The festival expands its international appeal even further as it finally crosses the pond.
Lollapalooza is set to make its European debut as the festival lands in Berlin in the latest expansion scheme. Known for its events in South America and Chicago, it will be a completely different change of scenery - which can only be a good thing.
Lollapalooza hits Berlin!
Originally curated by Jane's Addiction singer Perry Farrell back in the 90s, the 00s saw Lollapalooza tour the States before settling in Chicago for 2-3 days a year. With increased popularity due to some of the seminal bands that have appeared on the roster over the years, in 2011 it made its international debut with dates in Santiago, Chile; São Paulo, Brazil in addition the following year; and Buenos Aires, Argentina as well in 2013. In 2015, it's expanding to include two dates in Berlin, Germany, and festival organisers are hoping to hold it at the historical Tempelhof Airport.
'We have very carefully considered bringing our festival to Europe and frankly, were intimidated by the rich festival history Europe has had for 50 years', admits Marc Geiger, head of music at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment. 'Berlin feels like it is ready to explode as a city and cultural center and we want to be there to grow with the city.'
Berlin already plays host to Berlin Festival in the summer and CTM Festival in the winter, so it will be a great opportunity for locals to add another weekend of music to their year with some September fun. Though it's certainly not just about the music; great food and art are also major motivations for people to head there each year, and this event doesn't do anything by halves.
'I'm extremely excited to finally bring Lollapalooza across the pond to Europe', says founder Farrell . 'Berlin's energy, vibrant art, fashion and music scenes are a mirror reflection of what Lollapalooza is all about and I can't wait to share in this cultural exchange.'
Lollapalooza 2015 dates:
Chile - March 14 & 15
Brazil - March 28 & 29
Argentina - March 21 & 22
Chicago - July 31- August 2
Berlin - September 12 & 13