Lollapalooza 2020 Does Not Surrender to COVID-19—Will Take Place on YouTube

Chance The Rapper in concert. Photo by REX/Shutterstock (9134948au)

COVID-19 may have ruined the Lollapalooza festival that was set to take place in Chicago this weekend, but not all is lost. The festival will take place in a virtual form on the same dates, from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2—and it will be free.

Music fans will be able to enjoy 150 different performances over 4 days of broadcast—including live and recorded sets. All shows will be broadcast via YouTube. 

The virtual event will include performances by H.E.R., Kali Uchis, Kaskade, Louis the Child, Vic Mensa and other artists. Some of the recorded shows include artists such as  LCD Soundsystem, Chance the Rapper, Metallica, OutKast and Paul McCartney.

The festival will also include live panels hosted by Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot who will talk with the festival’s co-founder Perry Farrel and LL Cool J, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich, Public Enemy frontman Chuck D, Matt Pinfield and others. We will also get to see a tribute to David Bowie.

Lollapalooza suffered a decline in its lineup quality over the last few years and when it was announced last month that the event was cancelled, some suggested it would be a good idea for the festival to take a year off and come back in 2021 with renewed strength. The festival organizers, apparently, do not agree.