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CHICAGO (CBS) — There’s no more speculating about leaked lists – the Lollapalooza lineup is out.
With the birds you may share a lonely view at this year’s festival in Grant Park, amid everlasting light. And even though it will be August, you can still be sure that the dog days will be over. All this suspense is enough to make one Paranoid, isn’t it?
Didn’t get the hints? Here it is straight – the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys, a reunited Black Sabbath, and Jack White are headlining this year’s festival.
Also on the roster are Florence + the Machine, At the Drive-In, Bassnectar, Avicii, the Shins, Justice, Passion Pit, Kaskade, the Weeknd, and Sigur Ros. Look also for Franz Ferdinand, M83, the Tallest Man on earth, and local favorites J.C. Brooks & the Uptown Sound, among many others.
On Tuesday night, 300 people swarmed to the park of Wicker Park at 10 p.m. for an Easter egg hunt for Lollapalooza tickets. CBS 2 and Blackbox frontman Damon Ranger was there.
Hunting through the empty fountains and other alcoves in the park, some people did indeed get lucky. Katie Ziegler won two three-day passes to the festival, and Roberto Spezza was also a winner.
The official lineup was also announced shortly afterward at Debonair Social Club, 1575 N. Milwaukee Ave.
But while the lineup wasn’t officially announced until Tuesday night, many fans had got an advance peek earlier this week. Without making any claims about its authenticity, the blog “Pretty Much Amazing” published a photo image of a “pretty convincing Lollapalooza internal memo.”
The list turned out to be spot-on.
At Lollapalooza this year, ou’ll be paying $5 more per day for the privilege of seeing them. The festival has a new deal with the Chicago Park District, and will be responsible for shelling out millions in annual city and county amusement taxes and state liquor taxes.
Previously, Lollapalooza had paid to contribute to park improvements – as they will continue to do – but had not paid city, county or state taxes.
The festival money its first three years in Chicago, but Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer (D-10th) pointed out earlier this year that the event now brings in $20 million.