SMG speaks on 2019 Lollapalooza lineup

Sophie Gomez, Staff Writer

The lineup for Chicago’s Lollapalooza music festival was announced March 20. There was a lot of talk, especially about the headliners. The eight main headliners are Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, twenty one pilots, The Strokes, Tame Impala, Flume, The Chainsmokers and J Balvin.

People were disappointed by the lineup. Some didn’t know who the headliners were and would rather have other artists headlining.

“It’s really biased,” junior Keeley Breslin says. “There isn’t a good variety of the types of music.”

Personally, I really like it. This year, they have a mix of different genres. With their lack of female artists at the forefront of the show last year, this year we’re seeing Ariana Grande along with Kacey Musgraves and H.E.R., all Grammy award winning artists. Although Musgraves and H.E.R. are not headlining, it’s nice to see them playing Lollapalooza.

Childish Gambino does a little bit of everything in entertainment, from acting to comedy. Obviously, he is performing as a headlining artist. He has also won a Grammy for both Record Of The Year and Song Of The Year. Anyone who’s performed on the Grammy stage deserves to be headlining Lollapalooza. Then there’s Colombian singer, J Balvin.

He sings in Spanish and plays reggaeton music. There are also less known bands headlining this year. The Strokes, who play rock, are headlining along with producers Tame Impala and Flume. Tame Impala is an Australian Rock band and Flume is a DJ. However, this does give people an opportunity to discover new music.

Rapper NF played Lollapalooza back in 2017, but his name was lower on the lineup poster. This year, we see him more towards the top.

“They really don’t have big hip hop hits playing Lolla this year. The lineup just came out, and they spread the rappers throughout the four days which doesn’t give people who can only afford single day passes an opportunity to see a lot of rappers,” junior Zach Sonkin says.

Twenty one pilots is also headlining this year. They performed at Lollapalooza back in 2015, but they weren’t headliners. This is a huge step for them. Their part two of The Bandito Tour is going through the U.S. but never set a date for Chicago. It was already implied by Chicago fans that they would play Lollapalooza. I have no doubt they will have an amazing turnout at the festival.

It’s incredible to see artists who have played the show come back to play Lollapalooza, whether you’re all the way at the top or in a smaller font on the bottom of the iconic lineup poster.