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Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed

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Lollapalooza’s Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year’s weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.

Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White’s side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.

The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year’s bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.

Quite a few of the other acts — including many of the most promising — have earlier performed at Chicago’s two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.

Advance three-day passes are now on sale for a limited time for $190 (after which the price increases to $205) at

For the full list of Lollapalooza acts, stay tuned to this blog!

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Hot damn! This is awfully solid. Thanks for the news, Jim. Are you holding out on us, or are these the only names they gave you?

I love you. Honestly.

How easy is it to get tickets for a single day? I just want to see Rage. Thanks for the info!



Am I the only one who's not at all impressed? Half these bands are lame (G. Love & Special Sauce? Really??), and I'd rather see the other half at their own shows. The only fun part about these headliners (most of whom will be playing at the same time, since the Lolla schedulers don't seem to know how to schedule) is the off chance that, slated against Wilco, Kanye's crowd dwindles, and he gets so angry that he throws a tantrum, runs across Grant Park, and starts a slap fight with Tweedy.

Are you kidding me. This is really kind of sad. Half of the lineup has played lolla within the last two years. NIN and Rage are both old news (Can you say Coachella 06 and 07), and I really don't want to pay $150 just to see Radiohead. The Pitchfork lineup is better that this. No Portishead, no Verve, no My Bloody Valentine. I'll skip this year. And sadly, probablly next year too.

i hope people reading these comments don't think everyone in chicago is as spoiled "kid awesome". so what, no verve, no portishead, no us festival has MBV, so fly to Europe or japan if it matters that much to you. i'm sure the complete lolla lineup will be excellent, and with festivals like pitchfork bringing in spiritualized, i think Chicagoans should shut the hell up and stop complaining!

man, you hipsters are just too cool for school. pitchfork has warped your brains.

Is the Broken Social Scene set going to be the full band (far and away the best set of 2006, despite being only 45 mins) or the Broken Social Scene presents Kevin Drew version? Either way I'll watch, just curious

NO MMJ?! That is my only complaint... a big one though.

I'm so sick of all the people whining that the line-up doesn't include this artist or that artist, or that one artist played a different festival two years ago, one artist is old, one sucks....blah blah blah. There will be over 100 acts to choose from. Embrace it. You all sound like a bunch of spoiled brats.

This isn't even a poor man's Bonneroo, its a destitute man's. Boring re-treads and no-namers galore. Why does Chicago get stuck with the lamest festival of the year? I'd rather drive 300 miles and spend a night at Roxbury, no pun intended and not kidding.

I don't see how people can complain about this lineup. Radiohead, NIN, Kanye West, and Wilco are all extremely solid - and RatM if you're into that. Gnarls Barkley, The Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, Blues Traveler, Bloc Party, Cat Power, Girl Talk, and Battles are an incredible start to the middle-tier lineup - which is always the best part anyway. And we're only, what? 20 or so bands in. This is going to be Lollapalooza's year, no question about it.

WOW! amazing lineup. Hope I can go.

It really hurts that I will have to spring for tickets just to see Broken Social Scene.

I just don't understand why people are so impressed and willing to shell out a lot of cash for a lineup that thus far, a solid ammount of the bands have played here within the last couple years. Next thing you know the Pixies will be on the Linup. Damn right I'm spoiled, this is Chicago baby, I expect a bit more.

Big surprise - Pitchfork eats Lolla's lunch yet again, on a fraction of the budget and for a fraction of the ticket price. And as Jim makes clear, if you want to see now the acts Lolla will be jockin' next year, go to Pitchfork and forget the Mistake By the Lake. Say it with me now, LOLLA SUCKS.

I am confused by people who complain that, "That band played Lolla already." So what? That's like saying, "I already hooked up with that hot girl. Why would I want to do it again?"

Well - it looks like there are a lot of repeats. Year 1&3 similar. Year 2&4 similar.

G Love for the 3rd time out of 4 years...

Why isn't Pitchfork able to secure bands like Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, the Go! Team and Battles. Those bands have made their careers out of Pitchfork hype. Is Lolla really able to pay them that much more?

That being said, us Pitchfork hipsters need to chill. A large festival that pays the Park District millions for the space needs to secure some pop bands that draw huge crowds--Kanye, NIN, and RAtM all qualify. The festival will be great and the middle and lower tier bands are always better anyway. Nice lineup so far.

Wow...spoiled much, Chi-town?

To all the haters....I'd love to hear what tune your singing after The Raconteurs whip all the a** that can be whipped. Jack White is the man, and will be melting faces off come August..I promise you!!

This will be my third year at Lolla and second at Pitchfork. Why has this devolved into a Pitchfork vs. Lolla cagematch? You'll be able to see some of the world's greatest music in your own backyard. Each has a unique take on what is a music "festival". And, yes the "best" shows I've seen are the ones in the margins, on the side stages not the mains. Enjoy the best music the world has to offer in the greatest city in the country.
Lastly - props to DeRogatis for calling Vampire Weekend what it is: weak, thin, pretentious, Mensa Pop for the "now" people. See today's SunTimes.

