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Paul McCartney, Metallica To Headline Lollapalooza—See The Full Lineup

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Mar 25, 2015 12:00PM

Photo by MJ Kim, courtesy Paul McCartney

Let the whining and complaining begin! Lollapalooza will be headlined by two legacy acts this year, the difference being that one of them plays old music that still sounds relevant and the other plays new music that sounds old. Can you guess which is which?

Paul McCartney and Metallica are the listed headliners for the 2015 festival in Grant Park, joined by others at the top of the bill like Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar and The Weeknd. In a year of middling festival headliners it appears Lolla wasn't able to pull ahead of the pack.

Further down the bill there are some bands to look forward to, including Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Tove Lo, Death From Above 1979 and Charli XCX (though please Lolla, don't relegate XCX to Perry's stage and give her a proper set).

On the Chicago side, a peruse of the initial lineup reveals Twin Peaks and Wild Belle both made the cut, with Peaks making their Lolla debut and Belle returning after a previous appearance.

With the lineup just released and a majority of the bands being unfamiliar even to those well versed in the current music scene, this undercard is going to take a bit of digging through before deciding how the lineup shapes up as a whole. Based on the blandness of most of the top of the bill—though we can attest to the fact that McCartney is one of the few up there that not only earned his place but can deliver a festival-sized show—this year's Lollapalooza may be more about discovery, and we'd be O.K. with that.

VIP packages are on sale now and single day tickets go up for sale at 10 a.m. CT today.

Lollapalooza is July 31 through Aug. 2 in Grant Park.

UPDATE: Friday and Saturday tickets are already sold out. All that's left is Sunday and VIP packages.

Here's the full line-up:

Friday, July 31

Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, Alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, the War on Drugs, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, Broods, MisterWives, What So Not, Sxa, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, Destructo, Borns, Badbadnotgood, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Bully, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thornton & the Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Saturday, August 1

Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Easy, Walk the Moon, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, Caked Up, Hermitude, Wet, Holychild, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mr. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Snbrn, Ellie King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, Coin, Danny Weinkauf, School of Rock Allstars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Sunday, August 2

Florence + the Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters and Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, Nero, twenty one pilots, Nicky Romero, Kygo, Marina and the Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, Odesza, Logic, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand of Oaks, Moon Taxi, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMAs, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, the Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Vérité, Jacklndn, Zebra Katz, the Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In the Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School of Rock Allstars