Lollapalooza music festival has been held annually around the world since its creation in 1991. This year, Lollapalooza will take place from August 3-August 6 at Grant Park in Chicago, Illinois. Lollapalooza 2017 showcases a range of genres, including rap, rock, heavy metal, and electronic dance music. The festival features 8 stages and 170+ bands, these talented men and women are some of the performers.
20 Can’t Miss Performances at Lollapalooza 2017
1Max Schneider (MAX)
Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Model, and Dancer
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 1:00 p.m.
Actor/Singer Max Schneider began performing at the age of three and hasn’t stopped since. He started off singing and dancing for family and friends on his living room table, but ended up singing and dancing on a Broadway stage. An avid singer and songwriter, Max has written for several other projects and artists. His song, “Last One Standing,” co-written with Matt Wong and Claire Demorest, is featured in two episodes of “How to Rock” and his song, “Show You How to Do,” co-written with Ben Charles, was featured on the Disney show “Shake It Up.”
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 3:30 p.m.
Los Angeles-based electronic trio Cheat Codes debuted in 2015 with their single “Visions,” a floor-filling, radio-ready bite of house in a vein similar to Avicii and Swedish House Mafia. The three members of the group — Matthew Russell, Trevor Dahl, and Kevin Ford — each have deep roots in L.A., working on individual projects before joining forces for Cheat Codes. Their different backgrounds helped inform Cheat Codes’ stylistically varied sound, which can range from warm pop to outright big house bangers.
Hip Hop Group
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 5:00 p.m.
While their rise to fame was somewhere between fast and meteoric, the Atlanta trio Migos are steeped in the Southern tradition of hip-hop groups, having come together due to their shared love of acts like the Hot Boys and OutKast. Members Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff came together in 2009 under the name Polo Club, with the name Migos becoming official in 2010. In March 2014, it was revealed that Migos’ “Y.R.N. 2” mixtape had turned into a full-fledged album. In June 2014, their single “Fight Night” was featured on XXL’s 25 Best Songs of 2014 so far list.
Singer-Songwriter, Producer, and Rapper
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 6:00 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Jon Bellion makes contemporary pop that mixes R&B, hip-hop, and indie rock influences. Born on Long Island, New York, Bellion grew up focusing on his love of basketball. After graduating, Bellion continued pursuing his performance career, eventually garnering wider attention after his song “The Monster” was included on Eminem’s 2013 album, Marshall Mathers LP 2. Also in 2013, Bellion released his debut mixtape, Translation Through Speakers, and followed it late in the year with the Separation mixtape. The single “All Time Low” arrived in 2015 and accumulated tens of millions of streams by the time his debut album, The Human Condition, was released in June 2016 via Capitol Records.
5Cage the Elephant
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.
Although chart success in England was an unlikely first step to fame for a band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, mainstream rock band Cage the Elephant achieved just that. Formed by Matt Shultz, Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish, and Daniel Tichenor, the group earned a contract with the Relentless label and released the “Free Love” single late in 2007. For Cage The Elephant, the aim is to always improve and evolve, ensuring that each subsequent release and tour represent a step forward. In that way “Melophobia” is not so much about a fear of music but a fear of not pushing music to its potential.
Alternative Rock Band
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 6:50 p.m.
The members of Adelaide, Australia’s Atlas Genius do things a little differently….They set about building a studio where they could write and record music for their newly formed band 3 years before they even played their first live show as Atlas Genius. For two years, they devoted their days to constructing their dream studio and spent their nights performing songs by The Police, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones at local pubs to pay the bills. In June 23, 2015, the band revealed a new single, “Molecules”, and announced the release date for their new album, Inanimate Objects, out August 28, 2015.
Producer of Trap and Bass Music
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
Brooklyn-based producer Baauer made headlines when his track “Harlem Shake” became the first viral sensation to debut on top of the Billboard charts thanks to calculating YouTube plays in 2013. An aspiring bedroom producer since the age of 13, Harry Rodrigues took the name Baauer to brand his tracks, which combined crunk hip-hop beats, dance music tempos, and clever samples from video-sharing sites. He made his official debut in early 2012 when his bass-heavy party track “Dum Dum” was released by the LuckyMe label on a one-sided, laser-etched 12″.
Rapper, Songwriter and Actor
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 7:00 p.m.
It’s hard not to love an original: the first of many to follow. This notion lends attribution to the world’s adoration with Wiz Khalifa. Born Cameron Jibril Thomaz, Wiz Khalifa is more than a mere M.C. When rap marketing was primarily focused on street and nightclub promotions, an unsigned yet clairvoyant Wiz decided to share his sinsemilla-scented indie music with an overlooked demo of suburban and collegiate youth. Rap touring mined newer soil and conceived was the soundtrack for a new generation of free-spirited young hippies––fans as well as up-and-coming MCs.
Electronic Music Artist and DJ
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 8:30 p.m.
At 20, life is usually filled with exams, a first job or even a small amount of uncertainty as to what you want to do in life. Porter Robinson has broken the mold completely. Having already been featured twice in the Billboard 21 Under 21. Growing up in the sleepy town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Porter began producing music at the tender age of 13, having caught the bug from Dance Dance Revolution. Fast forward several years later, and releases such as “Say My Name” were quickly attracting attention from all the right places.
Performing: Thursday, August 3, 8:45 p.m.
Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, better known by her stage name Lorde, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and record producer. Born in Takapuna and raised in Devonport, Auckland, she became interested in performing as a child. At the age of sixteen, she released her first extended play, The Love Club EP, reaching number two on the national record charts in both New Zealand and Australia. Lorde released her second studio album Melodrama after a three-year hiatus, launched with “Green Light” as its lead single. She served as executive producer alongside Jack Antonoff. The record dealt with themes of heartbreak and solitude.
Performing: Friday, August 4, 5:15 p.m.
Briggs was born in London to Scottish parents from Bishopbriggs, Scotland, which inspired her professional name. At age four, she moved to Tokyo with her parents. she sang in public for the first time at a Tokyo karaoke bar, and immediately realized she wanted to continue performing throughout her life. Briggs made her television debut on August 1, 2016, performing “River” on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She released her fourth single, “Pray (Empty Gun)” on August 12, 2016.
Performing: Friday, August 4, 5:45 p.m.
Andrew McMahon is a singer/songwriter. He was the vocalist, pianist and primary songwriter for the bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin and performs solo. On April 30, 2013, he debuted his first solo work entitled “The Pop Underground.” He started his first band, Left Here, with high school friends and then went on to form Something Corporate. His first official debut as a solo artist separated from his prior bands Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin, “The Pop Underground” EP was issued in April 2013.
Hip Hop and Electronic Music Producer
Performing: Friday, August 4, 7:15 p.m.
Denis Jašarević, known by his stage name Gramatik, is a Slovenian-American hip hop and electronic music producer, originally from Portorož, Slovenia. He currently resides in New York City. Denis Jašarević was born in Portorož, Slovenia on 10 October 1984. Jašarević’s interest in music began at the age of three, when his mother would catch him listening to American funk, jazz, soul and blues from his older sister’s cassette tapes. As he got older, he was entranced by hip hop culture and listened to artists such as DJ Premier, Guru, RZA and Dr. Dre.
Performing: Saturday, August 5, 2:15 p.m.
They weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia and intimacy. Onstage, Warpaints disarmingly authentic package can shake a room into a dance frenzy, while simultaneously holding it in a trance-like dreamworld. Playing to many captivated audiences, Warpaint has opened for Yeasayer, Black Heart Procession, and The Slits to name a few.
Hip Hop Recording Artist
Performing: Saturday, August 5, 7:15 p.m.
An Atlanta rapper who kicked off his career with the crew Slaughtergang, MC 21 Savage hit as a solo artist with his 2014 single “Picky.” Born Shayaa Joseph, he formed Slaughtergang with fellow Atlanta rapper Lotto Savage. “Picky” launched his solo career in 2014, then his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, dropped in 2015. The Free Guwop EP with Sonny Digital landed that same year, as did a second solo mixtape, Slaughter King. In 2016 he joined Metro Boomin for the collaborative LP Savage Mode.
Performing: Sunday, August 6, 2:20 p.m.
At just 20 years old, singer-songwriter Tucker Beathard already exudes the confidence and swagger of an established artist. It’s probably because music is in his blood. He started playing drums and guitar in a band with his brothers at 10 years old and had an early immersion into songwriting via his dad, two-time BMI “Songwriter of the Year” Casey Beathard. Not long after making the decision to forgo a baseball scholarship to focus on music, Beathard signed a publishing deal with Big Machine Music and a recording contract with DOT Records.
Performing: Sunday, August 6, 4:00 p.m.
Nathan “Nate” John Feuerstein (born March 30, 1991), whose stage name is NF, is an American Christian hip hop rapper, singer and musician. He released an extended play in 2014 with Capitol CMG, NF, and it was his breakthrough release on the Billboard charts. He has released two studio albums: Mansion in 2015 and Therapy Session in 2016. His second studio album, Therapy Session, was released on April 22, 2016. “I Just Wanna Know” was released as a single on April 8, 2016 and “Real” was released on April 22, 2016.
Performing: Sunday, August 6, 4:30 p.m.
Swedish singer/songwriter Tove Lo was born Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson on October 29, 1987 in a suburb of Stockholm. Beginning to write poetry and short stories at a young age, she went on to study at the famous Rytmus Musikergymnasiet — a music-oriented high school comparable to the U.K.’s BRIT School — where she met and befriended the future members of Icona Pop. Lo gradually developed her own idiosyncratic style of epic, electronically tinged songwriting with raw, brutally honest lyrics, influenced as much by ’80s pop as by contemporary EDM.
Performing: Sunday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.
Miles Parks McCollum (born August 23, 1997), better known as his stage name Lil Yachty, is an American hip hop recording artist from Atlanta, Georgia. Yachty gained recognition for his hit debut singles One Night (Extended) and Minnesota from his debut mixtape Lil Boat in 2016. In February 2016, Yachty debuted as a model in Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 3 fashion line at Madison Square Garden. On June 10, 2016 he announced he had signed a joint venture record deal with Quality Control Music, Capitol Records and Motown Records.
Performing: Sunday, August 6, 7:30 p.m.
When the members of Grouplove met it was like a dream. The setting was a remote artist colony on the exotic, mysterious Greek island of Crete. Drummer/producer Ryan Rabin and his childhood friend and former bandmate, guitarist Andrew Wessen came from California, guitarist Christian Zucconi and keyboarist Hannah Hooper traveled from New York, and bassist Sean Gadd was the lone Brit. Each member went to Greece for their own independent reasons but over time they gravitated towards each other and discovered the sound that unified them: a merging of richly narrated, intricate songs with anthemic classic pop production.
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