Tickets for Lollapalooza 2013 sold out as soon as they went on sale, so if you were one of the chosen few to score passes, you should probably take advantage of your good luck. From Nine Inch Nails to New Order, this year’s Lollapalooza bill jams the expected alternative-flavored bands, some of the trendy, neo-folk acts and more. Read on for details on a handful of bands slated to take the stage at this year’s show, which runs from Aug. 2-4 at Grant Park in Chicago.
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The Killers – Friday, Aug. 2
Las Vegas-based alternative rock band the Killers came up in the early 2000s—a time when their ‘80s-influenced new wave sound was jarring on rock radio. The band’s catchy, dance-y sound caught on, and now, frontman Brandon Flowers and company are on their fourth studio album. The release, Battle Born, is named after the band’s Las Vegas studio. Catch the group headlining Lollaplooza on opening night.
Nine Inch Nails – Friday, Aug. 2
This year is a big one for Trent Reznor-fronted Nine Inch Nails. The industrial metal band stayed under the radar until last May, when Reznor abruptly announced that the band had been working hard on a new album that would be out this fall (“Hesitation Marks,” out Sept. 3) and had plans to set out on a tour. Nine Inch Nails play Lollapalooza opening night.
Queens of the Stone Age – Friday, Aug. 2
Queens of the Stone Age scored their first No. 1 Billboard 200 album this year with …Like Clockwork, and now, the band is hitting the road hard to support the release. Josh Homme, Troy Van Leeuwen, Dean Fertita, Michael Shuman and Jon Theodore bring their desert rock to Lollapalooza on opening night. These guys play loud and strong, so their set is sure to bring a lethal amount of psychedelic metal to Chicago.
New Order – Friday, Aug. 2
New Order were born in 1980, sweeping together the broken pieces of Manchester-based group Joy Division. Following the tragic death of singer Ian Curtis, the rest of the band decided to forge on as New Order, and now, the band is as symbol of ‘80s synth pop. The guys play Lollapalooza on opening night.
The National – Saturday, Aug. 3
The National are all the rage among indie music types, but the Brit-pop-influenced Americana group has caught on with mainstream music fans, too, thanks to their clement chords and the emotive lyrics of frontman Matt Berninger. Trouble Will Find Me is the band’s latest release, packed with wistful tunes perfect for a warm, summer night. The National plays the second night of Lollapalooza.
The Postal Service – Saturday, Aug. 3
The Postal Service are back. The fleeting supergroup featuring Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello of electronica groups Dntel and Figurine announced its return earlier this year, and the band is one of the most talked-about acts slated for Lollapalooza. Catch the Postal Service on the festival’s second night. Expect to hear tunes off the band’s 2003 Sub Pop release, Give Up.
Mumford & Sons – Saturday, Aug. 2
Love or hate the neo-folk trend, Mumford & Sons are one of the biggest bands to break out of the genre. The London-based group’s mix of folk, country, bluegrass and rock has earned them a feverish amount of fans worldwide, plus a pair of Grammy Awards. Mumford & Sons bring hits such as “I Will Wait” and “Babel” to Lollaplooza on night two.
Vampire Weekend – Sunday, Aug. 3
Vampire Weekend surprised nobody when they snagged a No. 1 Billboard 200 album with this year’s Modern Vampires of the City. After all, the band has been on an upward trajectory ever since their self-titled debut landed in 2008. Now, Vampire Weekend are taking their preppy, scatterbrained indie rock on the road, and that includes a stint on the last night of Lollapalooza.
Phoenix – Sunday, Aug. 3
French alternative rockers Phoenix have built a following with their ‘80s-friendly blend of pop-oriented rock and synthesizers. Bankrupt! is the band’s 2013 release, and with it comes an intense mix of new wave, synth pop and pop-rock that’s undeniably catchy. The band plays Lollapalooza closing night.
The Cure – Sunday, Aug. 3
Standing strong as one of the groups that inspired goth rock, the Cure became one of the biggest bands of the ‘80s with their layers of guitars, synthesizers and frontman Robert Smith’s gloomy themes. Now, the Cure are gearing up to headline Lollapalooza’s closing night, and they also have a headlining stint at Austin City Limits in Austin, Texas, up ahead.
Full Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup:
Mumford & Sons
Nine Inch Nails
The Postal Service
Queens of the Stone Age
Lana Del Rey
Band of Horses
Two Door Cinema Club
Tegan & Sara
Matt & Kim
Court Yard Hounds
Father John Misty
Lianne La Havas
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Chance the Rapper
Shovels & Rope
Kill the Noise
Little Green Cars
Family of the Year
The Bright Light Social Hour
Twenty One Pilots
Machines Are People Too
Keys N Krates
Half Moon Run
Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R.
Brick + Mortar
Brite Lite Brite