Who to make time for at this year’s Lollapalooza

Grant Park festival to feature artists from a variety of genres

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Lollapalooza’s 2018 Chicago lineup was announced last month and has been received with mixed reactions.

The headliners for each day are Arctic Monkeys (Thursday), Bruno Mars (Friday), The Weeknd (Saturday) and Jack White (Sunday). As always, these main acts vary in genre and audience, but are all world famous musicians.

Thursday is loaded with rap and R&B artists, even for an event dominated by such artists. Travis Scott, known for his trap hits such as “Butterfly Effect” and “Goosebumps”, has a reputation as a great live performer and will be a must see that day.

Relatively new R&B sensation Khalid is also performing Thursday. He is the artist behind the album “American Teen”.

This was his first studio album and has launched him into fame, so he is sure to perform most songs from the project.

Lesser known rapper and Chicago native G Herbo is sure to draw a decent crowd in his home city.

Other notable artists on Thursday include Chvrches and Galantis. Both groups originated overseas and are popular with hundreds of millions of downloads, but are slightly lesser known in the United States.

Friday’s biggest names offer a larger variety of music. Pop A-lister Bruno Mars, who debatably has the most star power of anyone in the festival, will be anchoring the second day.

Although Mars is a more nationally known name, Post Malone and Tyler the Creator will most likely take priority for most New Trier students.
Everything Post Malone puts out right now seems to blow up, with songs such as “Rockstar”, “Candy Paint” and “Congratulations” dominating hip-hop radio stations. By the time Lollapalooza comes around he is sure to have released more hits.

Tyler the Creator’s most recent album, “Flower Boy,” may be his most popular project outside of his core fan base, featuring songs like “Who Dat Boy” and “911 Mr. Lonely.”

American rock band The National, who won a Grammy in 2017 for their album “Sleep Well My Beast,” will be another big-name act to perform on Friday.
Two other notable yet lower-listed performers to look out for Friday are Taylor Bennett and Two Feet. Although not quite as famous as his brother Chancellor Bennett, better known as Chance the Rapper, has a unique style and is also Chicago native.

Two Feet is one of the many underrated indie acts coming this year and concert goers should heavily consider making time for him.

The Weeknd, who recently released another album, entitled “My Dear Melancholy” will be kicking off Saturday. Known for his incredible vocals, The Weekend will be coming off his performance at Coachella when he makes his appearance in Chicago.

New York City based act Vampire Weekend is also performing Saturday. The band is very popular within the Indie Pop genre with hits including “A-Punk” and “Unbelievers.”

Rappers Logic, LL Cool J, and Lil Pump are scheduled for Saturday.

While the day is scheduled to feature many hip-hop acts, the different styles of each artist will make the day anything but boring.

Logic has one of the fastest flows, LL Cool J’s East Coast, 90’s sound on tracks like “Mama Said Knock You Out” is legendary, while Lil Pump is known for the chart-topping “Gucci Gang.”

The final day’s big performer is Jack White, solo act and half of the rock group The White Stripes. White just released his third solo album, “Boarding House Reach,” on Mar. 23, and is expected to showcase various songs from the record.

Other notables from Sunday are the EDM duo Odesza, music often made better at outdoor festivals, and Lil Uzi Vert, performing at Lollapalooza for his second consecutive year.

The day will also include many smaller acts worth seeing: Gucci Mane, experiencing a resurgence since being released from prison in 2016, Playboi Carti, a member of ASAP Rocky’s label, Quinn XCII, and last but not least, Rainbow Kitten Surprise.

As a whole, this year’s event will have something for fans of all genres and has once again delivered a solid lineup of exciting musicians.