The other reason I arrived early to this year's South by Southwest festival was the opportunity to interview the “three Charlies” who run Austin-based C3 Presents — Charlie Jones, Charles Attal and Charlie Walker — the men behind Lollapalooza, and the trio who just secured an exclusive deal to book the Congress Theatre, in addition to bringing more music and other entertainment events to Soldier Field. Their home office overlooks Town Lake here, and the conference room where we met includes a beer keg and a giant fish tank stocked with piranhas — which may or may not be a metaphor for the company’s voracious appetite.
Obviously, I’ll be writing much more about that interview in the days to come. But I will note here that the Charlies continued their adamant refusal to confirm or deny published reports that Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails will perform at Lollapalooza on Aug. 1-3 in Grant Park.
They won’t announce the lineup until next month, they insist, but now new rumors are swirling that Rage Against the Machine and Wilco also will perform.
If true, those four bands alone mean that the reinvented destination festival will be the best major festival bill of the summer.