I think this totally makes up for this year's disappointing Coachella. And, go figure! The first summer concert WITHOUT Jack Johnson!

Why isn't Pitchfork able to secure bands like Broken Social Scene, Grizzly Bear, the Go! Team and Battles.

Um yeah, EVERY SINGLE ONE of those bands ALREADY PLAYED Pitchfork in previous years. Lolla gets the reheated leftovers.

I think it's a stretch to say PF beats this. These bands are probably some of the best headlining choices available and should rightly make a lot of people happy.

What is rough is that they're not particularily interesting choices. It was pretty nifty when Pearl Jam came totally out of left field last year; all of these guys have been working the circuit. I'm excited about the Raconteurs, mostly because I love the album, but that's still not an unanticipated set. In a vaccuum, this fest is totally amazing, so that's probably the best way to look at it.

yeah only people in New York can complain - they get All Points West - which sux major ass, you get this which is great by comparison, not to mention CHEAPER!

Phish needs to reunite and perform again. The concert industry sucks without them.

I don't know what you people in Chicago have to complain about? Try living in Kansas. Sure, we get some good shows in Lawrence and Kansas City but no festivals like Lolla, Bonnaroo or Coachella. I think this line up is really good and I'm definitely going to try to get tickets to this show since one of my best friends just moved to Chi-Town

Okay, I'm a little aghast at this whole anti-Chicagoan sentiment that seems to have crept onto this post. We're spoiled because we expect Lolla to offer more? I don't think an outstanding, daring lineup is a lot to ask if I'm being asked to shell out $200 to either stand up front and probably pass out, or stand so far back that I can't hear a damned thing. Plus, at an outdoor festival, the sound invariably sucks. Is it asking so much, then, that Lolla give us something more than what amounts to music for stoned white frat boys? And that doesn't mean Rage or Radiohead or Wilco sucks -- it simply means that it'd be more worth it to drive 90 miles north to Milwaukee and see any of them in a proper venue.

As for the folks upset about My Bloody Valentine not being on the lineup -- good! The Lolla organizers black out dates, as Jim has reported in the past. I'd rather wait for what will inevitably be a huge show at the Riv or somewhere similar; my eardrums are supposed to burst at an MBV show, and there's no way they'd sound nearly as good in an open field.

Hey Fred, have a nice trip, we won't miss you.

Oh, and GNARLS BARKLEY. Are you telling me that you don't want to see them again? With that amazing new album? And how every performance they give is completely different anyway? That's one thing I *love* about Lollapalooza - when some acts return and you can get the chance to know them.
Except for G.Love. Yeesh. Why does that loser have a career again? Thank god I'll have 5 other options of great bands/DJs to see when he's on.

Can't decide which concert to go to! Any suggestions by anyone who has either been to Mile High Festival or Lollapalooza?

Doesn't it suck when the festival in your back yard is filled with lame artists. Austin has ACL Fest every year and lemmie tell you what. BOOORRRRIIINGGG.

Hope you can pick up the sarcasm, I'm laying it on pretty thick. Each festival has something to offer different types of music lover. This smug indie mentality has gotten out of hand. I went to high school in Alaska and never got any bands, if I wanted to see NIN, RATM, Radiohead I had to fly to Washington which isn't economical for a single concert. I couldn't imagine if I'd been able to see them all at one event.

Hey Brendan Diamond....did you even go to Lollapalooza last year? The sound quality was amazing! Every stage was loud and clear. The way they have the main stages speakered all the way to the back is awesome. Admittedly, I was worried about it not being very loud before last year, but my worries were put to rest right away. The organizers have it done right. And the performances are just as good, if not better, than at a regular show. How could they not be? There's 20,000 people watching some little indie band at 3:00 in the afternoon. Some of these bands don't play in front of 20,000 their whole tour! So these bands give it all they have, and it shows.

Grant Park is beautiful, Chicago is beautiful...but how 'bout we move Lollapalooza to about...ohhh...the 3rd week in September? A 3-day outdoor concert the first week in August? It's flippin' hot!! Day 3 of last year was almost unbearable.

Why are people complaining about this lineup? Hipsters need to stop whining for once. Quit comparing it to Pitchfork!!! Please, all you hipsters need to take your tight jeans and go back to your suburb or Michigan or wherever you are from. the lineup looks nice.

You have to be one serious whiner to complain about these bands. Rage and NIN is enough to lock me in. Either of those bands are better than every headliner last year, including Pearl Jam. Throw in Blues Traveler, Black Keys, Kanye and Radiohead? Come on. Thats the best line up in YEARS. I have no problems skipping Wilco and Kanye to see Rage and NIN. I hate art rock but Radiohead is still cool. Stop complaining. Great lineup!

