Top 10 Must-See Acts at Lollapalooza 2013
Lollapalooza is one of the most anticipated festivals of the summer, bringing a slew of different artists, genres, activities and fan bases to the windy city of Chicago each year.
The lineup for Lollapalooza 2013 might be the most buzzworthy yet. Aside from headliners like the Cure and Nine Inch Nails, a myriad of popular acts (2 Chainz, Ellie Goulding) are going to rock the stages this year.
Find out where to park your blanket on the festival grass and rock (or pogo, pop, twerk or sway) out by checking out our picks for the must-see acts at Lollapalooza 2013 below.
Don’t even pretend you can get Icona Pop‘s smash hit ‘I Love It’ out of your head. The Swedish EDM duo’s track is one of the songs of the summer, and with new singles like ‘Girlfriend‘ up their stylish sleeves, you’ll be among the first to hear their new tunes (which are sure to be positively infectious). Plus, how gorgeous are these gals?
Azealia Banks is predominantly known for her Twitter beefs more than her electro-driven hip-hop, and that’s sad — because she’s a fierce, fantastic spitfire of a performer. Banks’ style, both musical and aesthetic, will make you forget about her controversial 140-character messages and make you pine for ‘Broke With Expensive Taste.’
British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding combines dance beats with an ethereal, pained vocal style to create a unique sound. Her most recent effort, the breakup album ‘Halcyon,’ is being re-released with new songs, and the U.K. import is gaining even more popularity following her ubiquitous collabo with Calvin Harris, ‘I Need Your Love.’ Goulding serves up a complex emotional and musical buffet, the mix of which will make you dance while you wipe away tears.
Imagine Dragons toured with fun., so it’s clear they know both how to have and how to deliver a good time. The band are making their rounds on the festival circuit, bolstered by the success of ‘It’s Time’ and ‘Radioactive.’ Imagine Dragons’ anthemic tracks sound even more epic live, so be sure to stop by their stage to hear their inspiring and occasionally apocalyptic breed of rock firsthand.
Emeli Sande is one of the best-selling artists in the U.K. right now, and stateside, the R&B chanteuse has been making waves with ‘Next to Me,’ her inescapable, soaring midtempo ballad about the most loyal of gentlemen. Forget the music (but not really, because her piano-driven melodies are also fantastic) — all Sande needs is her amazing voice. We guarantee it will give you chills when you hear her use it live.
Jessie Ware mixes a soulful, sultry voice with lyrics that range from seductive to sad — and she does this seamlessly, often within the same song. With velvety vocals that have won everyone in the business over (namely A$AP Rocky), Ware’s wares will be a hot commodity at Lollapalooza. So, don’t waste your opportunity to embrace Ware’s talent. Who knows? You may create some of your own ‘Wildest Moments’ while taking in her performance at Lollapalooza 2013.
Lana Del Rey
Though Lana Del Rey has received a slew of criticism for her somewhat disastrous ‘Saturday Night Live’ performance, it’s impossible to argue that she hasn’t improved her stage shows since then. The N.Y. native has been doing residencies to prep herself for live performances, and it shows. In addition to her haunting voice and stunning beauty, Del Rey is also a complete sweetheart to her fans — so if you hit up her set at Lollapalooza 2013, you may be able to get a pic with the pretty pouter!
2 Chainz is never boring. From his style, which ranges from goofy to gaudy (usually intentionally) to his rhymes, which range from wise to wildly funny, Deuces is an absolute must-see: In addition to good songs, he’s just a great entertainer. And you never know who may join him onstage — remember, this is a guy who made a Fall Out Boy remix! Another bonus? 2 Chainz is so tall that even if you’re short and stuck near the back of the crowd, you’ll probably still be able to see him.
Matt And Kim
Matt and Kim have infectious hooks and more energy than most nuclear reactors. Their live shows are their bread and butter, and with good reason: They’re the absolute best act at Lollapalooza 2013 if you’re looking for a sing-along. They’ll make you dance, and their sunshine-y lyrics and melodies will make you forget how sweaty you are. (Just don’t forget to stay hydrated, too!) Oh, and be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Kim’s signature crowd-surfing, booty-popping moment.
The Killers have flown under the collective pop radar for a few years following their sonic departure with sophomore effort ‘Sam’s Town,’ and it’s an unwarranted silence. Brandon Flowers and Co. have not only returned to their ‘Hot Fuss’ form with ‘Battle Born’ and its predecessor ‘Day & Age,’ but they’ve only gotten better — especially live. Make sure you don’t miss these headliners at Lollapalooza 2013!