(UPDATED) Lollapalooza 2014: Speculating Headliners For Summer In Chicago’s Main Event


After the web went Coachella crazy last week, the same festival hype is beginning to buzz around Chicago. And as we await the roster for summer in Chicago’s grandest affair, there is a solid amount of speculation to be….speculated.

Last year, 41 artists that played at Lollapalooza also played at Coachella. So while Lolla is well known for putting together one of the most unique lineups around, don’t be surprised to see some crossover between two of the biggest music festivals in the country. Or dare we say, the world.

Of course, one of the hottest names on the public wish list is Outkast.
The RedEye made valid cases for the hip-hop duo to choose Pitchfork as the Chicago stop on their 40-show tour. After Wu Tang Klan closed out Northcoast last year, Outkast would be a nice fit for summer’s last stand as well. Either or, Outkast gets a NO for Lollapalooza – but you should expect to see them in Chicago at some point this summer.

Count out big names like Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire.
Although the radius clause is loosely implemented, both Lady Gaga and Arcade Fire have conflicting shows (both at the United Center) in Chicago – and both should be ruled out by default.

Making a case for Vampire Weekend.
After putting on one of the most talked-about sets last summer, the preppy phenomenon known as Vampire Weekend would undoubtedly be a safe bet to headline this year’s festival. Still, evidence suggests that the indie-pop rockstars will take a Lolla hiatus in 2014, and return as one of the three main acts in 2015.

Please, give us Daft Punk. 
It seems like everybody is pulling for the EDM superstars to headline Lollapalooza. In May, they announced that they are not interested in touring, but they are playing at the Grammy’s. So there’s hope, but it’s always a mystery when it comes to Daft Punk. If Lollapalooza does in fact land the legendary duo (something they haven’t done since 2007), it will be the most highly anticipated performance in the festival’s history.

Shit, there might be riots in the streets of Old Town. 

Who will be the main acts at Lollapalooza in 2014? Here’s a few estimated guesses:


Justin Timberlake
J.T. has a suspicious gap in his tour in early August, and it’s widely rumored that he’ll be a main act in Grant Park this summer.

Arctic Monkeys
The band’s website (accidentally) posted that they’ll be playing in Chicago on Lollapalooza weekend, but the post was deleted. Maybe they’re trying to tell us something…?

Blink 182
An appearance at Lolla in 2014 isn’t out of the question. Speculation is that they will be sub-headliner (they are playing the Reading & Leeds festival Aug 22-24 and will be playing in Germany Aug 18-20), and if you loved Blink-182 as much as this guy in junior high, keep those fingers crossed.

Calvin Harris or Avicii 
The world-famous producer, Calvin Harris, played at Lollapalooza two years ago. After headlining Spring Awakening last year, Grant Park seems like the only venue in Chicago suitable for a visit from Sir Calvin.

The reason for the ‘or Avicii’ is this: while I see both of these primetime producers as contenders for Lollapalooza 2014, I don’t see enough room on the lineup for both of the biggest names in progressive house (I guess Calvin is actually electro house / electro pop – but let’s not get into a holy war here).

On that note, a serious dark horse is also Eric Prydz. The Swedish producer is one of the most respected names in dance music, and has never made an appearance on Chicago’s biggest stage.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds
By looking at their tour schedule, the alternative gurus from Melbourne are rightfully one of the most widely rumored acts for Lollapalooza in 2014.

Foster The People
The band is releasing a new album in March…and conveniently have nothing scheduled around Lollapalooza. Expect them to be one of the names performing at both Lollapalooza and Coachella.

The 1975 
Sources said the rising British synth-pop rockers hinted they would play Lollapalooza during a show at Lincoln Hall this past October.

Chief Keef
With a new album coming out, the Chicago-native is due for another hometown performance.

The king of Bro-step is playing Coachella, but it’s likely he’ll be one of the featured acts at Lollapalooza as well. Whether you have loved Skrillex since Cinema, were introduced to him with Wild For The Night, or just loved the soundtracks for Wreck It Ralph and Spring Breakers – everybody has a reason to see Sonny Moore.

One of the hottest names in the biz right now, this British rock band is almost a lock to make an appearance.

The legendary heavy-metal rockers wrap up a long stretch overseas on July 11th, and would be a reasonable effort for Lollapalooza to attract an older audience (something we can typically bank when trying to predict the lineup).

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UPDATE (01/17/2014, 10:10 am) 

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UPDATE (01/27/2014, 1:30pm) 

Lollapalooza’s official Twitter account released this. Holy shit, I’m hyperventilating.

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(UPDATE: 01/27/2014, 1:50 pm)

And in case you were wondering, Robin Thicke will not be playing.

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(UPDATE: 02/17/2014, 6:33pm)

Looks like one of our predicted headliners, Foster the People, may have spoke too soon.

Leak…or typo? That is the question.

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(UPDATE: 02/22/2014, 3:58 pm) 

This website says Outkast is a ‘shoe-in’ f0r Lollapalooza. With their absence on the Pitchfork lineup, it really comes down to Northcoast or Lollapalooza. We’re starting to lean more towards Lollapalooza.

Odds that Outkast will headline Lollapalooza? 75%.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

(UPDATE: 02/22/2014, 4:03 pm)

Hat tip: @shaqanddaxter pointed out we forgot about Pearl Jam, who – despite our research – has evidently ‘already been confirmed’ for Lollapalooza.

