By Eddie Aguirre
Just like all other major events and shows in the US this year, Lollapalooza has been no exception; it too has canceled its 2020 physical live audience appearance due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. As a follower of music and live performances, I am thrilled to see that this event will be taking place.
Due to the lack of a physical audience, Lollapalooza has announced an extraordinary four-night livestream. The lineup also features archival sets from Paul McCartney, Metallica, The Cure, OutKast, Run the Jewels, LCD Soundsystem, Jane’s Addiction, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Tyler the Creator, Chance the Rapper, Tenacious D, Cypress Hill, Alabama Shakes, Kehlani, LL Cool J and many more.
The event promises a Porno for Pyros reunion, a David Bowie tribute, and an appearance from Michelle Obama.
Lollapalooza’s Lolla2020 livestream goes down Thursday, July 30th – Sunday, August 2nd, beginning at 5:00 p.m. CT nightly.
The streaming will be for free on YouTube, Lolla2020 will have 150 performances and appearances, along with the many archival footages from the previous Polooza events, and some original performances from artists like Kali Uchis, Vic Mensa, Jamila Woods, Tanks, and the Bangas, Pink Sweat$, H.E.R., and more.
The event will also feature Jane’s Addiction frontman, and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell will have three performances throughout the event: the first long-awaited Porno for Pyros reunion in 24 years. I’m very excited for that one. Next, a special tribute to David Bowie with pianist Mike Garson. And the third, a performance by Kind Heaven Orchestra featuring Foo Fighters’ drummer, Taylor Hawkins. Ferrell will be hosting conversations with Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Public Enemy’s Chuck D and others.
Lollapalooza will also promote several social causes throughout the event. Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote organization is partnering with the festival and is expected to make an appearance to encourage new voter registration. Viewers will also be encouraged to donate to the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, which provides financial relief to venues and workers impacted by COVID-19.
This will be a great event for music lovers who have been missing live performances throughout this year.