Lollapalooza Announce 2018 Lineup, Does It Disrespect Rock?

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Lollapalooza was founded as a touring rock festival in the 90’s, and while it has changed over the years as it has become a Chicago destination festival (along with new international versions) to incorporate other genres, this year’s lineup features rock in the minority. The festival returns to Grant Park in Chicago from August 2nd-5th.

The only real rock acts that don’t lean electronic or hipster are Jack White, Arctic Monkeys, Greta Van Fleet, The National, and Franz Ferdinand.

Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Travis Scott, St. Vincent, CHVRCHES, Tyler the Creator, LL Cool J, Portugal. the Man, Lykke Li, Chromeo, Brockhampton, Khalid, Gucci Mane, Dua Lipa, Kali Uchis, Daniel Caesar, Goldlink, Lizzo, Jessie Ware, Parquet Courts, Stars, Superorganisim, Playboi Carti, Knox Fortune, G Herbo, Taylor Bennett, London On Da Track, Tycho, Mikky Ekko, Alex Lahey, and more are also set to perform. Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell will preview his Las Vegas show Kind Heaven.

Sadly you can’t really blame Lollapalooza for the lineup, they are trying to appeal to younger audiences, it is more of a reflection on the state of rock and the genre’s failure to produce new acts who make material powerful enough to draw in a new young audience.