Paul McCartney, Outkast, Michelle Obama, and More To Take Part In Lollapalooza’s Virtual Festival

It promises to be a jam-packed weekend of music and conversation

July 27, 2020

There is a music festival taking place this weekend. Well, on the internet at least.

Since Lollapalooza was forced to cancel it’s 2020 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival has taken a reimagined approach on what was supposed to be its weekend in Chicago.

Lolla2020 commemorates this year’s festival with a virtual four-night event taking place on Lollapalooza’s YouTube channel.

The event features brand new performances and replays of classic Lollapalooza sets. Over 135 artists are set to be a part of Lolla2020 including Paul McCartney, Chance The Rapper, OutKast, Metallica, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Ellie Goulding, Tom Morello, Cypress Hill, Jane’s Addiction, Portugal. The Man, Yungblud, and many more.

Additionally, Lolla2020 will feature conversations in between sets of music. Former First Lady Michelle Obama, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell & Etty Farrell, Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, Chicago Bulls star Zach Lavine, Common, Lars Ulrich and more are all scheduled to appear.

Throughout the weekend, Lollapalooza will be raising awareness and funds for three organizations - the Arts for Illinois Relief Fund, the Equal Justice Initiative, and When We All Vote.

The full nightly schedule will be revealed on Wednesday, July 29th. The live stream begins at 6PM ET nightly and takes place from Thursday, July 30 to Sunday, August 2.

Lollapalooza follows other major US festivals like Bonnaroo to hold virtual events in lieu of actual gatherings this year. Bonnaroo initially rescheduled their event from June to September 24-27, but ended up scrapping the festival entirely due to the pandemic.

Like Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo will be holding a virtual festival featuring “some of our favorite moments from past and present, along with some special surprises.”

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