Under normal circumstances, this is the week that we would have finally learned who will perform at Lollapalooza when the festival returns to Grant Park this summer. But the outbreak of coronavirus has thrown plans surrounding Chicago summer music festivals into disarray, with artists canceling tours and delaying shows as the live music industry reconfigures itself in the wake of bans on large public gatherings. Lolla is still scheduled to kick off on July 30, but there's undoubtedly some uncertainty surrounding the annual event, which is likely why the festival has ultimately decided to delay the announcement of its lineup.
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Organizers acknowledged the delay in posts on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook this morning, assuring followers that Lollapalooza will provide updates as soon as they can. "While we stay in close contact with local officials, we are well underway with planning for Lolla to take place as soon as it’s safe for us all to be together in Grant Park," the message reads, suggesting that organizers are coordinating with the city before announcing further details about a 100,000-person gathering in the middle of Chicago.
We've been keeping track of rumored Lollapalooza performers and headliners for the past two months, but many of those acts have since canceled or postponed tours, which could affect their availability during Lolla weekend.
While Lollapalooza is sticking with its original dates for the time being, other major music festivals have made some adjustments. Coachella has shifted from April to October, Bonnaroo will now take place in September instead of June, and Milwaukee's Summerfest is moving its concerts to September instead of June and July.
Check out Lollapalooza's Instagram post below and stay tuned for any additional updates about Chicago's biggest summer music festival.