While this year’s Lollapalooza was canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago music festival’s organizers have announced an action-packed virtual edition, dubbed Lolla2020, which will take place July 30-August 2. The four-night broadcast, airing exclusively on YouTube, will feature new performances, archival sets, and an all-star line-up of special appearances.
Throughout the weekend, fans can look forward to historic sets from the likes of Paul McCartney, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, OutKast, Arcade Fire, Ellie Goulding, Tove Lo, and Metallica, while a trove of artists will drop in for new, live performances, including H.E.R., Vic Mensa, Kaskade, ZHU, Kali Uchis, and Yungblud, among others.
Appearances will also be made by Common, former First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, and LL Cool J, while Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell will host candid conversations with a variety of tastemakers, including Lars Ulrich, Chuck D, and Matt Pinfield. Farrell will also lead a special Kind Heaven Orchestra performance featuring Taylor Hawkins, as well as a David Bowie tribute with pianist Mike Garson. In addition to other special surprises, Farrell has announced the very first Porno for Pyros reunion in 24 years.
Throughout the weekend, attention will also be drawn to a variety of initiatives, including Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, which provides financial relief to venues, organizations, and workers in the creative industries; the Equal Justice Initiative, which is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the U.S., challenging racial and economic injustice, and protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable; and When We All Vote, a nonpartisan organization launched by Co-Chair Michelle Obama to increase participation in every election.
Fans can catch the free broadcast on Lollapalooza’s YouTube every evening, beginning at 5:00 pm CST, while a full schedule of events will be announced on Wednesday, July 29.
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