Lollapalooza is happening after all — digitally
The popular Chicago festival, Lollapalooza, which was canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be streaming a special free four-day broadcast on YouTube this week, featuring both iconic past sets and new performances.
The new live performances at Lolla2020 will include artists such as Alison Wonderland, H.E.R., Kaskade, Louis the Child, The Neighbourhood, Vic Mensa and Yungblud. Archive sets from the festival’s six international editions as well as the Chicago original will feature performances by Paul McCartney, Metallica, The Cure, Tyler the Creator, Lorde, Outkast, Arcade Fire, Chance the Rapper, LCD Soundsystem and Run the Jewels, among others.
There will also be special appearances from Common, Lars Ulric, Michelle Obama, Chuck D, and LL Cool J, a David Bowie tribute, talks and other events.
Lollapalooza’s sets have been streamed on YouTube for some years now, but this will be the first digital-only performance.
The festival is also teaming up with three charities: Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, Equal Justice Initiative and When We All Vote and will match donations up to $10,000.
As pandemic regulations continue, virtual concerts have become a staple over the last few months.
EDM fest Tomorrowland set the bar for virtual festivals high last weekend. Its digital avatar Tomorrowland Around The World saw over one million viewers tune in live — double Tomorrowland’s annual attendance numbers.
Lolla2020 will stream from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2020 beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, on YouTube. RGA
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