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New acts added to a Lollapalooza... and this year has a "theme"

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Lollapalooza promoters C3 Presents have announced the addition of Iron & Wine, Toadies, Saul Williams, DeVotchKa, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears and Wild Sweet Orange to this year's concert in Grant Park, Aug. 1-3. And, in using the same press blast to hawk a "design a festival T-shirt contest," they've announced that the concert has a theme:

"Something large and wonderful."

This, of course, is opposed to something puny and pathetic. Or big and bad. Or maybe massive and miserable?

Also announced today: The Rock the Bells tour featuring A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Mos Def, the Pharcyde, De La Soul, Rakim, Method Man & Redman and, among others, Chicago up-and-comers Kid Sister and the Cool Kids, but the latter two acts will not be performing when the rest of the tour pulls into the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on July 19. Since they're playing at Lollapalooza, the radius clause prohibits them from doing another gig in the area for most of the summer.

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Could this be the last year for Lollapalooza in Chicago if the Event Promoter License goes through???

The theme you mention is supposed to be a theme to inspire your T-shirt designs, not a theme for the show. Besides, that theme is pretty much the literal textbook definition of Loolapalooza. Threadless does these contests all the time and they generally try to send you in a slightly more specific direction that "design a shirt for Lollapalooza". I think that's what that's all about.

And Rev, are you kidding? If anyone's in a good position to capitalize on the promoter ordinance, it's going to be the promoters with deep pockets, like C3. I mean, at this point they've done more harm than good in these parts by making Lolla performers unavailable in the market for the months surrounding the festival.

Why don't they just "barrow" Lyle Lovett's last album title. "It's not Big.. It's Large"

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