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Lollapalooza Announces Eight-headliner Music Festival

Courtesy of Dimitri SperonLollapalooza, Chicago's most popular summer music festival, will be held Aug. 1-4 in Grant Park.

The Lollapalooza 2019 lineup is here and it’s stacked. The annual music festival, which will be held Aug. 1-4 this summer, boasts powerhouse headliners Ariana Grande, The Strokes, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots, Tame Impala, The Chainsmokers, Flume and J Balvin.

While Grande’s set is likely to showcase the best pop has to offer — and Twenty One Pilots will likely be a mess of mosh pits and emo kids — Lollapalooza is more than its headliners. The festival continues host a genre-diverse lineup with performers for every type of fan.

The least represented genre is usually country, but this year Kacey Musgraves resides at the top of the bill. The singer has skyrocketed in popularity with her album “Golden Hour” with the help of fans on Twitter and the Grammy award for Album of the Year. Her reimagined country sound offers some emotional summer tunes ideal for throwing on cowboy boots and singing along.

For those looking to rock out over the weekend, Jack Black’s Tenacious D will be taking the stage and providing laughs along the way. The 19-year-olds comprising band Liily may be in small font on the festival poster, but they’re sure to bring a high-energy rock set to start off the day. Bring Me the Horizon will be showcasing its electronic rock sound and supporting their critically acclaimed album “amo.”

Long-time rockers Death Cab for Cutie at the top of the bill will likely show the slower side of the genre. Hiding out deeper in the list is Calpurnia, fronted by “Stranger Things” actor Finn Wolfhard. The young indie rock band offers a fresh sound, but festival-goers can hope no one has to fight off a demogorgon to make it to the set.

The lineup holds a healthy dose of rap and R&B with Lil Wayne, H.E.R., 6lack, 21 Savage and Meek Mill all within the first few lines of the list. Further down, St. Louis rapper Smino will be there supporting his 2018 album “Noir” and Chicago rapper Saba in support his grief-stricken album “Care for Me,” both of whom received critical acclaim for their work.

Anyone looking to take a break from the action with some slower sounds will want to make their way to Mitski and Japanese House’s sets. A midday cry while jumping around to “Nobody” by Mitski may be just what some need to feel a little less alone than the song would suggest.

Hozier and Maggie Rogers are likely to channel the energy of Grant Park into their sets to create an ethereal experience. Hozier will be supporting his newest album “Wasteland, Baby!” but is likely to play his hit “Take Me to Church.” Rogers, who has been thrust into the spotlight with her debut album “Heard It In a Past Life,” will likely host a self-reflective dance party.

With more than 170 artists playing over the four days, there are too many to name. This variety goes to show there’s more to see than the artists that get played on top 40 stations. Festivals are made to explore a variety of genres so taking some time to get there early and appreciate some lesser-known artists is likely to be worth it.

Four-day Lollapalooza passes are on sale now at www.lollapalooza.com.

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