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Lollapalooza 2017 lineup: Chance the Rapper takes a victory lap with a bunch of predictable acts

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  • Can Chance the Rapper save a lackluster Lollapalooza lineup?

Chance the Rapper is on top of the bill for this year's Lollapalooza, which announced its lineup at 6 AM. It's the latest part of the victory lap for the Chicago music hero, after-school educator, and Chicago Public Schools advocate since he won three Grammys for his Coloring Book mixtape last month. Few things say cultural domination like headlining the largest music festival in your own hometown. Not that Chance has much competition. The other headliners suggest Lollapalooza organizers are struggling with 2000s alternative-rock nostalgia; the Killers, Muse, and Arcade Fire fill out the rest of the headlining spots. All three acts have performed at Lollapalooza twice previously since the festival transitioned from a nationwide tour to settle in Grant Park back in 2005 (this year is also Chance's third go-round too). None of the top rock acts scream excitement, and the Killers in particular suggest nothing more than irrelevance. The Las Vegas band hasn't put out a proper album in five years, unless you can call their 2016 Christmas compilation Don't Waste Your Wishes a worthwhile endeavor.

Lollapalooza expanded from three to four days last year, and organizers decided to hold on to that extra day; this year's festival begins Thursday, August 3. But the lineup suggests organizers might have strained to find 170 acts to fill out a four-day, 40-hour event. Much of it is filled out with acts I'm convinced exist only to play big festivals where partying in the sun takes precedence over what's happening onstage—like Hippo Campus. Granted, there are plenty of highlights, particularly when it comes to the hip-hop acts; Run the Jewels, Migos, 21 Savage, Rae Sremmurd, and Lil Yachty suggest organizers aren't as allergic to rap as they once were. But even in that regard there are some missteps, like rap middleweight Big Sean—I suppose they can't all be winners. It's some of the more "traditional" alternative-rock acts that appear most out of place this year—like notorious loudmouth and Oasis front man Liam Gallagher and metal-loving country songwriter Ryan Adams. And though I can't fault Lollapalooza for booking Blink-182—I'm mildly obsessed with their 2016 single "Built This Pool"—the pop-punk group sticks out like a sore thumb.

Lorde and the XX offer some bright spots, but they hang in high on a lineup that looks increasingly anemic the further down you look. And after Lollapalooza's great array of local acts last year, this year's Chicago offerings look much slimmer. Don't get me wrong—I'm all about booking Noname, Kweku Collins, the O'My's, Whitney, and the Walters. But considering how many ambitious young local musicians are making great music these days, I can't help but demand more. Perhaps Charli XCX will bring out Chicago rapper Cupcakke, who appears on the British singer's recent single "Lipgloss.”



Single-day passes for Lollapalooza went on sale at 10 AM. Each day costs $120 plus fees, which is nearly three and a half times the cost of Chance the Rapper's one-off 2016 music festival Magnificent Coloring Day (for those who don't recall, the cheapest tickets for that event were $35). Four-day Lolla passes are $335 plus fees, and it took nearly two and half hours for those tickets to sell out after they became available yesterday at 10 AM. That's one small sign even Lolla isn't unaffected by the forces responsible for lackluster ticket sales at other massive U.S. music festivals; four-day passes to last year's Lollapalooza sold out in 46 minutes. The full Lollapalooza lineup is below, with links to past Reader features, blog posts, and show previews.

Thursday, August 3:
Muse
Lorde
Cage the Elephant
Wiz Khalifa
Porter Robinson
Liam Gallagher
Migos
Spoon
Lil Uzi Vert
Jon Bellion
George Ezra
Capital Cities
Kaytranada
Baauer
The Drums
A-Trak
Tritonal
Gryffin
CRX
Temples
SuicideBoys
Hippo Campus
Honne
Cheat Codes
Kevin Devine
Paper Diamond
Middle Kids
The Hunna
Oliver Tree
Jain
The O’My’s
Declan McKenna
Unlike Pluto
Atlas Genius
Arizona
Gibbz
Pham
Michael Blume
Elohim
Stanaj
Kweku Collins
Max

Friday, August 4
The Killers
Blink-182
DJ Snake
Run the Jewels
Foster the People
Ryan Adams
Gramatik
Phantogram
Tegan & Sara
Crystal Castles
Kaleo
Little Dragon
3Lau
Whitney
Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
Majid Jordan
Getter
The Pretty Reckless
Slushii
Cloud Nothings
Jidenna
Mura Masa
Bishop Briggs
Ookay
The Districts
Pup
Moose Blood
Skott
Lemon Twigs
Mondo Cozmo
San Holo
The Frights
Saint Jhn
Bibi Bourelly
Missio
Cobi
Moksi
Slothrust
Allan Rayman
Frenship
Harriet Brown
Jesse Malin

Saturday, August 5:
Chance the Rapper
The XX
Alt-J
Head & the Heart
Kaskade
Glass Animals
Vance Joy
Mac Demarco
Russ
21 Savage
Banks
Sylvan Esso
Alison Wonderland
Live
Royal Blood
Nghtmre
Warpaint
Highly Suspect
Zara Larsson
Jai Wolf
Ephwurd
Alvvays
G Jones
Amine
San Fermin
Japanese House
Leon
The Shelters
Blossoms
Jacob Banks
Michael Christmas
Flint Eastwood
Ron Gallo
MadeinTYO
Young Bombs
The London Souls
888
Wingtip
Colony House
Brayton Bowman
Lady Pills

Sunday, August 6
Arcade Fire
Justice
Big Sean
The Shins
Zeds Dead
Rae Sremmurd
Tove Lo
Milky Chance
Grouplove
Dvbbs
Borgore
Lil Yachty
London Grammar
Rag ’n’ Bone Man
Noname
Joey Badass
Charli XCX
Car Seat Headrest
Slander
Machine Gun Kelly
6lack
Sampha
Maggie Rogers
NF
Joyride
Joseph
Barns Courtney
Vant
Grace Mitchell
Blaenavon
Lo Moon
Dirty Audio
Whethan
Sofi Tukker
Xavier Omar
Boogie
Wax Motif
Walters
Duckwrth
Spencer Ludwig
Flor
Goody Grace
Tucker Beathard

Kidzapalooza
Tim Kubart & the Space Cadets
Lucky Diaz
Q Brothers
Sleepy Man
Jo Jo & the Pinecones
Lard Dog & the Band of Shy
Little Miss Ann
School of Rock Allstars

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