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By Cailey Gleeson

Even though there are 168 days until Lollapalooza returns to Grant Park―not like I’m keeping track or anything―rumors are rapidly spreading across social media about the potential lineup for Chicago’s annual music festival. While some of these rumors are based on personal interests, some Lolla aficionados have evidently spent a significant amount of time formulating a comprehensive list of potential performers. In no particular order, here are ten of the potential acts that may be performing at Lolla this year:

1. Foo Fighters

The Foo Fighters are a perfect candidate for a potential headliner. Not only will this summer mark seven years since the last time they rocked Lollapalooza, but also they’re confirmed for other summer festivals, including Bottlerock. Due to their hiatus, they haven’t performed their most recent EP, “Saint Cecilia,” live yet. They’re also slated to perform at Lollapalooza in Berlin this upcoming September.

2. Muse

There are a variety of reasons that Muse is one of the most heavily speculated act for this year’s Lollapalooza. For one, the British band announced a U.S. summer tour, but Chicago wasn’t one of the stops. Also, Muse has headlined the festival twice before, but the last time was in 2011. If Muse’s history with Lollapalooza enough reason to believe that they would be headlining the event again after six years, the band’s lead singer, Matt Bellamy, tweeted a fan last November reportedly confirming their appearance.

3. Chance the Rapper

While rumors surrounding a potential Chance appearance at Lolla have been circulating since the release of “Coloring Book,” the Grammy winning rapper’s tour dates have solidified these fan theories. Did anyone notice a very significant city missing from the list of dates released Tuesday? That’s right, Chicago’s very own apparently left out his city on his upcoming tour; however, this makes him a very probable candidate for a Lolla performance. There’s also a significant gap between the Delaware show in June and California show in October. Why else would he leave out his hometown on what promises to be one of his biggest run of shows in his career thus far?

4. The Chainsmokers

Even though The Chainsmokers have an April stop in Chicago for their upcoming tour, it doesn’t completely rule them out for a slot at Lolla. They’re also scheduled to perform at South American Lollapalooza dates this upcoming spring. The last time they performed at Chicago’s festival was in 2015, but they’ve essentially skyrocketed to fame after the releases of hits like “Closer” and “Paris”―especially with their Grammy win―which makes them an obvious pick for a headlining spot at Perry’s stage.

5. Childish Gambino

Childish Gambino finally returned to the rap scene after a three year hiatus on music production with the critically acclaimed “Awaken My Love.” There hasn’t been an official tour for this album yet, but the rapper is scheduled to perform at Governor’s Ball this upcoming June. Gambino also has a variety of films coming up一including “Spider-Man: Homecoming”一so the likelihood of a Lolla appearance ultimately depends on his filming schedule.

6. Lorde

Lorde’s critically acclaimed set at Lolla in 2014 has left fans of the singer and festival alike highly anticipating her return. Although she hasn’t come out with any new music since, there are also rumors of a new album being released this upcoming year. She’s also featured on nearly every other popular festival this summer―including Coachella―so why would she leave out a Lollapalooza slot?

7. Cage the Elephant

Not only has it marked three years since the Kentucky-based band rocked the Lollapalooza stage, but they’re also one of the featured acts on every South American tour stop this spring. 

8. Vampire Weekend

After the critical success of “Modern Vampires of the City” in 2013, Vampire Weekend rocked Lollapalooza the following year and gained even more exposure from their set. With the release of their newest album reported to be mid-2017, a return to Chicago’s most anticipated festival is long overdue.


LANY recently announced an upcoming European and North American tour, but Chicago didn’t make the cut―or did it? The band made it clear that the released dates were for the first portion of their tour and the leg of performances will run until mid-May. The last time LANY made an appearance at Lolla was in 2015, so their return is long overdue―especially with the success they experienced with the release of their newest album “kinda.”

10. Bad Suns

Similar to many of the other artists on this list, Bad Suns failed to include Chicago in any stops in their North American tour after releasing a new album, titled “Disappear Here.” Many of their fans were left upset because of this, but an equal amount began to speculate that the band would make an appearance at Lolla. They’re also on lineups for other festivals, including Bottlerock and Bonnaroo, and have never graced the Lollapalooza stage before.


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