Lollapalooza 2018 Lineup Review

 

diversity: Better, but people probably won't be happy

This year represents a rebalancing for Lollapalooza.  In years past this has been an indie-heavy festival compared to its megafest competition.  But looking through the 2017 lineup to make this comparison, it was clear they were reaching.  Most of the bands we were excited to see we'd been listening to since 2007.  And so, a changing of the guard has happened.  Specifically the increase in trap house and dubstep artists. This is a more genre balance lineup, but it's likely jarring for long-time Lollapalooza goers.

 

2018 genre diversity

2017 genre diversity

 

Headliners: worse

With the difference in genre diversity leaning heavily on electronic music you'd think they'd have given the bassheads something big to get excited about.  But Lollapalooza is almost devoid of EDM headliners.    Instead Lollapalooza seems to have hoped to make their top line look more like Coachella, focusing on big radio acts that leave us thinking "well, I guess we'll be getting to bed early this year."

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Overall: worse, but not bad

In order to grow and progress, you've got to get out of your comfort zone.  When you do that it's not always pretty.  This Lollapalooza lineup is indicative of a festival that's changing with the times but stumbling along the way.  There's enough going on here to keep everyone happy, we're certainly not suggesting that we're not gonna go.  But mostly, we expect that a few years from now we'll be looking at a Lollapalooza lineup that blows our socks off and we'll know this was the necessary awkward first step that got us there.  

#FESTBEAT Most Excited About 

  1. Odesza
  2. Goldfish
  3. Rainbow Kitten Surprise
  4. The National
  5. Tycho

#FESTBEAT Least Excited About

  1. Playboi Carti
  2. Excision
  3. Jack White
  4. Ghastly
  5. Travis Scott