The speculation continues…

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(UPDATE: 02/27/2014, 5:48 pm) 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Outkast is probably out, but is Kanye possibly in?
Outkast was announced as a headliner for Summerfest. Remember – only twice has an artist headlined Summerfest and Lollapalooza in the same year (Weezer did so in 2005 and Wilco in 2006). If Outkast gets signed on for Lollapalooza, they would be directly breaching the controversial radius clause.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]With that in mind, it seems the odds of an Outkast appearance at Lollapalooza are dwindling (as we said a month ago) – as the odds they’ll headline Northcoast are getting more likely. According to some speculation from Consequence of Sound, this could be the true reason why:[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]One possible scenario is that Lollapalooza promoters booked OutKast for their other festival, Austin City Limits, and opted for native son Kanye West to serve as this year’s rap headliner. Kanye is already confirmed to headline Bonnaroo in June and is also playing Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival in late July. (Last year, Fuji Rock and Lollapalooza shared The Cure and Nine Inch Nails as headliners.) [/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Here’s some extremely extensive speculation from Time Out Chicago: 



Nice work guys! But just FYI – Beck is also playing at Pitchfork. So by default (under the radius clause set by Lollapalooza themselves), he should be removed from any ‘official’ speculation.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

(UPDATE: 03/06/2014, 12:20 pm) 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]If you’ve been keeping up with Lollapalooza‘s official Twitter account, you’ll see they’ve been toying and teasing fans all week.

 Screen Shot 2014-03-06 at 12.21.38 PMIt’s actually kind of cruel….

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lollapalooza (and their Twitter account) is run by smart people. It’s easy to assume they’re using social media to confuse all of us, and redirect the speculation until the official lineup is announced. So with that in mind, let’s pay more attention to the facts, and less attention to the distractions.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Like the fact that Justin Timberlake’s worldwide tour conveniently makes its way to the Midwest right around Lollapalooza time. Although JT just rocked out the United Center this past February, the gap in his tour is far too revealing to ignore:

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[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]This is interesting…
Metallica has scheduled August dates for their worldwide tour. They’re scheduled to play in Montreal on August 9th and 10th, but have nothing scheduled from July 12th – August 8th. On top of that, they have yet to schedule a single show in the U.S. for the summer.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]More hints of Daft Punk.

It’s been reported that Daft Punk is planning a series of live, ‘laser-filled’ shows for this summer.

I think it’s safe to say that if the epic electronic duo is planning on playing in America this summer, they’ll be making an appearance at Lollapalooza. After this news came out, their management obviously didn’t confirm the rumors, but they didn’t necessarily shut down them down either.

ICM Partners, who were said to be working with the park on the show, sent the following statement to MTV News:

“[We] approached the National Park Service regarding an event which would be held on private property but would include proposed lighting elements at Devils Tower. The agency submitted more than a dozen suggested performers, including Daft Punk, as a sample lineup to the National Park Service. As is the usual case with a music festival, the acts proposed were simply performers and not involved with the planning of this event.”

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(UPDATE: 03/08/2014, 12:59pm)

We’re hoping these recent Daft Punk rumors/news is actually relevant, and not to be too obvious about our legendary is is this photo? Definitely doesn’t get enough attention.


(UPDATE: 03/18/2014, 2:58pm) 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]The moment of truth is here: headliners for Lollapalooza 2014 have (supposedly) been leaked.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Unless the Chicago Tribune is giving credit to inanimate objects, ‘industry sources’ confirm that Lollapalooza headliners will include Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon, and Arctic Monkeys. Which puts us at 50% so far.

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(UPDATE: 03/18/2014, 4:02 pm) 

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Greg Kot is the Tribune reporter who leaked the Lollapalooza headliners earlier today. And around the same time last year, Kot leaked the headliners for 2013, and was spot on (predicting Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, and Vampire Weekend).[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Although Lollapalooza’s official Twitter account has yet to deny or confirm the rumors, it’s safe to say that this leak is for real. Nonetheless, don’t be discouraged if you’re disappointed by these names.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]While Kot seemingly has connections with somebody in-the-know at Lollapalooza, his predictions last year were only a fraction of 2013’s star-studded lineup. There is a plenty of big names yet to be revealed, plenty of stages and time slots yet to fill, and plenty of headlining acts yet to be announced.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Hell, maybe the best is yet to come.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]

(UPDATE: 03/19/2014, 5:29 pm) 

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(UPDATE: 03/25/2014, 10:49 am)

Looks like the lineup has been leaked….twice?

This one looks pretty impressive. And if it was official – that would mean we were correct about Justin Timberlake, Skrillex, Arctic Monkeys, Foster The People, and Calvin Harris.

But the biggest name out of all these has to be Lorde. And that would be exciting, if this was real.

lollapalooza-2014[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]But there’s only one problem with the above lineup…it’s probably fake.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Somebody else leaked this lineup for Lollapalooza 2014…and let me tell you – it couldn’t be more fake.

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Not only are Pitbull and Selena Gomez definitely not headliners for Lollapalooza, if you look very closely – you’ll see someone by the name of Bassnectar on the lower right….

Jack Johnson? Disclosure? Cypress Hill? I wish this wasn’t a fraud.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Lastly, Lollapalooza is selling this commemorative poster for $30. Apparently, hiking up the ticket prices once again this year was not enough to make ends meet, so they’ve disguised the full band lineup for Lollapalooza inside of this poster. I believe their intention is to make all of us look stupid and spend our Tuesday at work with a magnifying glass trying to decode something that is literally just too small for the human eye to read, or they’ve just found another great way to be so damn mysterious. 

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(UPDATE: 03/25/2014, 11:32 am) 

Relax. Lineup comes out tomorrow, brah.

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Keegan Goudie

Goudie is the managing editor of Major Onions. A graduate of the Missouri school of Journalism, Goudie also co-founded, an electronic dance music blog. If you can’t find him at work or happy hour, you might find him hiding from his cell phone in a Chicagoland Dunkin Donuts. Follow him on Twitter: @keeganGOudie.

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