Good Kanye will bring some Hip-Hop back to lolla

Sure Pitchfork is only $65. Does Pitchfork have Nine Inch Nails, Rage, Radiohead, Kanye, Wilco, etc.? With the lineup the have ... you would have to pay me $65 to go to Pitchfork, quite honestly.

What is with the "leftovers" situation? I saw Rage at Voodoo (New Orleans festival in October) and it was one of the best shows I've ever been to. Just because a band has been successful for more than 5 years and has a fan base of more than 1,000 doesn't mean they are soulless artists. Lighten up, indie kids. If you split the ticket up between the headliners [I counted 6] its only like $32 a show before surcharges. Lets add, what ... 5 bands you see that aren't main stage [which is an insanely low number] ... tickets are then $18 a show before charges. Logically speaking Lolla is the most for the money. I'm paying $75 to see Radiohead in STL.

Stop complaining and enjoy the music.

how bout y'all shut up about pitchfork, this here is bout lollapalooza. if you don't like it you don't have to go.

I am so happy I already bought my ticket. :)

BBBBOOOORRRRIIIIINNNGGG is right...I am excited about Radiohead and NIN and have bought tickets based on those two. Practically everyone else on the list has already played Lolla. Pitchfork next year may get my time and money. I'm hoping the full lineup is new and improved.

Sheesh. It's amazing how many people complain about repeat acts.

I'm going to see Rage and NIN, both of whom I've seen in the past. Sure, I'm happy to see Raconteurs, Radiohead, etc... but why is it such a downer to have to see great performances again? It's not like the setlist and performance won't be different, especially with new albums out (except for Rage)... enjoy the show.

I have to say that I agree with everyone in here; both complainers and enthusiasts. It is kind of boring when a lot of the same bands are there, {G.Love, Kanye(who I thought sucked in 06), Blues Traveler, Gnarles Barkley} but at the same time, that is only 4 bands out of >100. For all of you saying that Pitchfork is so much better, and dissing on Lolla should realize that you're comparing apples and oranges! Pitchfork is SUPPOSED to be the first step for most of these bands to hopefully make it to Lolla someday. Not saying that Lolla is better than Pitchfork, but there is no doubt that it gets more publicity and I'm sure probably pays more! (A little side note: for the person that said Lolla gets the "reheated leftovers" should notice that "!!!" played Lolla last year and is now playing Pitchfork this year! And Borken Social Scene is a "reaheated leftover?" You need to seriously reexamine your definition of good music my friend!) So I do have to agree that from what I see of the lineup so far, I do expect a little more out of Lolla than repeating a lot of the same. I agree with whoever it was that said these aren't very "interesting" choices. I was hoping for something incredibly exciting, and granted that this is a solid lineup, I don't see any bands so far that make me flat out say "I AM GOING" as I have in the past years. At the same time though, Radiohead, NIN, Wilco, and Rage are some pretty good headliners and there are quite a few EXCELLENT mid tier bands. So all in all, I think that everyone needs to stop complaining because "so and so" isn't there. ESPECIALLY those of you that LIVE in Chicago! You have no idea how lucky you are to get some of the bands through that city that you do! I moved away from there 5 years ago and that is the one thing that I miss the most! It kills me when I see that a certain band is playing Chicago 2-3 different nights, but not a single stop in either Denver, Boulder, or any city within 300 miles of me! Enjoy what you have, because a lot of you are truly being spoiled little brats! I probably would feel the same way if I still lived there, but I see now that to get that many bands in a single weekend right in your backyard is truly a blessing! Not to mention that you get Pitchfork as well, which is only $65 and has more amazing bands added on top of Lolla. For those of you saying that you're going to one or the other, work a little harder in your lives and you'll make more money and then be able to go to both! It's $65 for crying out loud! Get an education and some work ethics and you can probably make that in an hour and a half. So to all of you whining Chicagoans, take what you have and stop being spoiled because you truly have it better than many people when it comes to music. I'll see you all there!

P.S. A note to "Butterfly"... this is the first year that they've held the Mile High Music Festival, so there is no way to compare the quality of it to Lolla. I am extremely excited that they have finally decided to hold a festival here, (as I've been saying they should since I moved to Denver 5 years ago) because there are no other festivals of that caliber within 700 miles of Denver. It is a little expensive considering there are >100 at Lolla for $200, and it's $160 for ~25 bands at MHMF. So i guess it kind of depends on which you think has better quality bands in your opinion. It is finally nice to have one in my backyard though! Let me know if you end up coming out here and I can give you the scoop on being in Denver.

A sweeeet lineup Rage, Kanye, Radiohead, MGMT...Enjoy this playlist I found, so good...Lollapalooza 2008

I hope they can get Daft and Justice. That would be SICKkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

If u don't like the lineup don't go! Rage,Radiohead,NIN hell yea,i'm driving 600mi just to see lolla if it weren't a solid lineup I wouldn't go, c-ya there ~peace~

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