Lollapalooza Chicago has come a long way since its ’90s days of touring the nation with a lineup of alternative rock and grunge bands. Love or hate the changes they’ve made, this four-day music festival held in Chicago’s historic Grant Park now attracts over 180 bands from every genre imaginable – yes, including plenty of mainstream and pop artists – and more fans than ever.
But that’s the beauty of Lolla and the unforgettable fun that fans will have. Music fans of all kinds and all ages are guaranteed to find something they like here! And if they don’t, well, they can still go check out some of Chicago’s best food vendors, shopping, interactive areas, photo ops, comedy, nonprofits, and more that Lollapalooza organizers have put together. It’s all part of the Lolla experience.
With a range of headliners like Miley Cyrus, Tyler, The Creator, Post Malone, and Foo Fighters, the 2021 lineup is as eclectic as ever, with plenty of rock, hip-hop, electronic, and even country music to choose from. Here’s a look at the Lollapalooza 2021 lineup, which is so awesome that you’ll want to get your ticket to the festival ASAP.
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Miley Cyrus, Illenium – Thursday
The festival starts off with a bang on Thursday, with pop-rock superstar Miley Cyrus (of “Wrecking Ball,” “Party in the U.S.A.,” and “Malibu” fame”) shutting things down as the headliner on the first night. DJ Illenium (best known for his hits “Takeaway” and “Feel Good”) is one of Thursday’s biggest undercards.
Other notable performers on this day are rapper Playboi Carti, rock band Jimmy Eat World, and DJ Steve Aoki.
Tyler, The Creator, Marshmello – Friday
Friday night will be closed out by rapper Tyler, The Creator, who’s coming off of the successful release of his newest album, Call Me If You Get Lost. The “Boredom” and “See You Again” singer is known as an incredibly energetic live performer who should really help send the second night of the festival out on a high note as the main headliner.
Popular EDM performer Marshmello (“Be Kind,” “Alone”), rappers Roddy Richh (“The Box”) and Jack Harlow (“Whats Poppin”), and singer Lauv (“I Like Me Better”) are other notable undercards on Friday’s slate of performers.
Post Malone, Journey – Saturday
Saturday night at Lolla will be headlined by rapper Post Malone, who may be one of if not the biggest name in music right now, period. Malone routinely has his singles surpass one or even two billion listens on music streaming apps, with some of his most notable ones like “Rockstar,” “Congratulations,” and “Sunflower” most likely being performed for the crowd in Chicago on this night.
Other notable performers during Saturday’s festivities will be the legendary ’80s rock band Journey (“Don’t Stop Believin,'” “Any Way You Want It”), rapper Megan Thee Stallion (“WAP,” “Body”), and ’90s rap rockers Lomp Bizkit (“Nookie”).
Foo Fighters, DaBaby – Sunday
Foo Fighters will be sending everybody home in Grant Park on Sunday night after what will assuredly be an incredible performance for the crowd. The singers of “Everlong,” “The Pretender,” and so many other hits are one of the biggest draws of this or any summer’s festival circuit, and for good reason.
Other popular acts on the festival’s last day will be rapper DaBaby (“ROCKSTAR,” “BOP”), rockers Modest Mouse (“Float On,” “Dashboard”), and hip hop band Brockhampton (“SUGAR,” “BLEACH”).
View Lollapalooza’s full official lineup broken down by day here!