Lollapalooza 2015: Get Ready to Get Your Groove On

With 130 bands playing over three days on eight stages throughout Grant Park July 31st to August 2nd, Lollapalooza is, in a word, a beast...

Don’t bother trying to tame it — it will always beat you. So instead of running yourself ragged, give in to its mercy and allow Lolla’s sinfulness to steep into your soul. If planned poorly, you’ll walk away worse for wear, but done properly? You’ll have the best three days this summer. Yes, you know headliners Paul McCartney (no, Kanye didn’t discover him), Metallica (from your head banging days) and Sam Smith (unless you’ve been living under a rock the last year), but scan the rest of the lineup of rock, hip hop, indie, EDM, soul and more and it may leave you scratching your head. Don’t fret … here are some of our top picks (if we had more space, we could go on and on). Trust us? We hope so.

Hot Chip – By this time around, Hot Chip are seasoned Lolla performers, having played in 2013. No matter if the British electronic dance rock outfit plays a small club or a massive festival main stage, their shows always feel intimate. If you want to dance your ass off to hot tracks like “One Life Stand,” “Flutes” and “Take it In” and see one of the weekend’s hottest sets, don’t miss these guys.

FKA Twigs – The soulful, hauntingly beautiful FKA Twigs, aka Tahliah Debrett Barnett, aka Robert Pattinson’s fiancé, assaults your senses as she evokes Sade, Kate Bush and Bjork. Her electronic-backed ballads make you want to at the same time cry in a ball in the corner and make the most passionate love of your life.

Toro y Moi – Offering what might be one of the most musically rich and eclectic sets of the weekend, Toro y Moi delivers a sound so varied, it’ll keep you wondering what he’ll spin out next. Will it be dance rock? Indie beats? Chill? Upbeat grooves? Yes.

Kygo – Rising Norwegian star DJ Kygo creates gorgeously lush, wide landscapes of electronic music that’s less for the masses and more for the fine-tuned dance music lover. Picture yourself in a field of flowers, the sun shining down and light, poppy music streaming your way. Kygo may have gained notoriety for remixing Ed Sheeran’s “I See Fire,” but his own productions will keep you paying attention for a long time.


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