Lollapalooza is a musical festival created in 1991 by singer Perry Farrell as a farewell tour for his band. Lollapalooza ran annually until 1997 but then was not very consistent until 2005. Since then it has been an annual event that features rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop, and electronic music bands and artists, dance and comedy performances, and craft booths. One of the prominent features in Lollapalooza is that it has provided a platform that is not just for music festivals but for nonprofit, political, and some visual artists.
From its initiation in 1991, it had been set up annually in different destinations, and it continued to be a touring event until 1997. Since 2005 it has had several venues that are a constant feature in hosting Lollapalooza namely Grant Park - Chicago, O'Higgins Park - Santiago, and Hipódromo de Cidade Jardim - São Paulo, among others. It has spread its wings since 2010 and is not confined to the US alone, a branch in Santiago – Chile’s capital, and another in Buenos Aires. But that is not all, it has been known to be held in different venues around the world.
Usually, it is a 2 to 3 days event and it is planned as a weekend festival especially when it is in its home base and hosts more than 160,000 people.
What makes Lollapalooza unique is that it features non-musical acts or shows or performers. Some of these are an alternative freak show, the Jim Rose Circus Side Show. A tent display of art pieces graces the festival, virtual reality games, information tables for political and environmental non-profit groups, and so much more.
Founder Perry Farrell has been known to state that he likes to put on a show that will depict an unexpected if not bizarre mix of acts and shows. And that is exactly what we get to see at Lollapalooza.
There were quite a few years from 1997 to 2003 when the show had not been put on and that was due to the fact that Farrell who had been the soul of the event was engaged, but the festival was revived in 2003. Unfortunately, it was not in action in 2004 but has been a regular annual event since then.
Lollapalooza puts on a diverse range of bands and artists that may not usually be found together such as Nine Inch Nails, Kanye West, Janes Addiction, Lana Del Rey, Wiz Khalifa, Smashing Pumpkins, Muse, Eminem, MGMT, Coldplay, Stone Temple Pilots, Depeche Mode, Foo Fighters, The Red Hot Chilli Pipers and that is mentioning just a few.
It has expanded internationally and is set up annually in many countries; Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Germany, Paris, Chicago and other states in the US.
The festival has been criticized that it is just a large-scale marketing of brands that should not be found in a festival. But what is not in accordance with this criticism is that the show is quite attractive, fun and pulls a large crowd that makes it a priority to attend. From this, we garner the fact that it is a nice and diverse show that we would love to attend.