The 2012 Lollapalooza lineup has been announced and it has a distinctly retro feel to it with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath and Black Keys headlining and Jack White on the bill.
The festival takes place on August 3rd to 5th in Grant Park, Chicago and the dance and electronic acts are the primary draw for most of the attendees. 22-year-old Swedish DJ/producer Avicii (Tim Bergling) and French electronic duo Justice will headline the main stages.
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This year the Perry's electronic stage will once again be moving to a bigger location in Grant Park to accommodate the burgeoning fan base, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents have said.
Nostalgia remains a big theme on the rock side of the Lolla spectrum. Besides the Sabbath set, which according to C3 will include original members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward, two other notable reunions are being staged: Texas avant-punk group At the Drive In, which broke up in 2001, and the Afghan Whigs, the Greg Dulli-led Cincinnati band that also imploded in 2001.
Whether C3 know something we don't or are juist out of touch with current Metal news is unknown but our punt is that it is highly unikely that Bill Ward will play.
The Chili Peppers return to headline Lollapalooza for the third time, having done it previously in 1992 and 2006. Also making at least their second visits to the festival are the Black Keys, Jack White, who appeared previously with the Raconteurs.
In its early years during the 90s, the festival became a stepping stone for a large number of cutting-edge rock acts toward wider recognition. That role has diminished in recent years as Lollapalooza has reinvented itself as more of a mainstream festival for rock, while the electronic component has restored some of its youthful vitality.
Also on the bill: Florence + the Machine, Passion Pit, the Shins, Sigur Ros, Fun., M83, Franz Ferdinand, Metric, Dawes, the Temper Trap, Die Antwoord, Mona, the Growlers, the Gaslight Anthem, Hey Rosetta!, JEFF the Brotherhood, Band of Skulls, Anamanaguchi, SBTRKT, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, Wax, the Walkmen, FIDLAR, JJ Grey & Mofro, LP, JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound.
Milo Greene, Neon Indian, Dum Dum Girls, Kopecky Family Band, Washed Out, the Jezabels, Aloe Blacc, Trampled by Turtles, Yuna, Bear in Heaven, Walk Off the Earth, Blind Pilot, Animal Kingdom, Chairlift, Dev, J. Cole, the Black Angels, the Sheepdogs, Yellow Ostrich, the Dunwells, GIVERS, DJ Mel, Polica, Empires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Kevin Devine, Wale.
Dry the River, White Rabbits, Helena, Haley Reinhart, Imaginary Cities, the Head & the Heart, the Devil Makes Three, Overdoz, the Big Pink, Oberhofer, Ambassadors, Twin Shadow, the War on Drugs, DJ Zebo, the Tallest Man on Earth, Chancellor Warhol, Toro Y Moi, O Rappa, Laura Warshauer, Dr. Dog, Bowerbirds, Red Oblivion, Of Monsters and Men, Orchard Lounge.
Perry's stage: Bassnectar, Santigold, Skream & Benga, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Kaskade, Little Dragon, Star Slinger, Calvin Harris, Porter Robinson, Nadastrom, NERO, Sub Focus, DJ Nihal, Madeon, the White Panda, Knife Party, Zedd, SALVA, Zeds Dead, Paper Diamond, Kid Color, Big Gigantic.
Tickets ($230 for a three-day pass) are on sale at lollapalooza.com. Specific days for each act will be announced at a later date, at which point single-day tickets will go on sale.
Last year, 270,000 fans attended over three days, a Lollapalooza record.
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