Lollapalooza lineup leaves fans with mixed feelings


Kaila Babyar

Popular artists like Doja Cat, Dua Lipa, J. Cole, and Machine Gun Kelly will be headlining this years Lollapalooza music festival.

Allison Davids and Sydney Burleyson, Headlines reporter

Doja Cat and Machine Gun Kelly are two of the headliners performing at Chicago’s Lollapalooza this year. The summer music festival is a four-day event full of performances from artists of all different genres, ages, and popularity. The festival is set up to have Dua Lipa, J. Cole, Lil Baby, and many other artists performing. Teens are also taking into account the smaller artists they love that will be performing at the festival. The lineup this year in particular though leaves people with mixed feelings. Younger generations are excited to see newer artists perform while regular attendees are disappointed with the lineup. 

The summer music festival will take place in Chicago Grant Park this summer starting from July 28 to the 31st. Lolla has been held at Grant Park due to its large open space being perfect for holding large crowds in the summer. 

Some of the year’s headlining bands such as Green Day and Machine Gun Kelly have come as a shock to Lolla attendees as these artists are not as much of a hit anymore. Although they may have had their claim to fame with past generations, new generations are not as familiar with these artists and their music. Metallica is another band that is performing this year that younger Lolla attendees are not as familiar with. 

Four-day tickets became available for purchase on March 22 and are still available. Tickets for the four-day festival start at $350. Students though are waiting to see who is playing what individual days as they anticipate the release of one-day tickets. With Doja Cat winning her Grammy this past weekend fans of Doja are excited to see her perform at the festival. Doja and other artists are going on tour this year after the two-year gap we have seen due to the pandemic. 

Lolla attendees hope that this summer the music festival will return back to normal. Last year the festival required attendees to be vaccinated, or send in a negative COVID-19 test a few days prior to attending the festival.

Masks at the festival last year were optional despite Chicago still being under the mask mandate. 

Now that the mask mandate is lifted throughout Illinois, music fans are excited about the upcoming acts. Despite the love and hate relationship of the lineup among lollapalooza attendees this year more attendees will show up compared to last year.