We are one-day away from the best weekend of the year for Chicago and an epic feat as Lollapalooza celebrates its twentieth anniversary. As the festival quickly approaches, we at E.B.B have broken down our recommendations on who to see, to make your life a little easier. Our choices range from mind-blowers, up-and-comers, to the body-grooving headliners.
Feed Me 3:45-4:45 Hot off the heels of his latest full-length EP, Feed Me’s Big Adventure, Feed Me is a force to be reckoned with. His arsenal consists of some of the nastiest bass I’ve heard on a 4/4 beat, and it will be my divine and distinct pleasure to go absolutely bat-shit getting’ down to his set. I HIGHLY recommend you see Feed Me live, particularly if you like the heavy filth of dubstep.
Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77 5-6 We’d be remiss not to mention them and their reputation for epic live shows, even if we miss the good old days when the Beetroots made fidget house instead of Metallica-meets-electro moshers.
Skrillex 6:15-7:15 L.A. resident Skrillex aka Sonny Moore used to be in the hardcore band From First to Last and hasn’t lost any of that head-banging mentality in his transition to producing. Crafting an impeccably produced and unbelievably filthy mix of electro and dub step, Moore is a must-hear if you’re the fist-pumping type. Make sure not to miss the Prince of Dubstep!
Afrojack 7:15-8:15 Friday night, Afrojack will continue to establish himself as one of the greatest DJ’s of the new house movement as he provides the Sahara Tent with an energetic and moving set. Young, hot on the trends and gaining popularity, his status in house music is the equivalent of Wiz Khalifa in rap music. He is one of house’s most important figures as he continues to be a real chameleon as he showcases his ability to adapt to any setting and rock the crowd. Therefore, he’s bound to really kick some serious ass at Lollapalooza. He’s got a house music style like no one else—it’s hot, hard, and heavy.
Girl Talk 8:45-10 I mean, there really isn’t much to say about Girl Talk other than what’s already been said, so we’ll keep this one short and sweet. Girl Talk has never let me down live, and each time I’ve seen him, he has always puts his own unique spin on each set. With the ability to make the crowd vibe off anything he plays, you can bet that he’ll showcasing his superior mash up skills to bring quite possibly the biggest party set of the weekend.
Super Mash Bros. 3-4 The local boys from the San Fernando Valley will travel to the Windy City to demonstrate their remixing prowess. Their sick remixes and energetic sound should be the perfect fit to satisfy the EDM crazed fans at Perry’s Stage.
Perryetty vs. Chris Cox 4-5 Lollapalooza’s own Perry Ferrell teams up with Chris Cox to create a collaboration guaranteed to rock the house saturday afternoon.
Joachim Garraud 5-6 The equivalent of Derek Fisher in basketball, Joachim Garraud is the old dog that has been around forever. High energy, well produced and not overly self-serious, Joachim Garraud’s DJ sets are pure fun. You’re five years old and antsy. Your feet keep bouncing up and down.
Chuckie 6-7 We’re not the biggest Dutch House fans in the world, but if you’ve got a predilection for pounding bass and high-pitched synths ad nauseam, Chuckie is your man.
The Glitch Mob 7:15-8:15 The trio from Los Angeles have a drum and bass style that might be one of the most accessible in the genre. Judging by the live footage and the music, I think this set could also be a good one for people who aren’t normally into electronic music to check it out at Lollapalooza.
Pretty Lights 8:30-10 I have a personal mission during my time at Lollapalooza, and its to see Pretty Lights. After an unsuccessful attempt to see them throw down at Coachella last year, I couldn’t be anymore excited (than I already am) to rock out to their heavy mix of melodic and loud beats this weekend.
Daedelus 2-3 One of the leading lights of Los Angeles’ experimental avant-garde hip-hop scene, beat mangle Daedelus will bring his troubled grooves to Perry’s Stage to start the day off right.
12th Planet 4-5 Another up and coming dub step artist, 12th planet’s set will be full of flithy, loud, and unique dub step. Don’t miss this one!
Busy P 6-7 Founder of Ed Banger Records, member of Club 75, and former manager of Daft Punk for twelve years, Busy P is an absolute legend in the EDM music scene. Now primarily focusing on the welfare of his record label, Busy P does not perform as much as he use too, so make sure to go see his set because its guaranteed to be a banger.
Modeskeletor 7:15-8:30 The German electronic duo is one of those unique acts you’d typically associate with Lollapalooza. A personal favorite of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke, the group has been one of the genre’s more popular forces over the last decade and boasts collaborative records with Yorke, UK rockers Maxïmo Park, and German hip hop outfit Puppetmastaz. Modeskeletor guarantees an hour of non stop insanity accompanied by a light show that will really take things to a whole other level.
Deadmau5 8:30-10 Deadmau5 is Deadmau5 and needs no introduction. If you’ve seen him you know how hard he throws down. Carrying a large fan base and deserved hype, Deadmau5 brings together all aspects of electronic music instead of using samples or intense speed followed by lasting lull. His music is much more straight forward and much more focused on taking you on sprints rather than marathons. Expect an epic show with a huge party, where his lasers and light show should be excellent. He recently told his followers that he is bringing “the works” to Lollapalooza. Hopefully the half man, half mouse will bring enough to satisfy a city full of dancing people.
Make sure to wear sun screen and bring your sunglasses because it is suppose to get up to a 90 degrees all three days. Also, for those who unfortunately won’t be able to make it this weekend, check back after the weekend for live footage of all these acts.
Here’s a preview of what’s in store for you: