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Lollapalooza 2010: Greatest Show on Earth?

7 Apr 2010

From its humble beginnings as a touring music festival back in 1991, Lollapalooza has grown to become one of the world’s most exciting and talked-about live music experiences. And for good reason — this year’s lineup promises to top all the rest. Hold your breath…

Lollapalooza 2010 will be headlined by Soundgarden (reuniting for the first time since 1997), Green Day, Lady Gaga, Arcade Fire, The Strokes (performing together live for the first time in four years), and icing-on-the-cake Phoenix. They will be supported by such acts as MGMT, Hot Chip, Cut Copy, Grizzly Bear, Metric, Chromeo, Dirty Projectors, The xx, The Temper Trap… the list goes on.

The festival’s alternative lineup is easily matched by the electro groups who are spinning at Perry’s: Empire of the Sun, Digitalism, Kaskade, Felix da Housecat, Erol Alkan, and Chicago natives Flosstradamus. But that’s enough waxing fanboy and irresponsible namedropping from me — instead, glaze over the entire lineup after the jump.

In order of importance, apparently:

Soundgarden
Green Day
Lady Gaga
Arcade Fire
The Strokes
Phoenix
Social Distortion
MGMT
Jimmy Cliff
Hot Chip
The Black Keys
The National
Spoon
Devo
Cypress Hill
Cut Copy
The New Pornographers
Erykah Badu
Slightly Stoopid
Grizzly Bear
Gogol Bordello
Chromeo
Wolfmother
Yeasayer
X Japan
MUTEMATH
Metric
Dirty Projectors
AFI
Mavis Staples
Matt & Kim
The xx
Drive-By Truckers
Blues Traveler
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Jamie Lidell
Frightened Rabbit
F**k Buttons
Deer Tick
Blitzen Trapper
Stars
Raphael Saadiq
The Cribs
Minus the Bear
Switchfoot
The Walkmen
Mumford & Sons
Wild Beasts
Rogue Wave
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Big Pink
The Dodos
Hockey
Cymbals Eat Guitars
B.o.B
Dawes
Warpaint
The Antlers
The Soft Pack
Rebelution
Balkan Beat Box
Wavves
American Bang
The Ike Reilly Assassination
Company of Thieves
Nneka
Harlem
The Constellations
Miniature Tigers
Mimicking Birds
The Kissaway Trail
HEALTH
Javelin
The Morning Benders
Foxy Shazam
Violent Soho
Royal Bangs
NEON TREES
Freelance Whales
Semi Precious Weapons
Dan Black
The Band of Heathens
Dragonette
My Dear Disco
Shawn Fisher
Neon Hitch
Skybox
The Ettes
Jukebox the Ghost
These United States
MyNameIsJohnMichael
2ManyDJs
Empire of the Sun
Digitalism
Perry Farrell
Tiga
Felix da Housecat
Rusko
Erol Alkan
Kaskade
Flosstradamus
Wolfgang Gartner
Joachim Garraud
Mexican Institute of Sound
Caspa
Peanut Butter Wolf
Dirty South
NERVO
Cut Copy (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Steve Porter
Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls
Ancient Astronauts
Ana Sia
Team Bayside High
Dani Deahl
FreeSol
DJ Mel
BBU
Vonnegutt
Only Children
Lance Herbstrong

This veritable orgy of good music will take place from August 6-8, 2010 in Grant Park, Chicago. Snap up your tickets ($215 a pop) ASAP; they’re selling fast. You can order them online at the official Lollapalooza website.

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