The Swarm

March 22, 2008

Lollapalooza 2008 lineup announcement April 7: Nine Inch Nails vs. Hannah Montana?

David Prince

UPDATE: Full lineup here.

UPDATE: Perry Farrell confirms Lollapalooza leak and announces iTunes collaboration…

UPDATE: Chicago Sun Times – Jim DeRogatis:

Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White’s side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1–3.

The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year’s bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.

Quite a few of the other acts — including many of the most promising — have earlier performed at Chicago’s two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.

UPDATE: Greg Kot:

A limited number of three-day passes for $175, including service fees, for Lollapalooza will go on sale at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

UPDATE: Q101:

Q101.1 will have the official Lollapalooza 2008 line-up announcement at 8AM on Monday, April 7th with Perry Farrell!

The Lollapalooza website was recently updated with this bit of information: the official lineup announcement is set for April 7. In the meantime, early bird $60 tickets sold out in minutes, as a credible lineup leak hit the wires nearly simultaneously. Based on the available information, many news sources, writers, and fans have echoed Jim DeRogotis’ sentiment that if the rumored top of the lineup (Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against the Machine, and Wilco) comes to pass, C3 will have put together “best major festival bill of the summer” in a bulging and competitive market. The attention and anticipation already surrounding this year’s Lollapallooza should be good news for the Austin-based promoters, who have recently made deep headway into Chicago’s cut-throat concert market with extended exclusive contracts to book the outdoor football stadium Soldier Field and the 4,200 capacity Congress Theater.

Over on the Lollapalooza message board, fans have a close eye on all of the lineup announcements, leeks, and rumors, keeping a running tally – with sources- at the top of an ongoing thread. The first part of the list is mostly credible:

MAJOR MEDIA AND BAND CONFIRMATIONS

Dierks Bentley
Bloc Party
Does it Offend You, Yeah?
John Butler Trio
Radiohead
Nine Inch Nails
Yeasayer
Rage Against the Machine
Wilco
Noah and the Whale
Pcaso Tha Artist

The second part of the list is way more sketchy, but all equally plausible. The big question: Will Hannah Montana face off against Trent Reznor at opposite ends of Grant Park – and if so, who will be on the Bud Light stage? One completely unvetted and unreliable and anonymous source posted the “news” last week prompting a hilarious 42-page thread that veers back and forth between disbelief/flat-out rejection and sad/angry resignation.

I know a lot of people in the music industry. My uncle is friends with Miley Cyrus’s father. And I asked him to ask about Lollapalooza. Miley’s father has confirmed she will be the Saturday headliner opposite NIN.

THE REST

Flogging Molly
Black Lips
Nicole Atkins and the Sea
Gogol Bordello
Bang Camaro
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings
Miley Cyrus
CSS
Gnarls Barkley
Rhymefest f/ Mucca Pazza
MGMT
Jimmy Eat World
CRS



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