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Lollapalooza Artists On The Acts They Want To See

By Jessica Mlinaric in Arts & Entertainment on Aug 1, 2014 4:00PM

Fitz and the Tantrums

We already shared our recommendations on what to check out in and around Grant Park this weekend, so we thought we'd turn the floor over to the Lolla artists themselves. Several of the acts playing Grant Park this weekend filled Chicagoist in on which other acts they are looking forward to catching at this weekend's festival.

Johnny Stevens of Highly Suspect
Highly Suspect plays Friday on the BMI Stage at noon

We play Rock and Roll. When people try to define the genre of Rock it seems so pointless.. That's your call to make. So to make it les awkward for everyone we just say Rock and Roll. Pretty much all music is Rock and Roll, filtered into annoying subcategories with titles such as punk, rap, electro, country.. It's all just Rock and Roll. That being said, were excited to see every single artist sharing the stage. Stand outs for me personally are London Grammar, Phantogram, Iggy Azalea, pretty much my female crushes. Also Royal Blood, Space Capone, Manchester Orchestra, Arctic Monkeys. But really if you wanna know who we're pumped to see.. Just check out the full lineup. Rock and Roll.

Wrestlers play Friday on the Perry's Stage at noon

We're looking forward to Blood Orange, Shy Girls, Spoon, Darkside, Flume, Gemini Club, Jagwar Ma, Anna Lunoe and Parquet Courts.

San Fermin
San Fermin plays Friday on the Palladia Stage at 12:15 p.m.

Interpol, Lykke Li, Lucius, Courtney Barnett, Head and the Heart, White Demin, Glen Hansard, Jenny Lewis, Parquet Courts, Chance the Rapper, and Chvrches.

Hozier plays Friday on the Palladia Stage at 3:45 p.m.

I would love to see Benjamin Booker and London Grammar play but won't get a chance, sadly.

Royal Blood
Royal Blood
Royal Blood plays Friday on the BMI Stage at 6:50 p.m.

Unfortunately we’re only there for one day, but we’re looking forward to seeing Arctic Monkeys, Portugal. The Man, and Bombay Bicycle Club if we get the chance!

Anna Lunoe
Anna Lunoe plays Saturday on the Perry's Stage at noon

Duke Dumont - I havn't seen him play since last year at Hard and I am always super inspired by his sets and how he finds the balance between playing what he wants to play and making the audience happy!

Cut Copy - One of my favourite bands growing up but I haven't seen them play for a few years and I heard their new show is excellent. The perfect festival band!

London Grammer - Another one that I have missed out on a few times!

Vance Joy
Vance Joy plays Saturday on the Bud Light Stage at 1 p.m.

I'm most looking forward to seeing Eminem.

HeRobust plays Saturday at the Perry's Stage at 1 p.m.

Skrillex- It's Skrillex at a festival, do I need to say more? There are tons of DJ/Producers who wouldn't be doing what they do without Skrillex, myself included. Can't reveal too much yet, but def keep your eyes locked on his label Owsla!

Outkast- I'm from ATL, so I grew up loving Outkast. From ATLiens to Speakerboxx/Love Below. Words can't describe how exciting it is that these guys are back on the road and I can't wait to see them rock the massive crowd at Lolla.

Tom Gavin of Gemini Club
Gemini Club plays Sunday on the Grove Stage at 1 p.m.

Lykke Li - Her records somehow manage to be powerfully dense and delicate at the same time--and that's not easy to do. She also has a knack for writing insanely catchy choruses, which often burst out of dark and haunting verses, like my favorite track "Silent My Song." That song gives me chills every time I hear it. I've never been able to see her live, and I plan on seeing every second.

Phantogram - Dan and I love their hip-hop influences and their sounds are always interesting and expertly sculpted. From a production standpoint, these guys are definitely skilled and it seems like they could head into a few different directions--and that keeps me intrigued. I missed their set at Firefly and have been looking forward to seeing them since.

Chance The Rapper - This show will be dope. He has obviously blown up this year and it's well-deserved. I love his quirky delivery, unique vocals and earnest lyrics. I'm sure his home town crowd will go absolutely nuts and I expect they'll have plenty of reason to.

Edgey Pires of The Last Internationale
The Last Internationale plays Saturday on the BMI Stage at 3:20 p.m.

Can't wait to hit the South Side of Chicago for some real, working class blues.


Christian Zucconi of Grouplove
Grouplove plays Saturday on the Bud Light Stage at 4:45 p.m.

I'm very excited to see our great friends Manchester Orchestra. I haven't seen them crush it live in awhile, plus I'm stoked to hear songs off their new album COPE.

Nas is the man. I've always been a huge fan. We caught his set at Coachella and it blew us away, so we'll definitely be back watching him.

Portugal. The Man, as they're awesome and we're about to co-headline with them across North America.

Typhoon, who I've never seen before, and who is opening up on one of the legs of that same tour.

J Roddy Walston and The Business kick ass, so wanna catch their set.

And always great to support our friends Cage The Elephant and Young The Giant, as they always deliver live.

But the best thing about a festival is the beauty of catching and falling in love with a band you didn't know enough about, and seeing them live just bowls you over.

Dylan Rau of Bear Hands
Bear Hands plays Sunday on the Lake Shore Stage at noon

I'm most excited too see Chance the Rapper, Arctic Monkeys, and Spoon!

RAC plays Sunday on the Grove Stage at 3:30 p.m.

My picks are Phantogram, Chvrches, Glitch Mob and Grouplove.

Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums
Fitz and the Tantrums plays Saturday on the Samsung Galaxy Stage at 4:15 p.m.