It’s that time of year again: we’re back with Lollapalooza lineup predictions! As per usual, I come up with these guesses based on my own research as well as intense sifting through the Lollapalooza Reddit Thread: I will never take credit for everything listed below as the members of said thread do an incredible job sleuthing.
Below are 20 artists I think have the potential to land on the lineup this year, and as per usual, this will continuously be updated over the next couple months while we wait for the official lineup to drop.
Last updated on 3/11 in light of the Pitchfork lineup drop.
A$AP Rocky – I’ll admit that this one is entirely due to Reddit’s speculation thread, because I don’t follow A$AP Rocky too much. He last performed in 2015 and is also playing Osheaga in Montreal the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and we tend to have a fairly large overlap with their lineup every year. They’ve only currently released the headliners, which include A$AP, Dua Lipa, and Foo Fighters.
Disclosure – Disclosure, who released a new album in 2021, hasn’t played Lollapalooza since 2016. They’re also hitting major US festivals this summer like Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Electric Forest. Their current list of tour dates ends in late June and hits Europe at the end of August, leaving a nice slot open to Lolla weekend.
Dua Lipa – Dua’s last visit to Lolla was 2018 and she’s playing Osheaga the same weekend. She just had her tour stop in Chicago, but to me, February to July is enough time in between stops for it to be a realistic guess.
Halsey – Halsey was one of the few artists who performed at Lollapalooza two years in a row back in 2015 and 2016, consecutively. Neither one of those were headlining slots. So far, Halsey has zero tour dates announced for 2022: just a slot at a Super Bowl Event. After the incredible success of their 2021 album, If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power, I can definitely see them making a return back to Grant Park this year.
Edit 1/31: Halsey just announced a headlining tour and will be hitting Chicago in early July, so it’s safe to say she’s out.
Machine Gun Kelly – MGK hasn’t had an official spot on a Lollapalooza lineup since 2017, he performed a surprise set at Lolla ’21, AND is playing Lollapalooza Argentina and Brazil this March. Need more convincing? He’s also playing Bonnaroo, if that helps.
Bastille – Bastille, who’s set to release new music soon, is touring the states this spring in neighboring cities like Madison and Indianapolis: but they “coincidentally” left Chicago, a city they’ve frequented over the past ten years or so, off the list. I would say they’re essentially a shoe in.
Doja Cat – Though I’m struggling to find an accurate list of tour dates for Doja this year, she IS playing Coachella as well as Lollapalooza Stockholm in July. I also believe she has never performed at the Chicago version of the fest.
Glass Animals – This is pretty much a given, considering how much Glass Animals have completely exploded in the past year. They’re playing a show in March in Chicago, but conveniently have shows in Nashville pre-Lolla weekend and Cincinnati post-Lolla weekend: two easy cities to commute to and from Chicago. Also playing Lolla Stockholm!
Mitski – I can see Pitchfork grabbing Mitski as a headliner this year, so this is a toss up. If Pitchfork is in September this year again, odds are, it will clash with Primavera LA (9/16-9/18), which Mitski is booked for. So I am guessing Lolla. She’s also playing Osheaga the same weekend as Lolla.
Mitski’s headlining Pitchfork in July.
Maggie Rogers – Wow, Maggie is back! I was assuming she had been working on music recently but she has been in grad school at Harvard, so I mean, she’s pretty busy as is. But after Rogers’ name landed on the Coachella lineup, I have a decent feeling she’ll be in Chicago too this July. If not, I am predicting a summer tour.
Olivia Rodrigo – If this isn’t a given, I don’t know what is. Olivia’s sold out North American tour dates run from April through May before she heads to Europe through mid-July, priming her for spots at major festivals at the end of the summer.
Phoebe Bridgers – Remember when The 1975 and Phoebe Bridgers were supposed to tour together pre-covid and were basically all but confirmed to be both playing at the now defunct Lolla ’20? Yeah, me too. Phoebe’s all over the place right now and since she headlined Pitchfork last fall, there’s no way she’s back there again. All signs lead to Lolla.
She’s also playing Lollapalooza Chile, Argentina, Brazil, AND Paris, on top of Coachella, Hangout Fest, Forecastle, and more. Busy summer, Pheebs!
Arlo Parks – not much to this prediction except she had a pretty fabulous 2021. She’s about to tour with Clairo and has a gap in her touring schedule from July 12 to August 9.
Bleachers – Bleachers hasn’t played Lollapalooza since 2014, which is pretty astounding. Jack Antonoff has consistently spoken of Chicago as a big city for Bleachers fans, so I would be shocked if they don’t hit Lollapalooza this year. If my memory serves me correctly, their 2021 album dropped the same weekend as Lolla did, so this year makes a bit more sense in terms of relevancy. They currently have no dates scheduled after June 20.
Blu DeTiger – Blu is playing a handful of festivals this summer, including Hangout Fest, Bonnaroo, and BottleRock Napa. Hasn’t played Lollapalooza before!
Coin – I believe it’s been a few yeas since Coin played Lollapalooza, and they’re set to perform at Shaky Knees, Forecastle, and Bonnaroo this summer after a handful of European dates with Five Seconds of Summer.
Fletcher – Fletcher is embarking on a MASSIVE tour next month that’s already 99% sold out, is playing Chicago on April 1, and is also playing Hangout and Forecastle in May. There are currently no dates past end of May on her website.
Girl In Red
Gracie Abrams – Abrams is one of a few openers for Rodrigo’s tour I just mentioned above, and it’s also important to note that she’s about to embark on a headline tour of her own in the states, and almost every single date is already sold out. The Chicago date is in March, which gives her ample time to return for Lollapalooza.
Hippo Campus – Though this one IS fairly a toss up because they currently have no festival dates listed on their website, they are about to drop a new album, are playing Chicago in February, and haven’t been at Lolla since 2017.
Holly Humberstone – Holly is about to have a massive year. She’s about to tour with girl in red AND Olivia Rodrigo: not to mention she will be debuting at Coachella and a TON of other European festivals this year. There’s also a gap in her touring schedule from July 17 to August 11.
Japanese Breakfast – We love playing the game of “will this artist be at Lollapalooza this year or Pitchfork?” It really can be a toss up sometimes because there are very specific genre overlaps between both festivals: but I’m going to go out on a limb and predict that if either, J.Brekkie will head to Grant Part this summer. She’s playing Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Shaky Knees this summer, so I feel like these festivals align with Lolla over P4k.
J.Brekkie’s playing Pitchfork.
Lucy’s playing Pitchfork.
Rina Sawayama – Rina’s highly anticipated US debut kicks off this April in San Francisco before her performances at Coachella, and she hits Chicago on April 30. I know in general dates in April or May are fairly close to Lollapalooza dates, which is a “rule” that performers have had to (sort of) abide by in years’ past, but considering Sawayama had to reschedule this tour more than once due to COVID, I see this not really being an issue for Lolla’s bookers.
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