Lollapalooza's Daily Schedule Is Out, & It's Time To Plan Accordingly
By Stephen Gossett in Arts & Entertainment on May 9, 2017 4:54PM
Chance the Rapper / Photo: Tyler LaRiviere
Some of the smaller music festivals lend themselves well to a moseying-around laissez-faire approach—this is supposed to be summer fun, right? Well, Lollapalooza is not one of them. Spanning four days, one massive city park and an estimated 14 kajillion acts, the ur-festival necessitates a well-executed plan. You can now officially start charting your course, as Lolla just dropped its daily lineup times for the full schedule.
Again, there are (God help us) eight stages, but only five of them boast end-of-the-night headliners, most of which roughly overlap into competing slots. Here they are, by day:
Thursday: Lorde, Lil Uzi Vert, Muse, Porter Robinson and Spoon
Friday: Blink-182, The Killers, DJ Snake, Crystal Castles and Little Dragon
Saturday: Chance the Rapper, The xx, Banks, Mac DeMarco and Kaskade
Sunday: Rae Sremmurd, Justice, Arcade Fire, Zeds Dead and GROUPLOVE
But you've been through this before. The pattern roughly mimics past iterations: each night you'll have to choose between an EDM crowd-pleaser, a "legacy" rock act or a contemporary chart-pop/hip-hop marquee act. Gotta feel a little bad for The xx, Mac DeMarco and everybody else going up against Chance—'cause they don't stand one, going up against him on home turf.
As always, the paradox of choice leads to one scheduling conflict after another (Cloud Nothings or Jidenna? Lil Yachty or Sampha? Car Seat Headrest or Noname?). And shame for burying local hero Kweku Collins as the very first act on the very first day—with the much-loved White Reaper shortly thereafter. Anyway, instead of complaining, we guess it's time to draw up a blueprint. See you in the park with itinerary in hand.