuseIggy and the StoogesModest MouseInterpolMy Morning JacketSatellite PartyYeah Yeah YeahsSnow PatrolThe RootsPatti SmithKings of LeonThe Black KeysRegina SpektorSpoonLupe FiascoTV On The RadioPete YornG. Love & Special SaucePaolo NutiniAmy WinehouseLCD SoundsystemClap Your Hands Say YeahSilverchairFemi Kuti and the Positive ForceYo La TengoSlightly StoopidThe Hold SteadyJack's MannequinStephen MarleySTS9M.I.A.Blonde RedheadSparklehorseSean Lennon!!!Blue OctoberSon VoltMotion City SoundtrackThe Polyphonic SpreeTed Leo and the PharmacistsPeter Bjorn and JohnSilversun PickupsCSSThe RaptureThe WailersRoky Erickson & the ExplosionsTapes 'N TapesHeartless Bastards
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