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Concert Tue Apr 26 2011

20th Anniversary Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Announced

lolla20th.jpgThe mammoth festival that takes over our city each August is back again, celebrating it's 20th anniversary with a lineup of something old and something new. Rounding out the already reported headliners of Foo Fighters, Muse, and Eminem are the addition of Coldplay, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, and A Perfect Circle.

Given the fact that Muse and My Morning Jacket have graced the Lolla headliner stage before, I was hoping for something a bit more impressive. A big blowout of sorts for the 20th anniversary that Lollapalooza is pushing hard through their time capsule website, or at least something a bit more impressive. If you're going to bring back a headliner, can you at least bring back Daft Punk? Then again I'll always have a small piece of my heart holding out that they'll announce David Bowie and/or Blur headlining. A girl can dream.

The giant plus side of Lolla this year, is the stellar lineup of smaller acts. Whereas I find the headliners a bit weak, I'm really impressed with a lot of the bands billed underneath. Some of my personal highlights are:

  • Death From Above 1979 (Reunited and it feels so good! These guys are amazing live, and if you go to Lolla, make sure you don't miss them.)

  • Ellie Goulding (British electro tinged popstar trying to break big in the US. Charming catchy glittery pop that will be perfect durning a hot afternoon.)

  • Phantogram (These guys blew me away at North Coast Festival last year, so catch them as they rise to bigger and better things.)

  • Young the Giant (Long ago these guys were called The Jakes, and we interviewed them. Now they're playing Lolla following a ton of press and SXSW buzz. It's always nice to see a band mature and grow.)

  • The Joy Formidable (I just saw this three-piece from Wales at Lincoln Hall, and they were a powerhouse of a sound. Lead singer Ritzy Bryan is both badass and adorable, commanding the stage (and her guitar) with finesse and moxie.)

  • Jay Electronica (Another highlight from North Coast last year. When his set was on, he was really on. One of the standout [but sadly few] hip-hop acts at Lolla this year.)

  • Daedulus (Another North Coast act from last year moving on up in the ranks. Probably my top rated act to hit Perry's stage this year.)

Another thing to point out is the fact that so many artist that play North Coast and Pitchfork Festival in the recent years now play Lolla. Granted these acts gain popularity and it makes sense for them to move up in rank, but it almost makes the smaller festivals feel like a trial run for some of these acts. If you miss a highly anticipated act at Pitchfork, just wait a year and see them during Lolla. Some of these bands are already skipping this step though (anyone else surprised that Cults is playing Lolla and not Pitchfork?), so maybe Lolla is wising up to this trend.

So readers, what do you think? What big acts are missing? How does Lolla size up to the other summer festivals? Is it worth seeing all these acts for one price on one day, or wait for them to come back around?

Click to see the full festival lineup after the jump.

Foo Fighters
My Morning Jacket
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Nas
The Cars
Bright Eyes
Arctic Monkeys
Big Audio Dynamite
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Crystal Castles
Flogging Molly
Cold War Kids
Lykke Li
Cage the Elephant
Local Natives
The Kills
White Lies
Portugal.The Man
Two Door Cinema Club
Ellie Goulding
Delta Spirit
Beats Antique
The Mountain Goats
Sleigh Bells
Manchester Orchestra
Smith Westerns
Best Coast
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Drums
Black Lips
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
City and Colour
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Noah & The Whale
Sam Adams
J. Roddy Walton And The Business
Tinie Tempah
The Vaccines
Foster the People
Titus Andronicus
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Chico Trujillo
The Naked and Famous
Rival Schools
Friendly Fires
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Maps & Atlases
An Horse
Young The Giant
Los Bunkers
Imelda May
Wye Oak
The Joy Formidable
Lord Huron
Walk the Moon
Gold Motel
Ryan Leslie
TAB the Band
Skylar Grey
Christina Perri
Black Cards
The Pretty Reckless
Boy & Bear
Patrick Stump
Kids These Days
Young Man
The Kingston Springs
Lia Ices
The Chain Gang of 1974
Ximena Sariñana
Electric Touch
Ruby Jane
Julia Easterlin
DJ Mel

Perry's Stage

Girl Talk
Pretty Lights
KiD CuDi
The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 1977
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
The Glitch Mob
Busy P
Joachim Garraud
Super Mash Bros.
Jay Electronica
12th Planet
Feed Me
Collie Buddz
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
Ana Tijoux
Midnight Conspiracy
Lady D


Andrew / April 26, 2011 3:13 PM

Since they've been pushing the 20th anniversary angle so hard, I was sort of expecting more bands from past Lollapaloozas -- you know, like Smashing Pumpkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill, Fishbone...

As far as TBA headliners, my money is on Beastie Boys. After pulling out a couple years ago, and with a new album out, this'd be the ideal year to return.

Justin / April 26, 2011 5:24 PM

Yeah, I was really hoping to see more prolific headliners. I had my fingers crossed for Radiohead or Rage Against the Machine or RHCP. Honestly, the lineup isn't as epic as I was expecting, but it's still pretty solid. I'm actually pleased with the acts at Perry's. If I go this year, I might be spending most of my time raving over there. :P

Andrew / April 26, 2011 9:21 PM

Where are the Chicago-native Company of Thieves?

Miami Horror
Chew Lips
Bag Raiders

I was really hoping that Justice rumor was true.

I know there are a bunch of bands on that lineup that I've yet to experience but will end up loving before I stand before them this August at Grant Park. Hoping for some more surprises.

Mike / April 26, 2011 10:39 PM

Lisa- nice recap and I appreciate the picks. Was kind of surprised that Robyn wasn't in the lineup coming off Pitchfork and Coachella.

Definitely agree that headliners are weak. I also think the mid-tier bands are very weak this year. Especially since last year included Spoon, Edward Sharpe, The XX, Momford & Sons, Yeasayer, Stars, The National, Cut Copy, etc. And to your point, smaller acts are insanely good this year.

Love the fact that both Foster the People and Ellie Goulding are on the bill.

Looking forward to 2011. I'll definitely be at the Girl Talk dance party.

Pinto and the Bean / April 27, 2011 12:54 PM

I also agree that the lineup of smaller acts this year is a big plus. I'm not crazy about the headliners, but it's nice to know there are a lot of new bands to check out. - Paul

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