Lollapalooza Preview: Must-see Rebelle Artists at Grant Park

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Lollapalooza is one of the biggest, baddest music festivals in the entire world. As such, Chicago fans have come to expect superstars from every genre to appear on each and every lineup. The 2017 edition of Perry Farrell’s genius brainchild has once again recruited everyone from pop “Royals” to indie-electronic “Angels” to transform Grant Park into a musical wonderland this Aug. 3-6. Here’s a look at just a few of the Rebelle acts we are looking forward to seeing at this year’s event.

Lorde

When Lorde performed at Lollapalooza back in 2014, she warmed up the Bud Light Stage for the Arctic Monkeys. This time around, she is headlining that very same stage armed with an arsenal of new music off her forthcoming album, “Melodrama” (due out June 16 via Republic Records). The release’s lead single, “Green Light,” is already being dubbed the cut of the summer, so get ready to dance with 100,000 of your closest friends as New Zealand’s favorite daughter is poised to deliver a must-see performance.

Arcade Fire

The last time Arcade Fire headlined Lollapalooza, they did so just days after the release of their coming-of-age, indie-music masterpiece, “The Suburbs.” In the subsequent seven years, they have only grown in popularity, thanks in part to the masterful collaboration of bandmates (and husband and wife), Win Butler and Régine Chassagne. With rumors of a new Arcade Fire album flooding the world wide interweb, their festival-closing set on the Grant Park Stage on Aug. 6 shouldn’t be missed.

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Phantogram

Lollapalooza fan favorites Phantogram put on one of the most entertaining sets at last year’s festivities along with their Big Grams bandmate Big Boi. In 2017, they are getting back to basics with a late-afternoon set on the Grant Park Stage on Friday, Aug. 4. Festival-goers will have no choice but to be drawn to the south end of Grant Park as Sarah Barthel’s airy, alluring vocals are as irresistible as any siren’s song.

Tegan and Sara

In one of the most heart-wrenching conflicts of 2017, the electro-dance, twin sister duo, Tegan and Sara, are kicking off their Bud Light Stage set a mere 15-minutes after Phantogram go on across the park. Ambitious festival-goers may want to wear their gym shoes on Friday so they can split the difference, run like hell and catch both acts.

The xx

Dreamy melodies, hypnotic synth riffs and infectious rhythms are what The xx does best. The trio – comprised of Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith – will be headlining the Bud Light Stage on Saturday, Aug. 5 on the heels of the success of their latest release, “I See You.” See you there!

Lollapalooza takes place in Chicago’s Grant Park on Aug 3-6. Other notable performers include hometown hero Chance the Rapper, Banks, The Killers, The Pretty Reckless and many more. Head over to Lollapalooza.com to view the full lineup and schedule.

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Laurie Fanelli is a Chicago-based writer and photographer who specializes in live entertainment coverage. She is at home at major music festivals like Coachella, Bonnaroo and, of course, Lollapalooza and Riot Fest. She loves chatting with hilarious comedians and has interviewed the likes of Maria Bamford, Paula Poundstone and Tracy Morgan, to name a few. She has photographed tons of great bands/musicians – from every genre – including Rob Zombie, Florence and the Machine, Alabama Shakes, Neil Young, Shania Twain, Pitbull, Pierce the Veil, Kendrick Lamar, Patti Smith and many, many more. When not writing or shooting shows, Laurie loves to spend her free time training for marathons and exploring the city of Chicago. She is a longtime vegetarian and animal advocate who likes to cook healthy, delicious meals that everyone can enjoy. For more information or to contact Laurie, head over to www.lauriefanelli.com.